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Ghost Of A Thousand - New Hopes, New Demonstrations

Ghost Of A Thousand - New Hopes, New Demonstrations

Review by Hedley Jackson

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

HEAVY, aggressive rock with a helluva lot of distortion and even more screaming is one way of describing The Ghost Of A Thousand’s second album.

Technically brilliant, with drums that never want to stop and well formulated rhythms, the band clearly know the genre well. The most interesting part of their music is the very melodic structuring of songs, not always found in heavy rock.

Knees, Toes, Teeth, for example, is a great rock song, with a fired-up riff, great chorus and a well placed guitar solo. But the unfortunate screaming throughout does take something away from the album. At times, it’s hard to understand what’s worth screaming about.

The highlights of the album are the great instrumentation and the parts of the songs that are sung well, not screamed. It seems a waste of good song writing to scream away half of the album.

Fans of screamo should definitely check this band out. If I were a fan of such noises this band would be faultless. Split The Atom is largely scream-free and it’s the best song on the album; honing the musician’s skills onto their music.

Overall, it’s a disappointment to see another band not concentrating on making good music, but focusing on adhering to a genre convention that brings them down. The band have some ability and can be impressive, but this album is disappointing.

Download Picks: Split The Atom; Knees, Toes, Teeth

Track Listing:

  1. Moved As Mountains. Dreamt Of By The Sea
  2. Bright Lights
  3. Knees, Toes, Teeth
  4. Canyons Of Static
  5. Split The Atom
  6. Neptune
  7. Small Mercies
  8. Nobody Likes A Hero
  9. Running On Empty
  10. Fed To The Ocean
  11. Good Old Fashioned Loss