The Ghost Inside
Get What You Give


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
June 16th, 2012 | 205 replies | 17,693 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A natural progression for a band that ascends even further on its upward climb

16 of 16 thought this review was well written

Much like the cold, towering mountain reaching towards the sky on the cover of this album, The Ghost Inside have been on an upward climb over the past few years. While their debut didn't show much to set them apart from other metalcore acts, something changed with 2010's Returners. There was something new in their sound, something that added a much needed variation to the formula of metalcore they were playing. Fast forward two years and add a new member whose talents only further spearhead this climb, and you have their new effort Get What You Give.

When the album starts, it is rather decieving to the listener. "This Is What I Know About Sacrifice" opens the album similar to how Returners started out, except instead of being an instrumental it serves as a brief introduction full of breakdowns and leads into "Outlive", where the album really kicks off. Frontman Jonathan Vigil tears through the microphone as the band follow suit with crushing riffs and former For The Fallen Dreams drummer Andrew Tkaczyk only further heightens the intensity of the music as the bands new drummer. Being the primary songwriter for his former band and one of the most talented drummers in modern metalcore he capitalizes on the bands newfound melodic sound with another stellar drum performance on this album.

Apart from the further progression of the melodic aspect of their sound, Get What You Give also introduces clean vocals to the bands formula. Used sparingly and tastefully done, they don't bring the songs down at all and make them even more enjoyable. "Engine 45" and "Dark Horse" both feature excellent clean vocal sections with the former ending the song with an extreme sense of melody without sacrificing how intense it was building up to be and the latter featuring arguably the best chorus on the album. The addition of clean vocals changes things up from Vigil's screaming and saves the album from falling into the problem that Returners had with too much sounding the same. This aspect is where Get What You Give is very successful, in the fact that the band stepped out of their comfort zone this time around and improved their formula on all fronts.

Another aspect of this album that should be noted is its production. For their third studio effort, The Ghost Inside enlisted A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon as producer and to assist with some vocal sections and I couldnt help but feel his influence all over some points of this album (most noticeable in "Dark Horse") . His production is great though, and at some points the album feels like the band is actually playing on that snowy mountain with the effects that were added in. The vocals, guitars, and drums are all perfect in the mix and although the bass is drowned out in metalcore its rarely at the forefront. Although the band might have drawn some influence from McKinnon, thankfully the music never once sounds like ADTR and they stay true to their sound while improving it in all aspects. The band also brought in Comeback Kid frontman Andrew Neuman on "Face Value", and his guest spot is also very well done with his vocals combining flawlessly with Vigil's as the track descends into one of the best breakdowns on the album towards the end.

When taken into account how the band have progressed over the years, Get What You Give feels not only like a natural progresson from Returners but a massive improvement in their sound that sees them heading in the right direction. From the beginning of the album to the very end when the epic melodic riff kicks in at the last minute of "Test The Limits", the album is filled to the brim with melody and intensity that easily makes it the best in their discography so far. A lot of the songs here will no doubt work just as well in their live shows, and although the breakdowns might turn some people away from this most of them are well placed and don't take away from the music. With an excellent production and the addition of one of the most talented drummers in modern metalcore resulting in the improvement of all the aspects of their sound, The Ghost Inside only further continue their upward climb with Get What You Give.



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BassDemon333
June 16th 2012



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album is currently streaming

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Ponton
Emeritus
June 16th 2012



5775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

progression escapes me

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bloc
June 16th 2012



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I'm really not understanding why this is receiving such high marks

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silentstar
June 16th 2012



1882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aside from a few of the non-melodic tracks (Outlive, The Great Unknown and Deceiver), this album is really enjoyable to me. They play a good brand of melodic hardcore, and I guess what gives them that little push is the fact that the music is always uplifiting.

AtomicShane
June 16th 2012



1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the melodic songs

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MMX
June 16th 2012



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These really haven't progressed. I would say they've fine tuned their style and have just gotten more consistent over the years.

THE MAN IN BLACK

MyWife
June 16th 2012



367 Comments


gd yr 4 punx

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2012



20230 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

1 good song

rest is so boring. the sung parts are the best bits about this

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TylerOnFire
June 16th 2012



318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Producers : Jeremy McKinnon (The Ghost Inside) > Tom Denny (For The Fallen Dreams). You would think that since McKinnon and Denny were both in ADTR they would both be the same at producing records. Guess not.

TooLateToGoBack
June 16th 2012



1676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd

Will give this a listen.

J0ckstrapsFTW
June 16th 2012



3585 Comments


Diggin this right now

pmmets07
June 16th 2012



5785 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album sucks.

good review, though, despite having a few apostrophe issues. ("it's" should be "its" in the summary and "bands" in the first paragraph should be "band's")

InFiction
June 16th 2012



3589 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dark Horse leading into White Light is the best moment on the album, IMO.

BassDemon333
June 16th 2012



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^ this exactly

AlexanDerp
June 19th 2012



391 Comments


Test The Limits is a good closer and the best song on the album

NonApplicable
June 19th 2012



1827 Comments


Have this band written an album up to par with Horizons(Parkway) or Hollow Crown(Architects)? I don't know much about The Ghost Inside.

Spec
June 19th 2012



26836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Whats up with the phone call?

ChuckyTruant
June 19th 2012



15573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Consistently above average band is TGI man

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Evilfiend13
June 20th 2012



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily their best album to date.... The album as a whole is extremely fun and enjoyable to listen to, and while "Engine 45", "Dark Horse", and "Thirty Three" are all great melodic hardcore tracks the true standout on this album is "White Light".

IleftyspankedU
June 21st 2012



680 Comments


speaking of melodic hardcore...is evergreen terrace still a band?




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