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Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Epitaph 2012
Every Time I Die - Ex Lives

With this sixth full-length album Every Time I Die find themselves as the elder statesmen in a genre long since overrun by the youth. Fitting it is then on “Ex Lives” that the band quickly establish the persona of the proverbial grizzled drill sergeant of the scene — constantly showing and proving how it’s done on the back of knowledge and experience, rather than gimmicks and imagery.

As with any Every Time I Die record the lyrical content is not only clever, but wholly introspective. Keith Buckley‘s depth and mastery of turning a phrase, not to mention his vocal talent, leaves the longest lasting impression. His infectious croons and hostile barks convey heartfelt passion and menace with an admirable amount of boyhood recklessness. While his keen wordplay and playful phrasing continue to delight.

But for as far as his erudite smugness and shit disturber attitude carries the songs; the rest of his bandmates are always right behind him taking some surprising chances. “Ex Lives” is easily the most diverse listen of the bands back catalogue. It encompasses many of their past releases finer traits and (re)introduces some bold steps for them in the process.

Whether it be the moonshine belching, hillbilly heroics found on “Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow“; or the downtrodden sincerity featured on “Revival Mode“; Every Time I Die are out to redefine themselves — or at the very least their personal limitations.

This increased freedom can take them to some rather interesting haunts; with the spacey Cave In-reminiscent ascension found on “Indian Giver” being a prime example. But for as much brazen new ground touched upon here there’s just as much unflinching dissonance and volatile riffing. Not only have this outfit they upped their combustibility, but they’ve increased its effectiveness and lethality.

Such a frenzied assault can admittedly become a bit tiresome in places. It can also affect the general cohesion of the album as a whole. But a lack of a unifying theme isn’t so much a bad thing. Rather it just causes some of the more radical songwriting departures to shine even brighter.

From start to finish “Ex Lives” is an exceptional listen. It perfectly captures the visceral metalcore/post hardcore antics the group are known for balancing so astutely. It may ride a razors edge in terms of which side each song, or even each verse/chorus, leans toward; but above all else it always delivers a liberating dose of much needed chaos and wit.

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    • Probably one of the best live bands of all time in the abrasive amazing music genre, amazing album and I love how they stick to a similar formula while expanding on it every album. I HAVE A VERY EXPENSIVE PEN!

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    • ctownwhat     March 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      This record is without a doubt their most metal at times, but I find myself missing Ratboy’s grunge/punk inspired bashing from song to song. He had a swing to the way he played that Legs just hasn’t demonstrated. However, it is very comforting to know that Legs has taken a less is more approach to double kick that I wish more metal/hardcore drummers would embrace.

      This album is fantastic, a great effort overall by such a very exciting band.

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      • i think its ridiculous there are even any double kick parts in a couple songs. they’ve never needed that shit in the past and i dont think they need it now.

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        • Needed or not, that part towards the end of “Partying…” is one of my favorite moments on the disc. That riff is heavy as balls, and its rare you hear them chug it out like that, so i find it a welcome spice in the complex soup that is ETID.

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      • southpawchew     March 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        cool thing about this cd is that if u where to get sick of it as a whole it really spices up all there stuff if u play there discography on shuffle.

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        • Agreed! I just made myself a 22-song ETID greatest hits album today, i’m calling it “You’re Welcome” 4 songs from this album are on there and they really sit well next to tracks off the rest of their collection…

          That being said, I only made the compilation for a friend I am introducing to the band, my greatest hits is discography on shuffle as well.

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    • Only heard three songs so far, but I’ll be picking it up tomorrow morning. At first, I didn’t dig “Revival Mode” at all. But, as they fuckin’ always do, it got stuck in my head and just bounced around in there until I had to listen to it three or four more times. Now I love it, and the video is fuckin’ excellent. This band is fucking awesome.

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    • Fuckin’ incredible album. Honestly i had trouble making sense of what was going on through the first 2 listens or so, but now that its starting to gel for me, i cannot get enough of it. They definitely dipped just the right amount of their axes into the flaming cauldrons of the gods of metal on this one. And if you didn’t pick up the Deluxe, you are missing out, those songs kick shit too.

