Get on board or get out of the way

Every Time I Die have been around a long time now, creating a mix of traditional hardcore energy with a rock swagger. It was a formula they helped create and make popular before growing bored with its limitations, never fully stepping away from their original sound, but never finding their bite again, until now.

Radical kicks the door in immediately with Dark Distance throwing down some of the dirtiest and darkest riffs the band has mustered in some time while vocalist Keith Buckley sounds like he has become genuinely unhinged. The punches keep coming with Sly and Planet Shit with its aggressive refrain of “Fuck You! Who’s side are you on!” This is an angry statement of an album.

This statement just keeps coming, hitting a maniacal peak as All This and War’ sees Buckley trading vocal barbs with Josh Scogin (’68, The Chariot), the latter bringing back his breathless scream mainly left behind in his former band. It’s all brought crashing back to earth immediately with Thing With Feathers shows it isn’t all anger and vocal grenades, reaching inwards and hitting ballad territory to bring just a little calm to the mental catharsis going on around it.

Meanwhile White Void bridges the chaos with a taste of Deftones-like whispered/shouted vocals showing Every Time I Die to be a band never content to sit in a musical comfort zone. This attitude is brought to bear on closer We Go Together as it ebbs and flows in a prog like fashion, blown through the ETID prism of chaos writ large across this album.

The biggest concern when this album landed on my desk was its length. Coming in at over 50 minutes, it could have had the listener tuning out from fatigue. Somehow though, the hits come one after the other, rolling with the punches is comfortable and the run time is never a consideration.
This is the sound of a band at the top of the game. Even on their ninth release they aren’t willing to take a backwards step. The energy is palpable, this album will be a monster when the band can get it out on the road. Get on board or get out of the way.

1. Dark Distance
2. Sly
3. Planet Shit
4. Post-Boredom
5. Colossal Wreck
6. Desperate Pleasures
7. All This and War
8. Thing With Feathers
9. Hostile Architecture
10. AWOL
11. The Whip
12. White Void
13. Distress Rehearsal
14. Sexsexsex
15. People Verses
16. We Go Together