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Evergreen Terrace

Evergreen Terrace: Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This BusinessSincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business (2005)
Eulogy Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: crazytoledocrazytoledo
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Sorry, no covers this time. The quote above is listed in the liner notes of Evergreen Terrace, and while it's a shame because they took songs by bands such as the Offspring, Sponge, and Smashing Pumpkins and made them into much better, heavier versions, it's awesome to have some new material. I .
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Sorry, no covers this time.
The quote above is listed in the liner notes of Evergreen Terrace, and while it's a shame because they took songs by bands such as the Offspring, Sponge, and Smashing Pumpkins and made them into much better, heavier versions, it's awesome to have some new material.

I was a little bit surprised to see on the cover slip that Eulogy recommends this for fans of bands such as the Used and Atreyu. Maybe Atreyu in the fact of dual vocals, but the Used? They pulled a Victory Records move to increase sales and it's bound to piss someone off. But upon listening to the CD, this little setback is long forgotten when this is playing, because Evergreen Terrace's Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business is an awesome album by an awesome band.

The first thing I noticed about Evergreen Terrace, before even listening to them, was their band name referencing the street on which the Simpsons live on. I always found that rather cool and much better than other Simpsons-inspired names such as Fall Out Boy. Evergreen Terrace's musical sound is a mix of heavy guitars that remind one of punk-based metal filled with shouting, and a cleaner side that includes some good clean vocals by the guitarist. Thankfully, Evergreen Terrace is unlike Atreyu, as there isn't an overload of clean vocals, and the vocals that are clean aren't whiny at all. On some of the faster-paced songs, Craig's vocals can compare somewhat to Bane. The contrasting vocals and solid guitar-work are a great setup, but Evergeen Terrace strengthens this setup with the ability to write even better music.

The CD starts off with "Dogfight," and it shows how well the songwriting is on the album. It starts with some head-banging guitar-work and shouting, and then throws in some cleaner guitar hooks and clean vocals. Craig absolutely nails on his vocals when he sings "I want to believe you, but I'm letting go." It's not too emotional in a bad way, but has some emotion that you can tell that he feels for what he's saying, and the fact that it's catchy, in midst of a heavy track, really shows contrast and makes "Dogfight" an awesome introduction track.

The second track is "Give 'Em The Sleeper," which starts off fast paced with a spotlight on the drums and the cleaner parts remind heavily of music by Bane. Also on two of the lines, including "what a wasted life," it brought back memories to the dual vocals of Union 13. The song is rather short and finishes up in around 90 seconds, and then "Brave Reality" starts. The clean vocals on the song sound really good and I like how he delivers when he sings "you still think you got one more time around." The lead guitar sounds really good and the ryhtm guitar also plays pretty well.

"New Friend Request" has some strong lyrics with "you'll never make it on your own" and the song is really good. At this time, the shouting starts to sound a little bit like John Hunt of Dead To Fall. "Gerald Did What" has some nice guitar riffs and plays out extremely well as it has some of the best guitar-work of the entire CD. "I Can See My House From Here" is a pretty heavy track and the lyrics seem to fit in the same topic as the title of the album. "The Thunder" kicks off with dual vocals as they shout/sing "Staring back, your disposition will be the end of you / laying out this one condition / you're going nowhere." The song is also a pretty good mosh song.

"I Say You He Dead" has the sweetest part on the CD. A Spanish-inspired acoustic guitar introduction is awesome, with the song's lyrics dealing about a killer; it only runs around a minute, but leads into "The Smell Of Summer" well. "Tonight Is The Night We Ride" has some nice dual guitar work with some solid riffs and is a solid track overall.

After the tenth, and supposably final track, we're given an eleventh hidden track that helps aid the CD in length, making the CD come in a little bit after 27 minutes. The acoustic guitar-work is great, but not as good as the acoustic introduction on "I Say You He Dead." Vocally on the track, it's a lot softer and you can easily just sing along with it. While listening to it, the vocals really sound a lot like Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach on "Scars," which surprsingly, isn't a bad thing. It's also cool because if you have repeat on, it leads right into the first track.

