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A lot has changed over the course of six albums for Buffalo, New York’s Every Time I Die. Having begun their career nearly sixteen years ago with an incredibly raucous and off-kilter approach to hardcore, the band developed/refined a love of massive and swung southern rock riffs and huge choruses, resulting in the band we know and love today. From Parts Unknown, despite it’s name, has a very distinct reference point — here, we find the band revisiting that early, raw aggression through the wiser eyes they own today.

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Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Every Time I Die

Ex Lives

01. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space
02. Holy Book Of Dilemma
03. A Wild, Shameless Plain
04. Typical Miracle
05. I Suck (Blood)
06. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow
07. The Low Road Has No Exits
08. Revival Mode
09. Drag King
10. Touch Yourself
11. Indian Giver

[03/06/12]
[Epitaph Records]

Fourteen years and six records in, you might be forgiven for wondering if Buffalo party-metal quintet Every Time I Die might be running out of ideas. The band have always been known for their energy, but surely that must be unsustainable for a band so deep into their career. Besides, all these young Warped Tour upstarts prove that metalcore is a young man’s game, and when you’re cresting the steep side of 30, what have you got left to be angry about? Queue at the post office? The price of thermal underwear? Neighbours kids kicking their ball into your back yard?

Thankfully, with Ex Lives Every Time I Die have once again brandished their somewhat dichotomous mix of youthful exuberance and poetic ability (for the two rarely go hand in hand), and whilst the issues are more mature, their delivery still shows everyone how rock and roll should be done.

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Okay, so maybe it is, but it doesn’t make this any less awesome. This brilliant mashup takes one part Every Time I Die‘s “Ebolarama“, mixes it with Norma Jean‘s “Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste“, and throws in a little KRS-ONE for good measure. The result? Well, see for yourself:

These things often have the potential to be either terrible and/or boring, but this manages the feat of just being good.

Major props to The Legion of Doom for making this. I know it’s pretty old at this point, and some of you may have heard it already, but I thought it was at least worth sharing on a painfully slow news day.

- CG

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