Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home

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Boysetsfire
Casey Jones
Set Your Goals
Death By Stereo

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09/29/2009

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Metal Blade

Tracklist

1 Enemy Sex
2 Almost Home (III)
3 God Rocky Is This Your Face?
4 We're Always Losing Blood
5 Sending Signals
6 Mario Speedwagon
7 Failure to Operate
8 Hopelessly Hopeless
9 The Letdown
10 I'm a Bulletproof Tiger
11 Not Good Enough

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For this review to work, before you go any further, you’re going to have to either agree with the following statement or, at the least, operate under the assumption that you should agree with it: Wolfbiker was not Evergreen Terrace’s best work and was actually, upon repeated listens, a step backwards after Sincerity Is an Easy Disguise in This Business. Wolfbiker was full of energy and had a few solid songs, true, but it really didn’t seem like the band was flexing the right muscles. They excel at mixing together hardcore music, abrasive vocals, and smooth sing-a-longs. They didn’t do enough with the third part of that equation on Wolfbiker, and the album suffered in the end. Almost Home looks to rectify that problem, to a point, as well as show the band beefing up their songwriting skills.

Throughout Almost Home you will feel more of the vibe that was present on Sincerity… than any of the band’s other albums. Along with that vibe, you’ll also hear the band picking up some new techniques that set much of this album apart from what they’ve done in the past and, it should come as no real surprise, puts this album at the pinnacle of Evergreen Terrace’s discography. Setting up the album, “Enemy Sex” shows the band treading through familiar musical fields, but even though they're in the same territory they’ve previously been in, this time around they’ve livened up and thickened their sound. This is also readily apparent as the album moves through the next few tracks. The livening of their sound comes mostly in the way that Craig Chaney and Joshua James handle their guitar-wielding duties. They are branching out beyond the normal melodic hardcore that you’ve heard in the past to include more menacing tones and the occasional guitar solo (something that really adds to songs such as on “Almost Home (III)”).

This album also feels like the band put in a lot more care into writing their songs. On past albums some songs felt underdeveloped or short, but every track on Almost Home feels fully developed, even the quicker raging tracks like “God Rocky, Is This Your Face?” and “The Letdown,” both of which are full-steam ahead, pit-roiling, ear-splitting hardcore tracks. Their songwriting strength really comes into play, however, when you hear some of the more melodically focused tracks. The band is conscious of the need to make the mellow tracks catchy since sing-a-longs just don’t work if they aren’t catchy.

“Hopelessly Hopeless” and “We’re Always Losing Blood” are going to be two tracks that get you to love the melodic side of Evergreen Terrace. These are a couple of melodic hardcore gems which, scarily enough, have some mainstream appeal to them. The main reason why this appeal is there comes from Chaney’s clean vocals. He sounds as smooth and confident as ever while, on the flip side, Carey’s voracious and vicious screams continue to explode during the band’s heavier moments. Losing longtime member Jason Southwell doesn’t seem to have affected the band at all, and allowing some production input didn’t seem to hinder the band either.

Evergreen Terrace has a solid album on their hands with Almost Home. It contains a number of songs that will become live show staples (especially “I’m a Bulletproof Tiger” – this song was made to get a crowd moving) and more than a few songs that will stick with you for days after listening to them. These guys have really hit their stride and appear to be playing at the top of their game. Pick up this album and go see these guys on tour; both will be an utter treat!

--Rick Gebhardt

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Rick Gebhardt
Last updated: 09/29/2009 09:04PM

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thetsaiguy
08/26/2009
02:07PM
Location
San Jose, CA

Good review, decent band.  Hope this album's good.

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KEVO
08/26/2009
02:22PM
Age: 22
Location
Alabama

I'm super stoked for this album. I have to say though, I love both Wolfbiker and Sinceritybut I'm no sure I agree Wolfbiker was a step backward from Sincerity...Good review though Rick.

snoopydogg
08/26/2009
03:49PM
Age: 30
Location
California

i got the four song sampler.  sounds solid.  can't wait for this whole thing.

Bill Lohr
08/27/2009
10:56AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA

I need to hear to this so bad!

cloudscollide
08/27/2009
05:30PM
Age: 25
Location
PA

Looking forward to this. Hope it's good. I really enjoy all ET albums but I stop listening to them rather quickly, hopefully this one keeps getting spins from me.

Chris Conlan
08/31/2009
12:35PM
Age: 30
Location
Dubuque

This disc is way better than the previous album.  Track 3 is just insane.

aaron
09/05/2009
09:44AM
Age: 32
Location
Atascadero, CA

woo this album rules.  finally got it and wow, way better than the last one.  prepare to be stoked everyone.

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Jared Mehle
09/08/2009
07:01PM
Age: 32
Location
Minneapolis, MN

OK people, this album is everything it's been built up to be. I love it.

Rick Gebhardt
09/09/2009
06:25AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota
Jared Mehle

OK people, this album is everything it's been built up to be. I love it.

I knew you would.

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rustycage
09/12/2009
06:23PM
Age: 33

So unfair....

Chris Conlan
09/13/2009
08:29AM
Age: 30
Location
Dubuque

I honestly can't believe this hasn't leaked yet.

b_myers
09/24/2009
09:39AM
Age: 32
Location
Olympia, Washington

the energy that this album brings is insane!

aaron
09/24/2009
10:07AM
Age: 32
Location
Atascadero, CA

there isn't a bad song on their entire album.. i can listen on repeat for days.

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cloudscollide
09/24/2009
01:19PM
Age: 25
Location
PA

CD rules.

Bill Lohr
09/29/2009
05:02AM
Age: 30
Location
Lehigh Valley, PA

Definitely not what I had expected AT ALL! Album rules hard