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God Damn. I don't know how a band could sound any more crushing and overwhelming than the three brothers who are We're All Gonna Die. The first track to the last of "The Wreck of the Minot" absolutely annihilates. Clean without sounding thin, the sound stays monstrously powerful throughout. Ethan Dussault's mixing and Nick Zampiello's mastering job separates out the component sounds to make the synergistic whole sound even more fucking huge. Jim Healey's percussive guitar chord collisions come through like thunder while his voice is purest crystal. I already knew that Jim could whip out the vocals like a natural man, but his voice here is a thing of beauty. His vocals literally gave me goosebumps. A pure endorphin rush, thanks Jim. Brother Scott's intricate drum patterns, perfect beat timing, and ability to finesse the rhythms come through loud and clear on this disc. I have an even higher regard and more thorough appreciation for his talents after following the rhythms on "Evil Red", and cousin/brother Russ Boudreau's rock solid bass work provides a groove foundation that's as solid as granite bedrock. I've loved this band's sound since reviewing and raving to anyone who would listen to me about their early, self produced CD, sitting in Carlton Duff's basement playing that CD over and over, and being blown away by their first Underdogma release. As good as that one was, "The Wreck of the Minot" is even better, as in absolutely over the top, riff heaven writ large on the ears of time. Stoner thrash groove with enough heavy hard rock influences and anchors to keep the tunes tightly bound by verse chorus verse songwriting and an unwavering determination to level the earth with a harnessed power and fury unleashed like one mighty roar from the mouth of hell itself. Track 7, "I am the Messiah", is what Exodus might sound like with a heavy stoner groove scored down the center of their soul. Throw in a solid dose of hardcore anger and go for the throat menace, distill it all down to concentrate the intensity even more, and you have the We're All Gonna Die sound in all its evil/beautiful glory. Crushingly melodic, humongously heavy, rock hard, and as direct as a perfectly cut diamond shot through the center of your forehead. If you don't enjoy this release, then there's just no fucking hope for you. You don't deserve to live if this CD doesn't burn a hole in your soul. If you don't get it, you will never be allowed to own or listen to music again. You will be put on double secret rock probation and be given a Schaivo diet until you grow the gonads necessary to recognize the musical brilliance and pure rock reality that is We're All Gonna Die. - Glenn Tillman. - Tangerine Magazine


You may actually have to do a little digging to find the new album from this under-underground Boston trio. But put in the time, and you'll be rewarded with some of the most potent, crushing, timeless hard rock and roll to come down the pike this year. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE marry clenched-fist riffs and rhythmic intensity to soulful, soaring vocals, and the combination will send chills up your spine.

Vocalist/guitarist Jim Healey has this big, powerful belter's voice, somewhere in the vicinity of Ian Astbury, Glenn Danzig, John Lancaster (CHUM) and Jonah Jenkins (of fellow Beantown cult faves ONLY LIVING WITNESS and MILLIGRAM). He can bust out some frenzied screams (see the anatomically puzzling "Paper Asshole"), but man, when this guy lays into a vocal melody and sings it from the gut, it's powerful stuff. The six-minute-plus "Evil Red" is musically one of the simplest songs on "The Wreck of the Minot" — repetitious in that TOOL kind of way, very sedate and tense. But Healey's croon-to-a-scream performance makes it one of the album's highlights.

Musically, the band rely on a lot of lurching, start-stop grooves and solid, simple chugging, inviting comparisons to HELMET or mid-'90s ANTHRAX. "Resolve" and "Lower Than Life" are prime examples of this style, while "Evil Red" and "One Thirteen" are slower, more brooding and hypnotic, building to loud and epic finishes (in the latter's case, a segue into groove-drenched raveup "I Am the Messiah", a track tailor-made for driving too fast this summer). The title track is a nice acoustic interlude that provides some dynamic, and builds into the slow swell of the climactic "Violence and Laughter".

Throughout, Healey's huge, heartfelt singing remains the focal point, and the rest of the music is arranged to spotlight it. There's enough melody here, combined with the simple, propulsive riffing, to make one wonder why no larger label has picked up on WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE yet. Maybe it's because, though some of these songs would fit just fine on the radio, Healey and bandmates Scott Healey and Russ Boudreau look more like drunken biker hermits than blog-worthy post-emo hipsters. That fact alone may keep them off MTV, but it shouldn't keep you from checking out this impressive album.

"The Wreck of the Minot" is one of those records that makes you glad to be a music geek. It makes a grand statement by not making any grand statements, but by simply delivering a dozen massive, infectious songs played with intensity and conviction. You just gotta hear it.


- Keith Bergman - Blabbermouth.net


Local (Boston) boys We're All Gonna Die have unleashed their 2nd album to an ever growing underground fanbase who have heard the band's first album, "Go To Hell" and/or seen them live. The first track on "The Wreck Of The Minot" starts off with a riff that could make you swear you were listening to Anthrax. Further into the album we hear We're All Gonna Die's more signature sound...kind of like what Helmet would sound like if they were into stoner rock, with some Cult-ish vocal stylings, stomping riffs, grooves, etc. Songs like "I Remember", and "One Thirteen" show the range of this band's sound and influences, going from all out thrash to Beatles-esque melody. If you're into Clutch I'd recommend these guys also. This album is pretty solid from start to finish, but you've gotta see this band live because that's where they come through. - Absolutemetal.com


Discography

End Of the Line (Self Released -1999)

The Black EP (Self Released - 2000)
Wasted Time On A Blue Marble (Self Released - 2001)

Go To Hell (Self Released - 2002)

Go To Hell (Underdogma Records - January 20th 2004)

The Wreck of the Minot (Underdogma Records - April 26, 2005)

Kiss the Ground, Curse the Sky (Underdogma Records - March 25, 2008)

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We're All Gonna Die is a hard rock band from Boston formed in 1998. Vocalist/Guitarist Jim Healey, bassist Jesse Sherman, and drummer Eman Pacheco take all of the best elements of metal and hard rock, removed all crap, and unleashed music that will knock you on your ass every time you hear it. Think a little bit of Acid Bath, mix it with good dose of Tool, throw in some Alice in Chains and Guns 'n Roses atmosphere anchored in stoner rock groove and fuzz, and you might get the feel for this excellent Boston three piece. These guys have a huge, full sound and tasteful combination of melody, groove and atmosphere that deserves attention.

We're All Gonna Die signed with Underdogma Records in June of 2003 and has released two albums on the label, "Go To Hell" in 2004 and "The Wreck of the Minot" in 2005.