Evergreen Terrace
Dead Horses


2.5
average

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
January 6th, 2014 | 19 replies | 2,623 views


Release Date: 12/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band that has been gone for four years and needed to come out of the gate sprinting instead releases the most tepid album of their discography.

Evergreen Terrace is a band without pretensions. If you’ve heard one track by them then you know exactly what you’re in for: fun, punchy metalcore with deep pop-punk roots. Members have come and gone, yet the template remains largely the same. In fall of 2012, founding guitarist Josh James left the band to join Stick To Your Guns full time. When this was first announced, it had been three years since the previous Evergreen Terrace album, Almost Home, and since no news had been brought up about entering the studio, many believed the band to be nearing a break-up. This turned out not to be the case, as current bassist Alex Varian moved over to guitar and Jason Southwell, a founding member who left in 2009, was recruited back to the band. They entered the studio not long after and recorded their first album in four years, Dead Horses. Unfortunately the wait was not worth it, as the Evergreen Terrace formula has run its course.

Dead Horses is not an album lacking in energy, just ideas. The band has brought back the sound that they are known for, largely unchanged. Honestly, the album feels like a phone-in that you would get from a band trying to get out of a recording contract, but the sad thing is that this is a band hungry and newly signed to Rise. ET spends the entire 35 minute runtime treading the same water they’ve always tread, except with less interesting choruses than ever and somehow a bigger reliance on monotonous chugging and poopy moments than ever. Not to say there aren’t moments of fun and excitement, they just come less frequently than needed. “When You’re Born In The Gutter, You End Up In The Port” is fast paced and exciting, and “The Fortunate Ones” is a great track, with fun, almost desperate sounding verses and an interesting (believe it or not) breakdown to end the song. The best track here though is the closing track, “That Dog’ll Hunt”, which almost feels like a career retrospective in terms of the build of the track, bringing back memories of “Tonight is The Night We Ride” and “The Damned” off previous albums.

The bad outweighs the good here, unfortunately. “Lacuna, Inc” sounds like a rejected track that A Day To Remember wrote, “Dead Horses” is an almost exact retread of “Chaney Can’t Quite Riff…” off of Wolfbiker, as if the quality of the former would be dependent purely on your nostalgia involving the latter, and Browbeaters Anonymous, maybe the worst offender, has incredibly generic verses seemingly lifted off a The Ghost Inside album combined with the most awkward vocal performance clean vocalist Craig Chaney has put on record to date. The problems that plague the aforementioned songs pop up in almost every other track. It seems like the band looked at other bands that got huge, and they simplified everything that worked for them and tried to duct tape it to the successful sounds of similar bands.

Evergreen Terrace should sound hungry. They should sound exciting. Too bad they just sound bored. Maybe it is because I’m not in high school anymore, where most of my fondest Evergreen Terrace memories come from, but these guys always sounded unique enough in a horrifically crowded genre. They used to have a sort of charisma and fun to their sound, as if they were just guys having fun and not really trying. They definitely sound like they’re trying now, trying to sound relevant, and as a result everything sounds simultaneously forced and half-assed.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I probably shouldn't be as disappointed in this as I am, but I have always had a huge soft spot for
these guys.



Also, what a waste of a 50th review

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Also, what a waste of a 50th review [2]

Dead Horses is not an album lacking in energy, just ideas.


A shame really, you'd think with a break that size they'd have a little more to give.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

That is what I was really hoping for, unfortunately that wasn't the case

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7041 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like your writing style (can't say I've read any of the other 49 reviews you have here). There's a
subtle conversational tone that seeps through the professionalism, except for that last paragraph
where it is flat out.

Maybe it is because I’m not in high school anymore, where most of my fondest Evergreen
Terrace memories come from, but these guys always sounded unique enough in a horrifically crowded
genre. They used to have a sort of charisma and fun to their sound, as if they were just guys having
fun and not really trying.


They're and They's pop up a lot in the last paragraph. Just an afterthought.

Pos'd regardless.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, I wasn't happy with that last paragraph. "They" was very intentional in the beginning of the paragraph, and I think it seeped into the rest of it. I'll edit it when I get back to my computer tomorrow. Thanks for the feedback!

BallsToTheWall
January 6th 2014


44294 Comments


Solid review. Haven't heard the whole thing yet but I believe the review.

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Apollo
January 6th 2014


10302 Comments


I love this band. This review saddens me. I will still check this out.



Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

There are about four really fun tracks so I'd still check it out. You might like it more than me.

Apollo
January 6th 2014


10302 Comments


Nice to see you posting Josh

CK
January 6th 2014


4912 Comments


I kind of wanted this to be awesome, idk what I was expecting

Devastator
January 6th 2014


2495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cleans sound so weird, I didn't think it was the same guy at first.



Good review Pos'd

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It is weird reviewing again because I'm almost never on here anymore.


Devastator, Craig just sounds...off

Devastator
January 6th 2014


2495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I loved him on their other albums but he doesn't sound so great here.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

A lot of the choruses are written really awkwardly too, like they just ran out of fun choruses.

titanslayer
January 6th 2014


1708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like their singer but he's the only good thing about this band.

Shuyin
January 7th 2014


11602 Comments


swear this band used to be good

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2014


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

They did. I've liked almost everything they've released, but this is such a disappointment.

Pndi
February 22nd 2014


464 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

had a bad feeling losing Josh would affect their future releases, this album confirms my doubts.

NeoSpaz
March 7th 2014


4518 Comments


this makes me really sad



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