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Review: Ghost Machinery - Haunting Remains
Ghost Machinery
Haunting Remains

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 62:50
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Haunting Remains

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

This is a debut album for Ghost Machinery, a side project of Burning Point frontman/guitarist Pete Ahonen. I have never heard Burning Point except for a few soundclips, so I can't judge this band against that one, but I have to say Ghost Machinery are pretty uninspired.

This is fairly heavy power metal, without the usual double-bass abuse or too much in the way of keyboard wankery, but the playing is kind of laid-back and unexciting, and the vocals of Mr. Ahonen are nothing special. He's OK, but his voice only seems to have about a one-octave reach, so the vocal lines are pretty dull, and overall the lack of dynamic in the vocals makes too much of this album sound the same. The riffs are pretty good, but the songs as a whole go on too long with too much repetition, and so by the time each one ends, you are SO ready for it to be over. There are some good tunes here, such as the opener "World Of Unbelievers" and the catchy "Fallen Angels", but there is far too much filler here for this disc to be really good.

I can tell Ghost Machinery have a lot of potential, and I will not write them off, as they have some good ideas. They just need to punch up the energy level and either get a better singer, or send the one they have out to learn how to sing with real feeling, rather than a lack of it. This is a decent disc with some good bits, but nothing thrilling.

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Review: Out for Blood (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with Pete Ahonen (Guitars) on December 29, 2010 (Interviewed by MetalMike)
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