Famous Metal Musicians React to the Breakup of Every Time I Die

  • Axl Rosenberg

Why does the breakup of Every Time I Die feel so different from the breakup of other popular bands? Part of it is certainly the drama that has developed around the split — but I don’t think that’s all of it. Plenty of band breakups are less-than-amicable, after all.

No, I think what makes this particular dissolution “special,” for lack of a better word, is that Every Time I Die were about as close to being universally beloved as any metal or hardcore band has ever been. I’m sure there are people who did/do not appreciate their music, and this being the Internet, I’m sure there are people who talked a lot of shit about them. But those shit-talkers are few and far between; ETID were never the constant target that so many of their peers have been.

This being the case, news of the split has lead to an especially emotional outpouring from prominent members of the metal community. We’ve collected some of those reactions below; we’ll continue to update this post as more come in.


Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid)

Buz McGrath (Unearth)

Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!)

James Hart (18 Visions)

Bryan Garris (Knocked Loose)

Kevin Kaine (Knocked Loose)

Thomas Williams (Stray from the Path)

Craig Reynolds (Stray from the Path)

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)

The World Alive

Telle Smith (The Word Alive)

Within the Ruins

Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds (Two Minutes to Late Night)

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