Ghost Brigade is a Finnish metal outfit. Just as their peers in Amorphis, Swallow The Sun and Omnium Gatherum they have a penchant for using the so-called weeping chords, which gives the aforementioned bands a delicate sort of melancholy. This is also what makes the music by those bands so appealing to me. “Until Fear No Longer Defines Us” is the fourth album by Ghost Brigade. Let’s see whether it can hold its own against it’s mighty predecessor.
The band’s previous album, “Isolation Songs”, is a tough act to follow. On that record the band managed to find a delicate balance between Isis-styled post rock, Katatonia/Paradise Lost inspired melancholic metal and a healthy dose of progressive rock to spice things up. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the new Ghost Brigade album continues the same path, albeit more refined. Sophisticated and intelligent use of atmosphere and dynamics make “Until Fear No Longer Defines Us” a highly rewarding and enjoyable listening experience.
It’s the synergy created between more melancholic tracks like ‘In The Woods’, ‘Divine Act Of Lunacy’ and ‘Cult Of Decay’ and the harsher compositions such as ‘Clawmaster’, ‘Traces Of Liberty’ and ‘Torn’ which gives this album its defining edge. ‘Breakwater’ and ‘Soulcarvers’ are two other shining examples of the band’s songwriting prowess. Those two songs are the culmination of the various elements that make the typical Ghost Brigade sound.
The production of “Until Fear No Longer Defines Us” is simply top-notch. It’s clear, yet warm enough to really capture and enhance the typical Finnish sense of melancholy.
“Until Fear No Longer Defines Us” is a very worthy successor to its illustrious predecessor. The combination of the progressive, post-rock and melancholic doom metal elements is more refined than ever and it’s captured in some first class songs. This album is the perfect Autumn soundtrack.