Every Time I Die - Hot Damn! (Cover Artwork)

Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die: Hot Damn!Hot Damn! (2003)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Since, as always, I'm waiting till the last minute to write this, and I'm struggling to come up with a tolerable opening, I'll circumvent that problem and talk about Every Time I Die. When my girlfriend used to live in Hamilton, Ontario, there were a few decent record stores, but none as cool a.
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Since, as always, I'm waiting till the last minute to write this, and I'm struggling to come up with a tolerable opening, I'll circumvent that problem and talk about Every Time I Die.

When my girlfriend used to live in Hamilton, Ontario, there were a few decent record stores, but none as cool as the Sonic Unyon store. There, I met a guy named Chris, who had just started a fledgling hardcore label called Goodfellow. I was concurrently starting up Punknews.org, and he graciously handed me a stack of CDs. Among the pile of somewhat intense metalcore he was releasing, a lone EP stood out in my mind: "The Burial Plot Bidding War", the debut release from a Buffalo band called Every Time I Die

(Side note: Was there any chance that paragraph wasn't going to end with Every Time I Die?)

So anyway, it stuck out for me, my ears virgin to most of the more underground metalcore bands. Sure, I had my copy of Destroy the Machines and Progression Through Unlearning, but a lot of the more metal-tinged bands were completely unknown to me.

The EP was a totally messed up kick in the head. Dirty sounding, without any of the precise cleanly produced guitars of the Victory metalcore bands, as heavy and intense as any of them, and with a sense of humour that I fear most straight edge kids lack.

(Side note: I said most. I'm sure you spell your name with 'X's on the outside and that's funny, right?)

So addicted as I was to this one, I was there pretty quickly to pick up Last Night in Town, which was more of the same, but with an even more pronounced melodic - and sarcastic streak. But what really struck me was that it seemed like the band had a conversation a little like this:

    Band Member 1: What's the best part of any hardcore/metalcore song?
    Band Member 2: Why the breakdown of course!
    Band Member 1: Right! So what if we start a band that's all breakdowns
    Band Member 2: We'll make a zillion dollars! We'll be rich! I'm going to buy a boat!
    Band Member 1: Uhm.... ok. You play drums. I'll sing.

So, now that I've satisfied all expectations that I (a) Know the bands back catalog, and (b) think it's great, I can handily discuss this new record. The main questions that you should ask yourself are the following:

a) Is it a major progression? Has the band grown and evolved as artists and creators?
b) Did they manage to push the boundries without compromosing their integrity?
c) Who gives a crap about a) and b). Does it rock?

In the interests of time, I'll go straight to (c). Yes, Hot Damn does in fact rock. It reunites every element that makes Every Time I Die work, and pushes it further. It's heavy, fast, and chaotic. It's lyrically sarcastic, and vocally caustic. It's the most accessible and catchy record Every Time I Die has made, but it hasn't compromised anything that older fans care about. And the breakdowns slay.

So, yes, Every Time I Die has returned with another head smashing record. It is dirty, dirty metalcore.

And it is awesome.


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Anonymous (June 13, 2006)

This is a well put together albulm. i remember when i first bought it. i was happy for a while = ]

crazytoledo (March 30, 2006)

This, my friends, is what 'they' call "shitcore".

This, my friends, is what 'they' call "ignorant dumbasses"

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

This, my friends, is what 'they' call "shitcore".

LaidToWaste (January 1, 2006)

every time i fuckin die yall ! hell yes! rock your cock off! i'm stil in love with this cd

blade-runner (August 30, 2005)

any album with a reference to Wes Anderosn's "Rushmore" is good enough for me...To paraphrase Comic Book Guy - Best Movie Ever!

Anonymous (May 2, 2005)

Nice review. The reviews on this site are very honest. ETID do rock and their music is in no way ever going to be 'normal' like he is legend for example. However a good sog is a good song. He is legend have some good songs..... am I making sense

mathematicscore (April 20, 2005)

These dudes jam, that's all there is to it.

