Texas In July
One Reality


1.5
very poor

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
April 26th, 2011 | 121 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking the term “generic metalcore” to new, heavenly heights

Chalk the failure up to age, maybe? The kids from rural Pennsylvania have an impressive pair of EP’s and now a pair of LP’s to their (absolutely horrible) name. Unfortunately for everyone involved, One Reality is more of the same, trite, uninteresting melodic metalcore that they crank out in-between high school lunch sessions. The most striking feature of the work is that... well, there’s nothing at all striking about it. One Reality fails because of the lack of a defining factor; it’s devoid of any single separating aspect, any reason to listen. It’s an album that unabashedly caters to the Hot Topic demographic of blind minions, and I have no doubts that Texas In July are going to become the “next big thing” in that crowd because of their ability to create music that pushes no boundaries, ruffles no feathers, and provide nothing below the surprisingly adept riffs and breakdowns. One Reality displays flourishes of skill, but ultimately collapses because Texas In July refuse to add a single tinge of creativity or cognizant material to the mix.

In short, Texas In July provide no incentive to listen to their latest. Up-front about their influences, the band makes no attempt to hide the fact that their music is coloring well within the lines that predecessors August Burns Red (birthed from down the road from both Texas In July and myself) and Parkway Drive drew for them. I’m not asking them to apologize, as many who listened to I Am seemed driven to do; but I am asking them to add some sort of creative force to their music. One Reality is a let down in this sense. Strong, driving percussion, a consistent vocalist that can keep up with the chugging, relatively uninspired riffs, and hyperbolic lyrics that often carry Christian themes, you get exactly what you expect on the sonic side of the equation. The technical aspects of the album are fairly well-executed, at points, the percussion especially. The flow of One Reality isn’t a hinderance; it’s more of a non-factor considering the unflinching monotony.

The shame is that any tinges of skill and expertise in the songwriting and instrumental department go down the drain as soon as you realize that there’s absolutely nothing steering One Reality. What sounds like an overbroad, unfair question when applied to most music sounds fair in this case, as I can’t help but ask, “Why listen at all?” If Texas In July are content being placed so comfortably into the mold of an ABR-cutout, then so be it; but it’s not asking for too much to plead for some semblance of creativity or some cognitive inclusion from the band. I mean this is their art, right? Maybe it’s the age and immaturity speaking, but One Reality comes off as a particularly well-executed covers album, one in which the artist has no voice at all. At the very least, it would be a pleasure to point to their youthfulness as a sign of potential for the future, but One Reality won’t let even this happen. Musical potential is exciting or fantastic ideas that aren’t yet fully realized or executed well; alas, the lack of any inventive or artistic input from Texas In July whatsoever denies this possibility. I hope they’re comfortable to ride the coattails of mediocre metalcore to Hot-Topic-style-stardom, because One Reality is an even more pigeon-holing piece that not only places the band in shoddy, generic territory, but places them in the bottom of the barrel, far below their far-too-similar cohorts.



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SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


it was embarrassing listening to this


my local music scene is despicable (cept We Were Skeletons they're ok)

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cvlts
April 26th 2011


8955 Comments


now he's reviewing metalcore

SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


it's only metal for me, now


PS I better not hear any complaints about me not mentioning specific songs because truthfully this just didn't deserve it

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2011


7996 Comments


Have an impressive a pair of EPs

SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


fixed already but thanks : )

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2011


16389 Comments


Sea review a Bathory album and I'll make 30 alt accounts to pos the review

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Acanthus
April 26th 2011


9542 Comments


Halfway through I had to stop and pos' review, it seems to embody the group perfectly.

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SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


I was planning on reviewing Jubileum Volume III anyway!

Winsomniac
April 26th 2011


7972 Comments


Ugh, I have to listen to this band now?

SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


you'd like them, win. they're right up your alley

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2011


16389 Comments


I was planning on reviewing Jubileum Volume III anyway!


you lie

Jubileum vol. III isn't too great though.

Winsomniac
April 26th 2011


7972 Comments


Did you read my last review? I listened to a song or two, and it's catchy enough to fit into my general tastes, and the vocals are pretty alright, but the riffing is boring and they have the same cadence through pretty much the entire song I listened to.

Elitist/Volumes > this so hard.

WHERE THE POLYRHYTHMS AT?

SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


but seriously guys.


how bad is that cover, I mean really?

Obfuscation24
April 26th 2011


3939 Comments


Oh look, B-Sides of the new ABR album.

IAMERROR
April 26th 2011


219 Comments


I have no doubts that Texas In July are the going to become

Remove the 'the'.

I was really hoping this band would impress with their second LP. I enjoyed their EP, and found that
their LP came short in the creativity section. I'm pretty distressed to hear that this one is even
worse.

Knott-
Emeritus
April 26th 2011


10195 Comments


->read review

->immediately consider reccing this album to kimm

SeaAnemone
April 26th 2011


20304 Comments


ah thank you, should have proof read this more.


and lol yes knott. seems I've really describe the demographic here correctly...

Tyrael
April 26th 2011


20876 Comments


"Sea review a Bathory album and I'll make 30 alt accounts to pos the review"
^this

Nice review Sea!

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bloc
April 26th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hook Line And Sinner is ace from their previous album; was sad to hear no similar song on this.

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NeutralThunder12
April 26th 2011


8742 Comments


Honestly Sea, the review itself was fantastic, but I remember you saying for the most part that you don't even listen to metalcore, so its kind of hard in my opinion to say its 'taking generic metalcore to new heights'. I actually liked these guys for a while....what I heard off of this was terrible

pos



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