Superheist Ghosts of the Social Dead Album Review
Ahhh 2000….. The year that rap-rock peaked, nu-metal was a thing, and kids were still wearing JNCO jeans with bell bottoms as big as umbrellas. That seems so long ago, only 16 years, but with all things pre-September 11th, 2001 it really marks the end of a chapter of a history book. 2000 was also the year that Australian metal group Superheist released 8 Miles High cementing themselves as that country’s go-to metal band. In the vein of many of those late 90’s / early 00’s bands, they have laid the groundwork for a reunion record and tour. The same goes for Superheist, who after 13 years, have gotten back together to record Ghost of the Social Dead slated for released October 28th.
Now, I was never the biggest fan of many of the early 00’s bands that brought a similar sound, I believe that it was once dubbed “aggro-rock”, but with all things over time my criticism has lightened and the good things about the sound were brought to the forefront. Ghost of the Social Dead is a good record albeit with holdovers from that time that I just can’t look away from. But we will start with the positives first. The sound of the record is groovy, heavy, but with great melody in the chorus. The band can move from a hip-hop rhythm directly into a pop hook and not leave much in the transition. “Wolves in Your Headspace” is an assault on the eardrums with that menacing low B coming through. Songs like “Fearing Nothing” and “The Deepend” could pass for early Incubus with Ezekial Ox’s soaring voice gaining attention. “This Truth” is the token acoustic, radio-friendly, ballad, but a better than average radio-friendly ballad.
While each and every chorus on this record is very well done, it is very hard for me to overlook the trite, hip-hop element. While I am a fan of hip-hop, and metal, I am not a fan of Superheist’s attempt to resurrect the two together. On many songs it only diminishes the overall emotion. “Wolves in Your Headspace”, “Back to Base”, “Flick the Switch”, and “Sweat Sting” are examples of songs that are very well written musically, with a melodic chorus, but I would be lying if it sounds like the band is trying to hard. Not every band can be Rage Against the Machine.
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