Buffalo’s Every Time I Die are one of those bands that has yet to release anything I would consider less than great. From their last album, From Parts Unknown to their classic Gutter Phenomenon, it has all been on point! So a pre-order of Low Teens was a must as it was bound to thrill, and thrill it does.
The riffs are back. Big raucous riffs. There is no escaping guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams as they throw you about like a rag doll from one riff to the next giving you only a moments rest to push the hair out of your face. Opening song Fear and Trembling propels listens into the album with its neck snapping groove. It isn’t all groove though. Be prepared for that chaotic outburst of guitar work that have gained them serious renown. The likes of I Didn’t Want To Join Your Stupid Cult Anyway tear through the album like nobody’s business leaving no remorse for those not prepared for it. Don’t forget that southern tinge that Every Time I Die love to throw into the mix. Just like fried chicken, a little southern influence goes a long way, with Two Summers filling in the riffs with suave bridges and stylish licks.
Hats off to bassist Stephen Micciche refusing to let the guitarist hold all the lime light with his thick bass lines in C++ (Love Will Get You Killed) and The Coin Has A Say. The tone sheds some serious impact on the guitar absent parts to punch in some juicy bass riffs. We can’t talk about bass without mentioning the drumming of Daniel Davison who keeps up with the madness of the guitars and bass with laying down beats to further enhance the raw aggression and keep the mosh flowing.
Vocalist Keith Buckley has jumped straight into the deep end with this albums vocals. Having to deal with life threatening complications with his wife’s pregnancy have made the lyrics to this album his most personal yet. There is passion in his voice that is for sure. Petal has a driving force behind the vocals that knocks the lyrics deeper and deeper. The vocals are the perfect partner to the instrumental side with his raw shrill screams keeping the hectic parts pulsing and his hard rock singing giving off a strange melody to the chaos. Hell, who knew that the pop rock sound of Panic! at the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie would translate well into It Remembers but it does.
Low Teens is what you come to suspect from Every Time I Die. It’s a barrage of riffs, pounding groove and frenzied vocals. But what more could you want? It is sublime, oh so sublime. The album earns a massive 10/10 for continue an unfaltering the bands legacy!