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Ten After Two - Truth Is...

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Ten After TwoTruth Is…
Record Label: Rise
Release Date: March 28, 2011
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
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.

Recommended If You LikeIf You Don’t First; Of Mice & Men; The Color Morale; Rise Records; Woe, Is Me

Listen ToBefore You Know It; Well, Oh Well; Believe Me

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Track Listing:
1. Yes
2. Before You Know It
3. Dead After Dallas
4. Satans Slumber Party
5. Anxious
6. Well, Oh Well
7. Truth Is…
8. Interlude In D Minor
9. The Awe Song
10. Sight At Sea
11. Believe Me

Ten After Two are:
Sean Wall – Screams
Patrick Hennion – Guitar
Josh Doty – Guitar, Clean Vocals
Danny Clark – Bass
Vincent Adorno – Drums

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07:36 PM on 04/03/11
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I remember listening to this band's Extended Play and thinking that it was terrible and generic. Hearing they are pretty much the same, only with skills being improved makes me even more unexcited.

I guess I will listen to this...with low expectations. Again good review Ryan.
07:43 PM on 04/03/11
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I remember listening to this band's Extended Play and thinking that it was terrible and generic. Hearing they are pretty much the same, only with skills being improved makes me even more unexcited.

I guess I will listen to this...with low expectations. Again good review Ryan.
I listened to their EP only once when it dropped and didn't like it at all. This is quite a bit better, in my opinion.

Thanks for the kind words.
08:33 PM on 04/03/11
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I remember listening to this band's Extended Play and thinking that it was terrible and generic. Hearing they are pretty much the same, only with skills being improved makes me even more unexcited.

I guess I will listen to this...with low expectations. Again good review Ryan.
Yeah, EP blew.
This album is like a completely different band.
I really enjoy it, the clean vocals really keep me around.
11:09 PM on 04/03/11
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really digging this release...i think its solid as fuck
11:40 PM on 04/03/11
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the ep didnt impress, but i respect your reviews so im willing to give this a listen
11:53 PM on 04/03/11
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cool review
12:36 AM on 04/04/11
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Reminds me of The Word Alive.Not original,but good band with a bunch of talented guys.
01:25 AM on 04/04/11
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You just piqued my interest, Wasn't going to even give this a listen after I saw an interview with these guys but I'll try to put that painful viewing experience aside.
01:56 AM on 04/04/11
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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.
04:09 AM on 04/04/11
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I wasn't sure if I should pick this one up, but after reading this, I definitely will
04:51 AM on 04/04/11
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This album introduced me to this kick ass band. Best new band I've discovered during the year 2011. Will get a lot of plays in the near future for sure.
06:17 AM on 04/04/11
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This band is very..very generic sounding...they have improved from their E.P. but this album did not grab my attention at all except for maybe a song or two.
07:25 AM on 04/04/11
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Really liked this album, it's nothing really new, but they're talented and they're good at what they do. Good review!
08:45 AM on 04/04/11
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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.

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