Review: Every Time I Die – Low Teens

“Once a ladder, now a crutch…”

Written during dark times, Every Time I Die returns with an album that sonically may end up being their masterpiece. Singer Keith Buckley wrote most of the album while in the hospital next to his wife, who while carrying a baby seven months in, developed a life threatening disease which caused a premature birth. While dealing with turmoil Keith took to pen and paper and wrote the most emotional ETID record to date.

“Low Teens” still has the patented chugging riffs and party metal sound that fans adore, but this time the band seeks to polish their sound while at the same time delivering the same rampage they always set out to create.

The opening track, “Fear and Trembling” starts off with an eerie riff not all too familiar to their usual repertoire. The track, featuring guest vocals from Tim Singer (Deadguy), is the perfect album opener for listeners who are about to be a part of this emotional rollercoaster as Keith screams “Death can not tear us apart”.

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New addition to the Band, David Davison (Norma Jean, Underoath) brings his punkish/speed metal drumming to the table and shines on tracks “Glitches” and “1977”. While the signature sound of the band has always been the back and forth duel that Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams have on guitar, David’s drumming is that perfect companion to their shredding battle.

The biggest surprise of the album as well as the highlight is the track “It Remembers”. The band is known for opening the gates and kicking you in the fucking face with many of their sonic face melting tracks, however much like their last album saw them unleash “Moor”, a soothing piano driven track, ETID deliver a catchy hook based song featuring Brendon Urie. Yes you heard me, I said Brendon Urie, singer of Panic At The Disco, a band who is the polar opposite of ETID. As the saying goes though, polar opposites attract as Brendon’s vocals are curveball the track needed and gives the audience a nice change up in the album before the band kicks things back into furious gear.

“Low Teens” defines ETID, from the rampaging riffs, to the soulful vocals that on a drop of a dime become thunderous ferocity. This time around the band has figured out how to balance chaos and order to create their best work yet.

 

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