Random fistfights are go! 

"I was a lot more intrigued by bands that had a short attention span and would change things quickly when growing up," says Keith Buckley, vocalist for Buffalo, N.Y., metalcore quintet Every Time I Die. This is evident in the band's "Hot Damn!," on which Buckley, guitarists/sibling Jordan Buckley and Andrew Williams, drummer Michael "Ratboy" Novak, Jr. and bassist Stephen Micciche offer quick bursts of machine-gun guitars and spontaneous time changes that recall a hardcore Dillinger Escape Plan. Lyrically, Every Time I Die often captures mankind at a low point, sometimes literally ("Drag the lake/You'll find that it's full of love," from "Floater").

While the Buckleys grew up together in Buffalo, ETID's origins go back to a chance encounter when Jordan Buckley, while driving back from a Canadian strip club, saw Williams fighting another man on the side of the road in 1998, then later met him in person. Along with another bassist, the brothers, Williams and Novak starting playing, later releasing the five-song "The Burial Plot Bidding War" EP. Afterwards, the band signed to hardcore label Ferret, which released 2001's "Last Night In Town" and last year's "Hot Damn!" The band members quit their day jobs (Buckley was a high school teacher) around the same time that the relatively unknown act landed on several best-of lists for its debut, and spent two years straight on the road, playing a handful of dates on the 2002 Warped tour and touring with acts including Poison the Well. The band may be getting the recognition that it's looking for when it takes part in this year's Ozzfest.

"I don't think there's ever been a point in our career when we questioned whether it was worth doing," Buckley says. "Of course it was. It was fun to do. We'll just sit around and wait to be noticed."

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