Ghost Brigade-Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (Seasons of Mist)
Over the course of three full lengths, Finland’s Ghost Brigade have successfully managed to remain refreshingly independent and stylistically nebulous when it comes to niche categorization, which makes the title of this latest LP, Until Fear No Longer Defines Us, even more self-prophetic.
Indeed, Ghost Brigade have smartly distanced themselves from the bulk of their musical countrymen, foregoing extravagantly effeminate goth/sleaze rock and romantic love metal in favor of dour, yet bittersweet melodic metal of the darkest persuasion. Echoes of the great Amorphis permeate the heavy ‘n doomy guitar motifs of Tommi Kiviniemi and Wille Naukkarinen, yet the stylistic core of Ghost Brigade is something thoroughly of their own creation, particularly here on Fear.
It’s on this third effort where the band’s songwriting expands a bit beyond the post-Katatonia realm, and searches mellower, cleaner-toned territory, coming up roses all the while. Lead singer Manne Ikonen has come a long way in particular, making the Anathema-esque balladry of “Chamber” and “In the Woods” his own, while servicing just fine his bandmates’ heavier flirtations on “Clawmaster” with equal aplomb and skill.
There is a wealth of gold to be dug from the diamond-plated arrangements and gold-level songwriting present here on Until Fear No Longer Defines Us; a certain career highlight for Ghost Brigade which is bound to turn some heads. Really, really strong stuff.
Written by MetalGeorge