11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Texas in July's second album, One Reality, Chris Davis—the replacement for founding guitarist Logan Maurer—joined the Lancaster, Pa.–based post-hardcore quintet. On the group's eponymous third full-length, we hear a more confident and comfortable Davies trying out new approaches, right from the minute-long intro, “Initiate,” where big, chilling walls of effected guitar noise fall and crumble like arctic sheets. It serves as a fuse that detonates “Cry Wolf,” a bludgeoning assault of metalcore rhythms contrasted by some of the most progressive guitar work to grace the genre since Between the Buried and Me. “Shallow Point” sets the band’s bar of brutality higher than ever before, with stormy, blustering guitars and what could be drummer Adam Gray’s hardest-hitting performance recorded yet. “Without a Head” is an appropriate title for a song in which frontman Alex Good relentlessly screams his face off. Hints of a record collection peppered with thrash-metal surface in “Bed of Nails,” but even among the scribbled guitar distortion, the vacuum-tight arrangements are too progressive to fully succumb to thrash. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Texas in July's second album, One Reality, Chris Davis—the replacement for founding guitarist Logan Maurer—joined the Lancaster, Pa.–based post-hardcore quintet. On the group's eponymous third full-length, we hear a more confident and comfortable Davies trying out new approaches, right from the minute-long intro, “Initiate,” where big, chilling walls of effected guitar noise fall and crumble like arctic sheets. It serves as a fuse that detonates “Cry Wolf,” a bludgeoning assault of metalcore rhythms contrasted by some of the most progressive guitar work to grace the genre since Between the Buried and Me. “Shallow Point” sets the band’s bar of brutality higher than ever before, with stormy, blustering guitars and what could be drummer Adam Gray’s hardest-hitting performance recorded yet. “Without a Head” is an appropriate title for a song in which frontman Alex Good relentlessly screams his face off. Hints of a record collection peppered with thrash-metal surface in “Bed of Nails,” but even among the scribbled guitar distortion, the vacuum-tight arrangements are too progressive to fully succumb to thrash. 

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About Texas In July

Formed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Texas in July came together in 2007 while the bandmembers were still in high school together. Consisting of singer Alex Good, drummer Adam Gray, guitarists Christian Royer and Logan Maurer, and bassist Ben Witkowski, the group debuted its intricate, breakdown-heavy metalcore sound in 2008 with the EP Salt of the Earth, released on CI Records. The quintet followed up quickly the next year with its first full-length, I Am, which Texas in July supported by heading out on the road with bands like the Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red. The summer of 2010 saw Texas in July going through some changes, first announcing that they were signing on with Equal Vision, and shortly afterwards announcing the departure of Maurer, who split with the band amicably after deciding to head to college after finishing high school rather than spending time touring. The band recruited guitarist Chris Davis and went back into the studio to work on its debut for Equal Vision, One Reality, which was released in 2011. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Lancaster, PA
  • GENRE
    Metal
  • FORMED
    2007

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