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I Am Ghost - We Are Always Searching [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

I Am Ghost

I Am Ghost: We Are Always Searching [reissue]We Are Always Searching [reissue] (2005)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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I had to look no further than the very cover of this album to know that I wasn't going to like it. The sticker on the cover reads "For fans of My Chemical Romance, From First to Last, Bleeding Through, and Senses Fail." Ouch; that's game, set, match right there. After reading that, I didn't even wan.
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I had to look no further than the very cover of this album to know that I wasn't going to like it. The sticker on the cover reads "For fans of My Chemical Romance, From First to Last, Bleeding Through, and Senses Fail." Ouch; that's game, set, match right there. After reading that, I didn't even want to pop this into my CD drive. Epitaph is really barking up the wrong tree signing bands like this; leave that crap to someone else.

Combining the absolute worst parts of "mall screamo" that bands like Senses Fail have popularized, and self-loathing gothic imagery, every track here is more or less a mirror image of the last. The vapid, thoughtless lyrics tackle such topics as depression, angst, depression, loss, and vampires. Well, at least they didn't recycle any concepts that have been used before by every single other band playing this exact same style; that'd have been an unfortunate creative decision. If I was to count the number of times the words 'angel,' 'wings,' 'love,' 'hate,' or 'broken' appear within the liner notes, I'd surely have a full day's work ahead of me. It's really just funny at this point that these sort of bands are so devoid of individuality that even their own lyrics are completely interchangeable between songs. Lines from "Eulogies and Epitaphs" and "Kiss Me Like You Wanted" could be randomized and switched, and nobody would be the wiser. But even with a band such as this, there's more to the music than poorly conceived lyrics.

I think the best assessment I could possibly give this band is to take My Chemical Romance, throw in some of Senses Fail's erratic screaming, and the occasional metal riffing, and this will be your result. A lot of the vocal melodies seem to be styled around what MCR has become so well known for, just a lot of drawn out theatrics that could make a 5-word sentence into half of the song. There's some female vocals as well for contrast purposes, but whenever they're used they essentially get drowned out by either the main vocals or some unnecessary background screaming,.

Every song follows more or less the same formula. It either starts out with some dissonant riffing and screaming, moving quickly into more melodic territory, or it starts in that slow melodic territory and eventually builds up for the screaming at the end of the track. There's exceptions, but that general rule holds true in almost every instance I've found. Take the title track, "We Were Always Searching," where things begin with some Darkest Hour like-riffing, before some odd keyboard parts and the slowdown to an almost whispered singing delivery. The vocals slowly but surely get louder while the clean guitars work on their own underneath, barely even heard below the singer's falsetto. There's about 20 seconds directly in the middle of the song where I Am Ghost goes into hardcore freakout mode, only to have things return to the stale redundancy that has been building all album long. Even when the singer, who's seemingly plenty capable, hits some great vocal melodies, it's buried so far into the ground with repetition that the talent doesn't even matter any more, as long as the song is over.

Beneath all the gloss and polish, there's little to no redeeming value. They don't stand out in the slightest, not even among their boring retread peers. Ah well, another one bites the dust.

 

 
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crazytoledo (July 24, 2006)

A 40 minute demo? Pssh, this isn't even an EP, it's a freakin' full length, actual album, etc. Not an Ep, not a demo.

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

For a demo this is fucking good. i like this band.

crazytoledo (June 12, 2006)

This release has 9 tracks. 9 tracks is quite a lot for a demo unless your gonna shop it around the labels. Night Like These did it, but they then re-recorded the 9 songs and had 2 new songs for a full length.

So in the end, I have the right to hate the production. This is pretty much a full length. 9 tracks isn't an EP for the most part (coughatreyucough). So either way, if you wanna go 'it was a demo,' then you'd have to admit that Epitaph was too cheap to give it the full treatment, but then again, they knew scenesters could care less and would eat this cookie cutter shit up.

And guess what, they were right. Bretts a fucking genius. And so is everyone at the label.

Anonymous (June 9, 2006)

To the douche bad below, this We Are Always Searching EP was the bands DEMO biiiiatch. They recorded it after being a band for like two months. Epitaph signed them and just re-released this cd and called it an ep. It may not be the greatist sounding recording but thats because they did it themselves.

crazytoledo (June 8, 2006)

'Pretty People Never Lie, Vampires Never Die' perfectly sums up this album. At times it's kind of boring, at time's it interesting, and at times it freaks out.

The 'freak out' portion of the song mentioned above could have been purely killer, but the production here is down right horrible.

