“Ex Lives” by Every Time I Die turns 10; limited edition hot pink vinyl available now
The much missed Every time I dieThe pivotal sixth album of 2012 ex livesturned 10 this month and for the occasion we teamed up with the band and Epitaph Records on a new vinyl pressing from the album on bright pink wax, matching the log on the album cover. This is the deluxe edition with three bonus tracks, and the variant is limited to only 300 copies and available exclusively in our stores. Pre-order yours now while they last.
Here’s what we wrote about ex lives in our guide to ETID albums:
Yes New unwanted aesthetic concluded the first chapter of Every Time I Die’s career, then ex lives absolutely started the second. By 2012, the metalcore boom of the 2000s was over, with most early 2000s bands breaking up or changing their sound, as newer subgenres like deathcore, crabcore, and risecore had taken over. Instead of chasing trends or falling into familiar patterns, Every Time I Die released ex lives, an album that marked their most drastic creative leap in years, but one that sounded so distinctly like Every Time I Die and no other band. This album launched a new era for the band, one where they continued to define what it meant to be Every Time I Die, one that attracted a new generation of fans, and one that ultimately led to the most ambitious music ever. their career, their Swan Song 2021 Radical. ETID’s entire career has been a long work in progress, which is why it’s never been dull, but a big part of what has resulted in Radical started on ex lives. Without this album, the last decade of ETID’s career would have turned out very differently. And this one stands as one of their best.
ex lives makes ETID’s mission clear from the start with the opener “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space”, which quickly and deservedly became one of the band’s signature tracks. “I WANT TO DIE WITH MY FRIENDS!” Keith hollers repeatedly before the music even fully kicks in, and once it does, Jordan and Andy pull out some of their furiousest mathcore riffs since. Damn hot!. Just when you think you’ve identified him as one of ETID’s ragers, they fire a 180 and bring a clean vocal hook that simultaneously channels their pop side and their experimental side – a move that’s both thrilling and unexpected. And as Keith displays on this song and in the rest of ex lives, his lyricism had taken a big leap with this album. He could still be sardonic and theatrical on this album (“Places, everyone!”he commands on “I Suck [Blood]”), corn ex lives leaned heavily on the more poetic and philosophical side that would define Keith’s songwriting for the final decade of ETID’s career. And there’s a line on “UBFOS” that’s been quoted a lot since the split from ETID: “We made the scene when we made a scene/And though it was brief, it meant everything.” Yeah.
Expertly produced by Joe Barresi (who had previously worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion, Isis, etc.), ex lives has a big, spacious sound that lets ETID’s pure aggression shine through, but it’s a much warmer and more organic sound than typical metalcore production. It was the perfect fit for the band’s increasingly experimental songwriting, which was going in all sorts of new directions on ex lives. Much of the classic ETID sound remained, but ex lives is a stranger, deeper and more entirely original album than most ETID has released before. It moves seamlessly and unpredictably between screams and vocals, between riffs and atmosphere, and it’s full of memorable hooks and one-liners. It was their first album with drummer Ryan “Leg$” Leger, and maybe he helped breathe new life into the band, but it really felt like ETID as a whole had become something that he had never been before. Previous Every Time I Die albums had moved beyond metalcore, but this album marked the first time that ETID completely transcended any scene or genre.
Read the full album guide here. Stream the album and watch the video for “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space” below. Pre-order our new variant here.