And yeah, they were oddly slower live, I thought maybe it was just an off night or something.

But hey, I love my fast stuff (Pig Destroyer, Spazz, Orchid, etc.) but one has to appreciate the groove sometimes as well.

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

i am a fan of the cd but they do kind of suck live they played every thing slow there are way better bands like dillinger who i saw them with they made every time i die look like school grils

Anonymous (January 14, 2005)

I could never get into every time i die. I've tried, but it just doesn't seem to happen. But unlike all of the asshole message board kids I'm not gonna say anything but 3 words: THE RED CHORD!!!!

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

Good record, Great review.


Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

This cd fucking rocks, alot better than their first cd

Anonymous (August 26, 2004)

Although I would consider myself more of a hardcore kid than metal or noisecore or whatever people call this band - they put out a really good album. I can't stop playing this in the car and singing along to all the sarcastic lyrics. The album is meant to be played loud and if you feel the need to dance...go for it as almost every song has great two-step and mosh parts.

titsandtats (June 28, 2004)

point #1- i am not just saying this because i am from buffalo.
point # 2- no my brain hasnt been frostbitten by all the snow
i have to say i love this cd.
points for the roller skating.

Dyrwen (April 17, 2004)

This album was good, I'll say that much. The singing is just insane.. and the band is quite good to match. I've heard better, but their style is certain original to and great to hear.

Anonymous (February 13, 2004)

Any cd with hot girls making out on the front gets my vote.

Anonymous (February 12, 2004)

the bled's "pass the flask" completely unseat's this album from the saddle of the #1 position where so many people are putting every time i die. maybe if every song on here didn't sound like the one preceding it, or sound like the one directly following it. saying of the year...
"the bled. nuff said."

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

i can't believe you think this is better than 'pass the flask.' it's not even close ... it has like 2 songs that stand out from the rest on the album. i must say, 'godspeed us to sea' is pretty badass though.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)


I really, really enjoy this record.

- Kirby

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

Theyre awsome live, like really really totally awsome,just maybe youre

A) closeminded
B) an asshole
C) a great guy with bad taste in music


D) you were drunk at the show

join the Aubin cult today!

Anonymous (October 28, 2003)

I've only seen this band live, and they sucked more cock than a 13 year old girl from the suburbs (those of you not from the suburbs, 13 year old girls from the suburbs suck A LOT of cock; and no, I'm not a pedophile).

Maybe they're like These Arms are Snakes and they sound good on record, but are absolutely horrible live. Whatever.

Anonymous (August 28, 2003)

this band is fucking great. i see where people give them the dillinger comparison but this is compleatly there own style or something like that. anyway i think the way this was produced was perfect. this cd gets a 12 out of 10 its one of my new favorites

501 (August 16, 2003)

Art: Rocks 8
Lyrics: Deep and Humorus 9
Music: Insane 10
Replay value: 10

Overall: If you dont have it, get it.

Anonymous (July 25, 2003)

HOLY SHIT GET THIS FUCKING CD. i give it a 25 out of 10 siriously. the first line "tonight im coming home in a coma if it fucking kills me" sets the tone for the album. for shit sake just buy it

Anonymous (July 14, 2003)

straight-edge? hya

sk8punx4evr (July 8, 2003)

i saw them with give up the ghost/hope conspiracy and during some breakdowns, one of the guitarists just hit open notes i guess and used his fret hand to make the metal sign. it was dually funny because he was large and had long hair.

501 (July 8, 2003)

amazing cd

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

I love feedmynightmare comments cuz he represents buffalo well... wow this album fuckin rocks, by the way where was the video shot?

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

Any fan of punk/hardcore should check this out. Best CD of the year so far, IMO.

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

This an incredible record. This doesn't sound anything like DEP and has it's place as a good technical band. But who even really cares if they're technical, it's good either way. Great lyrics, no tough guy or emo bullshit. It's a big mix of metal/punk/hardcore/rock and roll. It's a hell of a lot better than PTW, FATA, and shit like that. Best hardcore album of the year!

