Ghost Brigade
IV - One with the Storm


4.0
excellent

Review

by Heimdallr USER (2 Reviews)
November 10th, 2014 | 32 replies


Release Date: 11/07/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Enter the storm...

Sometimes happens that a great band spends its entire career overshadowed by other(s) with a similar sound, that are usually more popular or recognized. That could be the case of Novembre related to Opeth, Threshold-Dream Theater, or, in this concern, Ghost Brigade-Katatonia. There is also another remarkable fact: Ghost Brigade`s sound takes elements both from Katatonia and Opeth. Is that bad" Maybe, if its done by mediocre musicians, or if it is a flagrant rip-off with nothing new to show, in those cases the music usually ends being intranscendent, no matter how much technicality is put on. But with Ghost Brigade, specifically with their fourth album, named "IV - One with the Storm", the things are different, because creativity and inspiration are put together to create an album where the emotional density and the sheer melodic beauty lead the listener to different states of mind, combining heaviness and atmosphere to create sonic landscapes where melancholy reigns, but, somehow, hope still remains. For example, the song Disembodied Voices combine some moaning clean vocals-which are clearly improved from their previous effort " Isolation Songs"-with harsh screams plenty of feeling that since to take the pain and desperation as a lead to a future uncertain, but maintaining the decision of going forward. The progressive/doom/alt structure of the songs is managed very well, with some of those elements being more prominent than the others in some cases, but always creating a captivating aura that induces to keep listening. In my case, when I listened to the album by the first time, I found myself immersed in a kind of grey sea, where some rays of light appeared during the songs, sometimes clearing the shadows, others, burning, and warming for a moment the cold but surprisingly familiar atmosphere of the album. This may sound rhetorical or pretentious for some , but I just left myself go in the stream of the album`s music.

Although for some moments the songs are a little predictable, they always succeed in their quest of waking emotions. They could be introspective and somber as Electra Complex, harsh and relentless as Wretched Blues and Stones and Pillars, or introduce a gothic feel, as Departures, but one thing is for sure, all them are moving in a certain way and capable to be cathartic according to the mood of the listener. As I said before, melancholy is their main key, but, at times, while we listen to the album, we see some sparkles now and then; the upcoming storm that the band since to embrace as we see in the title, could be in its own nothing more than a shelter from apathy, immobility and emptiness, voids that are very easy to fell on in these days, where communication is immediate and frenetic, but for some, can make impossible to connect with others spiritually. In that sense, I think that the album is not an anthem to sorrow and despair or anything like that, but take those emotions to mark the contrasts between darkness and a light that its elusive, but not impossible to reach.

I think this is the best Ghost Brigade album so far, it doesn`t deny its influences, but they are melt together and combined in a personal style, I believe that the band has already found its own creative language.With great musicianship, powerful and touching vocals, and a special sensibility to create songs that inspire us to look inside ourselves and onward into life, IV - One with the Storm is an album that we should listen to very carefully, in it we can unexpectedly discover more of us that we could think.


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Heimdallr
November 9th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review. English is not my mother tongue so I guess some mistakes will appear, sorry about that.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 10th 2014


6681 Comments


your final paragraph is one big run-on sentence

I didn't neg, but you might wanna get someone to help with you with your grammar. If you go to the site forum, there's a
proofreading thread where you can ask for help with that sort of thing

Vakarian12
November 10th 2014


4088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aoty



good job on reviewing this

Heimdallr
November 10th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Johnny, i didn`t knew it. I will keep it in mind.

Heimdallr
November 10th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, this isn`t receiving very much attention.

Thibs
November 10th 2014


2636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

PiedradeLuna
November 10th 2014


233 Comments


Been away awhile but wanted to review this... you could clean some sections up but overall good first review and especially since English isn't your first language.

I heard some tracks off this and really enjoyed it as well, I agree with some of your comparisons

marasm
November 12th 2014


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent album. Needs more attention. Good review, I agree with a lot of the points you made.

Shogun
November 13th 2014


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really enjoyed this, especially the first half of the album.

Thibs
November 13th 2014


2636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there are some length issues and some scattered weak sections of songs, but the good moments really are quite good

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2014


18061 Comments


Excited to hear this, I remember listening to Fear all the time in high school

Digging: Opeth - Garden of the Titans

godbuster
November 17th 2014


41 Comments


perfect review! Your eng is clear enough i think. Keep writing!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2014


24657 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so fucking good

jtswope
September 25th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this really went under sputnik's radar.

Hellscythe
December 9th 2015


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band just announced they're going on indefinite hiatus. sucks. I was hoping for a new album next year.

Digging: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

EvoHavok
December 9th 2015


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I read about that on FB. Ah well...

Digging: Swallow the Sun - When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light

chug73
October 22nd 2016


3794 Comments


Oh hay it's Ope-...Sorry..."Ghost Brigade"

Hellscythe
October 22nd 2016


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's a weird thing to say since they really don't sound that much like Opeth

snewso
December 7th 2016


140 Comments


Ya I always thought they were pretty unique in a good way despite alot or their material being hit or miss.

A pity they broke up.

snewso
December 7th 2016


140 Comments


Ya I always thought they were pretty unique in a good way despite alot or their material being hit or miss.

A pity they broke up.

Was listening to the new schammasch and was reminded of these dudes.



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