EP REVIEW: Autumn Ghost – Paint A Blue Sky
Autumn Ghost are a five piece Progressive Metal band from Wakefield, Yorkshire. Comprised of 2 vocalists, Adam Phillips, Brett Pedantic, Matt Larkin on drums, Wayne Collier on bass and Woody on guitar, their style has been described as a combination of ‘Linkin Park’ and ‘Rage Against The Machine’. The band has already become known for their energetic live shows that leave audiences craving more. Debut EP ‘Astral’ was released back in July 2013, which contained three tracks that showcased Autumn Ghost’s unique style and considerable musical capabilities. ‘Paint A Blue Sky’ is the bands second EP and once again contains three lengthy tracks, I was eager to find out if these lived up to or bettered what had gone before.
With a rather ominous and eerie intro very appropriate for a band with ‘Ghost’ in their name ‘Subject Of Violence’ is gripping from the first note. However it is when the vocals begin that this song really explodes into life! Combining brutal screams and harmonious melodies has created an interesting contrast between vocals within the same song. Although their styles vary Adam and Brett’s voices are perfectly paired to deliver lyrics in a manner reminiscent of ‘Killswitch Engage’. Matt does a flawless job of creating a steady rhythm on drums but it is Woody and Wayne that dominate the instrumentals on this track with amazing skill on guitar and bass respectively. Simply put this first track is 6 minutes 40 seconds of pure talent and raw power that will leave you with the tough choice of continuing on to the next song or going back to the start for another dose.
The second track on offer here ‘Caroline’ is a very different beast from ‘Subject Of Violence’ showing that even on an EP Autumn Ghost are capable of displaying plenty of diversity. The start of this song is characterised by lightning fast guitar riffs and echoing, melodious vocals that are punctuated by the occasional guttural growl. The latter sections of this track include a couple of interesting features that make it stand out and hold the listeners attention. Firstly there is a section of softly spoken, female voiced dialogue accompanied by some subtle string plucking. This is soon followed by a ‘Linkin Park’ style rap section. I know the idea of rap being included in a Metal song is something that genre fans can be divided on but here it fits in perfectly.
Last but my no means least, despite being the shortest tune present is ‘Serial Intentions’. Woody starts this track off by leisurely plucking away at the strings and is soon joined by vocals that are softer in tone than on the previous songs. Just when you get start to think this pace will continue to the end things are ratcheted up a gear. The riffs get heavier and the softer vocals are once again joined by the same style of screams as heard previously. Really impressive is the fact that there is a seamless transition from the lighter start to the heavier tones without the slightest hint of the song becoming fragmented.
This second EP is miles ahead of its predecessor and a fantastic example of well crafted Metal music! ‘Paint A Blue Sky’ will be released on the 25th of May through TBFM Records as a digital download and a limited edition CD which will be available at this year’s TBFM birthday bash for those of you lucky enough to be attending. If this is the start of things to come then Autumn Ghost will surely be haunting your eardrums for years to come.
1. Subject Of Violence
3. Serial Intentions
Release Date: 25th May 2014
This second EP is miles ahead of its predecessor and a fantastic example of well crafted Metal music! If this is the start of things to come then Autumn Ghost will surely be haunting your eardrums for years to come.