Ghoul
Splatterthrash


4.0
excellent

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
October 7th, 2007 | 31 replies | 9,279 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Obscene, cruel, and over-the-top, Ghoul's "Splatterthrash" brings a whole new level of enjoyment and a few great laughs to the metal community.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Ghoul should excite any fan of heavy music. Emerging from Oakland, CA in 2001, Ghoul has taken the metal world by storm with their fierce blend of death, thrash, and grind, but they do it in style. In the world of Ghoul, there are no serious lyrical topics, no taboo subjects; it’s all supposed to be taken light-heartedly (it’d be hard to take this seriously when the band members names are Cremator, Digestor, Dissector, and Fermentor). Their music has been called “the soundtrack to a B-Horror movie”, and rightfully so. With 12 songs riddled with obscene gore, hangover stories, and um…Killbots, Ghoul hit the nail on the head with “Splatterthrash”.

While they might’ve formed originally as a joke band (and as an appreciation to old school crossover), Ghoul quickly prove that while they’re here for a good time, that doesn’t mean they can’t play. “Into the Catacombs”, an instrumental intro, has Digestor and Dissector (the guitarists) showing off just how good they are with wonderfully chilling leads and melodies. Things quickly get heavy with “As Your Casket Closes”, especially when it becomes apparent that all of the members contribute vocals, which always keeps the variety fresh and unrelenting. It might actually sound like its one guy with just a good range in his grunts/growls/shrieks, but it’s really them just switching off. The main vocalist (Digestor) is the one you’ll hear the most, with his deep growls and throaty voice.

This whole album is just plain fun, so it doesn’t really matter if all of the songs sound the same. The guitar tone hardly changes, which is the main reason for the strong similarity between songs, but in the end, they’re all put together exceptionally well. Tracks like “Bury the Hatchet”, “Splatterthrash”, “Mutant Mutilator” all feature jack-hammer riffs and insane shouts, not to mention obscure lyrics, which usually go something like this: “ They spoke of a power contained in the skull, They said, it was brought from the stars. That thing we’d been using to crack open walnuts, Used to crack walnuts on mars? (Bury the Hatchet)”. When the lyrics aren’t just plain weird, they usually deal with detailed events involving gore and murder, but for the laughs, yet again. When there’s a song about having the “Gutbucket Blues”, where Digestor wails out about being hungover and not being able to find his shoes, there’s bound to be some chuckles. Or the just plain weird “Rise, Killbot, Rise!!!”, which all the awhile being surrounded by great musicianship and thickly-chopped riffs, cuts out every now and then to clips of a, um, Killbot as it boots itself up to, well, kill.

If you were to actually approach this album from a technical standpoint, it still wins. Every member is clearly adept at their instruments, most notably Digestor and Dissector on guitar. While most of their riffs are simple, hard-hitting palm mutes (traditional thrash style, if you must), a lot of the time, like on the almost hippie/surf oriented instrumental “Psychoplasm”, they’ll branch off with creepy variations (almost like music you would hear on Halloween) that are just gleefully evil. Not only that, but both are very ingenious when it comes to soloing, as they fit the mood of each song expertly. Cremator (bass) and Fermentor (drums) also have an exceptionally strong presence. Cremator’s bass is strong throughout, even with some fills of his own on “Life of the Living Dead”. Fermentor is just the same, delivering pounding pattern after pattern, especially on the title track which really helps the head banging come easier.

Everything about Ghoul’s “Splatterthrash” just screams for a good a time. The riffs, lyrics, and the just the songs themselves overall are worthy of repeated listens. The only thing that might irk a few listeners is the repetitive nature of most of the material. Once you get past that, however, it’ll become apparent that Ghoul has successfully created one of the more enjoyable metal albums out there, just because of the laid-back feel of it all.

Overall – 4/5

Recommended Tracks
As Your Casket Closes
Bury the Hatchet
Splatterthrash
Gutbucket Blues
Rise, Killbot, Rise!!!



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Thor
October 7th 2007



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds like someone's been digging on absurd metal these days. First Alestorm, now this.

Your reviews never disappoint.

south_of_heaven 11
October 7th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Metal that makes me laugh is always good to me :lol:

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2007



44164 Comments


Song titles are kind of tame, you bring alot of good stuff here, Alestorm and brought up Running Wild so i'm gonna check this out.

south_of_heaven 11
October 8th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RISE KILLBOT RISE

Yyy
October 8th 2007



289 Comments


that song has good use of samplez

south_of_heaven 11
October 8th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the term "Killbot" reminds me of the robot from Lost in Space

ohcleverhansyou
October 8th 2007



885 Comments


I must start injecting the term "killbot" into my daily vocabulary. But I'd probably have to start listening to the band first...

Dethtrasher
October 8th 2007



2211 Comments


Haha, I found my old game favourite Blood last weekend so I guess I have to get this while playing it :lol:
Very good reivew!

south_of_heaven 11
February 15th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is pure fucking genius. Every song rules.

jrowa001
February 15th 2008



8750 Comments


i just called up my local record store to see if they have this and they DO! im going to stop by tomorrow and pick it up

Eliminator
February 15th 2008



2067 Comments


album isnt genius at all but it does rule

south_of_heaven 11
February 15th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nope, it is genius.

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 26th 2009



2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you haven't heard Ghoul's previous albums, you should really check them out. Ghoul is awesome.

ffs
October 10th 2010



4856 Comments


this is pretty wacky

kount
October 10th 2010



1279 Comments


jap ghoul is better

ffs
October 10th 2010



4856 Comments


japan got better everything

not really into classic hxc though because im gay

kount
October 10th 2010



1279 Comments


wtf dude

qwe3
October 10th 2010



21355 Comments


theres an aus electronic indie band called ghoul theyre better than this

south_of_heaven 11
October 10th 2010



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nope this rules.

ffs
October 11th 2010



4856 Comments


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