Ghost Brigade
Isolation Songs


3.0
good

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2009 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Ghost Brigade is one of the fairly new bands in the progressive dark metal scene influenced by Opeth, Katatonia, and a fair share of death/doom acts. However, rarely does this scene reach where their potential lies. Ghost Brigade’s debut release showed that they just wanted to be a band with the relative sound you heard, but other than that it left a lot of empty space for not only improvement but rational thought of what direction the band wanted to go towards. Isolation Songs sees them starting their direction, but overshadowed by their embrace of their contemporaries’ flaws.

The interesting thing about Isolation Songs as opposed to Guided By Fire is that even though typical song structures are still there, Isolation Songs has so much more staying power, possibly due to the actual passion of the band coming through on the record. While that may be promising to some, the issues of generic arrangements, extremely little experimentation, and dynamic singe that which could be greatly improved. These alone are the pros and cons most of this record.

In fact, Ghost Brigade stick to the same style as the first record up until 22:22 – Nihil, a refreshing instrumental somewhat reminiscent of Forgotten Tomb’s Springtime Depression. This track begins the album’s small venture towards something special, cohesively carried through Architect Of New Beginnings and Birth. Architect is probably the band’s heaviest track and because the flow of the track is so organic the simplistic arrangement isn’t bothersome. Birth, however, is the band’s first magnum opus: a nine minute dirge that separates them from their contemporaries due to its raw power and post-metal elements. Sadly, aside from Secrets Of The Earth, the rest of the album follows suit of the first half with their recycled “heavy riffage” and uncomfortable needs for putting in choruses.

With Isolation Songs we see a band slowly understanding themselves. Their heads are getting to the right place, but what they need in order to develop their potential of being a truly great and unique band is to experiment with their arrangements, embrace their simplicity and sparking technicality when it fits, and simply follow their own path rather than the rest of the scene. A lot of metal has become poppy as hell, so don’t follow Lamb Of God’s lead, you are not limited by song structure and repetitive waste. If Ghost Brigade continues to embrace their dynamic, they will certainly be an act to watch.



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Willie
Moderator
July 23rd 2009


16147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dark metal seems to be way more "miss" than "hit". I agree that there is a lot of potential for the genre, though.

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fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's basically my point

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2009


44805 Comments


Last album sounded like a crappy Neurosis hybrid. However, if ther's one particular sub genre I'm a sucker for it's dark metal. I'll listen to a few tracks and if it sucks I wont pursure. Good review.

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fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah Guided By Fire was extremely boring, I don't know what people see in it

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2009


44805 Comments


Is this still infested by neurosis?

fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

to a lesser extent, hence the higher rating. it's nothing I would push you to check out

jrowa001
July 23rd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i guess im the only one so far that really loves this. Guided By Fire was also really good. i can see how some would think this is boring, but they write very moving songs with excellent vocals. honestly i dont see how a fan of Katatonia wouldnt like this

fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

like I said, little dynamics and a lot of generic riffs

jrowa001
July 23rd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i disagree. this album at times shows just as much emotion and dynamics as a Katatonia song, Katatonia are just the masters at it so at times when another band can pull it off just as well they are overshadowed. this isnt necessarily directed towards you. the riffs arent anything mindblowing or genre defining but like Katatonia, they fit the music

im also trying to pretend i didnt see Balls say Guided By Fire was a crappy Neurosis hybrid

fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that makes sense but I personally just expect more progression in the genre as a whole

jrowa001
July 23rd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i can see where youre coming from. you probably listen to more music of this style then i do. for me its only been Katatonia and a few other more gothic based rock/metal bands, so Ghost Brigade still sound something fresh to me. even if the riffs dont progress all that much from song to song, i just love the emotion that they put into every song.

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2009


44805 Comments


Vocally anyways.

jrowa001
July 23rd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i see

Yazz_Flute
July 23rd 2009


18875 Comments


Guided By Fire was pretty good from what heard, might have to check this out.

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Yazz_Flute
July 23rd 2009


18875 Comments


Guided By Fire was pretty good from what heard, might have to check this out.

Zoo
July 23rd 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

GBF kicked ass all over the place. This was pretty decent but somewhat of a disappointment for me.

Wizard
July 23rd 2009


19641 Comments


Would I like this? Excellent review too.

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fireaboveicebelow
July 23rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

probably not

jingledeath
July 24th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

listening now, vocals seem better than before

edit: 3.5 for now but i can't decide if it's better then the debut or not

Wizard
July 24th 2009


19641 Comments


probably not

I will take your word on this.



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