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The Ghost Inside Fury and the Fallen Ones


01. Provoke 02. Destined 03. Faith or Forgiveness 04. Disintegrator 05. The Brave 06. Siren Song 07. Shiner 08. Revolutionary (Bang the Drum) 09. Inherent Youth 10. Smoke and Signal Fires 11. The Lion War 12. Blue and Gold
2008 Mediaskare Records
Our score 4

6/22/2008

Oh. Look: another metalcore Johnny-come-lately band. Man, I'm pumped. Look, there's nothing wrong with a band sticking close to a given genre's conventions. Hell, d-beat is still seeing some great releases, and at its most basic, the genre is basically concerned with a specific drum pattern. You'd think that would be a formula for utter mediocrity inside of a year. But what saves any band that sticks close to a genre's conventions is their ability to vary the song structure enough to keep things fresh. The Ghost Inside, unfortunately, joins the gargantuan population of metalcore bands convinced that a standard-issue "verse-breakdown-chorus-breakdown-breakdown-breakdown" song structure is acceptable for every track. And short of the fact that The Ghost Inside (thankfully) don't have as many pretensions to ham fistedly throw other genres into the mix, (compared to other metalcore acts) this is nothing new or fresh. Yeah, vocalist Jonathan Vigil sticks close to the hardcore barking and his lyrics cover such wide-ranging topics as: standing your ground, following your heart, fighting your enemies and standing on your enemies' ground (while fighting, from the heart.) Now, because of The Ghost Inside's emphasis on more of a hardcore sound, the breakdowns are generally not as blatantly formulaic as the standard metalcore chugging. That said, when the band really falls off, things are downright perplexing; see midway through "Inherent Youth" for Vigil's declaration that "Days will pass/and nights will come/come and go/I'm proud of all the things I've done" overtop of guitarists Soyer Cole and Aaron Brooks' half-hearted attempts at some epic-sounding guitar lines coupled with one of the few standard-issue chug moments on the album. It's here, when they try to meld hardcore gang vocals with some radio-friendly guitar harmonies that the band gets inconsistent, since Vigil isn't a strong enough vocalist or lyricist to handle these duties, he tries to bark his way through, trampling any sense of melody the guitarists can manage. As a result, The Ghost Inside has a few decent moments, but drop the ball entirely too often. Bottom Line: Even if you picked up your first metalcore record yesterday and somehow managed to avoid hearing anything along these lines before, The Ghost Inside will probably be forgotten inside of twenty minutes. Yeah, things are generally competently played, and it's by far not the worst metalcore record out there, but there's pretty much zero variation in the songwriting (as is the case with most other metalcore releases,) so there's little here to hold the attention of anyone but the stubborn die-hard fans.

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Terry_ 6/22/2008 11:22:50 AM

Let the shit talking begin! ! !


bensy_ 6/22/2008 11:50:55 AM

More like METALBORE amirite?


Gary_ 6/22/2008 11:54:14 AM

The artwork is pretty cool.


anonymous 6/22/2008 12:07:23 PM

Meh, i really like this record. The reviewer definitely needed to emphasize that this is far more of a hardcore band than a metalcore band. Nobody would ever mistake this for Emmure or For the Fallen Dreams.


Your enemy_ 6/22/2008 12:57:23 PM

Hey "Rob Parker" you write like you were born yesterday. This is a modern hardcore record, influenced by Hope Con and the like. You completely missed the boat you f*cking gay.


robertjordan_ 6/22/2008 1:29:53 PM

yeah despite what the rating is i think this band is pretty sweet yeah id have to say that this is definatly more hardcore than metalcore just if they got rid of their breakdowns they would be perfect


anonymous 6/22/2008 2:01:04 PM

6/10


pendejo_ 6/22/2008 2:29:28 PM

funny review of a gay band by a funny reviewer.


anonymous 6/22/2008 3:04:49 PM

this is still a dime a dozen gay shit


twatpocket_ 6/22/2008 3:26:31 PM

Yeah, vocalist Jonathan Vigil sticks close to the hardcore barking and his lyrics cover such wide-ranging topics as: standing your ground, following your heart, fighting your enemies and standing on your enemies' ground (while fighting, from the heart.) hahahahaha.


