Every Time I Die are that rare breed of metal band, able to blend rhythm and melody in with their otherwise punishing assault. The result is a swing between songs like Wanderlust and Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space, mixing more traditional rock’n’roll riffing with straight-up breakdown-laden metal.
It’s testament to the bands’ popularity that they have sold out the Electric Ballroom – by no means London’s smallest venue – for the second time in a year. The venue is living up to its name; there is a buzz in the air, possibly fuelled by alcohol consumption – the smell of beer is so prominent you can almost taste it.
Every Time I Die have always been a band best enjoyed after at least a few cans (just listen to the opening 3 seconds of The New Black), and it hasn’t taken much for this crowd to oblige.
Tearing onstage to one of their most well-known tracks, Kill the Music enables the crowd to warm up their vocals chords right from the onset. Followed immediately by Bored Stiff, the band hit the ground running, and before you know it they’ve reeled off old favourite I Been Gone a Long Time and a few of their heavier cuts from most recent album, the punishing Ex-Lives.
The first half of the set consists mainly of songs from the heavier end of the bands canon, short blasts of brutality that forcefully stamp their mark on the evening. The arrival of the wonderful Wanderlust heralds a shift in direction, allowing the audience to swap their pit faces for their dancing shoes.
The way the song shifts and shuffles between styles exhibits everything about Every Time I Die in the space of three and a half minutes; its crushing conclusion will be the moment of the evening that everyone present attributes their neck ache to tomorrow.
Ending with Wanderlust‘s sonic partner We’rewolf and the uncompromising Floater, Every Time I Die are on as fine form as ever. Having just released what could be argued to be their best album yet, and with such a strong and varied back catalogue with which to destroy nights like this, there are few better metal bands plying their trade at the moment.