Tuesday, 7 March 2017

REVIEW: Ghastly Sound - "Ghastly Sound" (EP)

By: Charlie Butler


Album Type: EP
Date Released: 10/03/2017
Label: Magnetic Eye Records


“The Worst” sounds like Torche playing Truckfighters with the ghost of Dio on vocals while “Where The Ghosts Hide” and “Cape Buffalo” bring to mind Big Business indulging in secret stadium rock fantasies with hints of the Deftones in the melodic choruses given free reign with vocalist Tyler Gurwicz doing his best Chino Moreno impression over foundation-shaking riffs.  This EP is a tantalising glimpse of what Ghastly Sound has to offer. Hopefully it won’t be long before they return to show what fist-pumping destruction they are capable of over the course of an LP.



“Ghastly Sound” DD track listing:

1). The Worst
2). Where the Ghosts Hide
3). Cape Buffalo
4). Cuttlefish


The Review:

Ghastly Sound deal in a very distinct brand of low-end riff attack on their self-titled debut EP, equal parts dirty noise-rock rumble and party stoner rock. This combination of gnarly underground sounds and smoother heavy rock lends the Vermont trio a unique sound but what really stands out is TJ Maynard’s bass. No doubt there is a phalanx of bleeding amps and pedals involved in creating the monstrous racket that brings this EP to life and more than compensates for being the sole stringed instrument present.

“The Worst” sounds like Torche playing Truckfighters with the ghost of Dio on vocals while “Where The Ghosts Hide” and “Cape Buffalo” bring to mind Big Business indulging in secret stadium rock fantasies. The latter culminates in a particularly sweet galloping riff that almost has an air of NWOBHM about it.

“Cuttlefish” brings the EP home in crushing fashion, slurring the tempo to a doomy crawl to powerful effect. Hints of the Deftones in the melodic choruses of the previous tracks are given free reign here with vocalist Tyler Gurwicz doing his best Chino Moreno impression over foundation-shaking riffs.

This EP is a tantalising glimpse of what Ghastly Sound has to offer. Hopefully it won’t be long before they return to show what fist-pumping destruction they are capable of over the course of an LP.

“Ghastly Sound” is available here





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