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Every Time I Die

Live at Ozzfest, 2004, Alpine Valley, WI

Review by Josh Turner

It is rare to see an act whose performance on stage can rival the quality of their studio work. It is even less frequent to see a band do better. Every Time I Die is one of these rare occurrences. They were absolutely smoking on stage.
Their set was a svelte twenty minutes and they wasted no time getting down to business. Their riffs were excellent and they were fun to watch. The band enjoyed their time on stage immensely. You could tell they were ecstatic to be a part of the event. This carried into their show and down into the crowd.

Gary Hill
Gary Hill
In no means were they doing a choreographed dance routine, but their actions were coordinated with one another. Their head bangs were not only persistent, but also appeared to be synchronized. While many bands are thrown together based off talent and availability, the bandmates appeared to have chosen each other out of friendship. Not only did they play well together, they gave each other the chance to come center stage. In the case of the drummer, Michael Novak Jr., our attention was diverted by the others when it was his turn to share in the limelight. Keith Buckley (singer), his brother Jordan (guitarist), Andrew Williams (guitarist), and Stephen Micciche (bassist) each took turns jumping on top of the sound equipment. The crowd was mesmerized by these shenanigans on stage.

Gary Hill
Gary Hill
Keith is a very personable front man. He is a cool cat who connects with his audience. The entire band followed his lead by showing extraordinary enthusiasm. Their instrumentations were tight. The drums and guitar were crystal clear. While each element from the drums to the guitars was discreet and audible, this did not take away from the energy they were transmitting. The music was hardcore and heavy as hell. They gave Romeo A Go Go, a cut off their latest album Hot Damn, an incredibly intense delivery.

Gary Hill
Gary Hill
This band deserves a big thumbs up. They were one of the few highlights of Ozzfest's second stage and the surprise hit of the event. Check out Hot Damn! If you are a Hardcore Metal fan and you get a chance to see them live, do not hesitate for one second and do not be late. Every Time I Die is pure adrenaline from the opening minute to the last.

Gary Hill
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