I Am Ghost
We Are Always Searching


4.0
excellent

Review

by Wemo USER (7 Reviews)
May 16th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


I Am Ghost is one of the bands that had gained a large following even before their debut release, 2005's We Are Always Searching. This is mostly due to their popularity on sites such as Purevolume, and (of course) MySpace. At 40:40 this could have easily been a full length album but the band decided otherwise. Since I had to add this badn im going to assume that most of you are not aquainted with them yet so here is a quick overview of the band.

The band consists of six members, Steve Juliano on vocals, Kerith Marcantonio on backing (female) vocals and violin. Yes thats right violin but more on that later. Brian Thomas on the bass, piano, and backing vocals, Gabriel Iraheta and Timoteo Rosales on guitars, and Ryan Seaman on drums. The violin is actually surprisingly audibe throughout the entire album, adding a nice touch. The bass however, as in most albums these days, is not. The vocals are handled very well, however, the screams can sometimes seem a little bit forced.

The band plays a sort of infusion of post-hardcore, pop punk, and a few others with a few "gothic" touches, mainly found in the vocals. Just from the band name (which I think they took for their lyrics since the band's name pops up in a few songs) you should get the notion that this band writes lyrics with slight over use of the words vampire, coffin, blood and the like. However, if you can overlook these words the lyrics are actually quite good. If I would have to pick one line from the album to describe the lyrical content it would have to be "It's a cold dark night, Hallows Eve upon the crest, in a parking lot of vampires in suits to look their best, and the music, next to coffins made of gold, with friends and lovers freshly buried", which is from the title song. With that being said, on to the album.

The opening track is The Dead Girl Epilogue: Part One which starts out with some echoing child vocals and a thunderstorm, followed by Kerith picking up the vocals which is the line "Soon the rain will wash away the sun, as I melt with you I Am Ghost" reapeated for the duration of the three minute song. It's a fairly decent opener as it provides a nice atmosphere and gives you a glimpse of the previously mentioned "gothic" influences. The opener blends into the intro of the first proper song Pretty People Never Lie/Vampires Never Really Die. most of you probably just cringed at that song title but the song is actually one of the highlights of the album. The intro consists of high dissonant chords with what sounds like an organ in the background leading into the second part of the intro, which turns out to be a shorter more simplistic version of the solo contained later in the song. The solo is actually surprisingly good but it is brought down by something that is my only major gripe on this album. The production quality.

Songs on this album are often brought down by the production quality as the previously mentioned solo is drowned out by the other instuments, even though its still mostly audible. So, from the first song on the album you can tell this band has a lot of potential. Moving on, there is not particularly spectacular about the title track. It contains a pretty nice hammer on/pull off intro but thats about it. Eulogies And Epitaphs starts off with a drum roll which quicly sends you into what is in my opinion the best song on the album. With the exception of a few dodgy lyrics, this is an almost near perfect song from this band.There is also a nice sweep picked solo at the end followd by a violin interlude. Then a surprisingly metalcore like breakdown near the end containing a nice harmonized riff as well as occasional pinch harmonics.

Then, the album starts to go downhill. The Most beautiful Nightmare: Part Two is really nothing special at all and if its supposed to part two of the intro then well... lets just say it isn't at all a continuation. The next two songs are just as unspectacular. Lady Madeline In Her Coffin Is basically the only slow song on the album, and its not a ver good one. It never really does anything to jump out and grab your attention, and the piano outro just seems to go on forever with just two slightly out of key notes playing over and over and over with a few notes from the violin. However, Civil War And Isolation Thirst is a surprisingly refreshing song containing a few piano notes then the guitars swell in and the song starts off. The intro contains a pretty nice guitar line and then a harmonized riff. The interesting part of this is that the violin actually harmoizes with the guitars in this riff. Then after the first chorus theres a..... wait is that the bass?! Yes, for the first time on the album the bass is actually heard. In fact it carries most of the second verse and if you paid attention earlier you would have heard it during the rest of the song as well. The last track is pretty uneventfull which contains a piano outro, ending the album softly.

For a debut release, this shows a lot of promise and great potential to one day become one of the major bands of the genre. My only gripe with the instrumentation is that, as mentioned before, sometimes the instruments drown out the others, especially the bass which is only predominately heard in Civil War And Isolation Thirst. All in all this band has a lot of potential and I hope to see much more from them in the future.

Final Verdict, 4/5



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Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry but none of the album art I tried to upload would work.

Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok nevermind it got uploaded

ToWhatEnd
May 16th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Was not impressed by the songs I heard, they seem quite generic. Pretty good review on the other hand. Do you know if these guys were on Take Action? I seem to recall they were one of the rotating opening bands but am not completely sure.

Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they played some of the "west coast" stops on that tour

Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also, i forgot to mention theres a pretty interesting violin solo near the end of kiss me like you wanted

kno_kontrol
May 16th 2006


448 Comments


your conclusion was meh, work on it, and it may be worth a pos vote

Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know this is a questiong that would come from .... well.... a "noob" but how do you edit your review?

Society Sellout
May 16th 2006


292 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I downloaded their stuff a while ago. It's decent, but that is all. Some of their more melodic stuff is good but everything else is pretty generic.

Wemo
May 16th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

outro has been slightly refined. added some detail i found to be missing after reading it through too.

canadianterrorist666
September 15th 2006


21 Comments


I've heard We Are Always Searching (song) and i know what you mean, the violin is often droned out, but if you listen to some of thier newer songs up on their myspace, from their new full length album, they have GREATLY increased in quality, and sound rather FFTL'ish

Naenia
November 8th 2006


40 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is quite possibly my favorite album of all time. Kiss Me Like You Wanted, Civil War & Isolation Thirst, Pretty people Never Lie and We ARe Always Searching are absolutely breathtaking.

Whilst this might be my favorite album ever, I Am Ghost is DEFINITELY my favorite band ever.

godLike
November 8th 2006


126 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The EP is a lot better than the album, and absolutely NOT generic; the LP is.

Yimmypalooza
April 14th 2007


81 Comments


NO NO NO

trustxdialect
April 14th 2007


1502 Comments


You always leave such insightful comments. Enlighten us more, please.

SCREAMorphine
December 25th 2010


1753 Comments


'The Dead Girl Epilogue: Part One' is a beautiful song, just heard it for the first time

Cormano
July 2nd 2013


973 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just jammed some of this tracks today, it's still so fucking good



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