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    • My Farts Linger     March 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Picking this up on my lunch break from the record store right down the skreet! Can’t frigan wait. I find it much more exciting to pick up an actual/physical compact disc than to download it from the puppet master we call the internet.

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      • Hell yea dude. That’s all I ever do. Still supporting the “old skool” way of doing things. To me I find it pretty awesome to have the physical copy just in case my hard drive goes haywire one day. My luck I’ll be slayin’ sheetrock to the new ETID in my tighty whiteys and then bye bye digital copies of music. I can’t have that. I’m content with transporting my jalopy to the nearest corporate bullshit rockathon to attain the gnarliest disc at the moment cus I don’t care. “Givitame, dummay” is what I say to the poor sap at the register having to deal with my white american ass with an attitude.

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    • Got this last week (I bought the pre-order deluxe edition with the JBWW shirt). I can’t stop listening to it. They hit the mark once again.

      “Underwater Bimbos”, “Revival Mode”, “Typical Miracle”, and “Drag King” are my standouts so far, but I like the whole thing.

      Keith seriously stepped it up a notch, in my opinion. The cleans he’s belting out nowadays are awesome. I’m glad to see The Damned Things rub that off on him (…..um…yea, nevermind).

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      • I am hooked on “I Suck (Blood)” and “Partying is such sweet sorrow” right now, back to back those tracks just make me wanna put on a western plaid and shades and drink.

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    • I feel like I’m the only one slightly disappointed with the album. I still love ETID as a whole and I look forward to their headlining concert in about 2 months. Maybe the new tracks will rip off my ears live, fingers crossed.

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      • Fred Burst     March 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

        Of course you’re disappointed. You like things that suck and this clearly rules.

        But doesn’t Emmure have a new record coming out though? You love them, right? I’m sure that record will have lots of SIQ breakdowns, Dubstep, Flat Billed New Era Hats and tons of other general sucky-ness for you enjoy. :)

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        • I’m a sucker for “SIQ breakdowns”, how ’bout some “Floater” mo’fukka?

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        • Livedefflo     March 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

          I haven’t heard the new ETID album yet but had to reply to this. Dont’ really know why people hate on Emmure. I actually enjoy listening to them from time to time. It’s obviously not something to listen to on a daily basis, But when you feel like drinking and banging your head a bit then Emmure does a fine job of that.

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        • HonoluluBlueBalls     March 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          I think everyone hates on Emmure because their lyrics are written by a guy who dropped out of his elementary special ed class and the music is nothing more than a slew of generic, uninspired, cookie-cutter breakdowns. But that’s just my perception.

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        • If Emmure came on while I was drinking, that crappy music would kill my buzz for sure.

          As for the new ETID not bad stuff starting to get into this band more and, more with every listen.

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    • llyod christmas     March 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

      This album makes want to rage like I’m in high school again and I gotta say “Indian Giver” makes me wanna start blazing it up again. Keith is outstanding on that track.

      I’m little pissed I missed out on the clear vinyl but got the black with the shirt and sweet beer koozie. Also came with a copy of the album on cd so definitely worth the money.

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      • I love the Lloyd Christmas reference. My girlfriend and I have been joking around all week about how dumb my hair looks and how I resemble Lloyd Christmas, Fucking Golden! I know what you mean about Indian Giver, of all the songs on the album, I have that one on repeat, constantly. You should start blazing again, in moderation. It’s good for the heart and the mind, creates a nice balance. ;)

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        • agreed, also if you can get your hands on the bonus tracks. business casualty is another good blazer

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    • Haven’t been into this band in years. But based on this review, I MIGHT listen to it. Kinda like Norma Jean’s Bless The Martyr Kiss the Child, after Last Night in Town, it all started going downhill. The southern rock style did nothing for me (there is better bands for that). I do recognize their talent however. Maybe some whiskey & a listen might help

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        • I mights ha. The first album is such a monster. But I do like the more technical approach O’ God.