anonymous 6/22/2008 5:11:15 PM

yeah id have to say this leans more towards the melodic hardcore side than metalcore, some of the breakdowns are the only things that would make me think of them as metalcore. all in all i think this is better than some of the shit that's coming out lately


Rob Parker_ 6/22/2008 8:25:47 PM

I don't know what hardcore is.


brokenhero_ 6/22/2008 8:40:08 PM

everyone above this post is a shithead who likes shitty shit playing during their entire shitty day, including in their shitty car, their shitty stereo, and their shitty iPod


anonymous 6/22/2008 9:02:49 PM

LOL @ Standing on your enemies' ground (while fighting, from the heart.)


rob parkers enemy_ 6/22/2008 9:14:44 PM

god forbid a band play a breakdown or two in a song. rob parker your a f*cking douche who doesnt know shit about music. TGI isnt a metalcore band, you dont really see them opening up for as i lay dying now do u? your to busy to sitting in your office instead of actually going out and seeing this band. they are the most energetic band i have ever seen. so rob parker you just sit there with your dildo up your ass and write about shit you know nothing about. good job gay.


MarginError_ 6/22/2008 10:45:38 PM

LOL at this band getting butthurt over a bad review. Grow up kiddos. Well written review, and I intend to NOT check this band out because of the immaturity they show in this comments section.


One Crushing Blow_ 6/23/2008 4:10:41 AM

I saw this band last year, before they released this cd (duh), and while not the best band in the world, they definitely surprised me in how tight they played and how well-constructed I thought the songs were. While they're not doing anything completely original, which bands nowadays are? Give this cd a chance if you've never heard them before. While it's not going to change your life, I think it's worth the listen. 7/10 for me. And the reviewer needs to stop writing like he's still in high sch


NoTalentAssclown_ 6/23/2008 6:14:38 AM

the comments section of a review... always good for a couple of laughs


xote_ 6/23/2008 11:07:47 AM

This band is not good. And lol at all these little edge gays getting ass hurt over a bad review. Some people won't like every band that you like. Deal with it.


Big_gaY-Sex_ 6/23/2008 11:24:37 AM

i likes it


brokenhero_ 6/23/2008 12:51:57 PM

also, anyone in these comments so far who has said that nobody is playing anything original nowadays needs to take the dicks out of their ears so they can HEAR


anonymous 6/23/2008 1:56:58 PM

I like how people get butthurt about people getting butthurt about a review


tgi_ 6/23/2008 4:57:26 PM

we worked so hard on this album :(


._ 6/23/2008 7:04:09 PM

Sat behind this band on their plane trip to Sydney for their current Australian tour. For a bunch of sxe kids, they all popped Tylenol PMs after take-off to put them to sleep faster. At one point, their roadie went to the bathroom, sucked a bunch of water up his butthole and squirted half the passengers. Shit band playing shit music.


Vigil_ 6/23/2008 11:16:43 PM

For the record, NONE of the comments on here have been from us. We could give 2 f*cks what rating we get on lambgoat. Were not converge, or coliseum, so we know were gonna get ripped. Its lambgoat. Its not gonna end the world. Were still gonna go on tour, get on stage, and give it everything. Just wanted to clarify that. P.S. Were not an edge band.


OCB_ 6/24/2008 12:12:09 AM

Sorry, I forgot all the crap music the Lambgoat elitists listen to is original. Because you guys can't afford to listen to anything but. *rolls eyes*


hilarious rumor mill_ 6/24/2008 10:48:28 AM

I heard one of these guys broke edge by smoking his high school diploma.


james_ 6/24/2008 12:17:12 PM

rob parker really is a terrible terrible writer. what a gay.


duggy_ 6/24/2008 7:15:15 PM

i heard the singer is repulsed my mustard


dugg_ 6/24/2008 7:15:55 PM

by*


spidernutism_ 6/24/2008 11:39:41 PM

are you related to peter parker


A Ghey_ 6/25/2008 12:14:01 PM

I f*cking hate lambgoat so much.


