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Album Review: The Ghost Next Door – A Feast For The Sixth Sense

No, this band is not based around the Goosebumps book with the same title. No, it’s not a spooky take on The Girl Next Door, either. Instead, The Ghost Next Door is a band that displays a very intricate and atypical take on doom metal with their album A Feast For The Sixth Sense. Instead of taking the traditional stripped-down approach and making it all about the slow menacing riffs, they inject a lot of ‘90s and 2000s hard rock principles, as well as some proggy toppings. The vocalist sounds a lot like David Draimen, but without all of the “whah-ah-ah-aow” bullshit, and as weird is this all sounds, it works quite well!

Shifts in tempo and attitude are a prominent factor on A Feast For The Sixth Sense, as soft and bright passages weave their way in between the thunderous doom riffs. “Fodder For The Meat Grinder” starts on a heavy note to convey a threatening message, only to use softer parts to bridge both sides of the song together. On the other hand, “Doubt” does the opposite, by using the softer part for a creeping intro, only to finish with the crushing thickness of the distortions.

Aside from the shifting attitudes, weird rhythm patterns bring in the progressive flavors. It doesn’t stand out a whole lot, so it’s definitely something you’ll pick up on with fewer distractions. The tones here are what give it a more modern rock feel, and there’s without a doubt some grungy details hidden within too. The most obvious song to hear this on is “American Nightmare,” not to mention this one also has the most bangin’ solo on the record.

It took a while to fully digest all of this, but the vocals and lyrics play a bigger part here than you’d think. Going in blindly, I expected this to be a horror movie type band that uses scary stories and haunting instrumentation, but it’s mostly figurative. Tracks like “American Nightmare,” “Behind The Mask,” and “I Am Become Death” are actually representing ongoing issues in the modern world, as well as government corruption. Vocalist Gary Wendt’s delivery is imperative to this, as it all comes off in the way of a warning, or like I said earlier, threatening. It’s very easy to understand all of the lyrics, despite the harder grit.

But when it all comes together, this is nothing more than a very polished and done-up doom record. Stripping away all of these layers leaves us with the traditional riff makeup and drum patterns that made the genre what it is. The attitude, the production, and the weird construction with strong messages are what makes this superior. Strongly recommended to those who crave doom, looking for something that stands out with a little extra spice.

A Feast For The Sixth Sense will be out on February 8th, 2019 through Ripple Music and can be found on Soundcloud, or bought from the label.

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