That doesn’t mean the more ‘standard’ format ETID tracks like Sly, Planet Shit, Hostile Architecture and The Whip should be overlooked, though. With huge, grin-inducing mosh calls and genius one-liners – ‘Fear is a fetish and I am a masochist,’ roars Keith on the latter – this is music suited equally for pitting to as well as simply just sitting with and absorbing all that’s thrown at you. Radical feels inherently fun and even spontaneous, despite so clearly being meticulously thought-out.
If there was to be any criticism at all, it’s that there’s a very tiiiiiny
argument to be made that this could be a more streamlined record. Not every single one of these 16 tracks is totally essentially considering their already-enormous discography, but anyone who wants less Every Time I Die is quite simply a fool – especially when the band are on such blistering form as they are here.
For fans of: Stray From The Path, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Radical is out now via Epitaph Records