Finland’s Ghost Brigade might be the best band you’ve never heard of. True, they’ve been around since 2005 (debut album, Guided by Fire, received rave reviews in 2007), but Jyväskylä-based sextet haven’t toured much and most of their respective catalog has resided on import status here in the US. And true import status means jack in today’s content-everywhere world, but certain conditions must be met—largely marketing and some blind luck—for a band like Ghost Brigade to hit you over the head.
Well, Decibel hopes to aid in Ghost Brigade’s hammer to the face (we were trying to slide in a Cannibal Corpse reference there) with the streaming premiere of new track, “The Knife,” off new album, One With the Storm. A combo of Isis, Sólstafir, and Deftones, the Finns reside in a no-man’s land of heavy, reflective, heavy, and reflective. Or, at least that’s how we at Decibel hear the Northerners.
Season of Mist is much more eloquent: “Finland’s Ghost Brigade haunts the spaces between worlds. Their heavy, mournful music is the sound of dusk; mining the distinctive Finnish sound of sorrow and the vast, heavy drone of the post-metal cosmos. Plaintive vocals sing songs of loss, and cloak both a sonic and emotional weight that resonates deeply.”
OK, it’s Monday morning and likely work is already crushing our collective constitution. Time to cut ourselves back to normality with “The Knife”.
** Ghost Brigade’s new album, One With the Storm, is out November 7th on Season of Mist Records. It’s available for pre-order HERE on vinyl, CD, and collector’s edition boxsets.