|RANKING: Every Time I Die|
In which I take on the almost impossible job of ranking albums from the worlds most consistently great metalcore band.
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Last Night in Town
It almost seems unfair to have this on the same list as the rest of these albums. Sounding like the math-y offspring of Norma Jean and Converge was not the band Every Time I Die were destined to be. While there were flashes of what was to come, Last Night in Town suffers from being a solid, but unassuming, part of one of the most well-crafted discographies in heavy music.
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New Junk Aesthetic
Weirdly, Every Time I Die use their first release on a major label to get back in touch with their less accessible roots. Songs are shorter, more aggressive and generally a little less focused on the big riff mentality of Gutter Phenomenon and The Big Dirty. Still a great album, but compared to what came before and after – it just falls a little flat in comparison to the rest of the band's output.
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By the time Gutter Phenomenon came out, ETID started to shed their mathcore roots and more fully embrace the more groove heavy, southern-tinged metalcore sound that they still use to great effect to this day. Keith Buckley started cleaning singing more and is higher in the mix on this one and the result are the first honest-to-god big choruses in ETID's career on tracks like The New Black.
ETID improved this sound with The Big Dirty which is why Gutter Phenomenon falls down this low.
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The Big Dirty
This is where we got a glimpse of the up-coming golden age. A lot of what we find on The Big Dirty was perfected on the holy trinity of Ex Lives , From Parts Unknown and Low Teens but that doesn't stop this from being a fantastic album from front to back in its own right.
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Despite one foot still being firmly planted in the frenetic mathcore energy of the debut, ETID's second album is what properly introduced the world to the band we know and love today and it did it wonderfully. A whole bunch of these can still be found in the bands live setlist and they still sound as fresh and vital as they did in 2003; a testament to the size of the transformation that took place between the release of Last Night in Town and Hot Damn!
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From Parts Unknown
In a band with as many 10/10 vocal deliveries as ETID "I got so much soul in me that I’m barely alive / I’ve been down and out for so long I can’t be revived" might be their best. Every Time I Die tweaked the formula a little bit here and created an album that is entirely them, but is also a little bit more.
Also Moor is a frankly terrifying song.
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This was my proper introduction to Every Time I Die. I'd heard their stuff before, even seen then live supporting Killswitch Engage, but I didn't understand the true brilliance of the band until this point. Furious and unapologetic, Ex Lives marks the start of a golden age.
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My reaction to the last three Every Time I Die albums has basically been that Steve McMahon meme where he gets increasingly excited. Each time I thought that the band wouldn't be able to match their previous effort and each time they have.
Low Teens is a perfect ETID record. From the sardonic couplets to the experimentation on It Remembers to the furious speed. The best parts of their whole career are here and it's perfect.