Monday 6 February 2023

REVIEW: Born A Ghost, "“Stairway To An Empty Room” [EP]

By: Richard Maw
Album Type: EP
Date Released: 02/01/2023
Label: Independent

“Stairway To An Empty Room” DD track listing:
1). 43
2). Halls of Disrepair
3). Stairway To An Empty Room
4). When The Last Light Fades
The Review:
Twenty minutes of death doom with some post metal thrown in. That’s what you get here. But you also get more; there are synths (I assume?) and droning guitars. These guys are out of Tacoma, Washington and sound very bleak indeed. Their bio lists Cult of Luna and Neurosis as reference points, but I can certainly here some early Paradise Lost in here too- at least in terms of the bleakness and the kind of slow dm vibe.
This is, it almost goes without saying, very heavy stuff. Opener “43” is dynamic and dark- impossibly so, at times. “Halls of Disrepair” is just as weighty. The band have captured a pretty cool sound- a fair amount of dynamic twists and turns and layering of guitars. The experimental soundscape vibe is certainly Neurosis-esque and most welcome.
This EP rounds out with the title track and “As The Last Light Fades”. Again, both are in keeping with the blueprint established in the first half. This EP is weighty, full of despair and very, very good. If you like any of the bands mentioned here, definitely check this out.
“Stairway To An Empty Room” is available HERE 

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