EVERGREEN TERRACE


"Burned Alive By Time" (Eulogy Recordings; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

"Burned Alive By Time" is the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed debut, "Losing All Hope Is Freedom" (which I've actually not heard, but read a lot about). Anyway, "Burned Alive By Time" is a metalcore/hardcore record where every track doesn't sound the same upon first listen - to me anyway. And that's big news coming from this particular reviewer.

I hear influences in the vein of Handsome (especially in the inventiveness of the guitar riffs) and Quicksand (particularly in the vocals). Hell, I hear a little bit of the emo-like sound that Handsome tried on their severely underrated debut and a touch of the clean vocal sound that Killswitch Engage have recently garnered a lot of praise for. 

Evergreen Terrace inject quite a few styles and sounds to their songs without ever straying too far from their sound. The band's wide ranging sound runs the gamut from beautiful acoustic-like parts to heavy and fast breakdowns - and they do it without it seeming forced or unnatural.

I'm always intrigued by a band's choice of cover songs and Evergreen Terrace are no exception: a cover of Depeche Mode's "Break The Silence" is included as a hidden track.

"Burned Alive By Time" is a damned good record. I am not usually inclined to listen to metalcore or hardcore too often. In fact, when faced with writing a review of a metalcore or a hardcore band's latest work I usually can't make it past two or three spins - just enough to get a taste of the disc and to formulate my opinions of it. However, "Burned Alive By Time" has received and will continue to receive multiple spins from me.

Evergreen Terrace are Andrew Carey on vocals, Craig Chaney and Joshua James on guitars, Jason Southwell on bass, and Christopher Brown on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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