I mean, come on? The listener should be able to pick out the difference between shouting, guitar solo, strings, bass, drums...It shouldnt all sound like one noise.

So yea, score is for crappy producing.

Anonymous (June 4, 2006)

this band fucking rocks. Enjoyed them in AZ on the Take Action Tour. Them and Silverstein were the best bands that night.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

I first heard of them in Alternative Press. Good CD. I enjoyed it alot.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

This band fucking rocks! I just got their cd last week. Pretty People Never Like is a bass ass song!

Oblivion (May 27, 2006)

Go to google and type in a line from the beginning of Lady Madeline. Put it all in quotes. See what you find.

Yes, the original author knows, and he knows that he was not credited on the album. So now you know why you can't listen to it on myspace.

There is nothing punk about outright plagiarism.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

Well, i think the people that hate them are just jelous because they were signed after like their 2nd show or something. But, if you just listen to music for the music, then i think this cd is rad. I stole it and burned a few copies. he he he

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

I saw the cd at Hot Topic in the top ten section. They are selling alot of cds, so, they must be doing something right, eh?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

the cd could be better but fuck it was their demo and they are brand fucking new and shit! I honestly think this cd is just as good or better than most of the shit out their, and those bands have been doing it for years. Shit, i am gonna see them at HOB with Silverstien in two week. ill tell you if they suck live or not

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

Great band imo, they arent even huge and are already stirring up alot of haters thats pretty impressive.

You people are miserable, something not even
this band can reach out to just stick to your
shit and shutup no need for flames.

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

This album is fucking amazing

Anonymous (March 4, 2006)

i just got this CD. i think some of you are on crack. This thing hasnt left my cd player in two days. I love it!

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

I Love I Am Ghost. You have your opinion and this is mine.

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

One of the best bands ever today.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

hey,
everybody has its own music style, and i think they're great !
and it isn't as rubbisch as bleeding through, and it doesn't
sound at all like from first to last ?
i like the guitars combine with the violens, the lyrics aren't
so good, but who cares ? it sounds fine to me.

GlassPipeMurder (January 26, 2006)

not bad musically...lyrics are dorky though.

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

read this and tell me this guy isn't a retard...

"Every song follows more or less the same formula. It either starts out with some dissonant riffing and screaming, moving quickly into more melodic territory, or it starts in that slow melodic territory and eventually builds up for the screaming at the end of the track. There’s exceptions, but that general rule holds true in almost every instance I’ve found. Take the title track, “We Were Always Searching,” where things begin with some Darkest Hour like-riffing, before some odd keyboard parts and the slowdown to an almost whispered singing delivery. The vocals slowly but surely get louder while the clean guitars work on their own underneath, barely even heard below the singer's falsetto"

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

reviewers who dont play music should not talk about "melodies" and "falsetto" when they don't know what the fuck they're talking about.

I hate this band... and i am not an angry person.

darkstalker (January 23, 2006)

how old is the guy who wrote this review?...

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

This band of Hot Topic rejects is truly CRAPTASTIC!

FAST_ED (January 20, 2006)

Wow. Shit talking always = Anonymous posting. What a bunch of fucking douche bags. Reveal yourselves!

FAST_ED (January 20, 2006)

From what i've heard thus far, this shit is pretty tired and crappy. Like Anchors said, try something new for a change. If I have to hear one more lyric about cutting or suffocating, or drowning, or dying in general.....Jesus H. Christ people! This is really starting to remind me of the "pop punk days" back in 99-00 when everybody wanted to sing shitty songs about their girlfriends to a blink 182 rip off riff. I'm over this shit, but I'll never be over Epitaph. I HAVE FAITH!

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

Fringe-core has to DIE! Oh, but then again maybe that's what these bands want...

I never thought it was possible to be worse than Aiden, these guys prove that it is. What the fuck is Mr Brett doing thse days?

Joe

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

fuck u, ur sense of music is totally bizarre!!!! ur just another one of those emo haters-a discpicable, ignorant, fuckin arragont diehard fan of CLASSICAL music!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

i like this cd alot. so shoot me. but its still a good cd.

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

that douche singer looks like vaginal discharge

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

That douche singer looks like a gothic cris kattan.

soulbleed (January 18, 2006)

it's funny, i was dipping through the 'budget $1.99 cds' at princeton record exchange here in nj and there was like 30 of these already there. when did this even come out?

