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Unholy Ghost
Torrential Reign
June 2004
Released: 2004, Century Media/Olympic Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Like many of the sub-genres of metal, death metal is extremely incestuous. Band members come and go, playing in many different bands, often switching groups at the drop of a hat. Yet other bands are formed by ex-members of other, established bands. Enter Unholy Ghost. The band was formed in 2003 by three ex-founders of death metal warriors Diabolic. Given the dubious stature of that band (many critics hate ‘em, most fans seem to dig ‘em), it’s no surprise that some of its past members have decided to join forces and strike out on their own.

If I can make another ridiculously broad comment on death metal, it’s that most bands are quite similar, with the rare band truly finding its own sound. Unholy Ghost falls into the former category: they are definitely solid, and brutal as hell, but I really don’t hear anything on this disc that I haven’t heard before. They howl, growl, and blast away on some really punishing riffs, but it’s all got the feeling of “been there, heard that”. Then again, you can’t doubt the quality of riffs found in songs like “Soul Disment”. They’re almost catchy. Plus, a plain old death metal song is often quite effective, as the simple chugging riff of “Eyes of Lost” proves.

So add Unholy Ghost to the ever growing pile of quality death metal acts that still need to find distinction. A good band that’s put out a good album, but it’s nothing that sticks out from the crowd.
Track Listing

1) The Calling of Sin
2) Soul Disment
3) Eyes of the Lost
4) Decimated
5) Cross Contamination
6) Denunciation
7) Entrenched Warfare
8) Torn Apart
9) Under Existence
10) Torrential Reign
11) The Apparition

Lineup

Paul Ouellette: Vocals, Bass
Jerry Mortellaro: Guitars
Kelly McLauchlin: Guitars
Anatar Lee Coates: Drums

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