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Evergreen Terrace

Evergreen Terrace: Writer's BlockWriter's Block (2004)
Eulogy Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: sharkieSharkie
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Lemme start by saying: I like Evergreen Terrace - this is usually how your typical fan bias review starts… right? I loved their covers of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (I prefer the original recording rather than the new one) and "Enjoy the Silence" so I was expecting a lot from this CD. A lot of the times.
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Lemme start by saying: I like Evergreen Terrace - this is usually how your typical fan bias review starts… right? I loved their covers of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (I prefer the original recording rather than the new one) and "Enjoy the Silence" so I was expecting a lot from this CD. A lot of the times I'll even say Evergreen Terrace is at their best with those covers, so this CD seemed like it was going to be their hella best work.

Well was it? No. Even though it seems like an obvious thing for a cover album to be a gimmick; this one is just way too "gimmickie". The selection of songs to cover is lackluster - not cheesy or even original and this shows. Tracks like "Zero" (Smashing Pumpkins) and "the Kids are Alright" (Offspring) are typical lets make this song heavy and throw in growl vocals to make it hardcore.

Is there any hope? Yes! They cover Operation Ivy's "Knowledge", which at first listen I didn't like but after another chance won me over. Also going on the positive side is their "Dying Degree" (NOFX) and "Maniac" (Michael Sembello) covers.

Another good note is the one original song on the album - really good. This isn't a terrible album, it just sounds like they half assed 9 covers and sent it to Eulogy. I say give it a couple of listens if you've liked their previous covers.

 

 
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thomas7155 (November 20, 2007)

Worst "Sunday Bloody Sunday" cover of all time. Horrible. Ignite's is a millions times better.

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

I think its weird when it becomes a trend to get all nostalgic over a period of time you were not involved in.
I think its weird on another level when these same kids are driving 30k bmws that their moms and dads bought them. You can talk about keeping it real when you buy your cliche bondage pants and 18 eye oxblood docks both for about 150 bucks a piece but im not gonna listen to you.

randomdipshit

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

of course music changes, but it's disheartening when it changes for the worse. also, since when do you have to be born in a certain period of time to listen to the music of that time?

Anonymous (March 19, 2004)

I'm gonna have to agree with fortyminuteswest, evergreen terrace doesnt growl or do cookie monster vocals, if you want to hear cookie monster vocals go get yourself a Spazz cd, I recoment La Revancha. Id say evergreen terrace do typical newer hardcore voclas. And another news flash hardcore bands have been incorperating metal and screming into hardcore for atleast 10 years, it isnt really a fad or anything. I got sad news for all you "punks" stuck in 1977 (alot of you werent even born yet funny enough) music does change and will continue to change and nothing is completely black and white including punk rock, so just cause a band doesnt play 3 chord songs doesnt mean they arent punk (that doesnt have anything to do with evergreen terrace but i was ona good rant)

randomdipshit

FortyMinutesWest (March 18, 2004)

Why do people think this band's vocalist growls? Once again, if you're going to throw around overused lines (cookie monster blah blah) at least know what they mean.

Anonymous (March 18, 2004)

the sponge song was pretty cool, it brought back memories of 11th grade and steamy makeout sessions, they fucking ruined mad world.

randomdipshit

Anonymous (March 17, 2004)

what is the simpsons?

Anonymous (March 17, 2004)

I can't call this "hardcore" by any means...I just can't get into it.....too much chugging riffs and cookie monster growling.....I'm so sick of this genre. Let's get some real hardcore music please.

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

yea thats why there is a 2 by it dumbass

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

wasn't there already a review of thisa album a couple weeks ago?

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

I fucking loved the Sponge cover. That song gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling too.

punkcorekid (March 16, 2004)

and don't forget the fuckin HUM cover. "Stars". They do a good job on that one. My favorite song on the disc.

Blarg (March 16, 2004)

not good at all...i have one of their real albums around somewhere and i think it's ok, but this is just terrible stuff...

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

Even the band's name is ripped off....Simpsons reference for those who don't know (but most of you do).

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

Their cover of "Plowed" by Sponge gave this particular participant of this site, a warm fuzzy feeling. Its really great

Barkley

stratmanx (March 16, 2004)

The kids are alright was a who song, but "the kids AREN'T alright" is an offspring song, simple typo I imagine.

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

"The selection of songs to cover is lackluster – not cheesy or even original and this shows."

well, as you'll notice, not a SINGLE songon this album falls withing evergreen terrace's "genre". so i'd say covering songs that are so unusual is a testament to them.

whatever, this band is a lovehate band. either you love them, or you dispise them miserably. i happen to love them.

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

Umm... I've never heard the Offspring song titled "The Kids Are Allright" but wasn't that originally a Who song?

Anonymous (March 16, 2004)

if you want a good hardcore band doing a cover album, get the new ensign. dont waste your money on this crap.

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