Review: Every Time I Die – Low Teens
Every Time I Die
There is beauty, even in the height of chaos. Every Time I Die are that chaos.
Low Teens is an astounding album, on all counts. Every Time I Die have been around a long time, released plenty of albums, and have never disappointed. On this occasion, however, they’ve stepped up their already stupidly high standards and delivered an album that is amongst the very best in the genre.
From the uneasy opening riff of “Fear and Trembling” to the closing strains of “Nothing Visible; Ocean Empty”, we are treated to the purest form of art: catharsis. Keith Buckley has long been considered one of the eminent vocalists in heavy music, and with good reason, too. Low Teens is largely related to his wife’s troubled childbirth, which saw her in ICU for a period of time with her and Keith’s prematurely-born daughter. On tracks like “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)”, “Religion Of Speed”, and most notably – and caustically – “Petal”, Buckley bears his soul in all of its bittersweet, poetic glory. His vocal delivery is impeccable, ranging from crooning (“Two Summers”), to powerful (“Awful Lot”), to the pain felt in the depths of parental angst (“Petal”). In fact, listening to “Petal” in particular – and coming away with a dry eye – is a challenge few will be able to surmount. It’s gut-wrenching stuff, made all the more so by Buckley’s consummate command of the English language.
Musically, this is easily ETID’s most ambitious album to date. They have been guilty in the past of relying more or less on a particular sound, and they have most certainly bucked this trend on Low Teens. Indeed, this record varies wildly from track to track, going from heady Southern charm, to thrash-infused mayhem, to mathcore intensity, without ever feeling incoherent. The riffs are catchy, multi-faceted, and corrosive. It is almost unbelievable how heavy some of the album is, considering that ETID aren’t traditionally known for being much of a ‘heavy’ band.
This is a rare album, in that it is damn near impossible to pick a strongest track, or an overall highlight. The entire record is so damn good, you’ll pick up on different things on each listen, and you’ll be reaching for that repeat button every fucking time. It’s incredibly rare to find an album that is so musically, vocally and lyrically satisfying that you are compelled to divulge in of all its secrets over repeat listens, until you feel like you’ve ‘gotten’ everything. This is that album.
In summary, Low Teens is 13 tracks – and just a shade under 50 minutes – of pure, unadulterated bliss. For best results, be sure to read the lyrics while you listen to this genuine Album Of The Year contender.
Every Time I Die / letlive. / Counterparts
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