Ten After Two
Truth Is...


3.5
great

Review

by JumpTheShark USER (4 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2011 | 15 replies | 9,143 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although a somewhat generic release, Truth Is, although not the best release of this year, is still worth a listen, if not two.

7 of 13 thought this review was well written

After being introduced to the scene with their album If You Don't First (released unfortunately by Rise Records), Ten After Two have changed their sound up a bit. I wasn't expecting much from this album and I was pleasantly surprised by the release. So prepared for 4 minute long back breaking breakdowns, and typical clean sung choruses I dove into Truth Is.

Truth Is begins with "Yes". You are greeted with what you would probably expect from any band on Rise, and most bands in this genre altogether. Harsh screams, a few interesting riffs here and there, and high-pitched soaring cleans mashed together to create a less-than-memorable track. "Yes" then leads into "Before You Know It", and clean vocals dominate in this song. Which isn't a bad thing. Although the cleans stick to the aforementioned style, the vocalist shows that he is capable of singing and he has a marvelous range and fantastic tone. The album is worth a listen just for the clean sung parts themselves. The guitarists also prove their worth on this album, straying from the breakdown playing style and showcases the technicality we got hints of on their previous effort.

The next two songs could probably be classified as filler. Following the same formula as "Yes", they aren't bad tracks, at all. But they don't have anything to distinguish them from other bands who do the exact same thing. It isn't until "Anxious" that the album really starts to quicken the pace. Beginning with a very heavy beginning "Anxious" showcases the heavier side of Ten After Two, while also having one of the catchiest choruses on the album, and eerie synth in the background. "Well, Oh Well", although a good track, doesn't quite follow the energy and heaviness of "Anxious".

But, the band earns their forgiveness by following with the best track on the album, "Truth Is". Ten After Two manage to get everything right in this song. With a catchy chorus some nice guitar work, great lyrics, and some nice guitar work, this is just a good song. The track that follows is an interesting instrumental, that is a little bit of a haunting song. Sadly, the next two songs on the album are the same filler seen previously on the album, but these tracks focused on a more pop-punk, clean vocal dominated sound. But Ten After Two aren't finished yet, just when you think the album is finished, they throw a curveball at you.

The album closes with "Believe Me",a song with no screams at all. It begins with a soft piano intro and the rest of the band joins in at about the minute mark. A nice surprise from the heaviness of the album but maybe not the best choice for a closing track. For being such a young band (the oldest member being 19), Ten After Two have put forth an effort that they should be really proud of, besides being a bit generic there is a lot to enjoy in this album. I look forward to seeing what this band can do in the future, as long as they rid of the filler.


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bloc
May 2nd 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't enjoy this album at all

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

JumpTheShark
May 2nd 2011



200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed a few of the songs, it was a step up from their previous release though.

jackalope11
May 2nd 2011



330 Comments


I like them, but they bring absolutely nothing to the genre.

dimsim3478
May 3rd 2011



3982 Comments


What's with the Fever cover art? Seriously, is there a point to it?

Anyway, a very good review, especially for a track by track. Flowed well and got points across perfectly, but try out a standard album review for your next one, JumpTheShark. Definitely worth a pos'.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

JumpTheShark
May 3rd 2011



200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright thanks for the tip, I'll try a standard next time.

dimsim3478
May 4th 2011



3982 Comments


Track by tracks are good (some of them, at least), but you'll get a lot more positive votes and attention from members if you try standard ones. Ultimately, it's up to you.

JumpTheShark
May 4th 2011



200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh well regardless ill try it out next time, thanks!

gabethepiratesquid
September 11th 2011



4521 Comments


Really generic but unfairly catchy and had a few surprising moments and that's honestly all I listen to Rise bands for.

Killerhit
September 11th 2011



4492 Comments


Meh

gabethepiratesquid
September 11th 2011



4521 Comments


YOU'RE meh.

simonpettersen
October 19th 2011



272 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid release. Funny thing about the artwork; put the two next to eachother.. they don't just look alike. In fact, it's the exact same picture, only different editted with Ten After Two has a machine thing while Bullet for My Valentine a some kind of lobster/crab womman. Creativity people, creativity!

lucasjcockcroft
November 24th 2012



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This sounds the same as Memphis May Fire, not sure why this is so much lower

JrmyPrks
December 3rd 2012



306 Comments


^ which MMF album are you talking about?

Also: I actually really, really enjoyed this. It's too bad they fell apart, but something about this album really resonated with me. Interesting leads.. Not-so-typical chugs.. etc etc

lucasjcockcroft
December 3rd 2012



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its a mix of sleepwalking and the hollow
I guess I should of said "why is mmf so much higher"

JrmyPrks
December 6th 2012



306 Comments


Eh, not seeing the resemblance.



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