The Ghost Inside
Returners


4.0
excellent

Review

by Danie USER (9 Reviews)
June 9th, 2010 | 16 replies | 6,316 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Returners teeters on the edge of formulaic metalcore, it packs a punch.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Metalcore has been subject to much scorn, the majority of which is fully warranted. Bands are excoriated for their lack of originality and inspiration - and talent. With each new release, elitists cringe while “scenesters” cheer; seasoned metal listeners sigh while newcomers rejoice. I don’t exactly regard myself as a sophisticated listener of music. Hell, I’ll openly admit that Metalcore is one of my favourite genres. With that being said, I’m still capable of identifying a bad album when I hear one. TGI’s Returners definitely isn’t one.

Information on Returners:

Line-up:
Jonathan Vigil - Vocals, Programming, Guitars
Aaron Brooks – Guitars
Zach Johnson – Guitars
Jim Riley – Bass
KC Stockbridge - Drums, Percussion

Tracks: 11
Album length: 36:42
Release date: June 8th, 2010

Let’s get to the album itself. The first track is an instrumental - no surprises there. It’s an interesting piece, which starts off with a rather uplifting passage. This passage culminates, and after that the track just sort of wanes away wistfully. For me, this is an accurate reflection of the album in its entirety: contrast, change, movement. Nothing is needlessly dragged out on TGI’s Returners; it’s compact yet substantive. It almost feels as though the momentum of any given song is constantly shifting. Between The Lines is perhaps the best example of the aforementioned. It kicks off with a melodic riff (which sounds almost like a rudimentary version of the riff in Faith Or Forgiveness from Fury And The Fallen Ones) and settles into a punishing groove; gradually the tempo diminishes, and a breakdown abruptly pounds you in the face, featuring delectable gang vocals: “Defy the leader. Step away from the line. No one will ever get the best of me.” KC is also more prominent in this song, with some machine-like double bass'age and blistering rolls.

Which brings me to the lyrics. The main themes of the lyrics are possibly independence and courage. Jonathan takes us on a rollercoaster ride of adversity, pain, hatred; but at the other side of the spectrum it’s about standing up, fighting, persevering, defying. It’s a strangely simplistic approach: the bad followed by the good. It fits this brand of music like a hand fits a glove. Jonathan conveys powerful messages likely to instil a sense of courage and self-belief among listeners. He also touches on things such as respecting different religious beliefs, and wishing time away. The latter tracks tie in with the album title, which handles about returning from a tour and dealing with change.

The breakdowns are indubitably the heaviest parts on the album, bolstered by vocals which are delivered with irrefutable conviction. Some of the breakdowns are highly satisfying, others are filler. What Jonathan lacks in variation, he certainly makes up for with raw brutality and fervour. His screaming is easily likeable. He never deviates far from his custom scream, although during the more melodic and reflective passages you’ll notice an intentional downshift of vehemence, encouraging an atmosphere of pensiveness. Yes, there is a conspicuous lack of variation, but he manages to confide the most intimate emotions with subtle changes.

Aaron and Zach’s guitar work is solid and conducive to emotion. It can be as melodic as it is punishing. For the former, just give Chrono’s emotion-inducing clean guitar lead a listen; the latter can be found on the very next track, when the pace picks up with The Returner. On Overlooked, you get the best of both worlds: aggression and melody. The song kicks off ferociously with grungy guitar work, but the ensuing passage is pleasingly melodic, with Jonathan clamouring: “Beaten and broken, I will prevail.” Unfortunately, this song suffers a bit with chug-chug syndrome, and it’s not the only one, sadly.

There’s no doubt that Returners is a chaotic album fraught with wild shifts and changes, yet it’s all weaved together in a surprisingly coherent fashion. It’s an album that can appeal to a wide range of listeners: uncomplicated Metalcore fans will love it for its inexorable brutality; more demanding listeners may love it for its raw emotion and lack of pretentiousness. While Returners isn’t a classic by any means, it surely hits more than it misses.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Danie
June 9th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shite, I forgot to erase "Other" when I uploaded. Can I rectify this myself or can only a moderator classify it under Returners alone?

TheSpirit
June 9th 2010



16662 Comments


you need a mod

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

Danie
June 9th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nevermind, I fixed it.

Ray91
June 9th 2010



150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I definitly agree more on this review for it than on the other^^.
But for e personally,it´s a 5.

Now you´re welcome to throw stones at me


Ray91
June 9th 2010



150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I guess this album´s rating really depends on what you expect this album to be.
Sure it isn´t the most technical or most brutal album you will hear in this sector.
But when you judge it as a melodic hardcore/metalcore-record that displays some emotions that one (I) really can relate to,this surely can be a 5.^^
(Just to explain my rating)

sspedding
June 9th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

im getting pretty sick of these anti modern metalcore paragraphs at the start of every metalcore album. Got the picture, I did it once too but jeez.

Review is decent besides that. Good album.

Danie
June 9th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't know what else to say lol

I'll attempt to steer cleer of the hackneyed introduction next time. Thanks for the comment. :P

Apollo
June 9th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"im getting pretty sick of these anti modern metalcore paragraphs at the start of every metalcore album. Got the picture, I did it once too but jeez."

I was thinking that same thought exactly. Every metalcore review lately starts the same way. Basically if you listen to the music at all, then you know what it is and the pros/cons that are generall associated with the genre. Aside from that decent review and I will probably check this out.

Danie
June 9th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dang. It's just decent? Any advice to make it better than decent? I'm obviously not an experienced reviewer, but I enjoy writing ones from time to time.

Apollo
June 9th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just re-read, its actually a really good review once I can get past the intro. Have a pos.

Danie
June 9th 2010



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, cool. Thanks. I've actually used similar intros in previous reviews. -.-

Bitchfork
June 9th 2010



7584 Comments


moar like far from good.

Burnyourface
July 8th 2010



223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review man, i can't wait to listen to this

Burnyourface
September 28th 2010



223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kind of agree about the first paragraph, but its understandable for people that like modern hardcore to be defensive because it is aparently cool to hate "metalcore" nowadays even though there are plenty of solid bands playing it....that being said i think these guys are much more 'core than metal. POS for you buddy.

Spec
January 4th 2011



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Information on Returners:

Line-up:
Jonathan Vigil - Vocals, Programming, Guitars
Aaron Brooks – Guitars
Zach Johnson – Guitars
Jim Riley – Bass
KC Stockbridge - Drums, Percussion

Tracks: 11
Album length: 36:42
Release date: June 8th, 2010

Take that crap out. Good review.

promiseswept
January 4th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

only jonathan, aaron and kc recorded returners btw aaron did all guitar and bass



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