Give up the Ghost
We're Down Til We're Underground


4.5
superb

Review

by Dan H. CONTRIBUTOR (52 Reviews)
June 12th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prove me wrong, prove you give a fu*k!

There’s an unidentifiable mystique that surrounds bands that go out on a high. It gives them a certain edge that other artists who have trudged on well past their expiry dates don’t possess. The perception of brilliance is always exemplified tenfold when you know that the band in question will never even attempt to match, let alone top, their opus. Give Up The Ghost is definitely one such band, and their last album ‘We’re Down Til We’re Underground’ was swiftly proceeded by their disbanding; only a year later.

Some hardcore albums flash by a little too quickly, with their more ‘epic’ moments lasting merely two and half minutes. Thankfully, Give Up The Ghost avoid this flaw by consistently switching up track length, and having only two songs under the minute mark. After the all out assault that is the first half of ‘We’re Down Til We’re Underground’, Give Up The Ghost begin to toy a little more with restraint, and focus on instilling moments of build up when necessary to enhance the raw aggression Wes Eisold and co so magnificently bring to the table.

A barely audible acoustic intro builds up nicely, albeit briefly, proving to be the calm before the storm. Give Up The Ghost kick off in frantic fashion with first real track ‘Love America’, an assured, straight up Hardcore number that long term fans of American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost will undoubtedly enjoy. Album standouts ‘AEIOU’ and ‘Crimescene’ are prime examples of the aforementioned restraint and focus, and build and slay in equal measure. ‘AEIOU’ begins with powerful yet measured drumming, and erupts after 37 seconds. Before charging into the final verse, a coarse riff is swiftly accompanied by Eisold for a period of incredibly effective build up. This serves to aid the energetic climax of repeated lyrics “you fixed my broken plan” and incredible lead guitar work. The latter half of ‘Crimescene’ sees the Give Up The Ghost front man almost pleading with the listener, to; “prove me wrong, prove you give a fu*k!”, and is probably the albums most lyrically effectual song, as well as being a contender for the albums strongest offering.

The instrumental album closer (And It’s Sometimes Like It Will Never End) is brooding, despondent, and strangely beautiful. It begins by creating a foreboding atmosphere courtesy of a reverb tinted guitar, and builds with light cymbal work up until the 3 minute mark. You’d be forgiven for expecting it to transform into an all out assault for the final two minutes, instead, it magnifies the atmosphere tenfold, and simply carries the listener away. The final track ends just like the album begins, with a sole acoustic guitar, this time fading out to bring the album to a fitting close.

Give Up The Ghost do far more than show their competency on ‘We’re Down Til We’re Underground’, and present a solid, cohesive, and surprisingly varied album practically devoid of flaws. It’s difficult not to see flashes of Give Up The Ghost in more modern Hardcore bands, including the hugely successful Defeater. It’s almost impossible to argue they haven’t been influential in their genre. ‘We’re Down Til We’re Underground’ is the epitome of a band going out on a high, and rather than becoming stale and senescent, their presence is still being felt.



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VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2012


977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Couldn't believe there wasn't a review for this. Anyway, hope I've done it justice.

Owantjaaaa
June 12th 2012


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was listening to this last week and i wondered why there was no review too

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cvlts
June 12th 2012


8960 Comments


great album. great band. really hope to see these guys one day.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

second sentence in the 3rd paragraph, it's "Love American" not "Love America". Album owns. IN THIS WORLD OF SLUTS WE KEEP THE WET DREAM ALIVE!

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Ire
June 12th 2012


41786 Comments


love america - disquite

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

love dispute - americuh

blacktooth
July 7th 2012


3 Comments


Saw these guys at the Troubadour before they called it quits. Their explosive energy onstage was
inspiring. They still had AN on all of their equipment from when they had to change their name from
American Nightmare. This album still holds up today.

Hopelust
November 30th 2012


1073 Comments


Since Always is such an amazing track.

oltnabrick
April 8th 2013


30904 Comments


give up the ghost

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Hopelust
January 7th 2014


1073 Comments


Heard these guys got back together. What's the deal? Where's the new album?

Kris.
January 7th 2014


12345 Comments


¯_(ツ)_/¯

Owantjaaaa
January 7th 2014


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're called american nightmare again and I saw something about new material on DW inc.

Kris.
January 7th 2014


12345 Comments


yea imma need a source on that cuz I don't believe the name re-change at all

Owantjaaaa
January 7th 2014


3271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanNIghtmareBoston?fref=ts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCKQhAT1qGE

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2014


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They're AN again. Do you want me to show you the ticket stubs from their last 3 shows I went to?

Kris.
January 7th 2014


12345 Comments


ya mail em to me for verification pls

Hopelust
January 9th 2014


1073 Comments


lol.

So they're really american nightmare again? crazy. How have you been to three shows since their reunion? They must be hard at it.



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