REVIEW: The Ghost Inside – Get What You Give

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Artist: The Ghost Inside
Album: Get What You Give
Genre: Melodic Hardcore
Label: Epitaph

There’s currently a big resurgence going on in the world of hardcore… Just kidding, it is a lot more like there are more and more gems popping up within the dirt of everything else that’s being regurgitated and spewed about. These gems that consist of bands actually branching out and doing more than just breakdowns and 2 step passages. The latest of these can be displayed through The Ghost Inside’s third studio album, Get What You Give. Back in January, it was announced that the band was recording with Jeremy McKinnon of A Day to Remember and would be releasing this album through Epitaph records – news that had made this album more than just a blip on the radar of a punk rocker who has become somewhat jaded to the world of “-core”.

TGI has always been a band that’s spoken about the positives, hope, pushing forward in the face of adversity – you know, the whole nine yards. Those themes are still very much still prevalent within the record, along with some other staples within the band’s songwriting. There are still many moments when you’ll catch vocalist Jonathan Vigil bellowing out a one-liner that then transitions into a heavy or otherwise brutal moment in the instrumentals, and there are some other moments where one could catch an occasional dragged-on drum fill, but that is what really identifies The Ghost Inside: a combination of all of the above, delivered with a take no-bull-crap-this-is-who-we-are sort of mentality.

The music itself doesn’t progress all too much past what the band has already done. Though there is a notable difference with the clean vocals that Vigil has recently added to his arsenal, it just seems to come off a whole lot more of the same. If you like heavy, you’ll get it via booming drums, a nearly-non-existent bass guitar, dual guitars that tear through the mix, and Vigil’s ferocious scream that is very much present 90% of the time when it’s not lending the spotlight over to the cleans. But rather than focusing solely on the music, the release seems to be heavily centered on the actual lyrics – something that now seems to be forgotten among the various new-school hardcore bands. Tracks like “Outlive”, “Engine 45”, and “Face Value” sound like they will become live-show anthems in the coming years. The last of which features some impressive guest vocals by Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid.

Overall, the album is worth the anticipation as long as you’re not expecting the next big thing. It is definitely somewhat of a grower, but fans of the band will likely fall in love with it early on, and with such a great introduction in the form of the first two tracks, “This Is What I Know About Sacrifice” and “Outlive”, who wouldn’t?

SCORE: 7/10
Review written by: Adrian Garza

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