Before The Dawn - The Ghost Review
by Matt Hensch
Working as a musician isn't an easy thing to do. Some bands who have started out strong in their debut or sophomore albums have failed to continue this type of perfection, and I fear the same for Before The Dawn. The first two Before The Dawn albums were powerful and moving albums, but The Ghost tells a different story. The Ghost isn't bad, but it does show some signs of a band that could soon crash and burn.
The riffs on The Ghost usually lean toward a strong melodic sound. The riffs are always mixed with other influences along with the melody. The songs "Disappear" and "Stormbringer" have a melodic feel to them but also dabble in a small amount of thrash. On the other side of the riff spectrum, "Repentance" mixes a healthy amount of atmosphere alongside the melody. This riff variation helps make The Ghost seem better, but there is a big problem with repetitiveness. Every song on The Ghost has the same riff repeating over and over again. Not only do these riffs replay again and again, but they all sound the same. Every riff on this album is only a few notes apart from the other riffs, which makes The Ghost get old fast.
Singer Tuomas Saukkonen has quite a fitting voice for "The Ghost." His voice sounds very similar to many melodic death/Gothenburg singers such as Dark Tranquillity singer Mikael Stanne and other vocalists of this nature. Tuomas also uses his singing voice pretty well. During "DIsappear" and "Black Dawn," Tuomas's lighter voice comes in and makes these songs seem more powerful. The only truly bad part of this album is on "Ghost Town." This fecal flotation of a song contains a "Nu Metal-ish" amount of profanity and rapping. Tuomas says stupid things while rapping like "Represent" and "What Up Mother f***ers" among other silly things. "Ghost Town" also has an actual rapper on the track that made me shake my head in disgrace. There are somethings you just don't touch when playing metal, and rap is one of them.
In conclusion, The Ghost is a mediocre album overall. The previous Before The Dawn albums are better then this, but this is still ok. Stick to the older material before checking this one out.
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