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Give Up the Ghost

Give Up the Ghost: Background MusicBackground Music (2001)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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This band has to be the most hyped of all hardcore in print right now. I suppose some of it is due to the rather significant heritage possessed by certain members of the band. For the uninitiated, American Nightmare has lineage starting back with the uber-popular Ten Yard Fight. When the band b.
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This band has to be the most hyped of all hardcore in print right now. I suppose some of it is due to the rather significant heritage possessed by certain members of the band.

For the uninitiated, American Nightmare has lineage starting back with the uber-popular Ten Yard Fight. When the band broke up, their main songwriter, Anthony Pappalardo went on to form In My Eyes, while his ex-bandmate Tim Cossar went on to form American Nightmare.

Personally, I was never a huge fan of Ten Yard Fight, they were a good band, but simply didn't stick in my head like their contemporaries. I thought the whole football thing was pretty clever, especially for a straight edge band, but otherwise, they didn't really have as much power as their offshoots.

Anyhow, mini-hardcore history lesson, aside, how is the record? Well, their EP was extremely positively recieved, (as you can see in some of the reviews. But in my opinion, it wasn't as groundbreaking as some people felt. And to be fair, neither is this record.

Generally, it follows the formula of intense, screamed vocals, seemingly downtuned guitars, and sludgy bridges not unlike One King Down or early Earth Crisis. But, to use a cliche, "Background Music" is far more than the sum of it's musical parts.

It opens somewhat slowly with "(We Are)", which explodes into my favourite track from the record, "There's a black hole..." which is just plain, mind-fucking awesome.

It's hard to sum up the band musically, and it's also hard to pinpoint what makes the record so enjoyable. I suppose it's easy to point out critic stuff like "strong songwriting, intensity, et al" but you'd best listen to the record, or check out the MP3 samples over at Emusic's Background Music page.

Equal Vision has another winner on it's hands, and for those of you who had become disenfranchised with the state of modern hardcore; those of you who were secretly lusting back for the old days, American Nightmare will rekindle your interest, and remind you (like it did me) why you got into hardcore in the first place.

 

 
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literamaniac (May 17, 2010)

Is it worth it to get this if I already have "Year One"? That has half the songs on this after all

Xithyl (February 19, 2008)

Great album. Though recent it really shaped a lot of hardcore that has come out since and certainly impacted many kids then and now. I hope someone can make another 'Background Music' some day soon.

this is my favorite hardcore album (and in my top 5 albums).

they will always be american nightmare to me.

nosedive (March 16, 2006)

great release from a great band.

etwiels88 (November 26, 2005)

Worth more than 3 stars. Great band.

Anonymous (May 10, 2005)

Fucking great band.
I'm still pissed about the whole legal battles.
Fucking bar bands.

Anonymous (June 17, 2002)

It is really hard to write a consistent and good punk/hardcore record. AN did it. THey are fags but this is a good record

Anonymous (March 30, 2002)

Definitly kind of overhyped, but still a good band. But what the hell has this to do with One King Down or Earth Crisis? This is pure fucking early 80´s no bull-shit style!

Anonymous (September 10, 2001)

I agree 100% this is a great album, and although not one of AN's best works, still a hell of a great album. Punkinatcha.com also reviewed this cd, giving it a similar rating.

Tim (June 30, 2001)

Best hardcore record released since Gorilla Biscuits broke up. Period. Just offering up a reason for this record being so enjoyable too - #1 Wes has fucking inhuman vocal chords. #2. The lyrics are mostly violent imagery and negativity. Unlike their embarassing comtemporaries who sit around giving us reasons not to drink and singing about jesus.

coldjuly (June 30, 2001)

Bad assssssssssssssss!

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