Our Last Night - The Ghosts Among Us
Release Date: March 4th, 2008
Record Label: Epitaph Records
Every person has their "gateway" band that has gotten them into the music that they listen to today. The genre of hardcore is not one I listen to often, but before I heard Underoath's 2004 release They're Only Chasing Safety, I couldn't stand it. What I liked the most about They're Only Chasing Safety was that it brought a poppier side to a genre which made it more accessible to the musical tastes of mine.
One of Epitaph's recent signees Our Last Night does a similar thing with their newest album The Ghosts Among Us. Produced by Steve Evetts (Senses Fail, Every Time I Die), The Ghosts Among Us supplies 11 tracks of heavy breakdowns, as well as intensity riff-wise and vocally, which are also at most times melodic. The band's duel vocalists Trevor and Matt Wentworth complement each other nicely as one sings (Matt) and one screams (Trevor). Probably the biggest thing that people seem to point about this band is the age of screamer Trevor Wentworth, who was no older than 15 at the time of recording this album. It's definitely apparent that his voice isn't very matured but I also wouldn't expect that it's coming from a kid in his early years of high school, so overall I find it pretty impressive.
Musically wise, like I noted earlier, the album has a strong resemblance to They're Only Chasing Safety, especially on tracks like "Timing is Everything" and "Recovery," as it reminds me of Underoath's "Reinventing Your Exit" or "I'm Content With Losing." The album's hit "Escape" provides the catchy aspect to the record which is instantly addictive. "Dreamcatcher" is probably one of the hardest songs on the album with the Wentworth brothers' vocals getting more intense as each song passes. My favorite track on the album would have to be "This is Your Life Saver" as its chorus is insanely infectious and memorable.
"The Messenger" is the final song on the album, and you get nothing more but nothing less of what was brought throughout the 10 songs previously. "I fled the scene / Two crashes and you can bet I am not one of them" are the final words blasting out of the speakers before the record comes to a close and the proof is shown that Epitaph Records has released another solid album. For The Ghosts Among Us as a debut coming from a band as young as Our Last Night, it's evident that they are promising enough that they will keep getting better.
Nice review. I dig this album, but you do have to get used to his scream a little bit because it doesn't have the punch it will when he gets a little older. The singer has an amazing voice though, and I think it's solid from start to finish.
This CD is awesome. I figured I'd pick it up because I watched them progress in the local scene and I was interested in how it sounded but I never expected to be in love with it. I can't stop listening.