Sometimes it's great to backtrack
Frankenchrist | USA | 12/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"By now, most of the metal community has either heard of EVERY TIME I DIE or has possibly seen them live during their endless touring schedule. At this point, they have become a respected band even though their style of music isn't standardized or even remotely common. As a result of their surge to borderline commercial success, Undecided Records decided (yea, that is odd isn't it?) to re-release their debut EP, "The Burial Plot Bidding War." This astounding little treat was originally recorded in November of 1999 at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY. This is where it essentially began for these right-brain, satirical thinkers and right from the first bar of music, there is little to dispute how they became what they are now as a philosophically out-of-the-box group of hectic but aurally pleasing music inventors. Their trademark sound is certainly present in this EP with spiraling guitars and the spastic vocal experimentations but it's obvious that this was right around the point where their feet were getting wet. Keith (vocals) used a cardidid microphone for this blessed event which further proves how far he has come along over the years and it illustrates how they as a unit have finely tuned their skillful mastery of keeping their music unpredictable and especially fresh. As with most re-issues, the current fans will surely want this one but the unconverted will want to start with "Last Night in Town" before fully being able to appreciate the talent, wisdom and pioneering creativity EVERY TIME I DIE has displayed over the past couple of years."