| Ferret Recordsí Every Time I Die has been around a while, and their 2003 release Hot Damn! picked up a significant amount of sales. Now, with the release of August 2005ís Gutter Phenomenon, the band will score an even higher amount of record sales and larger fan base. Or at least thatís my prediction, and Iím saying this largely in part of the albumís low price ($9.99 at Rasputin Music, $11.99 at Hot Topic).
No matter how this year will end, I guarantee Gutter Phenomenon will be on everyoneís Top 5 Hardcore Albums of the Year, along with As I Lay Dying and Norma Jean (both of which are reviewed on euphoniaonline.net).
For those of you unfamiliar with Every Time I Die, you were probably rockiní out a little too hard to Kelly Clarkson. But if you also like Maida, Fight Paris, Still Remains, and He Is Legend, you should already be listening to Every Time I Die without me telling you to.
For those of you who have heard or own Hot Damn!, youíre in luck, because Iím going to devote the rest of the review to comparing Gutter Phenomenon with it. There are two things that immediately grab your attention concerning the difference between the two albums: the guitars and the vocals.
Youíll notice that the guitar tone is less gritty, and consequently, a little less powerful. It seems like they turned the distortion knobs a tad to the left, but for a very good reason; because the riffs are much more complicated, mobile, and volatile. So you basically get slightly cooler guitar lines with slightly less distortion. Fair trade, Iíd say.
The next difference is the vocals. On Hot Damn!, they were powerful and teeth-gnashing, yet slightly unstable. The singer seemed to be oscillating between a scream and a yell (yes, there is a difference), and he did it a few million times per song. In Gutter Phenomenon, he only switches several times per song, and devotes more of his vocal cords towards the screams, which sound a bit like the screams you hear from Refused (R.I.P.) and Trivium. In addition, the singing is great. Gutter Phenomenon has more singing parts than Hot Damn!, if I remember correctly, and, like the new Norma Jean, the singing parts are not one bit emo. And thatís not the only similarity the new Norma Jean and new Every Time I Die have in common.
Although itís way more evident on the Norma Jean, a Botch (R.I.P.) influence seems to play a very important part. And maybe Iím hearing things, but occasional parts of Gutter Phenomenon sound like what Velvet Revolver would sound like if they didnít smoke 500 cigarettes a day. But donít take that the wrong way.
Anyone looking for a metalcore sound minus the emotive filler, Gutter Phenomenon is the way to go. The southern hardcore force is strong in Every Time I Die. And thatís peculiar because theyíre not even from the south.
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| GUTTER PHENOMENON
1) Apocalpyse Now And Then
2) Kill The Music
3) Bored Stiff
4) Easy Tiger
5) Tusk And Temper
6) The New Black
<< 7) Champing At The Bit >>
8) Gloom And How It Gets That Way
9) Guitared And Feathered
11) Pretty Dirty