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

if i hear another band like this compared to dep im gonna piss my pants (thats a bad thing cause i dont have a mowhawk or bondage pants and i have never uttered the term oi oi oi!)

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

sound of white noise

Anonymous (July 7, 2003)

hellfest tonight, etid tore the fucking place apart. great record , amazing show.


GreenVandal (July 6, 2003)

I heard a few tracks....i give it a thumbs up!

lieutenant (July 6, 2003)

Great album, great band, great review, great everything! Everything is O-K!

FortyMinutesWest (July 5, 2003)

Soulbleed, we need to stop agreeing. Otherwise the world might explode or something.

soulbleed (July 5, 2003)

bwah. this band kicks ass.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

my only complaint is the artwork, and its not thaat bad..

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

this album will rock you to the point of an early death. quit all your bitching and prepare to be pummeled by these guys. fuck

i-type-poorly (July 5, 2003)

When i first saw this band's name on a flyer i thought it read "Every Time / Die" as in two bands with seperate names sharing a bill. And i thought simply "Die" was the COOLEST name for a band ever. You can imagine my dissapointment when i found out / ='ed I.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

Hell, they don't even sound anything like the other bands doing the tech-metalcore thing.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

if you think it sounds like every other band doing the metalcore thing, then you obviously aren't listening very carefully.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

The ads for this had some badass artwork.... Why does the cover look all gayed out?

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

Breaking News:

Every time i die broke jack osbourne out of rehab!

but i jest.
Everyone seems to have a very extreme opinion on this band, either they absolutely love the band or they hate them. Usually a comparison of DEP or some other tech band comes in, too. I will be honest, i dont really care either way. Tech is one of those things that you can only take so much of, and then you want to listen to something insipid and simple, like a green day record, or bob dylan. i have heard tracks off of this, not the whole thing, and my impression of it was "sounds like every other ETID song." moreover, it sounds like every other band doing the techmetalcore thing.

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

I haven't heard the album yet, but has anyone seen the magazine ads for the album? Two hot chicks making out! Fantastic...I knew right then I wanted to buy it!

Anonymous (July 5, 2003)

hot damn, lordy lord put that child to bed. heathens rejoice this album is fuckin good. my fav song is "floater".


inagreendase (July 5, 2003)

pretty good review but if you had never heard anything from or about this band, then the review kinda flipped you off about it.

hungryjoe (July 5, 2003)

Sonic Unyon is the only good thing that's come out of Hamilton.

Oh sure, the Bulldogs were the best AHL team, but what do you expect when you're drawing talent from 2 NHL teams? How are you going to do next year, when the Oilers take their minor-leaguers to Toronto Roadrunners?

And the CFL isn't even worth talking about.

FortyMinutesWest (July 4, 2003)

To quote someone from the Locust comments section:
"You guys compare every band that's the least bit quirky to the Dillinger Escape Plan"

Daegan (July 4, 2003)

I saw these guys last night with Thursday, This Day Forward, and Murder By Death. The three other bands made them look like a JOKE. They were like a less talented Dillinger Escape Plan. The highlight of their set was one of the guitarists playing rockstar and throwing his water bottle into the crowd, where it nearly hit a guy who threw it right back at the guitarist.

thebouncingsoul (July 4, 2003)

i love this band

great live as well

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

this is fucking good . they represent buffalo well.


Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

what about my all stupid?

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

Your all stupid!!!

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

i live in hamilton ontario,the official ass crack of canada. this album does rock too, a big progression from their previous efforts. vocals are really different.
bryan cook.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

I feel sorry for anyone who actually enjoys this.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

This isn't relevant, but is anyone going to review Beloved's Failure On? I would, but I don't have it yet.

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

the video for the first single "Ebolarama" is amazing. its the band in the middle of a roller rink with people skating around, fucking shit up and hitting each other

FortyMinutesWest (July 4, 2003)

Hot damn indeed. Great album from a great band

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

this album is amazing! Thats all i can say. its that good

adam (July 4, 2003)

I really liked this review. Good job Aubin.

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