Artist: Evergreen Terrace
Album: Dead Horses
Genre: Melodic Hardcore
Label: Rise Records
It’s been a long time since Evergreen Terrace dropped an album (4 years to be exact), and while their last release “Almost Home” was not met with the most favourable reviews, “Dead Horses” sees the band return to a stronger position and reclaim their name in the melodic hardcore game.
The album opens with the heavy and very chug-chug sounding track, ‘Crows’. While the track may start off heavier than what would be expected, it doesn’t take long for Craig Chaney’s clean vocals to kick in and reinstate the melodic element that has come to be expected of Evergreen Terrace. During the initial listens of this album, the first three tracks of the album seem to blend into each other and become a slight bit monotonous, but when the title track “Dead Horses” kicks in the album really comes alive and doesn’t let up until the end of the album.
Sonically the title track is very reminiscent of what was achieved on “Wolfbiker” and is bound to be an anthemic-crowd-pleaser. While tracks like “Mike Myers Never Runs, But He Always Catches Up” shows off new drummer, Brad Moxy’s, frenetic energy perfectly. Intrinsically this album is a technical masterpiece. The drums are pounding, frantic and genuinely insane; while the guitar work is subtle, yet omnipresent in its heaviness.
Vocally, Craig Chaney and Andrew Carey form a formidable combination of heavy and melodious. These two voaclists fit each other like a glove and really make Evergreen Terrace everything it is. Lyrically, Evergreen Terrace has always been on top of their game and “Dead Horses” is no different. This band has an amazing way of getting across what they want to say in a way that is serious, yet catchy as all hell.
In recent times Evergreen Terrace has shown a transition towards a more metalcore sound, but this album clearly illustrates a movement back towards the melodic hardcore side of things. With plenty of gang-vocals present, the melody and technicality of this album is overwhelming and fantastic. This is bound to be an album that I will be keeping on my playlist for a while, and it definitely one that any melodic hardcore fan should have in their collection. The album drops in December, so pre-order it now.
Evergreen Terrace is back, and they’ve come back with one of the best albums yet!
Best tracks: “Dead Horses”, “It’s All Over But The Cryin'” & “Mike Myers Never Runs, But He Always Catches Up”.