Rather than counting down the days until we can celebrate Christmas, this year we’re bringing your a series of metal posts will be celebrating the countdown until we don’t have to be inundated with Christmas music and decorations everywhere. To coincide with this countdown We’ll be posting our top 25 metal (and metal-ish) albums of 2012. 25 days of hell, 25 rad metal albums to make up for it.
If Andrew WK is the president of partying, we’re pretty sure that Every Time I Die would stand a pretty good shot at being his running mate(s). Ex Lives is the band’s sixth full-length album and is a burner in just about every sense of the word. From the opening lines “I want to be dead with my friends” to the closing drone of “Indian Giver” — this album doesn’t pull a single punch. Continuing the trend from both The Big Dirty and New Junk Aesthetic, Ex Lives features a raucous metallic hardcore sound with a slight southern flair. Otherwise known as music perfect for bar fights or out of control parties. Or both. Simultaneously. The only real trouble with the album is that it feels a bit short, clocking in at just 32 minutes and change (40:18 with bonus tracks), almost like a party busted up by the cops. Oh well, it’s truly great for the short time it lasts.