Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home
- Artist: Evergreen Terrace
- Album: Almost Home
- Label: Metal Blade
- Year of Release: 2009
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- Reviewed by: dscanland on 2009-10-19
I had this sitting in my virtual review pile when Strung Out provided Florida's Evergreen Terrace in their forthcoming Recommendations. When a band you respect mentions a band to check out, you check it and that's why Almost Home got a fast track to the top of my pile.
I've read about Evergreen Terrace previously but this album is my first foray into their mind-numbingly good hardcore/punk amalgam. They were previously on the smaller label Eulogy but have recently moved over to the more mainstream Metal Blade, which released Almost Home.
The band nicely mixes old-school hardcore like Madball with the more punk side of hardcore like that of Poison The Well. They do the dual vocals on most of their songs but on some like the pummelling "God Rocky, Is That Your Face", but then follow that up with a quite accessible metal track called "We're Always Losing Blood". There really are so many good songs on this, their second album for Metal Blade, that it is hard to just pick a few to mention. "Sending Signals" is amazing as well and it's the track they chose to do a video for (check out Editorial Emissions "Video Of The Week"). If you've listened to a lot of melodic hardcore then you might find this more of the same but I found enough hooks to grab onto.
Honestly, Evergreen Terrace will probably take home my favorite metal album of the year with Almost Home unless something else comes my way that is on another level. I absolutely love the different dimensions of this album as well as tightness of the band. Sure, they've almost been around a decade so you come to expect that with a veteran band but their sound really stands out. Give these guys a shot!
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