Overall, Evergeen Terrace's Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business is an awesome CD overall because of its contrast, great songwriting, strong lyrics, solid vocals, and creativity. Not too many albums on the market sound like this one. It also has my favorite album design of 2005 with a nice greenish/yellow graphic design with a nice box surrounding the text and the black suit and red tie is quite cool. My only complaint is I wish that they'd add a cover or two or have had several more tracks to make the album a little longer then 27 minutes, but then again, listening to it through repeatedly isn't a bad thing. I'd recommend this to nearly anyone who likes punk, metal, metalcore, hardcore, post-hardcore, or anything, because Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In This Business is one of the top releases of 2005.

 

 
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civeta_dei (November 22, 2007)

i agree there are WWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TO MANY haters thisis actualy a realy good band

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

wow, i cant believe the hate on this review, im not going to lie ET is awesome. Best song ever : I Can See My House From Here

LaidToWaste (December 15, 2005)

Crazytoledo obviously lives up to the first part of his name. son of a bitch is fuckin crazy.

crazytoledo (December 14, 2005)

1. Evergreen Terrace dont dress or act like goths, they dont even go out and wear all black too.

2. Norman Jean are horrible.

LaidToWaste (December 11, 2005)

has to much of punk/harcore sound to it. give me the old Norma Jean or Every Time I Die

warningdevice (December 10, 2005)

So what... another bandwagon band thats taking advantage of stupid teeny boppers who think they're fucking goths who have their mommys buy them shit from Hot Topic. These guys are fucking gnob gogglers, wafflers, lamewads, whatever you wanna call them. Don't buy this or any other record from bands that sound liek these guys, or bands that have shitty names kike these guys.

crazytoledo (December 8, 2005)

That 110 part is generic hardcore same old same old and almost every toher portion on the cd is better than that part, because not only that is generic and cliche, it really isnt that good either.

Anonymous (November 9, 2005)

ok i must say...it might not be the greatest of CDs but in gerald did what at 1:10ish that part is amazing and should just be a 10 on its own so all you bitches who are all like ewww 3 go blow cock cuz you dont know music

crazytoledo (October 25, 2005)

They each surfaced around the same time, I think ET's full length was 02 and Atreyus was 03...

Anyways, they dont sound like Atreyu that much besides some clean vocals here and there...

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

seems like a cheap Atreyu knock-off to me

andrew13 (August 7, 2005)

i'm not liking this one... i'm just not feeling it like i did their last 2 albums...

Anonymous (July 28, 2005)

i really liek this cd because it shwos why evergreen terrace is different from all these other typical breakdown hardcore bands(which dont get me wrong i like all of them too)and can write the unexpected..........seriously this album really surprised me because i was expecting something completely different and i damn sure wasnt expecting an acoustic song...........top to bottom its a great cd just like the writer of this review said

Anonymous (July 28, 2005)

i really liek this cd because it shwos why evergreen terrace is different from all these other typical breakdown hardcore bands(which dont get me wrong i like all of them too)and can write the unexpected..........seriously this album reall surprised me because i was expecting something completely different and i damn sure wasnt expecting an acoustic song...........top to bottom its a great cd just like the writer of this review said

punkcorekid (July 6, 2005)

i didn't even know the singer of 12 tribes was black.

i was remembering a song i heard from them a loooong time ago and something my friend said about them when he saw them with zao.

crazytoledo (July 5, 2005)

12 tribes blows rap-metal nuts

I just really liked it.

Also, Twelve Tribes isnt Rap Metal, just cause a singer is black doesnt make it rap, it's a mix of Hardcore / Metalcore and I really liked it.

http://aversionline.com

He agreed too, giving it a 9 and thats like the hgihest score for a cd he gives, Ive never seen a 10 here, and hes a good reviewer...

punkcorekid (July 5, 2005)

i didn't like what i heard from this cd. this band isn't the greatest band, but they are fun live because it's such generic metalcore stuff, there are huge pits and everybody's dancing.

12 tribes blows rap-metal nuts. anybody that gave them a perfect score doesn't need to write reviews.

Anonymous (July 5, 2005)

i really have no desire to post my opinion of this album or band on this site, i would just like to say that evergreen terrace being from "somewhere south", they're from jacksonville florida or someting like that, not exactly hillbilly capital usa, despite nascar fan population, so i'm pretty sure they wouldn't be offended by anything, assuming they're reading their own review. and you guys need to fucking chill out, in the end it's all punk rock and you're on a punk website. relax. that is all.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

is it just me, or did some people actually feel the need to 'sum up' the star system? anyone in doubt of how it works, needs to be promptly smacked, and sent back to 4th grade to learn about fractions....
cm

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

Why is Billie Joe on the cover?

