On Disc: Every Time I Die

Album: The Big Dirty

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Big Dirty by Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die
The Big Dirty
Ferret Music

3.5 stars

When Every Time I Die assured Alternative Press its next album would be heavier than Gutter Phenomenon, it’s likely that its fans were excited for another Hot Damn! or Last Night in Town.

This album couldn’t be farther from the band’s original work. It alternates between the heavier sequences from Gutter Phenomenon and a southern rock completely foreign to hardcore punk or metal.

While many hardcore bands like Maylene, and Cancer Bats claim to fuse southern rock, The Big Dirty is the only album that’s come through with its promise.

The heavily distorted, syncopated guitars and screams are present in every song to represent ETID’s hardcore leanings. In the midst of all this, dirty vocals and riffs akin to AC/DC or Nashville Pussy seamlessly blend with the chaos, making us wonder if this Buffalo-bred band was really raised in Georgia.

Keith Buckley’s atonal vocals soar as melodically and powerfully as the victory march to a fullscale war. The Big Dirty’s only fallback is repetitive themes.

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