Evergreen Terrace

Losing All Hope Is Freedom

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As far as metalcore bands go, Evergreen Terrace is among the best acts of 2001. One listen to their full-length, Losing All Hope Is Freedom, should readily prove to any reluctant listener that this Jacksonville, FL, quintet is something special. Combining gut-wrenching screams similar to Zao with powerful melodies akin to Poison the Well, Evergreen Terrace blows away any competition. Cleverly incorporated spoken-word samples help to enhance thoroughly invigorating musicianship, for example, on the opening track, "Sweet Nothings Gone Forever." Vocalist Andrew Carey could very well be one of the best lead singers to enter the scene in years, as he has a very powerful voice and quite a commanding presence. Guitarists Craig Chaney and Josh James seemingly mold hardcore brutality with heavy metal ingenuity, and at times even slip into harmonic emotional segues which melt the listener's heart. Evergreen Terrace has made a very memorable impression with Losing All Hope Is Freedom, and they're surely on the right path. Standout songs are surely "In My Dreams I Can Fly," "Look up at the Stars and You're Gone," and "Embrace." This is a band that you hear and wonder how they can possibly be this good, yet it's quite obvious if you ponder it. Flawless musicianship combined with top-notch vocals instantly make Losing All Hope Is Freedom a mainstay in any heavy music fan's collection.

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