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Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die performing on the 2018 Vans Warped Tour.
|Origin||Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
Every Time I Die is an American metalcore band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1998. They have garnered acclaim for their energetic and intense live shows. They announced on July 14, 2008 that they had left their label Ferret Music and signed with Epitaph Records instead. Their eighth and latest studio album Low Teens was released through Epitaph on September 23, 2016.
The band was established by Jordan Buckley, Andy Williams and Michael Novak. They added Keith Buckley on vocals and bassist John McCarthy. They played their first show in Hamilton, Ontario.
In their first short tour covering the Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Ontario, Canada vicinities, the band met Goodfellow Records producer Chris Logan, who released the band's debut EP Burial Plot Bidding War in 2000. The following year, Aaron Ratajczak replaced McCarthy as bassist and the band entered Zing Studios in Westfield, MA to begin recording their debut full length for Ferret Records in January 2001. The band released Last Night In Town on August 14, 2001 and embarked on an east coast tour with Killswitch Engage in support. That same year Stephen Micciche, of Kid Gorgeous replaced Ratajczak as bassist.
In mid-December 2002, it was announced that the band had booked time to record their next album in February 2003, with the aim of releasing it in June. Recording took place at Trax East studios in South River, New Jersey with producer Eric Rachel. On February 13, 2003, it was announced that drums had been tracked and that progress on guitars was underway. The following March, the band embarked on tour with Unearth & Evergreen Terrace and shot a music video for the album's lead single, "Ebolorama" with director Darren Doane. The band released Hot Damn! on July 1, 2003 and embarked on an American tour supporting Jackass star Steve-O. The album was well received and brought about their first mini Warped Tour stint, overseas tours with NORA and Chimaira, numerous U.S tours with bands such as Bleeding Through, Norma Jean, Dillinger Escape Plan, and a spot on the 2004 Ozzfest tour.
Micciche resigned from his position in 2005 to towards the end of the writing sessions for Gutter Phenomenon with the band announcing they were accepting online submissions to replace Micciche. Kevin Falk of Between The Buried and Me filled the vacant position in April 2005. The band released Gutter Phenomenon on August 23, 2005 on Ferret Records with Falk being let go from the band almost immediately after the album's release for personal reasons. He was replaced by Chris Byrnes of NORA who left the band immediately following their stint on Warped Tour 2006 under amicable circumstances.He was replaced by Keller Harbin of The Chariot and embarked on tour with Atreyu on the World Championship Tour along with From First to Last and Chiodos. On October 30, 2006, the band released their first DVD entitled "Shit Happens" including various home videos, tour antics and live footage of the band.
In February 2007, Keith Buckley stated that the band had been holed up in a basement in North Tonawanda, New York writing their 4th album. On April 24, 2007 the band announced that The Big Dirty would be released on September 4 of that year. The band embarked on tour with Norma Jean of June 2007. The next month the band released the first single, "Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Battery" on all streaming services. Upon release of the album, Josh Newton replaced Harbin on bass and the band embarked on tour with Underoath, Poison The Well & Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster. The band performed the song "We'rewolf" live on the ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Halloween of 2007. From January-February 2008, Every Time I Die went on a tour with Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Parkway Drive. They also headlined the Take Action Tour, playing alongside From First to Last, August Burns Red, The Bled, and The Human Abstract. The band played the entire Warped Tour 2008.
In July 2008, Keith Buckley announced that the band had fulfilled their contract with Ferret Records and were looking for a new label. In February 2009 the band announced that they have signed with Epitaph Records and would be going into the studio later that year to begin production on their fifth album. During the 2009 UK tour with Gallows, a song titled "Buffalo 666" was played for the first time. At the end of June it was announced that drummer Mike "Ratboy" Novak had left the band due to "personal conflicts". On August 23 of that year, Ryan "Legs" Leger was added as the new drummer. The band released New Junk Aesthetic on September 15, 2009. The band was part of the European Taste of Chaos tour at the end of 2009, supporting headliners Killswitch Engage and In Flames.
