Not everyone knows Terminal began under the moniker Letter Twelve in 1998, but a sea of hearts were broken when they disbanded in 2006. The Mansfield, TX band had a propensity for writing the most powerful music - How The Lonely Keep, their only Tooth & Nail album, was one of the great emo releases of the 00's. When Travis Bryant belted "Somewhere in between here and the window pane, life is gray," we sat up straight in our seats; when he screamed "Someday you'll learn no place will make you happier!" we shivered at the meaning behind the words; when he crooned "Surely there had to be a way to smile again," we were racked with sympathy and understanding. Sure, they might have derived much of their sound from Recover, but they put forth enough personal, genuine pathos to leave a deep mark on their scene. Their demise may have brought us bands like Alive in Wild Paint and Oh, Sleeper, but none of them quite match the energy and majesty that was Terminal. Nor have they managed to help us make as many memories.
I grew up in the town next to these guys, saw them several times as both Letter Twelve and Terminal. With the exception of 'Dark', I'm not 100% sure I liked the transition from Letter Twelve to Terminal.
If nothing else, I surely disagree that this was one of the greatest emo albums of the 00's.
i loved these guys. Miss Louisiana, Maps, Dark, so many great tunes. I agree totally, none of their followup bands had that impact, Alive in Wild Paint just wasn't as good or catchy. Damn, I was SUPER depressed when they called it quits after only one release. DAMN!