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

I admit that I've never heard this album before, but when you give "you'll never make it on your own" as an example of the album's best lyrics that kind of turns me off.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

oh my fucking god, somebody call da capo, because i think we have the lead piece for the 2005 'best music writing' edition...

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

wow. someone admits they like this band.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

mediocre

md40_07 (July 3, 2005)

it is a good CD cover, but it reminds me of a close up of Armor For Sleep's CD cover and the back of Mars Volta's CD case

md40_07 (July 3, 2005)

Peter walks into KFC and asks to see the kernal and a red neck Kentucky kid is running the register and he says "I Say you he dead"

crazytoledo (July 3, 2005)

My Review Scale:

10: Modern gem, near perfect (nothings perfect), be around for a long time
9: Unbelievable release that you'll be listening to for awhile, rarely any problems
8: Outstanding CD that wwill last in rotation for some time
7: Great CD but has some flaqs.
6: Above average, getting there
5: Average CD
4. Below Avergae, has some good points, but not enough
3. Bad
2. Terrible
1. Worst Ever

crazytoledo (July 3, 2005)

1. I know theres other Simpsons inspired band name, I just used FOB as an example.

Also, anyone else spot that 'I Say You He Dead' is a Family Guy reference?

I realized that but I didnt know if it was a FG reference or the fact that some southern people may talk like that and Im pretty sure ET is from somehwere south.

Scolex (July 3, 2005)

And apart from Fall Out Boy, what other Simpsons-inspired band names?

OK, I post this and then I see there's a band called Hank Jones (Homer's guess at the name of one of Bart's friends in the episode 'Saturdays of Thunder') in the reviews list, and their album title is... 'Satudays of Thunder'.

Seems, actually, that you can't move for Simpsons references these days...

Scolex (July 3, 2005)

That's how I view the stars system too. 8 is the album you buy when you've got the money, 9 is the one you're digging down the back of your sofa for change for, and a 10 is the one where you're mugging some old guy round the corner from the record store so you can get it then and there.

One question:
The first thing I noticed about Evergreen Terrace, before even listening to them, was their band name referencing the street on which the Simpsons live on. I always found that rather cool and much better than other Simpsons-inspired names such as Fall Out Boy.

Why?

And apart from Fall Out Boy, what other Simpsons-inspired band names?

Also, anyone else spot that 'I Say You He Dead' is a Family Guy reference?

GreenVandal (July 3, 2005)

Standardized test grades dont make any sense to begin with....then again what does?

But

5 = good, but nothing special. at all. but still, not bad.

6 = good ideas maybe, a interesting song here or there. it just didnt come together though

7 = solid. i doubt its gonna be in your psyche forever, but it wont disapoint

8 = Hells yeah. I had this shit on repeat for a week, and Im still not sick of it. Might get old in a year or two, but its definetly a winner!

9 = If anyone insults this album, I kill them without mercy. This is fucking art.

10 = Im skipping work for the next week...scratch that, year. Give me the biggest stereo possible and just stay the fuck away, I need some time alone with this baby.

Thats what these silly little stars mean to me. This is a 6 simply because kids who dig metal will probably really dig it, but no one else is going too.

theownzenator (July 3, 2005)

I really couldn't stand the cover they did of "Zero" by the Smashing Pumpkins...grave injustice.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

this weak shit makes nu-emo look heavy lol

Anchors (July 3, 2005)

"... see a '10'..."

Anchors (July 3, 2005)

That's how I feel on my reviews, too. A 6 is respectable, though mediocre, and usually represents an album at least one group of kids would enjoy.

I wouldn't buy an album with a rating of 5 or lower, however, and usually when I see a I'm extremely skeptical about how good the album is.

pwfanatic (July 2, 2005)

'Anything over a 5 is good kids. Hell, a 5 is good. Does anyone here know math, or percentages....anything? Anybody? Hello?"

i have always looked at the stars percentage in the terms of grades. with 10 being an a, 9 an a-/b , 8 a b-/C , 7 a c-/high d, 6 borderline failing and 5 a failure. maybe i look at it wrong compared to a lot of people here, but when i see something with 7/10 i think average.

GreenVandal (July 2, 2005)

Okay, if you say so.

