Get What You Give

The Ghost Inside

Epitaph Records, 2012

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


Los Angeles metalcore giants The Ghost Inside sure did align themselves with some hardcore royalty on their third album, Get What You Give. The disc was produced by A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon and featuring Andrew “The Goose” Neufeld of Comeback Kid on a track, and while these are certainly noteworthy points, the album itself holds its own despite any name dropping. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Hardcore is forever known for thick riffs, harsh breakdowns, and personal lyrics, and The Ghost Inside is on board with all these hallmarks. It's harsh, lightning quick, and incredibly raw, but also maintains a sense of melody on occasion – even a couple of fleeting sing-a-longs are present.

The first single “Outlive” is an obvious choice; the charged rocker is a monumental anthem full of frenzied musicianship. “Slipping Away” continues this idea but manages to be even faster and heavier. Album opener “This Is What I Know About Sacrifice” might be the most intense song they've written with a giant breakdown, though later on “Engine 45” and “Dark Horse” are more on the tuneful side with hooks and even some clean singing. “Face Value” goes one step further even and brings in melodic vocals toward the end.

This is a very introspective album lyrically, perhaps owing to frontman Jonathan Vigil losing his brother Ryan in 2010. The forthright “White Light” pays tribute to his sibling with some chilling wordplay. Elsewhere, on “The Great Unknown,” Vigil announces that he's done waiting for his life to come him, instead forging into the 'Great Unknown'. His lyrics are always well thought out here, sometimes inspirational, and always relatable. It shows much depth to the band, and brings the entire album to a very human level.

Honest, powerful and intense, this is a very mature and smart version of today's metalcore. New drummer Andrew Tkaczyk brings plenty of thundering double bass drumming to the album, complementing the already dynamic songwriting. If you're a fan of anything between Bring Me The Horizon and Linkin Park, you can't go wrong here.

Rating: B

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