First Impressions: Every Time I Die – “New Junk Aesthetic”

First Impressions is a segment where we let you into our early thoughts on a highly anticipated album, This week, we have our early views on Every Time I Die’s New Junk Aesthetic. It drops September 15, 2009.


Every Time I Die have returned with the fury of a thousand suns! On September 15th, the Buffalo, NY group pairs with Epitaph Records to release the long awaited follow-up to The Big Dirty which is entitled, New Junk Aesthetic. NJA finds the group, now on album five, taking a step back into their heavier, faster days. It’s not like ETID had a point in time where they ever slowed their sound, but the fury and intensity of albums like Hot Damn radiates throughout this release. Keith Buckley has never sounded more on top of his vocal game than he does here as tracks like “Who Invited the Russian Soldier” and “Host Disorder” display his niche lyrical and vocal swagger as only Buckley can do. For instance, on “Goddamn Kids These Days,” Buckley signature metaphors take center stage as he belts “If this is the state of my heart, I choose to secede.” Likewise, Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams use their guitars to interlace each and every track with riffy goodness that goes down smooth. Every song screams for your attention and really, what more could you ask for in any album? New Junk Aesthetic is the musical equivalent of taking six shots of Jack Daniels, stealing a car, and driving straight into the depths of hell. Its loud, rude, crude, and most of all, exactly what fans have been waiting all this time to hear. ETID is back my friends, and better than ever.

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