Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic
‘New Junk Aesthetic’ is the fifth studio album from New York’s Every Time I Die, an album on which the band jumps from track to track with a fantastic element of fiery power. There’s generally no holding back here, with Every Time I Die absolutely smashing its way through much of the album, putting down fantastically well on record an aggressive metalcore sound. There are a couple of tracks here that aren’t quite as well formed as the others, and the ‘New Junk Aesthetic’ album as a whole is by no means perfect, it’s certainly a very enjoyable album to listen to however, and it’s good to hear the band getting back to what it does best.
The ‘New Junk Aesthetic’ album is absolutely loaded with metalcore gold, and there are certain tracks here that demand to be listened to a hundred times over. There are of course a couple of tracks here where the band turns up the southern style, particularly on ‘Wanderlust’ where Keith Buckley can actually be heard singing for a large percentage of the track. I have to admit that I’m far more a fan of the harder hitting Every Time I Die style, ‘Wanderlust’ is still a pretty good effort from the band however, and I actually rather like it.
There are three notable guest appearances here, with Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan featuring on ‘The Marvellous Slut’, Matt Caughthran of The Bronx featuring on ‘The Sweet Life’, and even Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy fame makes a guest appearance here featuring on the track ‘After One Quarter of a Revolution’. The inclusion of Pete Wentz on the album seems to be a pretty odd one on paper, the track itself works well though, and if you weren’t told that he appeared on this two minute blast of power then you’d never have guessed it otherwise.
13 tracks feature here in total, with the album clocking in at around 37 minutes in length. There are only a couple of tracks here that are longer than 4 minutes (‘Wanderlust’ being one of them), and generally the tracks tend to come in at around 2-3 minutes; a perfect length for an album of this sort. The album has been very well put together, is packed full of energy, and whilst it may not be the band’s best ever album release, ‘New Junk Aesthetic’ is arguably the best Every Time I Die album since 2003s ‘Hot Damn!’.
‘New Junk Aesthetic’ is a quality fifth studio album from Every Time I Die, and one that is sure to make a lot of people happy to hear it. Every Time I Die is a band getting back towards its best, and it’s very refreshing to hear it, too. Definitely be sure to give ‘New Junk Aesthetic’ a listen, and the chances are that you’ll be very pleased with what you find.
Release Date: September 15th 2009