Release Date: Sep 23, 2016
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Metal, Metalcore
Every Time I Die have never minced or watered down anything since their first full-length over 15 years ago. Keith Buckley's masterminded so much raw emotion, power and helped provide an experience that's always as vicious as it is captivating. Low Teens is another example of this, encapsulating the best of the eight LPs that came before, and really representing the history of the band -- dynamic metalcore at its best.In terms of their vintage heavy sound, "Glitches" and "Awful Lot" are the ear-assaulting tracks you wanna sink your teeth into; fit for fans of Slipknot and Code Orange.
Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley was gearing up for a book release party in Toronto late last year when he received a call that both his wife and unborn child were in danger, a result of a life-threatening complication that resulted in an emergency delivery. While mother and child have since recovered, the "sights that no man, father or husband should ever have to see" fuelled the lyrical scope of Low Teens, resulting in Buckley's most personal lyricism to date. "Untimely ripped into this world, I was born again as a girl," he shouts in ending the gutting "Petal," one of many lyrical instances that swap his trademark acerbic wit for to-the-point earnestness.
Utter chaos. Nobody does feral, filthy, whiplash-inducing hardcore ‘n’ roll better than Every Time I Die and, unsurprisingly, this eighth album is a fucking riot. Whether it’s the sludgy, weather-beaten grooves of ‘Fear And Trembling’, pedal to the floor ragers like ‘1977’ or Keith Buckley’s many acerbic kiss-offs, everything that’s made them vital over the years is represented here.
The Buffalo, New York-based hardcore unit's eighth studio long-player and much anticipated follow-up to 2014's acclaimed From Parts Unknown, Low Teens is another pugilistic blast of no-frills might that should please longtime fans and newcomers alike. Forged during a particularly brutish winter, thus the name, the 13-track set draws some of its emotional punch from the birth of frontman Keith Buckley's daughter, who came into the world via a succession of life-threatening complications. Thankfully, both mother and daughter prevailed, but those gut-punching moments of anxiety loom large, tempering Buckley's signature droll witticisms with a more inward temperament, resulting in the band's most contemplative, though no less volatile, set of material to date.
It’s been 15 years since Every Time I Die dropped their debut full-length album, and a decade and a half later the heavy hitters haven’t lost an inkling of steam. Their eighth studio record, Low Teens, might not start off with guns blazing, but it does ring out as a classic Every Time I Die release if ever there was one. Opening with “Fear and Trembling,” the record slowly rolls forth with a guitar riff that’s scattered and unsure.