Ghost Year-Ordeals EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 15, 2011
Ghost Year is a 3 piece pop punk/ rock band hailing out of Massachusetts. On the 15th of January (my birthday) the band came out with their EP called Ordeals. Before Ghost Year was created Mark Shapiro (Vocals/bass) and Dan Mathieson (Guitar) were a metal band called Calcutta . When that band called it quits in 2008 they picked up drummer Matt Clark. They decided to go with a different sound and go back to their old roots of punk; that is when Ghost Year was created.
The EP starts with the song "Disappearing Act". This song has the perfect blend of pop punk with a heavy side. The guitars in this song were superb and Mathieson shows his skills. Vocalist and Bassist Mark Shapiro really brings it in this song showing his skill set of having a beautiful singing voice that your ears have to hear along with a heart pounding scream vocals.
In the song "Crash" it starts off with Mathieson's guitar riffs and it goes into a Matt Clark drum bang. Ghost Year showed off their pop punk in this song. It is very catchy and can be a fun song to listen to while driving. In mid song Clark shows off some symbol crushing along with the bass drum. The song ends with an alright breakdown with gang vocals.
"Catastrophe" is a good track; catchy chorus and a solid breakdown at the end. Once again Mathieson showed off on the guitar while Shapiro sang it out loud; his voice is something to hear. Shapiro is talented man with a high celling for him as a vocalist.
The final track of the EP is a personal favorite of mine - I am a sucker for heavy riffs and scream vocals. "Portrait" is the heaviest song on the EP; it shows good clean vocals and fierce screams from Shapiro. You can tell that that Ghost Year went back to their old days with their heavy riffs and the bang of the drums. The song ends with gang vocals "Can you save yourself?" Shapiro really brings it in this song; his screams were fierce and it was a great way to the end the EP.
In this EP; Ghost Year did a great job of blending two genres in one. Yes, I think we all know who did this exact thing - yup, the band A Day To Remember. For Ghost Year 2011 is nothing but open road. Expect a full length later in the year. It looks very promising for this band and 2011 needs to watch out!