Evergreen Terrace are veterans within the world of melodic hardcore, having been around for over a decade. Vocal elements consist of Craig Chaney, with holes punched in Chaney’s clean sound by screamer Andrew Carey. A renewed line up, due to change in band members, resulted in Alex Varian becoming guitarist. Jason Southwell took up the role of bass player, with Brad Maxey taking up seat on the drums. After all touch ups were complete, the rejuvenated band was ready to sign with Rise Records. Punctuating their new formation, they have toured with bands such as August Burns Red and Rise Against. Such accolades readily explain the extent of the bands already formed reputation. Evergreen Terrace recently finished their debut album ‘Dead Horses’.
‘Dead Horses’ opens with the track ‘Crows’, an omniscient suggestion of the morose sound that is to come. The next track is called ‘When You’re Born In The Gutter, You End Up In The Port’. Alongside the cleverly worded title, the song features talented screaming, aggressive guitar and a hardcore drum pattern so fitting with the band’s sound. Craig Chaney’s clean cut vocals add an extra flavour, with shouts of lyrical sadness; ‘searching for daylight’. ‘It’s All Over But The Cryin’’ features a rather more punkish open, before characteristically dipping into a melodic hardcore persona of sound. ‘Lacuna Inc’ puts Chaney’s voice at the forefront, and in my opinion works better as a result.
Although this is not my preferred genre of music, I did find a certain liveliness in it that I enjoyed. There is no doubt that fans of hardcore will enjoy this band, furthermore finding solace in what I presume to be a great live act. Indeed, this has earned them a reputation as being an intense live act, and a band not to be missed. I thoroughly believe Evergreen Terrace would benefit from a change in direction. Vocals are unbalanced. The album is severely malnourished of Chris Chaney’s lyrics, with too much emphasis on screaming. Still, maybe that is the way it was intended to be. 7/10
The lyric video for title track, ‘Dead horses’