Evergreen Terrace
Almost Home


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
September 29th, 2009 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Evergreen Terrace further proves why they are among the best (and fastest) with their strongest effort yet.

Evergreen Terrace is band that sticks to what they know. What they know is fun, melodic hardcore with breakdowns galore. They do this better than anyone else. So many bands get more attention for playing the same sort of music, but they all seem mediocre compared to Evergreen Terrace. Maybe it is the feeling of sincerity in every song, or the fact that the clean vocals have some testicles to them, or maybe it is the fact that scenesters and hardcore bros like McCloskey can be in the same crowd. Evergreen Terrace just knows how to make fun melodic hardcore to get drunk to.

Everything about this album is a direct improvement on Wolfbiker. The drumming is as consistent as ever, with interesting drum fills and a ton of double bass, while never feeling repetitive. Interesting leads are abound on this album, there are solos (especially on the title track) that capture your attention, and everything just feels ramped up to the next level. At times it is angrier than anything they have ever done, and at times Evergreen Terrace reaches a level of melody that they never previously reached.

The vocals are also improved. Craig Chaney’s clean vocals are stronger than on previous albums. He is featured more than on Wolfbiker and deservedly so. He sounds nothing like anyone else in the metalcore genre. Andrew Carey, is still up to his same old dry screams, but it seems he has a bit more of a snarl at times. The songwriting is still strong, slightly repetitive, but with more standouts than previous albums. “Enemy Sex” is fast and ferocious, destined to be a live favorite. “God Rocky, is That Your Face” is nonstop anger, never letting you breathe, and “Mario Speedwagon” might be the best track on the album, with great melodies and an undeniable catchiness to it.

Still, the album is not much of a departure for the band, the songwriting doesn’t stray from their formula. This wouldn’t be too much of a detriment if it weren’t for the fact that occasionally you find yourself wondering which previous album you had heard this from. Also, “Not Good Enough” is a weak closer compared to “The Damned” off of Wolfbiker. The album ends on a bit of a low note, as it is one of the weakest songs on the album.

All in all, Evergreen Terrace comes out with an album further proving why they are not your average metalcore band. Evergreen Terrace has cemented their sound and are comfortable with where they are. They are at the top of the heap in a supposed dying genre, and continue to prove why they deserve to be mentioned among the big players in the hardcore half of metalcore. Evergreen Terrace is as fun as metalcore gets, so sit back, have a beer, and enjoy.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had more trouble with this review than I should have, but it is done.

Waior
September 30th 2009


11451 Comments


Nice review. I always thought this band sucked but I never listened to them, so I don't know where that opinion came up.

shortone323
September 30th 2009


883 Comments


Good review. I'll probably end up checking this out in a little while, it sounds good.

Zip
September 30th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I see a 4.5 in the near future, this is straight up awesome

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am with you, this album is creeping up to a 4.5.


Caleb, check them out, they are great.

Zip
September 30th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well their old stuff isn't too exciting but this album strikes a chord with me for some reason

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had to drop the ratings on their previous albums because this is better but doesn't quite feel like a 4.5. They now sit at 3.5

cvlts
September 30th 2009


8955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yaaaa, i needa check this out.

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2009


44341 Comments


Im not convinced this is better than Sincerity but pretty good nonetheless. Solid review and uhh namedrop FTW. F.H.X.C F.T.W

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Phantom
September 30th 2009


8930 Comments


i was also of the pre-conceived opinion that this band sucked

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2009


44341 Comments


GTFO barns. Whoeever you heard that from is full of crap.

accompliceofmydeath
September 30th 2009


4215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at this being a good album to get drunk to. Most of these dudes are straight edge but, to each his own I suppose. This sounds like more of the same(no pun intended) from a solid band.

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Carnifex
September 30th 2009


1918 Comments


Pretty sick album, definitely like this album the most out of all of their records.

MacWeener
September 30th 2009


288 Comments


This is far better than their older stuff, but it's not amazing. There's a few sweet tracks but on the whole not really that good compared to many other metalcore bands

Apollo
September 30th 2009


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review, I will be checking this out

PatchworkNeurology
September 30th 2009


352 Comments


FlordianXcoreeeeeeeeee

PatchworkNeurology
September 30th 2009


352 Comments


FlordianXcoreeeeeeeeee

accompliceofmydeath
September 30th 2009


4215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^Twice as core

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2009


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't care if they are straight edge, that has no bearing on whether or not I feel like getting drunk to their music.

cookiesarethebword
October 1st 2009


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

looking forward to checking this out. good review.



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