Review Summary: There's gotta be something in the water in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
3 of 5 thought this review was well written
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 definetly showing that they are here to stay.
Hook Line, and Sinner
It's Not My First Rodeo
I Am Yours
Hooks, Line, Sinner had some interesting guitar parts, but why must they crabcore in their video? And why must they look so fucking gay on their myspace? I mean, I don't judge music off their image but srsly. I'll be listening to the rest later.
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
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
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