Evergreen Terrace - Wolfbiker

10 songs
34:52 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade


Named after the fictional street where the Simpsons live, Florida rockers Evergreen Terrace must be one of the busiest bands of the moment. Starting to release music since the dawn of the new decade, Wolfbiker is already their eighth output, although only their first on their new label Metal Blade. The strange cover artwork and the even stranger song titles (Bad Energy Troll, Where There Is Fire We Will Carry Gasoline, To The First Baptist Church Of Jacksonville,…) show instantly that Evergreen Terrace have a sense of humour which is essential to survive in today’s metalcore jungle. It’s getting harder and harder these days to hear any musical difference between the myriads of newcomer bands in that genre, but Evergreen Terrace have a long back catalogue to refer to.

Their songs are generally shorter and less metal influenced than those of the competition. Instead you get a healthy dose of punk rock attitude that feels really great between their otherwise metal riffs and occasional melodic moments. There’s always a certain carefree momentum to their songs, which works best on the catchy Chaney Can’t Quite Riff Like Helmet’s Page Hamilton, one of the funniest song titles of all times and also a rare case of understatement for a band.

Wolfbiker is a beacon of hope in a metalcore circus that is becoming drearier by the month. If you want to discover a band that can still infuse the genre with originality and humour, by all means check out Evergreen Terrace.

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