Band: Deception Of A Ghost
Album: Life Right Now
Label: Bullet Tooth Records
Deception Of A Ghost are a five piece metalcore band hailing from Hickory, North Carolina. They are currently signed to Bullet Tooth Records, and recently released their sophomore full length album, Life Right Now. This is a band that I’ve listened to a few times in the past, and was excited to hear what that had in store for everyone on this new release.
The first thing any fan of the band will notice is an improvement on the unclean vocals. Not that they were necessarily bad before…they just sound like they’ve been produced a little bit better and developed more. I’m not a fan of the clean vocals though, so I’m glad they play a smaller role in this album than they did on the band’s last release. I’d be happier if there were no clean vocals on this at all.
While I think the unclean vocals have been improved, it still feels pretty repetitive. The first few tracks can easily get you pumped up to listen to the entire record, but then you get to track 5, track 6, and it all starts to blur together just a little bit. Personally, I feel like if the band challenged their own abilities and gave the album a bit more of a range, it would be better. I don’t mean more of a range by “go as high as possible and go as low as possible”. That doesn’t create depth and meaning in music. The production of the music, the instruments used, how the instruments are used – all of those things are really what create a memorable music experience.
“Sons Of Sunlight” and “American Terrorist” are two of the best tracks on the album. They’re right near the beginning, and definitely contribute to what makes the first half of the album good. The last song on the album, “Anonymous”, is another song that I enjoy. It’s a step closer to more of what I would like to see come from these guys, if only just a little bit more developed. Life Right Now ends on an instrumental track, which I don’t think is ever a good idea unless you’re writing a movie soundtrack. It’s just going to make people skip it.
These guys have the tools to create memorable music, and I am sure they are more than capable of producing that music too. If they take the time and effort to challenge what they’ve done before and push the musical envelope they could come out with something that will make them unforgettable as a group.
I won’t say that I was blown away, or that it’s something brand new and fascinating. I really did enjoy listening to the album, it’s just not great. If this is something that you like, and you just want unlimited amounts of a certain sound that can only be provided by metalcore music then this will satisfy those needs. If you hoped for the band to develop more musically from their last release, or want something to break up the generic sounds of dozens of other bands in the same genre then this is not going to be for you.
Review written by: Kriston McConnell