Every Time I Die headlined the 2010 Australian Boys of Summer Tour. In support of Every Time I Die were Australian bands 50 Lions, House vs. Hurricane and Mary Jane Kelly. The band toured across Australia playing shows in Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Josh Newton announced on October 12, 2011 that he was no longer in the band. For the remainder of the tour, Stephen Micciche filled his role as bassist. On December 12, they released a video on Warped Tour's YouTube channel announcing they were playing all dates on the 2012 Warped Tour.
In January 2012, Every Time I Die released their video for "Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space", from their album Ex Lives, which was released on March 6, 2012. On February 23, the band released the second single and music video off the album for "Revival Mode". The band embarked on tour with The Devil Wears Prada, Oh, Sleeper and Letlive. in 2012 in support of Ex Lives. On October 15, 2013, the band was announced to be a support act for A Day to Remember on their European Tour 2014.
In the spring of 2014, the band announced that they were starting production on their seventh studio album From Parts Unknown with producer Kurt Ballou which was released July 8, 2014 along with their 6th run on the Vans Warped Tour 20th edition. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200, their second top 25 in the band's existence. Following their time on Warped Tour Every Time I Die started a Canadian tour in mid September with Expire and Counterparts. Following their Canadian tour they co-headlined a winter tour with The Ghost Inside along with support from Architects, Backtrack and Hundredth as their openers.
In February 2015 the band announced Ryan Leger's departure to be replaced by Daniel Davison, formerly of Norma Jean and Underoath. On March 29, the band revealed that they would be releasing an EP exclusively for Record Store Day titled Salem.
In December 2015 while on tour with August Burns Red, vocalist Keith Buckley left due to a life-threatening emergency with his 7-month pregnant wife and unborn daughter. It was during this time and the subsequent hospital stays that Buckley wrote a vast majority of lyrics for a new album while awaiting their clean bill of health and recovery. On September 23, 2016 the band released Low Teens to universal critical acclaim. The band spent the next 2 years touring with the likes of Knocked Loose, Harm's Way, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, '68, Motionless In White, Turnstile and Machine Gun Kelly in support of the album. In September 2017, Daniel Davison parted ways with the band citing exhaustion from touring. He was replaced by Clayton "Goose" Holyoak of Fear Before The March Of Flames and coincidentally from being a replacement for Davison once before in Norma Jean. Holyoak was subsequently replaced in Norma Jean by former ETID drummer Ryan Leger. On June 21, 2018, the band embarked on the final run of the Vans Warped Tour. In October 2018, the band announced that they will embark on one last tour in support of Low Teens with Turnstile, Angel Du$t and Vein before taking time off to begin writing their ninth record. On December 15, 2018, the band was honored by their native Buffalo, for their musical accomplishments and advocacy for the city, with an annual holiday on December 15 named after the band. The band revealed in an interview they all have to share their ETID Day plaque between them
On September 9, 2019, the band confirmed that they had started work on their ninth album. They later announced during the January 2020 UK/EU tour supporting While She Sleeps, that the recording process of the album would start once they returned to the US. The album is expected to be released later in 2020.
Every Time I Die's style has been described as metalcore,hardcore punk and post-hardcore. They initially formed as a hardcore band but their music soon manifested strong influences from heavy metal and rock. They have been called "metalcore icons" and their 2003 album Hot Damn! a "total gamechanger" for the genre.AllMusic described their metalcore sound as mixing alternative metal, Southern metal and screamo. They have also experimented with mathcore and sludge metal at various points in their discography. They are strongly influenced by Southern rock; frontman Keith Buckley stated that "the grit of ... Southern rock bands is the one commonality that the band has. It's something we all appreciate and grew up on, in a sense; mainly because it was the type of music that made a coarse poetry out of nature." Just as the band's sound is chaotic, sharp and manifold, their lyrics are crafted to be strange, sarcastic and sardonic.