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Ligeia Your Ghost Is A Gift


01. Beyond A Doubt 02. I'm Sorry You're Ugly 03. Heart Attack 04. Judas Complex 05. The Blackout 06. Household Stereotypes MP3 07. Makin' Love To A Murderer 08. Swollen Eye View 09. Always, Forever 10. Dead Man's Bride 11. Wishing Wells
2006 Ferret Music
Our score 4

by Cory
4/2/2006

It's awfully tempting to completely write off most of the new breed of "metal-core" bands that combine clean sung hooks with cheesy breakdowns and moderately competent riffing. It's even more tempting as a critic to rant and rave about the downfall of hardcore as we know it and the commercialization of an art form and lifestyle. I've certainly given into these temptations in the past, but am attempting to approach Ligeia's Your Ghost Is A Gift with a combination of open-mindedness and fairness that it probably doesn't deserve. This debut full-length, courtesy of Ferret Music, is less a hardcore record that integrates metal and pop and more a mish-mash of metal and hardcore parts held loosely together by frequently strong hooks. As unappealing as that might sound, it works pretty well almost as often as it fails. This record, produced by Ken Susi of Unearth, has a similar balance sound wise to recent Unearth recordings; everything is sharp and even, without ever coming off as too polished. The overall feel of this record is somewhere along the lines of earlier Killswitch Engage, but the clean vocals are a lot stronger. The screaming portions are pretty standard and entirely serviceable. For the most part, all the instrumentation of this disc is by-the-numbers reproductions of the bands that paved the way for Ligeia. It's logical then that the interesting parts of this disc are largely the melodic portions that stand out as a positive, rather than working together with the heavier parts to create an interesting contrast. It's honestly a shame that singer Keith Holuk isn't given a bit more to work with vocally, as his voice could definitely fit well with more melodic songwriting. Most of the songs on Your Ghost Is A Gift really just suffer from indecisive song craft. It's almost as if Ligeia understand what they do well, but feel obligated to insert bad metalcore breakdowns into each song. While they don't necessarily hurt the heavier songs like "I'm Sorry You're Ugly," they feel entirely out of place and unnecessary in tracks like the lead-off "Beyond A Doubt." One of the few generally standout tracks on the disc, "Heart Attack" suffers from sub par lyrics. If Ligeia seemed more genuinely interested in playing to their strengths rather than trying to please their potential audience, their music would certainly be even more enjoyable, but as it stands, the moments of greatness are just too few and far between. Bottom Line: There are bands that play this sort of pop-metalcore extremely well and have done quite well for themselves doing so. Then there are bands like Ligeia who seem uncomfortable trying to find the balance between melody and heaviness. If they could embrace their talents and progress, they could potentially forge a powerful, unique sound the way that Silent Drive or the Postman Syndrome did. As it stands, Your Ghost Is A Gift is a listenable melodic metalcore record that just doesn't seem sure of itself.

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jake_ 4/2/2006 11:11:22 AM

first. shit band.


elliot_ 4/2/2006 11:29:26 AM

soooo boring. no one needs a band like this. ligeia is completely unnecessary.


Ohhhhh_ 4/2/2006 11:29:36 AM

I like it. Vocals though are too much like Mean Pete.


JB_ 4/2/2006 11:36:03 AM

I like this band and I wish them the best of luck.


drewcifer_ 4/2/2006 12:18:06 PM

hmm, a trusted acquaintance of mine said this album was spectacular.


okay_ 4/2/2006 12:47:23 PM

So i like this band and this record. Blah. It's catchy and decently heavy. I am a slave to the commercialized system.


ofgo_ 4/2/2006 1:02:03 PM

Melodic metalcore is like the worst shit ever.. Ligeia sucks. Although, when the singer goes heavier, it sounds pretty good


anonymous 4/2/2006 1:47:03 PM

that was like the nicest review for a 4. oh yeah they are a ferret band. lambgoat is so lame.


eh?_ 4/2/2006 1:51:29 PM

the review does seem really positive for a 4/10 - i'm sure this is shit.


anonymous 4/2/2006 2:02:35 PM

great band great record


rob_mcfeters_ 4/2/2006 2:42:56 PM

i heard this crap. 4/10 is being nice.


chris_ 4/2/2006 3:39:57 PM

great band 10/10


anonymous 4/2/2006 3:55:46 PM

they got the potential. and put on a good show.


eh?_ 4/2/2006 5:00:29 PM

i like this cd alot,and the overall feel of cory's review feels more like a 6/10 than a 4/10.


DeathComesRipping_ 4/2/2006 6:47:55 PM

This band sounds like a replica of Remembering Never to me. Sound wise and production wise.


moshandroll_ 4/2/2006 7:42:17 PM

they put on a good show.


Cory_ 4/2/2006 8:48:05 PM

"it works pretty well almost as often as it fails." this, to me, suggests that less than half the time this record works, thus 4/10.


Chuz_ 4/2/2006 8:52:05 PM

Bullshit review, I dont hear any 'commercial' aspects to this album and I dont hear the early Killswitch. I hear more PTW. Open-minded my arse.


carsonslovak_ 4/3/2006 1:17:59 AM

awesome band, awesome dudes


TheReapersSon_ 4/3/2006 7:16:23 AM

6/10. At least the vocals aren't too whiney, like most bands


xdivisivex_ 4/3/2006 6:54:06 PM

Awesome band.


picturesofme_ 4/3/2006 10:58:33 PM

this band is terrible, trite, unnecessary, and a clone. we will never hear anything different as long as people consider the same rehashed bullshit to be "awesome" and a "great band."


bigego_ 4/3/2006 11:44:19 PM

worst song names ever


anonymous 4/4/2006 2:19:26 AM

excellent cd


Greg_ 4/4/2006 6:23:58 AM

shitty band.. terrible numetalcore


MrWong_ 4/4/2006 7:57:27 PM

DWEP


anaturaldisaster_ 4/5/2006 1:11:20 AM

Cory gets a lot of flak for his reviews, I personally think he is a solid writer, although I disagree with him a lot of the time. That being said, this review, while competently written, is completely inaccurate in almost every way. This band sounds nothing like Killswitch Engage ever did, it's more like early Poison The Well crossed with Remembering Never, and the occasional melodeath influenced riff. While I agree that the album is entirely generic, it is still well above average, and shits al


notorious_dob_ 4/5/2006 12:49:07 PM

i made it about 15 seconds into the first track before having to turn it off. utter shit


anonymous 4/5/2006 7:18:48 PM

" This band sounds nothing like Killswitch Engage ever did, it's more like early Poison The Well crossed with Remembering Never, and the occasional melodeath influenced riff." This is pretty much exactly what I was going to say. I dont know how I feel about this album yet. "I'm Sorry Your Ugly" is my favorite song just because the brutality of lyrics at the end. So br00tal.


ktownhcore_ 4/6/2006 2:21:01 PM

nothing bad about it for those who like this ipe of mix bread shit.....but without the singing it doesent sound to bad...could mosh to the brakdowns but wouldent want to....heard it before and band that come out with the screamocore tipe sound need to do something different to interest me


mikey pete_ 4/7/2006 4:57:46 PM

this band sounds like anytown's local opening act for bigger whatevercore bands.


AndyFaint_ 4/14/2006 10:57:45 PM

No one should ever use silent drive as a model of how a melodic heavy band should sound.


anonymous 4/15/2006 2:17:02 PM

meh, its not terrible i think it was a fair review


Matt_ 9/9/2006 5:09:52 PM

this guy has no idea what he is talking about


gary_ 12/9/2006 3:11:43 PM

f*ckin awesome buy it now