Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week 3: Low Teens

Yet another crazy week for metal, especially the hardcore scene, with new albums from Every Time I Die, Expire, and Stick To Your Guns. While these are all great releases, Low Teens is a standout album from the ever eccentric Every Time I Die. This album is essentially the dark personal diary of frontman Keith Buckley during some of the hardest times of his life. He speaks about almost losing his wife and newborn during childbirth, as well as personal drug troubles and much more. These lyrical themes along with his deliveries and performances make this the band's most emotional and heart wrenching release yet. And let's not forget the rest of the band, Andy and Jake have some of the most brutal tones and guitar work we've ever heard from the group. The riffs are damn strong with this album. Stephen adds plenty to the mix with his great bass work, and the addition of Daniel Davison on drums elevates the sound to new heights. His grooves and the way he moves around the kit really shines through and helps push a lot of these tracks to the next level.

The band and the mix on this LP sound absolutely phenomenal. The mix punches you in the face while Keith proceeds to melt it off with his vocals. It's one of the best mixed ETID and hardcore albums (in general) that I've heard in a long time. Certain tracks definitely are reminiscent of some of the hits off From Parts Unknown, but this is in no way a negative. If anything, this shows that the band is pushing the boundaries of their sound while sticking with what suits them best. Some of the standouts from Low Teens include Petals, Glitches, and Map Change. While these are some of the best tracks, in my opinion, please listen to this album all the way through. It is truly a special release from a special band and should not be ignored.

Check out two of the videos from this release below!