Gray Ghost
Deep In The Shallow End


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ty USER (11 Reviews)
November 9th, 2010 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Once you are Deep In The Shallow End, you'll be so far under you won't be able to breathe.

This album is heavy, in all honesty it is horrifyingly heavy. The whole thing feels like a death march through the mud. It's just slow, painful, and quietly loud. However, this is not to say that Gray Ghost's effort here is bad. In fact, it is fantastic. No matter how much this album chokes the listener, it is truly a beacon of light in music. However, it is paradoxical that this CD would be considered a beacon of light considering Deep In the Shallow End emits no light whatsoever.

Every single second, aside from the closing track, of this CD is laden with heavy, slow guitars, crashing cymbals, and growled or screamed vocals. This album never has a "light at the end of the tunnel" moment. It simply stays in a dark cave throughout its entirety. It's dark. It's slow. It's hopeless. It's angry.

Siberian, to name one of the seven songs on this album, has some incredulously hopeless lyrics. Some of which are:" Welcome to bitter wasteland, we call this home... Taste the wretched cold." There is not a single atom of hope, not one whatsoever, present in this release. Deep In The Shallow End is exactly what the title implies. It's the feeling of drowning inches from the surface. It's a sense of desperation, really.

Among the many hardcore/metal albums out there, this one seems to emit some of the most excruciating pain out of all of them. Maybe it's the slow moving power chords or the always-audible bass. Maybe it's the way the drummer beats the very life out of his drums. Maybe it's the way that the vocals sound, crass and angry. Or, maybe it's the beautiful sludge of a sound that all of the band combined sounds like. No matter what the source of this immense hopelessness is, it is always present on Deep In The Shallow End. It is unrelenting, respite from this album can only be found within another album of another band. The only cure for the depressive state of mind that Deep In The Shallow End administers is simply listening to something, or someone, else. The listener will have no hope of finding hope within the vibe of despair contained by this seven track release. Any form of hope is simply not on this album.

This immense gloom that Gray Ghost has crafted in Deep In The Shallow End is truly fantastic. Never have I been introduced to a sound as harsh as Gray Ghost. It is pure pain, that's what this album is. The emotion that one can sense in every single track is what makes this album so fantastic. Once Deep In The Shallow End grabs hold of you, it will be hard to get it to let go.

Listen to this.



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North0House
November 9th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And, holding to the seeming tradition of the majority of my reviews so far, this album is available entirely free of charge here:
http://erasedinsnow.blogspot.com/

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2010


7312 Comments


Review is ok - it is in dire need of some paragraphing, though.

North0House
November 10th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy crap yeah, I haven't even looked at it since I submitted it. I didn't notice the fact that it's basically one wall of text. I'll fix that on up.

alachlahol
November 10th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album isn't nearly as heavy as you describe its just awesome sludgy hardcore. the EP they put out a few months back is heavier than this and the vocalist rules

North0House
November 10th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know there's much heavier stuff out there... It's simply the heaviest stuff I really know of, at least among the bands that I listen to.
Yeah, the vocalist is the man, he can rip out growls like he's just breathing.

alachlahol
November 10th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

since you enjoy this you may want to look up a band called Low Sky and their EP Led Zeppelin House Show

North0House
November 10th 2010


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah sweet, thanks for the suggestion, I'll check that out.



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