Every Time I Die
Last Night in Town


3.5
great

Review

by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR (195 Reviews)
November 1st, 2021 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Last Night in Town may be flawed, but it’s one hell of a start.

Chapter I: Bursting at the Seams

If there’s anything I can say about Every Time I Die’s debut right off the bat, it’s this: the band doesn’t make you wait. Last Night in Town immediately unleashes a flurry of piss and vinegar with the chaotic “Emergency Broadcast Syndrome”, a song that serves as a perfect thesis statement for the record to follow. Explosive screamed vocals from frontman Keith Buckley are met with instrumental work that’s equal parts brutal and technical, with the result sounding pretty similar to The Dillinger Escape Plan’s landmark release Calculating Infinity at times. Essentially, what you get here is a fusion of the confessional and cathartic lyrics of screamo with the calculated and complex rhythms of mathcore; excellent stuff.

For the most part, these elements extend to the rest of Last Night in Town. I certainly have to commend the musicians for displaying a high level of skill throughout the record while maintaining such energy at the same time. There’s some pretty intricate stuff going on here, whether it’s the dissonant guitar stabs that pervade the majority of “Jimmy Tango’s Method” or the ADD-riddled grooves and chugs of “Punch-Drunk Punk Rock Romance”. Jordan Buckley and Andrew Williams have excellent chemistry with their guitar parts, sounding interlocked and deliberate even in the most unhinged moments of the album. Keith Buckley, meanwhile, shreds his vocal chords relentlessly throughout the whole thing; there’s not a ton of variety in his vocal work here, but he still compliments the intensity of the music nicely. However, my favorite moment on the album vocally is the middle section of “Here’s Lookin’ at You”. Buckley drops the screams and goes for downtrodden clean vocals, giving the song a much more somber and even foreboding atmosphere.

Speaking of variation, we also get a few interludes and atmospheric moments here and there to let the listener breathe. Not that these moments are full-on respites, as they maintain the same dark and unsettling atmosphere; “Enter Without Knocking and Notify the Police” is a dissonant instrumental that conveys a sense of dread with just a few chord progressions (and an off-kilter rhythm), while the outro of “Nothing Dreadful Ever Happens” is a melancholic piano piece that lets one reflect on the craziness that just ensued throughout the rest of the song. Unfortunately, there’s still not enough variation on the record. After a while, much of Last Night in Town becomes a blur of math-y time signatures and heavy grooves, with not a whole lot tying it all together. More moments like “Enter Without Knocking…” should have been placed within the heavier tracks to give them more diversity. But with how the songs are now, most of the album is cranked up to 11 and doesn’t let up nearly enough to let you take in your surroundings.

Still, I think I know what Every Time I Die were going for with their debut. A lot of metalcore bands tend to go as hard as possible on their first records before expanding stylistically down the line, and I get the sense that this is the case with Last Night in Town. It’s the sound of a band trying to prove themselves with an embryonic-yet-impressive first showing, and as a first attempt, they succeeded in a hell of a lot of places. The musicianship is fantastic, the energy is electric, and the atmosphere is often chilling. Last Night in Town may be flawed, but it’s one hell of a start for these guys.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And the discog review has begun! Hope you guys enjoy this one... I can tell this is gonna be a fun discog to do :]

goonmob
November 1st 2021


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hate this city...



Nice review dude, stoked you are doing every album. Been my favorite core band for years.

Flugmorph
November 1st 2021


25533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

poggies

Digging: Mol - Diorama

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Goonmob: Thank you! Yeah, I'm really excited to get to Hot Damn considering the reputation it has on here

goonmob
November 1st 2021


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's their best other than Radical imo. A better more refined version of LNIT. Then Gutter is their most "mainstream" (again imo) and still a kick ass album like every ETID album.

twlight
November 1st 2021


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album art >

Digging: Seer Believer - Bent

deathofasalesman
November 1st 2021


7893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's really happening! Yessss



Excited to see how these reviews evolve alongside the albums. This is honestly the best review for this album on the site, so great work.

Digging: Korn - Requiem

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you! Something tells me I'm going to really enjoy that next one, as I said earlier. Plus, I'm quite curious about how people are raving about Radical right now

deathofasalesman
November 1st 2021


7893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The hype for Radical is 20 years in the making, so it makes a lot of sense to start chronologically.



Edit: "a fusion of the confessional and cathartic lyrics of screamo with the calculated and complex rhythms of mathcore" is a great way to sum up their sound this record. Excellent writing, again

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks again. I was a bit worried that this review would come off as a bit short, but I really didn't have much else to say about the album. The one big issue I have is that it can be kinda one-dimensional, so I didn't have much to expand upon; then again, I think the other two reviews for this are a bit too long and verbose (no offense to the reviewers, but still)

Veldin
November 2nd 2021


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate this city...[2]

Cool review! That's really fun that you'll be doing a review of their discog! Really excited to see what you thinking going forward

Veldin
November 2nd 2021


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprised you didn’t talk about the single, The Logic of Crocodiles.

I HAVE A VERY EXPENSIVE PEN

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tbh I didn't do the research to know that was the single; good song though. I'll definitely be going more in-depth about the band's history in the next review as well. Thanks for the feedback though! I appreciate it

deathofasalesman
November 2nd 2021


7893 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ebolarama music video is an essential watch, you can also check the Been Gone a Long Time one but that's not really iconic

DungeonBoy
November 2nd 2021


8653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah bro, the logic of crocodiles is the absolute banger on this. Insane how good Keith's lyrics were right out the gate. Cool review though

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you! Again, much appreciated

altmjw
November 4th 2021


11 Comments


Sweet review…it’s crazy, 20 years and nary a bad album

TheGoonFiles
November 4th 2021


75 Comments


Killer review man!! ETID has always been my favorite metalcore band.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2021


12921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys! Should have the next ETID review up pretty soon, I'm really loving Hot Damn

Get Low
November 13th 2021


11745 Comments


I have a feeling that whenever I get around to checking this album, I'm going to like it more than their others.



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