The Ghost Inside
Returners


3.5
great

Review

by Dre USER (3 Reviews)
December 30th, 2010 | 16 replies | 3,099 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is a darkly twisted affair that contains the recipe for a flavorful blend of metal and hardcore, with satiating staying power that piques our interests for more.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

When I hear the phrase “returners” in this context, I immediately visualize an alien takeover and subsequent brain squelching horrors. But that’s not why The Ghost Inside is here. They have not returned to take away your father, nor team up with Sigourney Weaver to embark on a ruthless killing spree, as it was already done with their previous release Fury And The Fallen Ones. If we step away from this wild imagination of mine, we realize that Returners actually represents the cyclic lifestyle of a touring band making do with continuously changing familiarities that they re-encounter.

Their second full-length, Returners is a savory mélange of metalcore, bourgeoning occults, and horrific fantasy. The cavernous, hollow sound of the intro “Walk Away From The World” becomes an instrumental siphon for grave imagery and enchantingly sinister melodies, casting only the darkest shroud over the entire album.

For some of us, music releases often land into the same algebraic equation as movie sequels. Sometimes after the third trial of a film, one’s high expectations are wildly stampeded by primitive efforts. But thankfully The Ghost Inside know how to move skillfully across an unearthly minefield of anarchic guitar riffs and rhythmic blasts throughout every release. And on Returners, songs like “Greater Distance” and “Chrono” are the most deserving of heroic battalions.

The triumphant track “Unspoken” catapults gang vocals into a moral fusion of "give it all, give it all, give it alls" that crystallizes the symbolic camaraderie the group has interfaced in a sea of scene sharks, as they brave themselves against an industry of hook-line and sinkers. Not only do they sew the seeds of uniformity, but they also twill the threads of musical rebellion to produce a quilt of abrasively notated coup de tats track per track.

Returners features potent familiars in hardcore, such as ex-Bury Your Dead’s Mat Bruso, and the same emotive style of no-holds-barred lyrical directness that Have Heart prided themselves on. So in the words of vocalist Johnathan Vigil, some albums are “just worth fighting for.”


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Detriment (3.5)
Drags in the beginning, but once it picks up it becomes something every hardcore fan will probably w...

Danie (4)
While Returners teeters on the edge of formulaic metalcore, it packs a punch....

J. Ponton EMERITUS (3)
A return for the fans...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Powerban
December 31st 2010



2380 Comments


i'd probs say this is at least a 4. i picked it as about a 3 at the start because i thought its fouryness would wear off. turns out it's still awesome.

sspedding
December 31st 2010



4753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Some of the vocabulary in this is absolutely ridiculous.

BallsToTheWall
December 31st 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

What the fuck are you trying to do? Give the bros a brain aneurysm with your fancy, clusterfucking jargon?


Review is too gay but at the same time revolutionary. A Thinking mans analysis on bro-core.

TunedAgainst
December 31st 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry. The first thing that comes to mind isn't "This album is so awesome." "This album is really good and stuff."

BallsToTheWall
December 31st 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You sure it's not "this anthology of tunes is idealistic and distinguished from it's peers?

TunedAgainst
December 31st 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, if you're that offended by the grammar in this review, then that's sad.

BallsToTheWall
December 31st 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I just find it hilarious you went so in depth for The Ghost Inside. Funny guy. Have a pos vote you wily motherfucker.

Oceans
December 31st 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Brain hurts.

saucy
December 31st 2010



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, unexpected review. Really good unexpected review at that. Have a pos.

Winsomniac
December 31st 2010



7968 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Shallow and posdantic.

wyankeif1337
December 31st 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy shit Win, a 5?

wyankeif1337
December 31st 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, holy shit this review

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 31st 2010



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a useless review. It is a definite "style over any fucking substance" situation.

wyankeif1337
December 31st 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

u should neg
then neg with any alts you might have



Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 31st 2010



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have alts, I have better shit to do

Winsomniac
December 31st 2010



7968 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And yeah, 5. This album is metalcore at the pinnacle of all that is 'Fuck Yeah' about metalcore.


And it haz teh junz.



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