GHOST BOOSTER – Freaks (CD)
Italian melodic/groove thrash meisters play a style of thrash metal that brings to mind the good old days of thrash metal, on their debut release “Freaks”. The musical power on “Freaks” is freakish enough to knock your lights because this is some heavy shit with grooves and catchy bass hooks and rhythms that’ll make you bang your head.
There are nine songs on here, all kind of themed in a humorous, tongue and cheek way – they’ll crack you up even before you start headbanging to their music. As you can tell from the band’s name of Ghost Booster, a wild play off of Ghost Busters. Their first song “Monster” is a guitar heavy tune powered by a low-end bass on fire-type of drumming sound, that just bruises the senses. This song definitely stuck out for me due to it sheer heaviness, which is the only song on the whole album that lit a fire under my ass.
However, I could not make it past track #7 as their singer Paolo Nardelli was putting me to sleep with his utter pain stakingly, one-dimensional vocal style. His singing comes across strong at times, but then it just loses you, somewhere in the sea of vocal whining and crooning, that can easily bore the listener to the point of no return-insanity. I had to turn of their music while I was driving as it certainly would’ve gotten me into some serious, dirty trouble out on the highway.
Personally, the band, have a solid style and sound musically, but for all intensive purposes should dump their singer and find someone who will make the band stand out in ways unimaginable. All Ghost Booster need is a powerful singer that’ll take them to newer heights and uncharted territories. Here is another probable suggestion, just ditch singer and play all instrumental as the music does show tons of potential. Check this album out if you enjoy vocals that have no emotion at all, and you to shall become apart of the “Freaks” society. [Crank Music Group] Sarjoo Devani