GHOST OF MAINE
Ghost of Maine:. Persistence of Vision
Review by: ~ Larry
About two weeks ago, I received an email from FMR's administrator regarding a band requesting an E.P. review. With all of the bands out there right now, my first thought on the matter was that this was going to be another 'garage band' that sounds like every other band out there right now. But, I decided to give it a shot, as I really encourage anyone who plays metal to keep metal alive!
When I received the songs from Adam Wilson(drummer) I had the mind set of listening when I got a chance. The next morning, on the ride to work, I put in on and it hasn't left my CD player since! Ghost of Maine Kick ass!!!. Honestly, I'm too not much for the new metal bands that are popping up on Headbangers' Ball these days, but these guys have given me new hope!
Persistence of Vision is a perfect title, as the jamming is persistent!! The guitar work is , at times, subtle, yet melodic. Then in an instant it explodes into harmonizing arpeggiotic movements. The drumming is some of the most dynamic that I've heard in a long time. It doesn't have the same boring repetitive blast beats and double bass that you hear on most of the new bands. The bassist holds his own, filling in with both guitars and percussion(which doesn't seem very easy to do). And James Roberts' vox are ethereal and haunting at times and outright demonic at others. I don't know much about him, but my guess is that this isn't his first rodeo.
If I had to choose, I'd say that the last track, RENDITION, is my favorite. Even though these guys are from the north, I find that there is something hauntingly southern about this song. And being from Louisiana, it makes me feel at home. Ghost of Maine has proven to be a band to watch in the upcoming months to explode on the metal scene!!!