Track Of The Day today is this mind-blowing album-opener from Every Time I Die. Their 2016 album Low Teens has “Fear and Trembling” as the first track, and it’s impressively chaotic.
“Fear and Trembling” is dissonant and awkward from the outset, teetering on the edge between music and messiness, but it’s kind of like a car crash you don’t want to look away from. When the drums and vocals join in with the guitars, adding force and groundedness to the chaos, it’s already firmly on the music side and ‘Damn, this is sick’ comes to mind.
“I’ll wait for an omen
A sign that I’m chosen
Then I’ll crack that reaper safe with my bare hands
My horror was holy
When I robbed two early graves I was sick with grief
Its heart-racing and heavy (I adore those riffs from 2:18) and you can feel the inner wrestle as the song traverses across time signature shifts with sections of expression and confession. It’s heavy territory, speaking about sacrifices we might make for survival, even if it’s something we would never think of doing ordinarily.
Check out “Fear and Trembling”.