Sound — 9
This Year's Ghost are an unsigned 4 piece alt. rock band hailing from London, with their debut EP "Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today" they've provided high gain intricate guitar lines perfectly accompanied by the tight, punchy drums & crunchy grit laden bass, caught right in the groove but never overplayed. Having also recently picked up Aaron Curse (The Defiled) on guitar, expected to bring a layer of depth to the mix. With production done by Matt Hyde it leaves this EP sounding like a true gem of unsigned releases.
Lyrics — 8
With lyrical content deriving from the loss of close friends, Paul McKenzie takes you through his 5 stages, finally driving hard through the end in "Black Dogs" as he closes off the EP. As this record plays out McKenzie's mix of melody and grit compliment the instrumentation perfectly & with the vocal harmonies lifting the choruses you'll have a hard time not singing along. The vocal melody & lyrics have been crafted carefully along with the guitar lines so as to accompany one another, it's hard not to lose yourself as McKenzie bares he's heart on this record.
Overall Impression — 9
This being This Year's Ghost's first release they've cornered all the right talent, with Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Machine Head, Fightstar) producing it along with guest vocals from "The Defiled" frontman Stitch D. There are many moments on this EP which could become your favourite, mine and one to look out for is Stitch D's grit filled guttural scream in the closing moments of "December Sun." If there was a physical release to lose I would definitely replace it. Last words, check out "Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today" on Spotify, you won't be disappointed.