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The Ghost of a Thousand - New Hopes, New Demonstrations (Cover Artwork)

The Ghost of a Thousand

The Ghost of a Thousand: New Hopes, New DemonstrationsNew Hopes, New Demonstrations (2009)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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The Ghost of a Thousand hail from Brighton, England and have carved themselves out as one of the most exciting bands around, both on record and live. Their 2007 debut album, This Is Where the Fight Begins was, in places, phenomenal, with hard-crunching riffs creating a highly energetic, aggressive s.
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The Ghost of a Thousand hail from Brighton, England and have carved themselves out as one of the most exciting bands around, both on record and live. Their 2007 debut album, This Is Where the Fight Begins was, in places, phenomenal, with hard-crunching riffs creating a highly energetic, aggressive sound with an underlying volatility that occasionally exploded quite brilliantly on tracks such as "As They Breed, They Swarm."

This sophomore effort is in many ways more of the same, yet at the same time, comes from a very different place. As the band alluded to before its release, this is not in the same vein of being a catchy, sing-along hardcore record, and their description of the sound as 'heavier and sadder' is entirely accurate.

Fucking new romantics, it's only rock 'n' roll.
This is our religion,
As heaven we'll never know"
The above lyrics are taken from the chorus of "Head, Toes, Teeth" and handily encapsulates the band's passion and aggression as well as their caustic lyrical approach. Despite being one of the album's strongest tunes, it is undeniably one of the more straight-up hardcore tracks on the album and would sit happily on their debut. Unfortunately, the tracks that move furthest away from their previous sound, whilst technically sound and worthy of praise for their experimental approach, often fall seriously short of the band's high standards.

For example, "Small Mercies" is a short instrumental track which adds nothing to the album, whilst "Neptune" has an intriguing and experimental outro which misses its intended mark by being upsettingly rubbish. The song "Split the Atom" is perhaps the standout offender here, coming across as a very confused sound, with Tom Lacey dropping his usual ferocious growl altogether. The overall effect is a track that is bland and lifeless, compared to some of the album's standout moments.

Those standout moments, however, are what save this release from being a disappointment. Opening track "Moved as Mountains, Dreamt of by the Sea" is a delightful thrash-fest of a track, with a truly stunning crescendo finish which showcases this band at its absolute best. Elsewhere, "Running on Empty" almost bursts at the seams with energy, aggression and a desire to fist-pump whilst "Bright Lights" and previously mentioned "Knees, Toes, Teeth" are both very strong offerings.

All in all, this is a decent effort from the Ghost of A Thousand. In my opinion, its shortcomings see it fall below the overall standard of their debut, but contains in places some very promising material of a much greater potency and maturity. What is most exciting, however, is this band is young, with plenty of gas in their tank and having recently signed to Epitaph, they certainly have the potential to turn the hardcore scene on its head with a future release. After all, "it's only rock 'n' roll."

 

 
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hobbzoid (November 12, 2009)

the first paragraph IS a press release.

chrisafi (November 11, 2009)

Do you know what a press release is?

This isn't one. I'm happy to take a big bucket full of criticism for how I write reviews, I don't pretend to be a journalist but I don't even understand what your critique is.

feeeding5000 (November 11, 2009)

If Ray Cappo fronted this band, it'd be Better Than the Ghost of a Thousand.
Ba-dum CHING.
This sounds like total shit. Also, review is very press releasey.

hayman (November 10, 2009)

Not a bad album at all. Yeah you hear the Bronx in there but is that a bad thing?

chrisafi (November 10, 2009)

Aha, yes clear typo there - I got it right the second time I mentioned it :/

OneNickArmy (November 10, 2009)

This album destroys my brain every single time. Million times better than Gallows. (Not to be a dick, but its called "Knees, Toes, Teeth")

Piata (November 10, 2009)

Solid album. I've been listening to it a lot lately.

spoon_of_grimbo (November 10, 2009)

this is probably one of my favourite albums of this year. and how you managed to write a whole review and not mention the mental causticity (is that a word? it fucking is now...) of "fed to the ocean," i'll never know.

and to the guy below, they don't sound THAT much like the bronx. i hear quite a bit of refused in there tbh.

defianceohioequalslove (November 10, 2009)

I listened to a couple of their songs on their myspace, and wow, I didn't expect them to sound THAT much like The Bronx.

At first I was thrown off at how many Bronx-ripoff bands there are, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I mean, they're really popular, the music does rock, and it's not too hard to play. So yeah, makes sense that a shit ton of bands would jump on the style

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