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Anatomy of a Ghost

Anatomy of a Ghost: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2003)
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Contributed by: MWHB
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As you will find out, my review is pretty long and covers only one band who performed. This is my first review for the site and I guess is kind of a trial run for me to see what you all think of it. If you'd like me to post a continuation review for the rest of the bands who played let me know in th.



As you will find out, my review is pretty long and covers only one band who performed. This is my first review for the site and I guess is kind of a trial run for me to see what you all think of it. If you'd like me to post a continuation review for the rest of the bands who played let me know in the comments and I'll put it up. Thanks.

Anatomy of a Ghost is a band I have been a big fan of since downloading a few of their songs off the internet and later picking up their cd (Which I really reccomend getting). When I saw on their website that they would be playing a show at the legendary Fireside Bowl I immediately made plans to drive to Chicago and see them live along with Bear vs. Shark, Haste, and This Day Forward.

After driving on the highway in some rather nasty weather and horrendous traffic, I finally made it to the Firesidebowl just in time to see the show start. As I was walking up the street to the Fireside I could hear Anatomy of a Ghost starting their set so I made a mad dash inside, payed the $8 cover, and scrambled to the front of the stage. I had heard that Anatomy of a Ghost had a very energetic and memorable live performace, and this night they didn't disappoint.

Anatomy of a ghost plays a melodic post hardcore style which could be best compared to a mix of Thursday and Coheed and Cambria. They have a very unique style that is hard to pin down to one specific genre. The band also has an incredible stage prescene, and with the exception of the drummer, not a single member of the band was stationary on stage for more than a few seconds at a time.

The lead singer would be on the monitors on stage to get close to the fans in front one moment, and the next would be writhing on the ground screaming into the microphone while the guitarists kicked eachother into the walls or fell on their backs on stage during a heavy breakdown. At one point during the song "In Case of Future Complication" (my personal favorite) the lead singer dove off the drum set on stage and onto the right shoulder of the bass player, and continued singing perched between the bass player's shoulder and the clubs low ceiling before diving off and delivering a stiff kick to the bass player's side.

Surprisingly, with all the chaos onstage, the instrumental performace of the band was near perfect. The drum beats and bass rythms were dead on, the guitars never missed a note, and the lead singer delivered his vocals flawlessly. Everything the band played was off of their album "Evanesce" with the exception of one new song. In between songs, a quiet and creepy instrumental track with muffled children's voices played over the speakers, which added to the atmosphere of the band onstage and provided a "calm before the storm" like setting before the next chaotic song was played. Very cool indeed.

After the show I had a chance to talk to the lead singer of Anatomy of a Ghost who was definitely one of the coolest performers I've talked to at the Fireside. I commented on a great set as I saw him walking by and he turned around to come talk to me about the show. He asked me if they played well enough on stage and asked if there was enough energy during the set. I respected that alot because it showed a band who was really working in the fan's best interest and was there to put on a great performance. The rest of the band was also very cool and I spent some more time talking to the lead singer about their CD and upcoming shows before leaving the Fireside to hop in my car and head back home.

 


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Missy_Love (April 2, 2005)

love this band!
that is all i have to say
buy the album!

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

One of the best Punk Blues bands that I have ever heard. The big tall guy [Dewey], was outstanding and man could he pick that guitar. I will follow them forever. There approach was great and their enthusiasm was none like that I have ever seen. Rock On!!!!!

Anonymous (October 24, 2003)

Thanks for at least mentioning Haste in your review...B'ham pride, baby.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

This band is Coheed Jnr. Nothing original here, but like Coheed they have some good tunes.

-bemused-

Anonymous (June 19, 2003)

sick sick bastard sickboi, your a sick sick bastard.

Anonymous (June 16, 2003)

If these chicks were talking about their favorite porn stars I'd read these more often...

-sickboi

jheisel (June 16, 2003)

Can we please stop with the show reviews? Particularly those that are all, "So, I picked Jen and Timothy up around 6 and we BARELY made it to the show due to traffic. This band rocked, that band sucked, etc. Then I hung out with the band after the show and asked them who their favorite porn stars were. It was kewl."

die die die.

FortyMinutesWest (June 15, 2003)

Oh yes they can.

themuffingirl (June 15, 2003)

they can't be that bad

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

*If you took thursday, striped them of creativity, then switched there singer from Geoff to Claudio from Coheed and Cambria, you would have this band. Except first you would have to tear off Cladios ears so he was tone deaf and no longer awesome. This is one of the worst abominations i have ever heard. Avoid at all costs.

wow i cant spell today, sorrys everyone.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

*If you took thursday, striped them of creativity, then switched there singer from Geoff to Claudio from Coheed and Cambria, you would have this band. Except first you would have to tear off Cladios ears so he was tone deaf and no longer awesome. This is one of the worst abominations i have ever heard. Avoid at all costs.

wow i cant spell today, sorrys everyone.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

If took thursday, striped them of creativity. Then switched there singer from Geoff to Claudio from Coheed and Cambria, you would have this band. Except first you would have to tear off Cladios ears to he was tone deaf and no longer awesome. This is one of the worst abominations i have ever heard. Aoid at all costs.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

"Bitchy"? I'm confused.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

this is i a good band the review was bitchy tho

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

Kicking people is a hardcore thing.

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

this band is kinda annoying. and the singer likes to kick other members in the band while playing.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

The stage at the fireside is like 5 feet from the drums to the monitors!

user13 (June 13, 2003)

is it just me or do one of the singers kinda sound like tim from antifreeze.....antifreeze sucks...

timis (June 13, 2003)

has anyone listened to the new saosin album....damn thing kicks ass...if you like anatomy of a ghost...this band is right up there...also they are touring together....

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

this band is cool, ask patrick rowell.

chad (June 13, 2003)

i like this band, and they are way good live, and some of the coolest guys ive talked to in a band as well.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

this band is awsome, but highly underrated bc they sound alot like coheed & cambria

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

this band sucks, cashing in on the newest "trend"

FortyMinutesWest (June 13, 2003)

Good review, awful band.

Anonymous (June 13, 2003)

Good first review, though its amazing that someone could write so much about one shitty band. But good review.

-sickboi

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