Sound — 9
Phantom on the Horizon is just yet another masterpiece by a truly masterful band, The Fall of Troy. It is the first 5 chapters of the ghostship series and re-mastered and re-awakened as the songs they always were destined to be. The quality is spectacular compared to the originals, and might even be the best to date from them, depending on what kind of sound you are looking for. A common theme to the sound is the eerie, creepy sound, which fits perfectly for the ghostships, specifically in part 1. Added keys truly add to the mix, and create a whole vibe for the listener to base their emotions of off. Each song is longer than the originals, with many effects after the songs, relating to The Mars Volta's Frances the Mute. Once again, The Fall of Troy combines everything good about various types of music into one, ranging from technical, to heavy, to catchy. This is truly a work of art. There is only one potential problem, and it's all based on your matter of opinion, in the new chapters, there is less screaming in parts that used to be such as chapter IV: Enter black demon. The old versions might be better in that respect, however it sounds great nonetheless.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are very good, and always fit perfectly with the instrumentals. They are quite weird and at times, maybe a little bit unnerving; however, the music is weird too, so it works out perfectly. Overall, the lyrics are something to add, not something to listen solely too, unlike many people's belief. Thomas just keeps on improving at vocals, and one great example is in the song chapter III: Nostalgic Mannerisms, it goes into a fear before-esque riff, and Thomas' voice soars and keeps on going higher, and it sounds great and is spine tingling. Also, let's not forget about Frank Black, his vocals are less in number, but noticeable and easily able to relate to.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression of this album is everything I could have asked for out of the ghostships. If compared to one other album, besides the ghostships obviously, it would be a cross between the self titled and doppelganger, which might be good for those who didn't enjoy Manipulator as much as the others. Although if you did enjoy Manipulator, as I did, this album is also for you. Every song is different and each has at least one part per song where everything is just too good to be true. I love everything about this album, from the vibe, to the sound, to the lyrics, everything. There is nothing bad about this album at all, only the fact that there is less screaming and more singing, which isn't bad or good, it's just there. If it were stolen or lost, I would probably cry for about 3 weeks, then after I realized that that doesn't help, I'd go buy a new one, even though it's on my computer. These cd's are special however, you can only buy them at one of the upcoming shows. If you are looking for a truly great record filled with suspense, technicality, and musical perfection, than this is the album for you. Enjoy!