This is Every Time I Die firing on all cylinders.
Released: 23rd September 2016
‘Low Teens’ is intense beyond belief. It sees Buffalo mob Every Time I Die build on the brilliance of its predecessor, ‘From Parts Unknown’ and step up onto a whole new pedestal.
It’s still a riff storm. Every song, all the time. Take the monstrous opening track, ‘Fear and Trembling’; it’s like Queens Of The Stone Age operating a hardcore powered steamroller. Then there’s the bluesy drawl that Keith’s melodic vocals characterise on a track like ‘Two Summers’. This is Every Time I Die firing on all cylinders.
That’s no easy thing to experience. It’s exhausting. It’s long. It’s masochistic and it’s brilliant.
All of this before you even mention the cameo from Panic! At The Disco’s, Brendon Urie. Yes, that is the definition of ‘out of left-field’. How they manage to make that marriage work defies logic. Who knew the unabashed sheen of Urie’s vocal style would sit atop Every Time I Die’s riff heavy relent so seamlessly.
Still, that slice of sheen isn’t enough to mask the intense weight of ‘Low Teens’. Unsurprising, given the fact it was recorded in the wake of tragedy on both personal and global levels. The band were forced to cancel their European tour following the terrorist attack in Paris last November and just days later, Keith’s wife was rushed to hospital fighting for her life in an emergency birth.
The emotional burden present in the lyrics on the record is easily explained. “I saw the end and I was truly afraid”, Keith roars on ‘Glitches’, before yelling, “If I have to walk alone, I’m giving up” on ‘Petal’. This cathartic release only adds to the draining experience.
It’s no wonder then that Keith finds himself calling for an innocence he once had on lead single, ‘The Coin Has A Say’: “I can’t go back to what I was, Metallica without the drugs”. A sentiment constantly instilled by the album’s title, ‘Low Teens’.
This record sees Every Time I Die mature due to necessity without losing any of their brutality or ambition. Jack Glasscock