Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ghost Machinery

Ghost Machinery
Evil Undertow
release date: November 13th, 2015
Pure Legend Records
When your heart is on fire for melody and power, for catchy songs and the 80s, these Finns want to take you higher, to the place where the past and the present live side by side and it is called Ghost Machinery.
They even do a cover of “No Easy Way Out” from the movie “Rocky IV” (1985). It does not get much more 80s than that.
The sound is heavy metal with prog and melodic rock. Maybe they like Iron Maiden and Saxon, but perhaps they also enjoy their prime 80s Journey, Sammy Hagar, and Night Ranger.
Anyway, so, what were we talking about?
Ah, yes, I was telling you about the song “No Easy Way Out.”
“Rocky IV” exemplifies 80s extravagance. From the Vegas-like spectacle of James Brown doing “Living in America” to Rocky’s son’s robot toys and the Russian evil-empire-cyborg-like boxer, everything is meant to be big time. “No Easy Way Out” is the song that Rocky listens to in the car when he’s driving, thinking about his dead friend Apollo Creed, the former heavyweight champion.
Ghost Machinery’s take on the song is a melodic heavy metal cover version of the original. The guitars are heavier, basically. The spirit is the same, and just as good. Or better, if you like metal. That brings us to the nitty gritty of Ghost Machinery: this band seeks perfection for the creation of melodic heavy metal, with that 80s keyboards vibe, and a bit of a prog edge. Why prog?! Because they sure love to do real guitar solos, too, and they are not shy about it. One of these cheeky monkeys even wears a shirt that says “Yngwie Who?” and took a picture of it. How do you like them apples?
These giant killers happen to be ridiculously good. Speaking of shredding, the band does do shredding, but it’s within the context of songs because, well, I don’t mean to brag, but they actually do know how to write catchy songs, not just do guitar solos, unlike “certain” people. In conclusion, if you want to visit the 80s, this band has a one-way ticket for you. Be careful, though, you might not want to leave.

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