Every Time I Die: Low Teens 12"

Epitaph Records

$21.50

Every Time I Die have never been a typical hardcore act. The band have been forging their own musical and ideological path via their distinctive brand of aggressive music and unstoppable live shows. Those who have caught a show understand the powers of Keith Buckley (vocals), Andy Williams (guitar), Jordan Buckley (guitar), Daniel Davison (drums) and Steve Micciche (bass) onstage.

Low Teens is the band's eighth album and may be their most poignant and impassioned album in a career full of sardonic illuminations and pit-inciting fervor. The album title refers to the average temperature readings last winter in the band's hometown of Buffalo, NY. The icy backdrop of Buffalo underscores a winter of dramatic change for the band. Change that began with frontman Keith Buckley exiting the band's December 2015 tour early to race home to his wife's hospital bedside, where she was facing life-threatening pregnancy complications. Both wife and daughter survived the ordeal, but the moment of crisis had a lasting impact on Buckley and an inevitable role in shaping the lyrical scope of Low Teens.

From a sonic standpoint, the most crucial development was writing with new drummer Daniel Davison. Fans of Every Time I Die's caustic combination of savage metallic hardcore and pentatonic riff-laden classic rock will not be disappointed by Low Teens' thrash attacks and Southern-boogie breakdowns. But Davison's heft, dexterity, and creativity pushed the band forward. The pressure drop that yielded Low Teens could have crippled a lesser band, butEvery Time I Die weathered the winter to deliver their strongest offering to date because of, not in spite of, these hardships and roadblocks.

Tags: 10s metalcore