The Ghost Inside bang out their new record Dear Youth with ‘Avalanche’, a fast-paced speed grabber which hooks you in almost imminently. It’s clear from the first track that the album is a strong competitor to previous record Get What You Give, with more variety of mixes that hurl in all different directions.
Competing with the previous success, Dear Youth as a whole seems to lack emphasis and power which was once heard, as each song has its own purity. It seems a little repetitive and bland with similar themes explored in every song and no clear outbreak of authenticity. Having said this, there are sure to be more risks taken here where the band have ventured out of their comfort zone by moving from their metalcore tag to more hardcore riffs that broaden their tunes.
Their single ‘Dear Youth (Day 52)’ is a certain banger that is sure to get your inner mosh on and your vocal chords warmed up. Following that is ‘Wide Eyed’, one of the tracks that takes you back to the chunky sounding TGI. It features guest vocals from Jason Butler who adds his own funky twist to the song, bridging it with more textured layers resulting in a positive outcome. The mix of the harsh vocals produced by Jonathan Vigil work against the rough tone to produce a standout track that gives credit to the album.
‘Phoenix Flame’ takes a soft poetic outlook as the main focus is on Vigil’s vocals, which are calming and soothing. This short ballad brings something fresh for the album, which may have been a generic risk, but a risk well taken. The first half of the album seems samey throughout as each song fills the gap for a tremendous track to tear apart your ear muscles, which in this case only applies to four songs.
One might have expected the album to be packed with heavy breakdowns, which is exactly what it needed, but it disappointed in terms of outrageous tracks that would cause havoc in a live setting, but The Ghost Inside don’t really need that for a crowd to go wild as each song in their own right has a justified starting position on the grid.
All in all the album lacks the stability from previous records and although it clearly shows their progression as a band, it does become second best to their known talent.