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

I understand the score system and when I do reviews for my site I hand out a lot of 4s for decent albums, 5s for average ones, and 6s for good ones. I really liked the album and understand the star system quite well. Did I excessively praise the album? No. Did I hate anything 'cept length? No

Clear it up?

etwiels88 (July 2, 2005)

Posted by Anonymous on 2005-07-02 20:42:53
My Score:

SHIT.....metalcore is the most lightweight kind of indie music.

....?

Could you elaborate on that statement a little more for anyone else who's confused?

GreenVandal (July 2, 2005)

You can hear one album and be a fanboy. I do it all the time. Just think about if you will still be listeing to this consistently in a year or three, and that should help put it in perspective. Maybe those little stars dont mean much to anyone else, but it kind of pisses me off that some idiot just glancing through reviews and not knowing any better will see this things rating and think its some sort of second coming of christ. Anything over a 5 is good kids. Hell, a 5 is good. Does anyone here know math, or percentages....anything? Anybody? Hello?

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

Hate to break it to you, but this is the first ET album I got, and the I only heard a few of the covers from the cover album before gettig this...

Not a ET fanboy...

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

SHIT.....metalcore is the most lightweight kind of indie music.

GreenVandal (July 2, 2005)

No it isnt. What makes a review bad is when it is a million fucking words long, and still manages to tell you nothing. You never point out anything on this that is even semi deserving of giving it a nearly perfect score.

So this is about as good as all of Fugazis albums? Its up there with Born Against, The Nation of Ulysses, and all the other greatest bands/albums ever?

NO

Its halfway decent mettalic hardcore. A 6 at best. Learn to stop typing with your fanboy boner and get some fucking perspective.

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

A review isnt bad because you dont agree with someones music tastes.

its not like the reviews here that gave good charlotte 3s and 4s, dear god...

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

That first album they did on indianola was really good...this is really..well, Not good.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

OMG SMEONE LIKES TEH MUSIC WE ALL SAY IS TEH SUCK!!!! (even though we all downloaded it), LETS AKE FUN OF HIM CAUSE OUR OPINIONS ARE TEH GREATEST!!!!11!!

you people are fucking morons.

theundergroundscene (July 2, 2005)

crazytoledo you really want people to like you huh

fuckin toolshed

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

clean vocals or lack there off are clearly important to you. i have no idea how good this album is cos that was an awful review

etwiels88 (July 1, 2005)

I never saw what was so great about this band...

tylerdurden8136 (July 1, 2005)

Everything I've heard about this album is bad bad bad. I trust everything more than a review that uses overall twice in the same sentence.

wow. are you really going to be that fucking picky about using "overall" twice? i could see if the last sentence included such phrases as "u better go out and get this" or "ur gonna love it," but come on, he used the same word twice! if that means his review loses all credibility to you, then you, sir, need to grow up.

oh nevermind, disregard this comment. i used "to" and "you" twice in that last sentence.

as for the actual album...it's a little short, which was a bit of a disapointment.

Anchors (July 1, 2005)

That song was "The Kids Aren't Alright."

SkolarX (July 1, 2005)

at a show in detroit with a killed the prom queen these guys took a ton of posters i had spent a half hour hanging up to promote other shows. they aren't remotely interesting though. everything i've heard from them apart from the covers cd, which i have a huge fondness for covers so it worked for me, was very much the exact same as well pick a faceless cliche hardcore band in their name and there you have it. very unoriginal

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

forget the name, something with "The Kids"

threechordsandthetruth (July 1, 2005)

What Offspring song did they cover?

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

2. I got a Brandon Saller Atrey Clean Vocal vie after sending in the review...

What? I can't even begin to decipher that.

After sending in my review the clean vocals started to remind of Brandon's clean vocals.

1. Hope people like this betetr than previous reviews.

haha, are you serious?

Well from what I've read, better than the Finch one. Biggest problem is too many words and that not to many people like this album...

bizzlebrizzle (July 1, 2005)

The quote above is listed in the liner notes of Evergreen Terrace, and while it's a shame because they took songs by bands such as the Offspring, Sponge, and Smashing Pumpkins and made them into much better, heavier versions, it's awesome to have some new material.

I already knew that this review was bullshit just by reading that.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

1. Hope people like this betetr than previous reviews.

haha, are you serious?

