For my dollar, there is no other metalcore band really worth listening to. ETID’s first two records were off-the-hinges spastic-schizo northern New York State hardcore, more akin to Dillinger Escape Plan. With the release of 2003’s Hot Damn, they got southern-groove into their hardcore (via Pantera), something that made them incredibly popular with the Warped Tour set. Seven years later, the band has migrated to indie giant Epitaph Records. The groove is still there but it is certainly muted in favour for their trademark truncated and concentrated blasts of aggression (only two tracks break the four-minute barrier). Lyrics are much darker but not without the humour that Keith Buckley has become known for (like how describing cancer as an unwanted party guest on Host Disorder made me snicker). Live is where this band really shows who’s boss. Catch their fugly display of power at the Garrick on Friday, March 19.
Published in Volume 64, Number 22 of The Uniter (March 11, 2010)