Your Ghost Is A Gift Review

artist: Ligeia date: 08/28/2006 category: compact discs
Ligeia: Your Ghost Is A Gift
Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Label: Ferret
Genres: Death Metal/Black Metal, Speed Metal
Number Of Tracks: 11
These five young men have poured their hearts and souls into ten tracks rich in raw and powerful emotion.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 9.7
Your Ghost Is A Gift Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 08, 2006
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Sound: Ligeia delivers a crushing debut album on Ferret Records. This band sounds similar to such metalcore titans as Unearth (wich could be because is produced by Ken Susi of Unearth) and Bleeding Through. This album has some great and semi-frequent breakdowns. The drums on 'Your Ghost Is A Gift' are fast and brutal but know how to slow things down on the melodic clean singing parts. This all together, makes the album sound great. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics aren't that great but there not at all bad either and the singing or screaming sounds great and matches the music nicely. Keith Holuk has a great screaming voice. The screams are varried nicely and are not always the same tone. Even better than his screaming voice is the singing voice which fits greatly with the instrument parts. Most of the lyrics tend to deal with the horrible feeling after a relationship falls apart. Even with that as the lyrical theme, this is not an emo album it is straigh up metalcore. // 9

Overall Impression: The songs seem to be structured like your basic metalcore bands with screaming and occasional clean singing which is not a bad thing. The 3 songs that stand out the most are probably "Heart Attack", "Wishing Well", and "Makin' Love to a Murderer" which features guest vocals from Phil from All That Remains. I would go and purcase this cd if it was stolen right away. // 10

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overall: 8.7
Your Ghost Is A Gift Reviewed by: FakePlasticMan, on august 28, 2006
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Sound: There are essentially two "sounds" you're going to hear on this record. First there's the emo-tinged metalcore ballads, and then there's the absolutely insane grindcore/hardcore thrashers. Naturally, I prefer the latter, but I'm not complaining about a single song. All the tunes are punishing and in-your-face, and a much-needed break from the radio-friendly metalcore that's getting dangerously close to a fad. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics are definitley a strong point, despite the typical theme of a lost love/girl etc. However, Ligeia builds on the cliche with extremely intelligent vocabulary and beautiful song structure. Also lots of gore/violent themes about the fantasies of revenge against a former love (i.e. Rape, Knives Through Eyes, Guns To Heads). Vocalist(s) have an extremely versetile scream and are not afraid to include singing as well. Vocals are also well mixed, not always center channel and make use of layering. // 8

Overall Impression: Definitley a necessary album to listen to if you're tired of the modern hardcore/metalcore scene. Has it's own distinct sound. All of the songs are standout in their own way. Just beware of those few ballad-y songs, they can get irritating. If you can get past those, you should be fine. // 9

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