Ghost Ship

01. Paper Tiger
02. Ghost Ship
03. The Wonder Of It All
04. Wishing Well
05. Around the World and Back
06. Stir the Embers
07. A Call To Arms
08. Currency In A Bankrupt World
09. Castaway
10. Easter

Matt Smith - Vocals
Val Allen Wood - Lead Guitar
Jonathan Hinds - Guitar
Jared Oldham - Bass

Theocracy (2003)
Mirror of Souls (2008)
As the World Bleeds (2011)

Shawn Benson - drums

Produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Smith
Mastered by Vlado Meller
Cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco
Art direction and design by Durling Sweden

Released 2016-10-28
Reviewed 2016-10-17



ulterium records

This new ghost-shipping album starts with a real kick-in-the-face song that really draws you into the music of Theocracy, a band that once started as a one-man project but has evolved into a real band. This is their fourth album and it has a really attractive artwork, especially in comparison with the previous album that was released in 2011. That album was reviewed here in Hallowed and was praised for some amazing songs but was also said to be a fairly typical power metal album when all things were considered. Five years has passed since then and you already know that there is at least one brilliant song on this album and I can add that it isn’t the most innovative album I have heard in my life.

Ghost Ship is a slightly progressive power metal album that is less ghostly than you might imagine and it sounds more European than American despite the band being from those United States of America. Very melodic with catchy choruses and everything that goes with a strong power metal album, like great production and a good vocalist. It is an album with much to offer to any fan of power metal with its excellent sound and everything although one could argue that they do not really offer anything we haven’t heard before like I alluded to before and that it something of a weakness for this album, but it is the only weakness of the album.

Paper Tiger is the name of that kick-in-the-face song that begins it all, other than that one I have to mention the title track that is a great adventure on the fierce seas. And in addition to those two I also have to mention the track called Castaway and the ending track Easter that are both excellent tracks as well. That all equates to a really strong power metal album that should almost appear an orgasmic experience for the power metal fanatic. I know I really like it and can recommend it since it is a very impressive album.

It has been an enjoyable album to listen to and the 55 minutes of playing time is easily swallowed thanks to the great variation and the quality of the album. I don’t even care that it isn’t particularly fresh in terms of the creative aspect but as I wrote: who cares when it is this good?




Label: Ulterium Records
Three similar bands: Freedom Call/Insania [Stockholm]/Zonata
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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