'Last Night In Town' is the debut album from the New York metalcore crew that is Every Time I Die. The band consists of five members and this debut album originally saw its release through Ferret Records in 2001. The album is ten tracks long and consists of 34 minutes of music; it's a fine display of metalcore and an album that I personally am hugely fond of. The vocals vary greatly here from the most melodic of sound to a high-pitched scream of a cry; always the vocal sound is fantastic throughout the entirety of this album and instrumentally also the music has much to offer here.
I actually discovered Every Time I Die in 2003 when the band released its 'Hot Damn!' second album; another album that I can't get enough of, immediately I wanted to hear other material by the band and therefore this 'Last Night In Town' album quickly found its way into my record collection. I'm not the biggest fan of metalcore, I do however absolutely love the Every Time I Die sound and the band does I feel bring something a little new and interesting to the genre. The music is incredibly unpredictable, the guitar work is phenomenal, and never do you quite know where the musical journey that is 'Last Night In Town' will take you next.
The track 'Punch-Drunk Punk Rock Romance' from this album actually features Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage (KsE) fame on guest vocals; the joint vocal style of Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley and KsE's Howard Jones here works incredibly well and provides for what is in my opinion one of the key highlights of the album. The bands lyrics always make me smile on this album; the instrumental work is brutal and the vocal range displayed here really is rather impressive.
In terms of song structure it could be argued that the music of Every Time I Die is here a little lacking; that the tracks progress without any real sense of structure, and this argument would be entirely just. 'Last Night In Town' can be seen as a mathcore album, a genre of music which is characterised by unusual time signatures and lack of conventional musical progression. The sound is instrumentally complex, finely worked, and every element of the instrumental sound is intricately woven to create the fine music here that is the ten tracks of the 'Last Night In Town' album; the sound created is not conventional, the music is entirely unpredictable, and it is this that makes the music so exciting and invigorating to listen to.
From start to finish this is an absolutely exceptional album from Every Time I Die, the music progresses here at a phenomenal rate and always the bands music has much to offer both instrumentally and vocally also. There are only ten tracks here, all of them are excellent however and the fact that the band has valued quality over quantity here really is excellent to hear. For a debut release this truly is a fantastic album, never has this band disappointed me yet and this is where it all began for Every Time I Die. The band actually formed in 1998 so by the time that this album was released in 2001 Every Time I Die had already been active for three years as a band; the members closeness as a unit certainly shows here and as you listen to this 'Last Night In Town' album from the band you get a real sense of the members gelling incredibly well together. If you like your metalcore then you certainly can't go far wrong with Every Time I Die's 'Last Night In Town'; I'm not exactly the biggest fan of the genre on the whole but even I have a hugely fond appreciation for this fine album from the band.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Emergency Broadcast Syndrome
2 Jimmy Tango's Method
3 Here's Lookin' at You
4 Punch-Drunk Punk Rock Romance
5 Enter Without Knocking and Notify the Police.
6 Logic of Crocodiles
7 Pin Cushion
8 Nothing Dreadful Ever Happens
9 California, Gracefully
10 Shallow Water Blackout