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I Am Ghost - Those We Leave Behind

I Am Ghost are selling themselves on being a 'dark' band, but they really are far from it. It does, however, allow them to be marketed to the Aiden and My Chemical Romance set, who their music is perfectly tailored for. Across the fourteen tracks on All We Leave Behind, they execute a lot of variation, yet - sadly - all variants have been heard before. Better.

Though the aforementioned bands make up the majority of the reference points, there's plenty more to be found on Those We Leave Behind. Some convey a harder edge; more akin to metalcore – the title track in particular sounding like The Used covering Underoath. It's pretty generic, but easily outshines all the Aiden-lite. Elsewhere, the more soaring melodies have the same grand designs as 30 Seconds From Mars, and even shades of Bullet For My Valentines metal can be found in the likes of 'Buried Way Too Shallow'.

As a result, this mishmash of styles gives them their own sound. Or sounds. But rather than seeming like a band with their fingers in many pies, they appear to be either struggling to find an identity of their own or content to rely on sounding like successful contemporaries. The problem is that all these bands do it better, and I Am Ghost certainly need to do better than bollocks My Chemical Romance-alike like 'Rock N Roll High School Murder' if they want to last.

It isn't dark, it's as transparent as tracing paper.Phillip May

Released 1 Jan 1970 // // Rating:

**

/5
I Am Ghost - Those We Leave Behind

I Am Ghost are selling themselves on being a 'dark' band, but they really are far from it. It does, however, allow them to be marketed to the Aiden and My Chemical Romance set, who their music is perfectly tailored for. Across the fourteen tracks on All We Leave Behind, they execute a lot of variation, yet - sadly - all variants have been heard before. Better.

Though the aforementioned bands make up the majority of the reference points, there's plenty more to be found on Those We Leave Behind. Some convey a harder edge; more akin to metalcore – the title track in particular sounding like The Used covering Underoath. It's pretty generic, but easily outshines all the Aiden-lite. Elsewhere, the more soaring melodies have the same grand designs as 30 Seconds From Mars, and even shades of Bullet For My Valentines metal can be found in the likes of 'Buried Way Too Shallow'.

As a result, this mishmash of styles gives them their own sound. Or sounds. But rather than seeming like a band with their fingers in many pies, they appear to be either struggling to find an identity of their own or content to rely on sounding like successful contemporaries. The problem is that all these bands do it better, and I Am Ghost certainly need to do better than bollocks My Chemical Romance-alike like 'Rock N Roll High School Murder' if they want to last.

It isn't dark, it's as transparent as tracing paper.Phillip May