We’re not going to lie, we have been very excited about this album for a long time. Every Time I Die are one of the most consistent bands around. Be it on record or live on stage, the Buffalo, New york band have, thus far, never failed to deliver something special. can they carry on this trend on album number seven, the fantastically titled, From Parts Unknown.
From the opening disjointed chords of first track ‘The Great Secret’ you know that you had nothing to worry about as what follows that first few seconds of cracked chords is two and a half minutes of face pummelling brutality. ‘Pelican Of The Desert’ quickly follows and it is all that you love about Every Time I Die. Following that is the swagger of first single ‘Decayin With The Boys’. It is songs like this that have always seperated the band from a million and one other metal-core bands. Vocalist Keith Buckley can switch his vocals in an instance from a paint peeling scream to something much more melodic as he showed to great effect as singer in side project The Damned Things. The track oozes cockiness and has that similar tongue in cheek lyric feel that classic Every Time I Die tracks like We’re Wolf’ and ‘The New Black’ possess and one of the things that first attracted me to this band.
Something that really stands out on this album is the ferocity of it. It is relentless. It could possibly be the heaviest thing the band have released and in no way is this a bad thing. The one-two punch of tracks ‘Overstayer’ (a personal stand out track for me on this record) and ‘If There Is Room To Move’ leave you gobsmacked in their brutality. It is easy to see how the band have stepped up a gear aggression wise when you see who has produced it. The man behind the desk is none other than Kurt Ballou a man who is not known for holding back as guitarist in the simply magnificent Converge.
There is nothing dull on this album in the slightest. Everyone of the twelve tracks delivers something special. ‘Moor’ has an almost creepy dynamic. With the first 90 seconds being a hauntingly disturbing vocal tripping over a very simple piano line, you feel something bubbling behind until the song erupts a riff that can only be described as ‘dirty as f**k’.
With most tracks coming in at under three minutes, there is no chance of you getting bored here and no chance at all of catching your breadth. As soon as the beating of one track finishes, it all starts again with a track like ‘Exometrium’ which just grabs you and shakes you non-stop from beginning to end. Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem joins the party on ‘Old Light’ and he does well holding his own and bringing some serious melody to huge clubbing riffs and rhythms the band throw at him. After that slight moment of clarity you are drubbed again by the downright ferocious coupling of tracks ‘All Structures Are Unstable’ and the Southern, whisky soaked groove of ‘El Dorado’. The latter being the longest track on here but showing the band at full strength, it’s a tune that has everything and shows how stupidly proficient the band are at writing truly special songs. Not one note is wasted or throwaway. The rhythm section come at you like a tank while the duel guitar attacks and knowing vocals just leave you speechless. ‘Idiot’ closes the album as it opened, beating you through audio blasts of violence and a killer breakdown.
All in all From Parts Unknown is nothing short of mind-blowing. 100 percent the best album we have heard this year so far and possibly the best one Every Time I Die have released thus far. Its mix of melody and ferocity is something very special and these tracks are going to rip many venue apart. I can’t wait to see this live!