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AU58: The Ghost Of A Thousand album review

July 1, 2009

Ghost Of A Thousand album

THE GHOST OF A THOUSAND
NEW HOPES, NEW DEMONSTRATIONS
EPITAPH

Along with Gallows and Rolo Tomassi, The Ghost Of A Thousand are flying the flag for British hardcore and giving The Bronx and Cancer Bats a run for their money in the process. This second album expands on the bracingly direct scream-fest that was 2007’s This Is Where The Fight Begins and heads in the direction of Swedish sonic adventurers Refused. The Brighton band understand that their chosen genre is a inherently restrictive, and so you’ll find dynamic variation, actual singing, an atmospheric interlude track and even a guitar solo or two. Most of all, though, it’s a kick-ass punk rock album that rails against all the usual targets while fighting the underdog’s corner – “We’re screaming for the kids that finish last,” vocalist Lacey exclaims on ‘Fed To The Ocean’, and you find yourself willing him on. Things do get cringeworthy from time to time (hello, mid-section of ‘Good Old Fashioned Loss’) and individual songs don’t tend to stick around long in the memory, but the album is short and fierce enough to set those issues aside and just think of it as one 35-minute kick to the knackers. And it does that job admirably.

8/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘NEPTUNE’, ‘BRIGHT LIGHTS’, ‘FED TO THE OCEAN’.
FOR FANS OF: REFUSED, GALLOWS, THE BRONX.

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