How the Lonely Keep

How the Lonely Keep

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by Terminal
     
 
How the Lonely Keep is the Tooth & Nail debut of Terminal, who used to be known as Letter Twelve back in Mansfield, TX. They're a young quintet with a heavy influence from Further Seems Forever, where pleading verses habitually explode into head-nodding chorus proclamations flanked by triumphantly crashing guitars. It's an

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How the Lonely Keep is the Tooth & Nail debut of Terminal, who used to be known as Letter Twelve back in Mansfield, TX. They're a young quintet with a heavy influence from Further Seems Forever, where pleading verses habitually explode into head-nodding chorus proclamations flanked by triumphantly crashing guitars. It's an approach tapped by countless bands attached to the Purevolume and MySpace nations (Tooth & Nail's own Slow Coming Day being just one), and while the sound might be getting a little tired by 2005, the groups keep showing up on your local all-ages show docket. To their benefit Terminal stays away from the extremes of the style. They don't overindulge in contemplative pianos or strings -- in fact, the soft intro to "Dark" actually makes that tack work -- but they don't double Travis Bryant's vocal with a guy screaming bloody murder, either. "Watching, Wasting, Waiting," "Wisher," and "Just a Failure" are wound-tight rockers. They lessen the punch of a band like Get Up Kids with loads of layered guitars and Bryant's occasional choirboy indulgence. But the songs move along capably enough. Terminal suffers a little lyrically on How the Lonely Keep, falling into the usual meditations on loneliness and leaning too hard on imagery. ("I became a desert to your raining....") On the other hand, "Miss Louisiana" is refreshingly direct when Bryant demands closure from his long-distance love, and its arrangement switches speeds well. "Maps" is also strong -- it could be the track to really kill in a live setting. Terminal needs some growth to be truly effective. But How the Lonely Keep is a stronger debut than the record's generic emo cover art and title would suggest.

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Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Tooth & Nail Records
UPC:
0724356055902
catalogNumber:
60559

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How the Lonely Keep 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album by Terminal is amazing. It reminds me of the band Underoath without the screaming. So when you're in one of those moods it is perfect. They really hit the nail on the head with this one.