Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Maitland USER (13 Reviews)
June 18th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 07/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chaos reigns on Every Time I Die's crushing seventh LP.

For the entirety of their 15+ year career, Every Time I Die has been one of modern metal's true workhorse bands. They tour rigorously to promote each new release and -with the exception of the three-year gap between New Junk Aesthetic and Ex Lives-have released a new record every two years since 2001. When you get to the point Every Time I Die is at in their career, the drive and effort needed to create high-quality music can waver. Every Time I Die not only avoids the pitfall of a seasoned band slacking off well into the second decade of their career, but they manage to create an incredibly energetic and punishing listening experience on their seventh LP From Parts Unknown.

From Parts Unknown sees Every Time I Die playing with a level of raw aggression that hasn't been seen since their 2003 breakout album Hot Damn! When they released debut single "Thirst" I expected a heavier album than usual from them, but I'd be completely lying if I said I expected to hear something that's as relentlessly pummeling as From Parts Unknown. The level of pure, unadulterated bedlam that exudes from From Parts Unknown is similar to the whirlwind material the likes of Converge- whose guitarist Kurt Ballou produced this LP- and The Dillinger Escape Plan have released throughout their respective careers. A majority of the songs on here are around two and a half minutes, which allows them to pack a barrage of riffs and Keith Buckley's impassioned vocals into short, wild bursts. Tracks like "Overstayer" and "Exoterium" are especially crushing with southern-tinged riffs and breakdowns that make the listener want to get up and start a pit in their living room. It's great to see Every Time I Die making music this powerful and unapologetically heavy over a decade after the raw musical attack that was Hot Damn! was released.

While the chaos From Parts Unknown offers up is undoubtedly great, the record really hits its peak when it lets up a bit and offers up some variation to the chaotic formula most of the album follows. "Moor" is certainly the most surprising track on the album as it starts off with a bizarre piano line and subdued clean vocals from Buckley before it turns into all-out pandemonium at about the halfway mark. The Crowbar-esque riff that bookends the heavy portion of the track is honestly the meatiest, sludge-inspired riff Every Time I Die has ever written and it beautifully transitions into a refrain of the piano portion from the intro to close out the track. A winding, manic tempo-shifting track like "Moor" is perfectly placed at the dead center of the record to give the listener a little bit of a breather after suffocating them with non-stop intensity for the first five tracks. Another one of the few tracks to feature primarily clean vocals, "El Dorado", is the highlight of the entire record. The riffs are triumphant, Buckley's excellent versatility as a vocalist is on full display and most importantly, it perfectly converges the raw sound of early ETID with the more melodic sound of their New Junk Aesthetic/Big Dirty-era material. These brief detours from the straight heaviness that embodies From Parts Unknown offers just enough of a reprieve to keep the otherwise unhinged atmosphere of the record fresh and satisfying.

From Parts Unknown quite simply gets the job done. While Every Time I Die really hasn't made a bad record thus far, the recent streak they've been on is truly remarkable. Ever since their fifth LP New Junk Aesthetic came out in 2009, Every Time I Die has really hit their stride and become an unstoppable musical force. If From Parts Unknown is any indicator, that won't be changing anytime in the near future.



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cmaitland421
June 18th 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Streaming link for peeps who haven't heard it yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLkl9f1psOc&feature=share&list=PLcZMZxR9uxC85_wubrDhji2SRD_VVC3Z- I also appreciate any feedback on this review, spent a bit more time than I usually do on this one.

BMDrummer
June 18th 2014


7747 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

A review already? Haven't ever listened to this band, maybe I should soon. Have a pos

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Scoot
June 18th 2014


17771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

their best album

cmaitland421
June 18th 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still think Ex Lives is their best, but this isn't far behind.

RivalSkoomaDealer
June 18th 2014


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this better than the new Mastodon?

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Hypochondria
June 18th 2014


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This slays pretty hard

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cmaitland421
June 18th 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I believe it's better than the new Mastodon, but to be fair, I've given this more spins thus far. The Mastodon record seems like more of a grower than this is.

Onirium
June 21st 2014


2055 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The guy is called Chris Maitland; has never even rated a Porcupine Tree album

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cmaitland421
June 21st 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's cuz I got beef with them son.

cmaitland421
June 30th 2014


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After listening to this a few more times since I wrote this, I'm digging it even more. It's currently on the fast track to top Pinata as my favorite record of 2014 so far.



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