I have been waiting since May for EVERY TIME I DIE’S new album From Parts Unknown to be released on Epitaph Records. Seriously, this was one of my most highly anticipated records of the year, right next to MASTODON‘s Once More ‘Round the Sun and FALLUJAH‘s The Flesh Prevails. Even when Uturn.com had a phase where you could make your own From Parts Unknown album cover, I crazed over it like I was in college and went to town. After finally doing a little bit of convincing to cover this disc, I am more than happy to bring the latest EVERY TIME I DIE to everyone’s attention.
The gist here is that it really holds true to the hardcore edge that Ex Lives rallied around with the punk rock sound that was evident in Gutter Phenomenon that flows perfectly with the signature southern rock sound that EVERY TIME I DIE incorporates into their music. When you add in the fact that they have not strayed away from what has worked in the past with the never-ending wit of the lyrics and vocals patterns of Keith Buckley, you have a recipe for an amazing album. That is what I was able to comprehend after a few plays of the whole thing.
Just about every track stood out to me with the exception of “Moor.” The reason why I say that is not because it did not stick out, just not when I first listened to it. However it did make its presence known when I started thinking more deeply about the meaning of the song, since Keith Buckley’s lyrics are the kind that makes the ETIdiots want to read the booklet that comes with the CD. Also, this song felt like From Parts Unknown‘s version of “Revival Mode” from Ex Lives. Once again, not necessarily the music, but the idea of the song.
On the first half of the record, my favorite track is “Decayin’ With the Boys,” which also has a pretty funny music video to go along with it. It shows the ability Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams have to completely shred on guitar with hardcore, southern rock sounds that make anyone want to party in a circle pit or crowd surf during their shows. Perhaps songs like these are the reason why EVERY TIME I DIE is absolutely one of the best acts that are on the music scene. This entire album is nothing short of a party, much like their live performances.
On the second half, I had to pick two songs as a favorite because in all reality, it was seriously a toss-up. Those tracks were “Old Light” and “El Dorado.” With “Old Light,” there is more of a highlight on Keith Buckley’s singing where he attaches his own sound so it perfectly meshes with the harmony and melody of the music. In “El Dorado,” there are riffs throughout that just seem to demand bodies be flying in the air from stage divers followed by an even better riff to close out the song that just reminds you of how dirty the music can be from Jordan and Andy. This album is a must buy, listen, own on vinyl album. Point blank, no questions asked. If you see EVERY TIME I DIE on tour, go to their merch guy/gal and say “please, take my money.”
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Decayin’ With the Boys”, “If There Is Room to Move, Things Move”, “Old Light”, “All Structures Are Unstable”, “El Dorado”
WRITTEN BY MR. REESE