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The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is an indie/emo band that is part of the emo revival scene of the 2000s, when indie groups began to take the emo sound and move it in a more melodic, atmospheric direction. Their sound can be compared to other, earlier emo bands such as American Football with more lyrical clarity, although they do tend towards Word Salad Lyrics and could be construed as fake deep for similar reasons to most emo bands. They made an album ("Between Bodies") largely consisting of spoken word poetry set to music.


  • Album Intro Track: The first song on every full-length so far is this.
  • Album Title Drop: In "Marine Tigers" from Always Foreign; "You Can't Live There Forever" from Harmlessness also basically qualifies.
  • B-Side: "blank #69" from their release of a version of 4'33".
  • Concept Video: Most of their music videos.
  • Epic Rocking: Harmlessness ends with a 15 minute song, Always Foreign ends with a contiguous series of three tracks comprising a 17-minute epic about the American immigrant experience, and Illusory Walls ends with not one but two 15-minute-plus tracks.
  • Longest Song Goes Last: Every full-length so far has ended with the album's longest song. (These tend to also fall under Album Closure.)
  • Long Title: "The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die" is a bit longer than most band names.
  • Looped Lyrics: The ends of "Getting Sodas" from Whenever, If Ever and "Mount Hum" from Harmlessness, as well as "Katamari Duquette," "Victim Kin Seek Suit," and "Body Without Organs."
  • Lyrical Dissonance: While not as extreme as some other emo bands, it definitely crops up, particularly in Harmlessness.
  • Metal Scream: A more yell-like version common to Midwest emo shows up a lot in their pre-2016 material.
  • New Sound Album: While their ever-shifting lineup means that this applies to all of their full-lengths to a certain extent, it's much more obvious on Illusory Walls, where they shift way further into metal territory than they've ever been previously.
  • Non-Appearing Title: All over the place.
  • Recycled Lyrics: They've used self-referentiality to great effect with their numerous callbacks and recurring threads across multiple albums. Some notable examples include
  • Religion Rant Song: "Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance" and "Died in the Prison of the Holy Office" from Illusory Walls definitely qualify.
  • Revolving Door Band: There's about 15 people associated with the act who have cycled in and out of the lineup, and while vocalist David Bello has taken more of a leading role during the past two album cycles, it still largely lacks anyone who could be described as a frontman.
  • Textless Album Cover: More often than not.
  • Wanderlust Song: "Gig Life" from Whenever, If Ever.