Battleghost - Transient
Release Date: May 15, 2014
Record Label: Unsigned
We don’t really need another band like this. Pop-punk is a saturated genre as it is, and The Story So far haven’t broken up yet. And when they do, we’ll likely still have Neck Deep. So there’s little reason why Battleghost should even exist, unless you get bored of those two bands and want to hear something that sounds nearly exactly the same.
That sounds harsh, but those comparisons are unavoidable. The intro to “Locust Grove” is nearly the same as that to TSSF’s “High Regard,” the ending of “Stateless” could’ve been taken straight off What You Don’t See, and at times the vocals even sound like Parker Cannon’s. I can only imagine intro “Mumbles” was meant to be something akin to “States & Minds,” but nonetheless there’s hardly a reason for this song even being included – it’s just forty seconds of the same music. Whereas “States & Minds” at least had a theme repeated in a later track (“Swords & Pens”), “Mumbles” really doesn’t add anything at all to the EP.
There are, admittedly, parts of other songs that raise this EP above the typical unsigned pop-punk band’s EP. “Locust Grove” ends with indistinct shouting, something rarely heard in the genre, and it sounds surprisingly good in the album, giving a sense of passion and frustration; plus it’s got a subtle, less in-your-face (but still catchy) chorus than would be expected, and that makes the track stand out even more. Single “Stateless” is a great vocal highlight, with its quiet opening verse utilizing soft vocals almost pushed into the background. It is, again, strange for a pop-punk record, usually focused on ensuring that the vocals are in the forefront so people can sing along. So there are some bright spots on Transient – but on the whole, it’s a rehash of things everyone’s heard before. If you’re hard pressed for some (at times) hardcore influenced pop-punk, check out Battleghost. But if not, there’s little here to enjoy.