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Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home Album Cover

Evergreen Terrace - Almost Home

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Release Date: September 29, 2009
Record Label: Metal Blade
Six months since its release, Almost Home sounds like a fine wine. The album was mostly praised when it first came out (see Drew’s review), and in retrospect, it deserved it. Evergreen Terrace sounded like a band that got it then – they knew how to induce moshing, but they also knew how to do it without regressing into caveman breakdowns. They were the guys providing the adrenaline rush for the elitists too proud for most modern day hardcore, and they reveled in it.

If you pop the cork on Almost Home again, now that warmer weather is on the cusp of returning, you’ll notice that nothing has changed. “Enemy Sex” is still the same hook that shoves the cranial chemicals into a frenzy, “Failure To Operate” is still the same three minutes of savagery, and “I’m A Bulletproof Tiger” still sounds like it could be the accompanying music to a Bauer vs. Norris fight. Remember Craig Chaney’s gloriously resonant clean-singing? “We’re Always Losing Blood” and “Hopelessly Hopeless” confirms that they’re still every bit as imposing. And the katana riffs that made everyone dust off their air guitars? Yep, “Mario Speedwagon” retains its desperate need for speed.

It’s too bad the aging couldn’t shave off some of the monotony too – it’s still hard to make it through the whole thing in one sitting just because every song starts to sound the same halfway through. But it’s almost uncanny how powerfully it still screams as individual tracks. Melodic hardcore albums with legitimate lasting value are certainly becoming more of a rarity these days, but Almost Home doesn’t take notice. In fact, it’s proof that heartfelt writing can override that notion. The band confirms as much; “We live through dedication / Year by year,” sings Chaney on “Not Good Enough.” It shows.

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This review is a user submitted review from Matthew Tsai. You can see all of Matthew Tsai's submitted reviews here.
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06:03 AM on 04/09/10
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These guys have been so hit and miss with me since the beginning but I think overall I really enjoyed this release
06:09 AM on 04/09/10
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This review is so true.

I find this to be their best album. They came out in the beginning strong and then started to grow stagnant. Wolfbiker I found to be terrible and I really had given up on them completely, but this album is great and they seem to have the fire live again. I saw them just this past Sunday and it was great!
09:33 AM on 04/09/10
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This review is so true.

I find this to be their best album. They came out in the beginning strong and then started to grow stagnant. Wolfbiker I found to be terrible and I really had given up on them completely, but this album is great and they seem to have the fire live again. I saw them just this past Sunday and it was great!
I really liked Wolfbiker and pretty much everything post that cover record they did.
Great review.
10:57 AM on 04/09/10
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good album, good band
11:55 AM on 04/09/10
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This is by far their best album.
12:59 PM on 04/09/10
Matthew Tsai
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I really liked Wolfbiker and pretty much everything post that cover record they did.
Great review.

Agree w/ all you guys saying this is their best album.
01:25 PM on 04/09/10
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cd sucks
07:42 AM on 04/30/10
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Riveting tale, chap.
08:12 PM on 07/19/10
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I just listened to Wolfbiker and Almost Home back to back while driving and I have to disagree, I think Wolfbiker walks all over Almost Home. Almost Home isn't a bad record by any means, but where Almost Home jabs, Wolfbiker delivers full-force slugs. Everything on Wolfbiker chugs in a way that Almost Home doesn't do. It might have something to do with Wolfbiker's more bass-heavy mix, but it also feels like they sort of play just a hair behind the click on WB, it felt like they were slamming into every note by the seat of their pants (and I mean that in the best way).

Plus, where's this record's Chaney Can't Quite Riff Like Helmet's Page Hamilton? It sure ain't Sending Signals or We're Always Losing Blood.
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