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Album Review: From Parts Unknown by Every Time I Die

With each new Every Time I Die album you don’t really know what to expect. Naturally there’s always going to be big crushing riffs, but it can veer towards the hard rock; do a 180 swing to full on hardcore; be termed as partycore like debut Hot Damn! or go dark and lyrically bleak like 2012s Ex Lives. With From Parts Unknown you get a mix of everything.

Ex Lives was uninviting, brutal lyrics and a deafening hardcore sound saw Every Time I Die being at their most inaccessible. From Parts Unknown sees the band in a lighter mood giving a whole more enjoyable listening experience. Sure the album starts of in pure unadulterated metalcore fashion – ‘The Great Secret’ and ‘Pelican Of The Desert’ hold nothing back, but slowly and surely the fun creeps back in.

The hints of melodies start popping in with third track ‘Decayin’ With The Boys’. It sounds like a full on summer anthem. ‘If There Is Room To Move, Things Move’ is frantic and simmers with energy. It’s the groove and energy which was lacking in Ex Lives back with vengeance. ‘Moor’ throws a curve ball with its extended piano introduction, developing into the strongest and catchiest track on the album. There are elements of hardcore riffs but there’s something extra there. Something a little more polished and stylish.

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As unexpected appearances go Brian Fallon from Gaslight Anthem appearing on ‘Old Light’ has to be up there. Pleasantly it results in some fantastic melodies and a hook that you can’t help but headbang a long to. ‘El Dorado’ sees Every Time I Die sounding like they did at their hard party anthem best. Get the beers in for this one, you’ll want to jump about the living room shouting and dancing like a lunatic.

Granted there’s some songs on From Parts Unknown that sound like a typical Every Time I Die track changed slightly and offering nothing new i.e. ‘Exometrium’. That’s not say it’s a particularly bad thing, placed against the stand out tracks you wouldn’t normally bat an eyelid and it doesn’t impact upon the overall quality.

From Parts Unknown is a marked improvement on Ex Lives and sees Every Time I Die getting back to what they do best. It may be brutal, but you’ll be left with a massive smile.

AD Rating 7.5/10

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