Texas in July
I Am


3.0
good

Review

by matthewebster USER (2 Reviews)
September 28th, 2009 | 122 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's gotta be something in the water in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Hailing from lancaster, this town has been pumping out some truly talented bands lately: august burns red, texas in july, this or the apocalypse to name a couple. Now, if you've been keeping up with this band from their first ep, you realize a dramatic improvement from "Salt of the Earth."

Immediately pressing play you notice the vocals have improved tremendously, i dont know what their vocalist has been doing but i like it. The recording quality is much better as well, and the vocals just feel more complete. Although this album is nothing to awe or worship over, Texas In July is definetly starting to take it to the next level. Straying a little more away from the august burns red copycat feel as Salt of the Earth felt like at many points, "I Am" seemingly flows and transitions better into more original material.

Needless to say the drums are impeccable throughout every song. and while the bass is hard to find under it all, the guitars seem almost uninspired at many points. In turn, leaving a couple songs sounding very similar and uninteresting at certain points. Elements, Lancaster, and Satelittes (Geoff from Gwen Stacy appearing in guest vocals in this track) all tend to sound somewhat alike to one another. Switching from one point in one of these three songs to another you could swear you're listening to the same song. That is the only big problem in this album that i can see.

Otherwise I Am far excedes the previous release, two songs are kept from the ep though. Those being Hook Line, and Sinner and Reflections. Reflections being a stronger more guitar oriented song on the album, and hookline seeming to be the standout song and my personal favorite on the cd. Crushing breakdowns and melodic scales are sure to be found picking up this album. While lyrically this album is very refreshing, from the chant "I am the fire, the wind, and the sea," in Elements to the "by golly holy cow" in Father Time, it is never ceasing to grab your attention.

For being so young, i would say this band is just starting to show what they are capable of. Although "I Am" hasn't done anything incredible for the genre, Texas In July is showing that they are here to stay.

Recommended Tracks:

Hook Line, and Sinner
Aurora
It's Not My First Rodeo
I Am Yours


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xTevinx (2.5)
Central PA is turning out to be a breeding ground for bands, too bad most of them sound alike....


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cvlts
September 28th 2009


8967 Comments


so are these guys christian or somethin?


good review but you really need to learn how to Capitalize, lulz

Douglas
September 28th 2009


9118 Comments


They are pretty much August Burns red rip offs.

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

WARisalliknow91
September 28th 2009


493 Comments


all of them are younger then 19 and they are heavily influenced by August Burns Red.
As long as they keep the breakdowns to a minimum or use them properly, should be something special

bloc
September 28th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like the end to Hook, Line, and Sinner.

KYZAR
September 29th 2009


513 Comments


ok review for a first, a bit awkward but still good

Douglas
September 29th 2009


9118 Comments


Seriously these guys couldnt be more of an exact replica of ABR if they tried! They even have a bloody name of the month in their name.

Groink
September 29th 2009


771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll give this a listen for the simple fact that I enjoy ABR. Good review.

Edit: Yea, this is average at best. Shows potential, but this sound has been done way too many times before, and better (ABR).

bloc
September 29th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i was born in August.

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2009


4255 Comments


^Damn, I missed your birthday.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

po0ty
October 1st 2009


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol. This is ABR's retard brother

They even put in excessive amounts of china in their br00tal breakd0wnz

po0ty
October 1st 2009


489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

“The fact is,” Maurer continues, “Without God, none of us would have the ability to do anything that we do. He has blessed us in so many ways, so this is almost our way to return the favor."






Progmaster85
October 26th 2009


164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, although the sound has been done before and better of course by ABR, there's just something I love about these guys. They actually do some cool stuff that ABR never does like the track "I Am Yours" and like the sweeping solos in Reflections. Even though I rated this album a 4, it's really a 3.5, but i just really like these guys

Douglas
October 26th 2009


9118 Comments


These have really got to branch out away from the August Burns Red sound. Thery can't really do much more with their sound at the moment, since that will practically have them playing ABR songs live.

Groink
October 26th 2009


771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea, I decided to be kind and give this a 3. They are certainly talented. It will be interesting to see if they can progress with their next album.

BRENTthewalrus
November 11th 2009


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These kids are so sick,
I just discovered them not too long ago thanks to Last.fm and did some research and some listening and for being so young I'm blown away by the musical talent and songwriting capability these kids have shown me just from one debut album. The recording is awesome and the guitar work never stops to please from catchy riffs to crushing breakdown and chuggs that are anything from cliche. Honestly the highlight of the album is their drummer: Adam Grey who isn't older than 17 years old coming in strong with phenomenal ride, double bass, fills, and head work unlike any other providing with interesting songs from start to finish.

Not to mention all of these guys have a passion for the Lord and play whole heartily for God.

These guys are gonna blow up I think, something like what happened to The Devil Wears Prada...I can't wait to see how they progress

Dylannnnnnnn91
November 17th 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I've heard this album before, but I thought it was called Messengers? Oh wait...

bloc
November 20th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the ending of Hook Line and Sinner really brings the groove. i love that part.

thetree
December 17th 2009


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit.... I heard these guys back in like 07... it was awesome. i knew they were gonna make it someday. and interesting fact: the guitarist from this band is cousins with the guitarist from August Burns red. and they're both from Lancaster, thats probably why they sound so similar

LampshadePelican
December 27th 2009


87 Comments


What an annoying band. Several riffs are so close to August Burns Red. Can't really say anything bad musician wise, but the talent of this band is reciprocal with ABR.

TheFourthAmigo
March 15th 2010


29 Comments


If August Burns Red and these guys combined, it would be quite the Metalcore super-band.



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