Until We Are Ghosts – Bitterseed
Until We Are Ghosts – the Rochester, NY five-piece, not the debut album by William Fitzsimmons – have released their first full length album, Bitterseed. This album marks a nice extension and progression from their previous EP that tells of a story of a band with a clear direction they are headed. The only thing that I can’t quite figure out about these guys is whether they are progressive hardcore punk or melodic post-hardcore that has a strong connection to their roots. Either way, I’m into it!
Bitterseed delivers a nine-track melodic hardcore assault with enough interesting guitar work to show their true musicianship. The production of the album is not super over-produced in the manner that a lot of bands in this genre tend to be, but at the same time it seems as if they are a notch above the typical hardcore punk bands who play this style as well. It has fast parts like you would expect from early Rise Against, unique breakdowns that are moshy without being bland and overdone (especially in the fourth track – “Wearing Thin”), and even some slow ambience parts to really show what these guys have to offer in terms of their musical abilities.
Vocally, these guys definitely hang more towards the hardcore punk side of things and they really don’t stray too far from that. Have you ever heard a friend say, “I would like this if it didn’t have the clean vocals.”? This is the perfect band for that situation that I personally have encountered all too often. Overall, Bitterseed is a solid release that leaves me interested in what these guys do next.