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MY OWN GHOST - Love Kills - CD - Secret Entertainment - 2014

We're no longer kids, here at Maelstrom. This might explain us being harsh with this one. But then again, if you want kiddy perspective go look elsewhere.

Originating from Luxembourg, My Own Ghost can be considered a gothic rock/metal band, and being a female fronted band in that genre it is definitely reminiscent of Evanescence.

Unfortunately, it is clear from the very beginning of this debut that the band is a product of current mainstream, popular music, nurtured by TV's "American Idol" and the likes. Even though the sound production is professional and of high standards, the music itself is compressed, offering steady busyness (and there's a big difference between that and being dynamic!) and no real climaxes - just expectedly forced ones.

Truth be told - the band and music holds some promise. The songwriting is occasionally decent and the performance is capable and tight. In fact, on their quieter moments songs like "Bad Love" can actually sound credible, and "Lost" (as well as a few others) even echoes the trip-rock efforts of The Gathering.

But then on the other, more representative side, you get songs like "Crystal Ball" which is plain awful in its cheesy pop; or "Beautiful Mistake," "Free Fall" and "Broken Mirror" that utilizes electronics in a more Techno driven orientation (or even Jungle in the latter). Also, the go-up-the-fretboard guitar excercise, which introduces a noisy guitar section after a quieter one, is used one too many times. We strongly encourage you to check out Moonspell's new release instead (check out the relevant entry in this issue). (3/10)

 

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ISSUE 77
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-C)  (D-G)  (G-J)  (K-M)  (M-O)  (O-R)  (S-T)  (T-Z)

MIRTHKON
Snack(s)

MIRZADEH
Desired Mythic

MOONSPELL
Extinct

MORAINE
Metamorphic Roc

MURMURISTS
I Cannot Tell Y

MY OWN GHOST
Love Kills

NORILSK
Japetus

OBAKE
Mutations

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