Album Review: Ghost Brigade – IV – One With The Storm
Posted by Reggie
Album: IV – One With The Storm
Release Date: 3 Nov 14
Length: 79 Minutes (includes two remixed tracks)
Style: Hard to define
Previous Albums: Guided By Fire (2007); Isolation Songs (2009); Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (2011)
FFO: Paradise Lost, Katatonia. Opeth
It will probably be unfathomable to know that until about three months ago I did not know Ghost Brigade existed. Yes, despite writing reviews for about four years now, there are still bands out there I have not heard of. Or perhaps I am growing tired of listening to new things. Either way, it goes to show just how much metal is out there; a bottomless pit. Nonetheless, Ghost Brigade and all their awesomeness is not a band I should have missed out on. Since that fateful introduction to Until Fear No Longer Defines Us just a few months ago, I now own three of their albums; all but the first. This leads me to the review of IV-One With The Storm.
Before I begin it goes without saying, if you haven’t caught Ghost Brigade I must implore you now to check them out with whatever means you have – stream, borrow, buy, etc. I highly doubt you will be disappointed if you like melodic, gloomy music with both clean and growly vocals and instrumentation ranging from elementary hard rock tempos to blistering death/doom metal. This is why you get the Katatonia/Opeth comparison – best of both worlds.
The main thing that impresses me with Ghost Brigade is the vocal range of Manne Ikonen. It’s not very often a vocalist chills me to the core. If so, it’s usually a female vocalist, but Ikonen’s cleans are chilling and his growls and haunting. On both fronts I am captivated as he utilizes his talents to achieve the necessary vocal effect for the songs. The music is carefully crafted and full of melancholic emotion; see Disembodied Voices and the 10+ minute opus Electra Complex.
Stones and Pillars is an excellent example where things lean very heavy. As mentioned, the growls are devastating and the tempo damaging. It’s not like a Cannibal Corpse song or anything like that, but still punishingly heavy in its own special way. This isn’t the kind of song that would be played on non-satellite radio in America unless it was some late night metal show.
Overall, the album affects the mood. It isn’t just music to snap your finger to; but to feel something from on an emotional level. Ghost Brigade does that with wide-ranging tempos and multi-ranged vocals all utilized…pretty much to perfection. Understandably, not every metal fan is into dark, brooding metal. Setting aside my affinity for the new band in my life, IV-One With The Storm is a terrific album of wide-ranging emotions from the peaceful/serene to the unbiased death metal cadence all of which are born from a recipe of melancholy.