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

Ha ha ha. Its a fucking review. They sell out all their shows. They are touring, they are making music. I Am Ghost gets the last laugh on all us fucks. So, whatever.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

no, i meant it more like cause i am a lazy ass and in a few years when they are out touring and making money, i am going to be sitting here talking shit on the next band about to be big with shit music. is was complete self depricating, not sucking up to a band that will make it. ...maybe i should listen to them though since i'm so down on myself

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

"i dont really want to talk shit on them because i know if epitaph gets them on tour with mcr and possibly afi (although i think afi fans might see through this bands image into the nothingness) i think this band can become popular and make money."

Oh, so you're afraid of making fun of a band you don't like because they might get popular and make lots of money. Sycophant for the music industry, I guess.

-Will

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

I thought the intro track was nice, kinda original sounding. But yes, I'd have to concur that the rest of it is headachingly repetitive and the lyrics.... oh the lyrics!

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

ok. so i'm back. i skipped the last song on their page. i dont really want to talk shit on them because i know if epitaph gets them on tour with mcr and possibly afi (although i think afi fans might see through this bands image into the nothingness) i think this band can become popular and make money. so uh, good for them i guess?

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

its streaming on purevolume. i'm going to listen to the whole thing then report back. if i dont make it back in 20 minutes or however long this is, that means i didnt make it out alive and now, i am ghost

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

Anyone who listened to this cd one time and didn't like it I say listen to it agian. I really didn't like it the first time I heard it, but the second time it sounded much better. They have really complex melodies that don't exactly sound smooth the first time you listen to it, but once you figure out how it blends together it sounds pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but very good.

The reviewer left out the other band that was mentioned on the sticker that said for fans of: AFI. I don't like all the other bands it mentioned but I still like this band.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

You Are Trash.

What's new?

-Will

iconoclast (January 17, 2006)

anchors hit the nail on the head. this music is basically pure shit.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

This album really sucks, but Anchors likes Alexisonfire.

crazytoledo (January 17, 2006)

Take the title track, “We Were Always Searching,” where things begin with some Darkest Hour like-riffing, before some odd keyboard parts and the slowdown to an almost whispered singing delivery. The vocals slowly but surely get louder while the clean guitars work on their own underneath, barely even heard below the singer's falsetto. There’s about 20 seconds directly in the middle of the song where I Am Ghost goes into hardcore freakout mode, only to have things return to the stale redundancy that has been building all album long. Even when the singer, who’s seemingly plenty capable, hits some great vocal melodies, it’s buried so far into the ground with repetition that the talent doesn’t even matter any more, as long as the song is over.

Actually that werid keys thing you mentioned is actually a violin I think. The one person does have play the violin in the band.

Ive only heard 'We Are Always Searching,' and I like the song.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

I actually thought this album was pretty good.
Meh.

Big_Guy (January 17, 2006)

Score is for Darkest Hour and Kris Norris for being the most fucking bad-ass guitarist in the scene today.

He is really great, but most of the swedish shredsters would wipe the floor with him.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

yet another crappy band reviewed by Anchors. you must have stacks upon stacks of "coasters" at your house.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

Score is for Darkest Hour and Kris Norris for being the most fucking bad-ass guitarist in the scene today.

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

This sucks...this style of music sucks and epitaph sucks.

---Trav.

Jet (January 17, 2006)

No, sweet cheers for sweet revenge!

darkstarm (January 17, 2006)

He isn't "every band's nightmare for a reviewer," he just knows what music is unoriginal garbage and what isn't. This is. Three cheers for Anchors!

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

Wow. Damn.

You really hated this! Lol...maybe they picked the wrong person to review this cd. I think you are every band's nightmare for a reviewer, one that doesn't even like the music they are playing.

I thought it wasn't that bad, I thought it was very "modern" (a nice way of saying that its a lot like a bunch of bands already out there) and not exactly original, but I felt like it had some signs of future potiential.

I caught them live a few months back and it was impressive. They have a great live show and the kids went nuts for them.

Something about this band makes me feel like they could do great work. I, for one will look forward to the new album. They did do this one on their own, so I think the next one will be more impressive for sure.

stevejonestherealbones (January 17, 2006)

bretts gonna be pissed

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

you left yellowcard out of all that, the violin solos get a little tiresome. over all i didn't think this was as bad as a lot of people seem to but its not terrific either

maverick (January 17, 2006)

"They don’t stand out in the slightest, not even among their boring retread peers."

Totally thought that said "not even among their boring retard peers," which would've been totally awesome.

-Scott

darkstarm (January 17, 2006)

He was clearly impressed by all the "riffing."

TheOneTrueBill (January 17, 2006)

I'm surprised you gave this a 1.5 with the review that you wrote.

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