Band: The Ghost Inside
Album: Self Titled
Label: Epitaph Records
Location: LA, CA
FFO: Stick To Your Guns, August Burns Red, Parkway Drive
What is there to say about The Ghost Inside that hasn't already been said a million times? Resilience, strength, positivity...the list goes on with perfect words to describe this group of guys. And it's all packed into their emotionally driven, new, self titled album. Before getting down to the nitty gritty, you know I gotta comment on the production going on here. They've not only come back full force musically, but this is the best sounding record they've released. Yet another pie Will Putney has his fingers in to give this the spice it deserves.
Every album deserves a great opening. Some people take the route of an ambient, instrumental for a couple minutes before getting into the first real song. Even though I appreciate those too, TGI opens up with a drum pattern straight into a breakdown. That’s how you kick off an album. This then perfectly transitions into ‘Still Alive’ where we truly begin a journey into years of built up emotion. This emotion is shown throughout every avenue available, especially in the breakdowns. I just love how almost every song has a classic TGI breakdown. Very aggressive and in your face. Which makes me think about how I don’t think they have gone this straight hardcore in a while. There’s definitely those moments of singing and chanting like on ‘One Choice’, but there were a lot of throw back sounds in these songs. One of my favorites being ‘Pressure Point’ where they take it to the next level, going straight beatdown with it at one point. The album closes out with another one of my favorite songs on the album, Aftermath. I don’t think they could have chosen a better song to wrap everything up in a bow. It sums up the entire mood of the record, along with giving hope for the future. It’s lyrics like these that are filled with painful reflection, frustration, passion and drive.
Not too often are self titled records deserving of the name. Bands can make a good self titled, but I always go into self titled records expecting it to be an album that represents who and what the band is. There’s plenty of bands that self title an album seemingly just because they can. But TGI fully embraced what a self titled record is supposed to do - represent the band. Musically, lyrically, thematically, and everything between, there isn’t another album they have made that truly speaks for them much like this. Musically, it’s the best of what they like and what the fans like. As I mentioned, they include their old hardcore sound, mixed in with the later on sound of cleans and sing-alongs. The lyrics are uplifting and passion driven as you’d expect from them. With these keys elements, they brought together an all-encompassing sound that tells you “This is who we are, take it or leave it.” TGI has never sounded so sure of themselves and confident in the power they really have over their lives. This encouraging influence makes the already great music even easier to throw into the daily mix.
One word: Triumph.
Strongest Song: Pressure Point
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-ghost-inside/276963639