Explore The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die's cinematically heavy reinvention in this immersive Chris Teti playthrough video

Chris Teti
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When Connecticut emo titans The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die dropped Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance back in August it was an impressively grand statement, even from a band whose music often plays with the gravity of operas or Greek tragedies. 

Named one of our essential guitar tracks the week it was released, the song – the lead single from the band's new album, Illusory Walls – was a surprising, but certainly not unwelcome, tonal shift, displaying the influences of twisty math-rock and down-tuned metal chug.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.