Excuse me while I clean up the slobber from my keyboard.
Oh boy is that riff tasty. While I’m sure there weren’t any doubts after “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space,” was released, Every Time I Die has firmly marked their comeback with “Revival Mode,” the first full music video from the band’s sixth full-length Ex Lives.
It’s been a long three years since the release of the band’s last full-length, 2009’s New Junk Aesthetic, and while some fans will be quick to compare “Revival Mode,” to the side-project vocalist Keith Buckley worked on during the time between albums (The Damned Things), that comparison really has no merit.
Sure, Keith is singing. That’s about where the similarities end. The riffs provided by guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams are far more southern-rock based and gritty then anything performed by the guitar-trio of The Damned Things, which had a more 80’s-metal approach. Also different is the groove-based drumming from Ryan “Legs” Leger, which even differs from previous material recorded by Every Time I Die, as this is the first full-length featuring Leger.
And while Keith does sing cleanly here, it’s not like he didn’t do so on New Junk Aesthetic either. Keith’s screams do make an appearance, as a harmony to the main line in the chorus as well as the end of the verses.
Overall, “Revival Mode” is a perfect choice for the second song to be released from Ex Lives, as its slow-burn contrasts the relentless onslaught of “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space.” I couldn’t be more excited for Ex Lives to come out next week.