Review Summary: Crack open a beer. It's party time
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Every Time I Die is the music video for the song “Ebolarama”. The roller-rink escapades of the video were a brilliant visual interpretation of the controlled chaos that was Every Time I Die at that time. Their first two releases, Last Night In Town
and Hot Damn!
, were some of the most spastic, memorable, and most importantly fun releases to emerge from the Metalcore scene. Then the change set in. Starting with Gutter Phenomenon
and coming to realization on The Big Dirty
, Every Time I Die's sound began to shift from the start-stop jolts of their early days to heaping slabs of groovy southern fried riffs.
So here's the surprising part about New Junk Aesthetic
: the Every Time I Die freight-train has jumped off of the riff-rock track that it had been rolling down for the last four years and has started to make it's way back to the quick bursts of unbridled aggression of their early days. It's not a complete reversion. The New Junk Aesthetic
still has all the makings of the riffstravaganza that one would expect from them after listening to The Big Dirty
, but instead of developing them into drawn out groovy cuts, they are assembled into succinct sub-three minute blasts that play like a greatest hits collection packed into a single song. “The Marvelous Slut” and “Who Invited the Russian Soldier"”, with their hyperactive structuring and off-kilter dissonance, are sure to make those early fans who gave up on Every Time I Die rejoice. While on the other hand “Wanderlust” and “Host Disorder” still retain all of the hooks and meaty guitar work that made The Big Dirty
the bad a
ss' party album of 2007. To put it simply, there's something for everyone.
The New Junk Aesthetic
is a brash in-your-face maelstrom that is, without a doubt, Every Time I Die's best release since Hot Damn!
. It combines everything that has made them what they are into one bite size morsel. So crack open a beer. It's party time.