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

2. I got a Brandon Saller Atrey Clean Vocal vie after sending in the review...

What? I can't even begin to decipher that.

elliot (July 1, 2005)

it's really not necessary to give us a track-by-track review of any album, let alone for an album by a band like evergreen terrace where it's pretty much going to be "okay, this song has like, metal parts, and then some clean singing, it's pretty rad. the next one has this bitchin breakdown, followed by some clean singing, boy that sure was cool." we don't need that!

oh, and ET sucks haaarrrrrd.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Man this band fucking SUCKS. and what's even sadder is the reviewer feels the need to post on his own review like 19 times, or at least every other fucking post. never write a review for this site again asshole, take that garbage to absolutepunk you fucking piece of horse shit.

hobbitcore (July 1, 2005)

The quote above is listed in the liner notes of Evergreen Terrace, and while it's a shame because they took songs by bands such as the Offspring, Sponge, and Smashing Pumpkins and made them into much better, heavier versions, it's awesome to have some new material.

After I read that I had absolutely no desire to read the rest of this review.

theundergroundscene (July 1, 2005)

crazytoledo you are seriously not a good reviewer

this album is TERRIBLE

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Not a fan, but potential for improvement.

ElVaquero (July 1, 2005)

Everything I've heard about this album is bad bad bad. I trust everything more than a review that uses overall twice in the same sentence.

johnnydanger (July 1, 2005)

12 tribes sucks

this album is good

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

already here

menas others have revieiwed it already on this site...

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

Side note, I've been layign down rougher scores on CDs, they just havent been on this site.

Finch did get a 1, a lot of the shit I have on my site's already here and its getting like 3, 4, or 5 out of 10.

Giving a 8 or 9 is a rarity for me know and the only cds to surprisingly get a 10 from me are:

Darkest Hour - Undoing Ruin
12 Tribes - Rebirth of Tragedy
Millencolin - Penguins & Polarbears
Wolf's Rain OST 2

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

didn't get that sense from your review

Other than length and a lack of a cover or two, I had no beef with anything, though a solo would be nice...

pwfanatic (July 1, 2005)

i just saw these guys with bane, and they weren't too bad live... i wasn't really into 'em but plenty of kids seemed to enjoy them.

darkstarm (July 1, 2005)

I think the nines and eights are being handed out too easily at this site. Nine implies that this is a near perfect record, one that transcends the genre and is almost a classic. I didn't get that sense from your review. Whatever.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

this album is fucking norma jean garbage!

stevejonestherealbones (July 1, 2005)

"Why is BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG on the cover?!?!"

alk trio had that outfit long before greenday, and then icky line had it before the trio....

my Telling A Joke Without Knowing Your Shit detector just blew up

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

Check out how many times you said OVERALL.

3 times. Once saying it was a good track overall and twice in a sentence summing it up...

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Why is BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG on the cover?!?!

moneenerd (July 1, 2005)

So much of this review couldve been compressed into like 2 paragraphs. This was so strettched out and you repeated yourself a lot. Check out how many times you said OVERALL.

But hey. not like I can do any better!

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Bad review, bad album, bad band.

By the way, the Evergreen Terrace covers album is one of the lamest, most poorly-recorded "hardcore" CDs I've ever heard. I'm not really a fan of ANY of the bands that they covered, but it blows my mind that anyone can think that their shitty, amateurish renditions are actually better than the originals.

Don't give any credence to this review. Evergreen Terrace is utter garbage. Unless you're 17, then it might sound totally rad.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Well I'll be first to state that this band is in no way as good as or anything like Bane.

-BSD

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

i'm just fuckin around. there have been plenty of times i post first on news shit i submit. and maybe even on one of my two reviews..i dont remember.


I figured that due to your other comments.

Words are mans enemy!

stevejonestherealbones (July 1, 2005)

i'm just fuckin around. there have been plenty of times i post first on news shit i submit. and maybe even on one of my two reviews..i dont remember.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

Hey I have nothing better to do and that would be the same message if you posted something first...

stevejonestherealbones (July 1, 2005)

"look at me, i'm crazytoledo and i'm the first person to post in my own review! "

ah fuck. no offense but i dont want to read all kinds of words and shit

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

crazytoledo (July 1, 2005)

1. Hope people like this betetr than previous reviews.

2. I got a Brandon Saller Atrey Clean Vocal vie after sending in the review...

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