MetalcoreJohnnyComeLately_ 6/25/2008 12:17:21 PM

f*ck lambgoat, f*ck rob parker, f*ck every single reviewer on this stupid bullshit ass elitist site. Why don't you all go f*cking join up and masturbate to a picture of Jake Bannon together, just so we don't have to read your horrible ass f*cking reviews. I can't wait until Satan f*cks you in the ass while you burn in hell. Die Rob Parker.


hilarity ensues_ 6/25/2008 2:33:00 PM

lol @ ^^^


hellablunts_ 6/25/2008 6:23:34 PM

hahaha man everyone on lambgoat knows nothing about music. quit your job and f*ck yourself rob parker. hahaha he just wishes he had a band that could acually put out an album


anonymous 6/25/2008 11:04:03 PM

Well gosh.


bodyboarder123_ 6/26/2008 10:05:03 PM

I'm not into most bands these days playing this kind of music but I think this CD is really well done and it sounds great. Not to mention these guys put on an amazing live show. The only thing shitty about this band is the shitty dudes in the band. Bunch of gheys for sure. [xxx]


JimmyJay_ 6/27/2008 2:13:42 PM

Worst review ever...Serious


anonymous 6/27/2008 4:10:47 PM

lolz @ butthurt fanboys.


rich_ 6/29/2008 1:46:14 AM

Rob Parker should just be hung for how bad his reviews are. Your a f*cking moron. If you dont like breakdowns...dont review hardcore bands. Your just a f*cking moron.


wayno_ 7/2/2008 9:41:03 AM

Way to go Rob...one of the best reviews I've read on here in months. ''Standing on your Enemies' ground (while fighting, from the heart)...Cheesy riffs, fitting rating. ..


joe_ 7/4/2008 1:04:59 AM

what the f*ck is butthurt? p.s. this cd is sweet


anonymous 7/5/2008 7:11:48 AM

he gives all metalcore cds 4/10 regardless..and he has to say every members full name..goddamn canuck i got your formula down


thugcore_ 7/19/2008 7:06:20 PM

f*ck that. tgi is one of the few new bands out there that i respect. they may talk about fighting for who you are and other "cliche" shit but at least its real life they talk about and not some nerdy goblin and dragon wannabe satanist gayry. theyre a hardcore band... what the f*ck do you expect them to sing about? they arent tough guys who complain about scene shit like little girls and they keep the lyrics simple with real thought put into them. sorry they didnt write something "original" l


Bull_ 8/28/2008 9:56:53 AM

i agree with the last post, just because there are elements of metal in something doesn't make it metalcore...and for all the people that from what i can tell seem to shit on every cd on this website.... what band should we dejected retards be listening to? what amazing band that no one has heard of except for those super smart chosen few will be leading the revolution of heavy music?


KevinJordan_ 5/5/2009 1:33:39 PM

Album is awesome! Great production value! It's really energetic and real, you've got to see these guys live... and undoubtedly you will, because they're on ALL of the biggest tours lately! For all the "haters"... get used to um'!


bill_ 4/5/2010 4:46:48 AM

grew up with some of these tool bags in el segundo when they were a dying dream. boring, bland cd. about 7 years too late


Joe_ 11/4/2010 4:00:00 AM

it's 11/04/2010 and I ran across this horrible review. Rob your good with verbiage and sentence structure but you were dead wrong about this band. It's 2 years later and they are doing better than ever. Vigil is a singer you have to relate with in order to really get passionate about the music. For guys my age it was bands like Death Before Dishonor that present a message made for people not like you obviously. The Ghost Inside is doing better then most if not all of the bands on you playlis


luckynumbers 12/16/2013 8:13:47 AM

I mean this iiis their first album as the ghost inside, other than the one album when they were A Dying Dream. I liked it, it sounds good. this review is a bit harsh, its nothing profound but definitely worth listening to.