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        • Relentless_Beating     March 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

          Another “I know nothing about music” comment from Wurst. When ETID started out, they had lots of southern feel to their music. They were one of the leaders of that sound.

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        • To chime in-

          The band differently utilizes southern rock stylings in their music. Take The Big Dirty – Rendez-Voodoo and INRIhab, for example. And for what it’s worth, their Wikipedia page even lists ‘Southern Rock’ as a referenced genre they’ve dabbled in.

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        • So the always-correct Wikipedia lists “southern rock” and a few songs have an inkling of southern twinge to it and now they are a “southern hardcore band”? I get what you’re saying but I dont 100% agree with that label.

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        • I’ll refer to my previous post in saying, “For what it’s worth”, ie. the oft dubiously inaccurate Wikipedia…And They’re definitely not a ‘”southern hardcore” band. Like I said, they certainly dabble and you can see how it influences their music. KB has a strong tendency and love towards the genre. That’s where he gets his general ‘smartass swagger’. It’s certainly not from the hardcore scene. He’s certainly taking the piss from them there.

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      • Honestly, this band has progressively gotten better and better, and the last album and this album definitely reintroduced some pure rage into their sound. On the whole, their etire catalog is hands down one of the best you will find in music. Of course, opinions are like assholes….

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    • Stereotypical Evil Archer     March 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      This album makes me happy. I forgot it came out. I was just chilling and listening to Fu Manchu all day, checked the prp, and bought it online (all legal and shit).

      It’s good. Not sure it’s catchy. Not that it matters. ‘Cause it’s good.

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        • Word on that…i said earlier or in some other post, first listen was just a barrage and i didnt know how to take it…but once you roll it around on your tongue for a bit and unlock those earthy undertones, this album is one tasty lick after another.

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    • My Farts Linger     March 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

      A few things: 1) On this post ( or maybe the one with their album streaming ) someone mentioned a “lack of a party song,” what the hell is ‘Partying is such sweet sorrow’???? 2) This album gets better with each listen; it is actually mildly disturbing how these hooks get stuck in my head all fucking day long! ETID is quickly climbing my ladder of ‘favorite bands’.

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    • I’m going to be honest here; I have seen everytime I die live probably three times, all “accidentally”. I never really paid attention to them when they preformed or took the time to actually give their music a listen. After reading the review of this cd and the additional praise that the PRP community gave the cd, I bought the cd on a whim. I cannot tell you how impressed I am by the cd. It’s been in my car cd player for the past week. Solid album all the way through. As I am new to them, can anyone recommend another standout cd in their collection?

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      • Honestly…everything they have done has been nothing short of amazing. And somehow they get increasingly better, so work your way back. Go pick up New Junk Aesthetic, because if you missed Wanderlust you may be missing the greatest song they’ve written to date.

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      • ill second scotty. the whole catalog is killer. ‘last night in town’ is a disjointed mathy masterpiece i first found when wook reviewed it on here. ‘hot damn’ is perfect, like ‘ex lives’ it feels super urgent and just solid. ‘gutter phenomenon’ and ‘big dirty’ are both good albums too with stand out moments, but i think ‘new junk aesthetic’ is when they switched things up again. but this album is fucking amazing.

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    • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     March 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Did “Ratboy” write drum parts to “New Junk Aesthetic”? If not, then I think I know where my issue lies with the past two records. Maybe I’m just not that big of an alcoholic anymore.. Wait that’s untrue.
      I’d love for this to effect me like “Gutter Phenom.” did. Or how much more I even loved “The Big Dirty.” I guess maybe I’m just not the smartass college student (to quote Beavis & Butt-Head during a particular video bashing) like I used to be.
      I can dig it, but Dead To Fall’s “Stupid?” & “Major Rager” cranks my party metal wheel a little more efficiently.
      Oh, and this isn’t a diss or anything, but am I alone when it sounds to me like if Ernie from Sesame Street was a metal singer, he’d sound like Keith Buckley?

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        • I disagree. I love each album but I think they dumbed down their sound between Last Night In Town and Hot Damn. I love that it was more technical and less breakdowns. And I think Keith’s lyrics were the best on LNIT. Hell, I’ve had lyrics from that album tattooed on my throat for almost 9 years. But to each his own I suppose.

