Album Review
Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home Album Cover

Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home

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Evergreen TerraceAlmost Home
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Record Label: Metal Blade
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
You know that scene in that one Simpsons’ episode, the one where Bart and Lisa get pissed at each other and start flailing their arms and legs in open space while approaching each other? Yeah, that one scene summarizes Evergreen Terrace. The Jacksonville, Florida, quartet love their pop culture references, most obviously adopting the name of the street the Simpsons live on as their moniker. But while those references are cute, they don’t mean anything if the music doesn’t deliver. And with their second album for Metal Blade Records, titled “Almost Home,” Evergreen Terrace gives us another helping of their steady brand of melodic whatevercore.

While Almost Home is unspectacular in terms of band progression, Evergreen Terrace still can throw those knockout punches. “Enemy Sex” begins like a bulldozer, as vocalist Andrew Carey pummels through the track while a delicious breakdown from guitarists Craig Chaney and Josh James wets our palates. Tracks like “The Letdown” and “Failure to Operate” gives the album the right dosage of breakdowns, while “God Rocky, Is This Your Face?” is a nice change of pace track that completely thrashes your face off as drummer Kyle Mims provides the backbone.

Almost Home suffers into two areas: lyrics and melody. While the band is capable of balancing melody and metal into a killer track (see: “Hopelessly Hopeless”), there are tracks (such as “We’re Always Losing Blood”) that sound awkward and forced, as Carey is better off yowling than he is singing. Lyrically there is nothing to write home about; just your typical melodic post-hardcore/metal themes that some people still dig. But prime cuts such as “Mario Speedwagon” and “I’m A Bulletproof Tiger” help keep Almost Home from floating in obscurity.

If you dig bands like Walls of Jericho, Stick To Your Guns, and Comeback Kid, then Almost Home be just as appealing to you as donuts and beer are to a certain yellow father. While Evergreen Terrace aren’t bringing anything new to the over-saturated table that is this genre, yet they remain dangerous enough for Ned Flanders to keep Rod and Todd from listening.

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Enemy Sex
2. Almost Home
3. God Rocky, Is This Your Face?
4. We’re Always Losing Blood
5. Sending Signals
6. Mario Speedwagon
7. Failure to Operate
8. Hopelessly Hopeless
9. The Letdown
10. I’m A Bulletproof Tiger
11. Not Good Enough

Evergreen Terrace:
Andrew Carey – vocals
Craig Chaney – guitar
Josh James – guitar
Kyle Mims – drums

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05:21 AM on 09/30/09
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Good review! The album isn't too shabby, I find it basically sounds like Wolfbiker part 2. I have a soft spot for Chaney's vox so I'm just eating up a couple of these songs.
06:00 AM on 09/30/09
Every cloud is in your way
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Haha, good review. Also Mario Speedwagon is a cool song title.
06:15 AM on 09/30/09
Coffeebreath & Heartache
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Not really my cup of tea, but for what this is, I really think this is a great album, this has enough punk for me to like it on certain days, especially while driving!
06:21 AM on 09/30/09
John is a cult
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gahh! can't wait for their album release show with the chariot!
06:53 AM on 09/30/09
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RoboZombieKitty's Avatar
Best Evergreen cd imo. I would have scored this a little higher :P
08:09 AM on 09/30/09
Alex DiVincenzo
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Solid review. Album is pretty good, better than the last one.
09:17 AM on 09/30/09
I award you no points
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biggwillys's Avatar
Best Evergreen cd imo. I would have scored this a little higher :P
agreed, its the bands best work to date
10:12 AM on 09/30/09
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I never cared for this band until I heard this album, made me wanna give the other ones a chance. Good album, good review. The fast tracks are my favorites (like 2,5,6).
10:50 AM on 09/30/09
Kaneki-kun, BON APPÉTIT
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PetitnaindesÎles's Avatar
i like this better than Wolfbiker
11:10 AM on 09/30/09
Grace and Peace
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inthemidst's Avatar
agreed, its the bands best work to date
I have to respectfully disagree with you. The band's best work to date is Burned Alive By Time; no question.

Jacksonville, represent! Good review Drew.
12:03 PM on 09/30/09
Tired and wired we ruin too easy...
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"Alright pie...I'm just going to do this (loudly pretends to chew) and if you get eaten, it's your own fault!"
12:14 PM on 09/30/09
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
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"Alright pie...I'm just going to do this (loudly pretends to chew) and if you get eaten, it's your own fault!"
hahahahahaha yes
06:51 PM on 09/30/09
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The guitarist sings
11:39 AM on 10/03/09
Baines on Toast
On hiatus I guess
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The score is about right. Good review.

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