Ten After Two – Truth Is…
Record Label: Rise
Release Date: March 28, 2011
It’s hard to believe Ten After Two have only been a band for less than two years. In that short time, they’ve already been signed to Rise Records, released an EP in 2010, and now their debut record, Truth Is…. Whereas If You Don’t First lacked any true lasting value or originality, it seems this go around the guys have honed in on their talents. Sure, it’s the same sing-scream hackneyed formula, but at least they do it well. Drawing comparisons to other Rise band such as Woe, Is Me and The Color Morale – especially TCM’s latest My Devil In Your Eyes – these guys fit the bill for the label just fine.
Destruction fuels “Yes” as Ten After Two start off on their heaviest foot, with Sean Wall’s deafening screams commanding the ship. The screams of “I am the taste of what you want / because I’m all that you’ve got” are chaotic, as Wall’s growl never falters throughout the record. Following the opener seamlessly, “Before You Know It” allows Josh Doty’s clean vocals to shine, proving that his clean vocals could easily be the strongest aspect of TAT, for the chorus on this track may be the most addictive on the record.
Blood curling screams thrive throughout “Dead After Dallas,” while “Satans Slumber Party” flexes the muscles of guitarists Hennion and Doty, complementing the skill of Vincent Adorno on the kit. The frantic “Well, Oh Well” exemplifies the musicianship of the group, as Wall and Doty play off one another in ideal fashion on this bipolar number. The tile track continues in this fashion, while the interlude allows for a moment of tranquility. The final bow that is “Believe Me” will reminisce Broadway's “AWOL” with the soft piano accompanying and creating the poignant tone of the track, an ideal closer in every aspect.
Inevitably, TAT will be labeled as unoriginal, as they’re in no way, shape, or form reinventing the wheel – or anything else – here. However, tracks such as “Sight At Sea” exercise the possessed within these young musicians. There’s no denying the talent; Ten After Two just need to move more toward the creative side of the spectrum. Still, for just a debut record, Truth Is… has already put TAT near the top of Rise’s young lineup.
Not really sure if I need another one of these bands in my library. The Color Morale and The Word Alive get it done just fine. I've been hoping metalcore would shift in a more technical direction a la The Human Abstract's new album.
Album is extremely forgettable, the band definitely has talent but still does not know how to use it in terms of songwriting, there's a lot of out of place instrumentation in this album.
Nice review however.