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        • My Farts Linger     March 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

          Wurst, I did not know that you are in Iraq. Are you stationed there with the military? If so, which branch and what are your duties? Or, are you just there on vacation?

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        • My Farts Linger     March 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

          American_Natemare, it takes a lot of nerve to make a comment like that to someone that is fighting for your country. If you aren’t American, then mind your fucking business. You wouldn’t have the balls in person to make a comment like that. Piece of fucking shit.

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        • I am from American. And this country is a joke. I don’t respect people that are fully proud to be fighting this joke of a war. They’re not fighting for our freedom. They’re fighting for corporate well being in another country.

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        • HonoluluBlueBalls     March 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

          Good shit Natemare. Seriously. Very few of us actually have the balls to express that opinion. Most people are either brainwashed or keep quiet for fear of being labeled un-American or unpatriotic or whatever stupid shit rednecks and conservatives say these days.

          That being said, even though I don’t agree with what you’re doing over there, I still hope you and your homeboys come home in one piece…even if you are kind of a douche. :)

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        • My Farts Linger     March 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

          Actually, you’re from AMERICA. No one said you have to support why they are in the military, (which I am sure is a plethora of reasons) or support the pointless war that George W. Dumbass started, I am simply saying, show some respect to the soldiers that have been, are currently, and will be fighting for this country. I am not exactly proud of where we are as a country right now, but that is besides the point. Ok, enough drama….back to talking about how badass this new ETID album is!

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        • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence     March 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          Nate you make me fucking sick. You must not have many friends, as there are lots of service people amongst us, and I don’t condone violence but your useless war comment should buy you a boot to your wee balls.
          Discouraging comments like that are intolerable. No matter how you look at the war, the people there are our brothers, fathers, and I guess there are a few ladies there, too. You dislike ladies, Nate?
          Get fucked. See what happens when you proclaim that at a bar or spot where you can’t hide behind your computer screen and moniker.

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        • USAF. The war IS bullshit, so what? It’s what I do you coward. American_Natemare, your pussy ass wouldnt even have the courage or balls to go through something as simple as basic training without bitchin out. You dont have to agree with this oil and opium war, I dont, but its what I do. If you think this country is so hard to live in then go move somewhere else, you chicken shit.

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        • adamonfire     March 15, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          Charlie: Who gets more respect and admiration in this country than war heroes?
          Frank: Athletes.
          Charlie: Yeah, that’s true, but after that.
          Frank: Rock stars.
          Charlie: Yeah, also true, but after that, Frank.
          Frank: Actors.
          Charlie: Ye—Right.
          Frank: Models.
          Charlie: Yes, look—
          Frank: Rich people.
          Charlie: (angrily) Look, OK, look, look, look!

          I think it’s bullshit how people in the military are put on a pedestal. Add doctors, firefighters, police, etc. to that list. My grandpa earned 9 battle stars in the Navy in dub-ya-dub-ya-two – now THAT I respect.

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    • Blacksheep     March 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Love it, Love it, Love it.Another great release from a great band. Maybe its because its the album that was out when i got into them, but “Hot Damn!” is probably my favorite release. Am i alone in thinking it would be rad if they re-did both hot damn and last night in town and re-released? Legs can definitely handle it.

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      • You mean re-record them? Unfortunately, bands don’t re-record albums for two reasons that come to mind. 1) the cost of recording an album, 2) see reason 1.

        Dont fret. When I win the $100 million Powerball I will personally cover the recording costs for many bands to re-record albums and throw re-release parties as well.

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        • Blacksheep     March 13, 2012 at 6:16 am

          Some bands do, albeit not that often. Meshuggah re-recorded “nothing”a year or 2 after it came out. I guess that was a special case though…

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    • MARIACHI EL willX     March 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      this shit finally came in the mail also (thank god). anyway, album of the year 2012. crank this and bang your head until your skull releases from the “skin glue” that holds it in place and rolls out your nose! (yes, that last sentence does include correct medical terms)

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