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Texas In July

Company: Redfield
Release: 2014
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Overall energy that is infectious

  • Pennsylvanian newcomers Texas in July offer up a tasty slab of metalcore with 'Bloodwork', their second album. This one is full of teeth-rattling breakdowns, in your face heavy riffing, vocals that will get you screaming along and an overall energy that is infectious. Taking their cues from bands like Miss May I, Hatebreed and Of Mice and Men, Texas in July show that they know how to craft songs that the listeners can really sink their teeth into. With anthem choruses, a great mix of screams and clean vocals, each track affords you the opportunity to let your inner rock star out. Vocalist JT Cavey exudes energy, emotion and charisma with each word that is elicited from his soul. His screams are something that just hit you like a ton of bricks and make you want to jump up and destroy something right that second. And when his clean vocals kick in, you are reduced to a sniveling little child, mesmerized as if watching the flickering of a dancing flame. Guitarist Chris Davis delivers knockout riffs as well as some incredibly beautiful guitar work. From trying to pummel your head to moments of relaxing, Davis adds so much atmosphere and depth to each song with his playing. Bassist Ben Witkowski and drummer Adam Gray are a duo that know just when to add a little extra to beef up a rhythm section or can bring it down and keep things cool during a mellow interlude. As a unit, Texas in July are firing on all cylinders and tracks like "Broken Soul", "Defenseless" and "Nooses" are perfect examples of a band that are all on the same page. Bloodwork is an album that will be well received by many fans worldwide. If you are looking for an album that you can throw on and listen to from start to finish, Bloodwork isn't a bad place to start.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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