Ghosts In The Graveyard – Monsters For The Masses (2016)
Taking influences from all things Halloween and horror related, Ghosts In The Graveyard unleash their debut album Monsters For The Masses. The brainchild of filmmaker and ex-God Module member Byron C Miller, Ghosts’s ghostly sound is a mix of darkwave, electronica, and goth rock with a touch of post-punk thrown in too. What emerges is a raw, undiluted, unhinged prayer to all things dark and spooky. While the album is released just in time for Halloween this year, Monsters For The Masses is no seasonal affair, because as Uncle Al once said, Every Day Is Halloween.
Joining Byron (vox) in the band are Paul Morgan (music creator, backing vox, live guitar) and Shelly Miller (vox, live keys). While the album has somewhat of a raw and ever so slightly under-produced sound, its power and conviction cannot be contested. Ghosts In The Graveyard have their schtick and its executed with bloody finesse on this album. The opening 4/4 darkwave throb on “Thirteen Ways To Die” leads the way to a goth vocal performance par excellence courtesy of Byron C Miller. With de rigueur macabre lyrics in tow, the track is a perfect introduction to the album’s sound and the band in general. Preview song “Better In Black” preaches the truth – everything is better in black – it’s an energetic tune with an excellent vocal harmony by Shelly Miller and a huge chorus. “Needs” has a lo-fi drum beat with some post-punk bass permeating through. “Another Night” starts like tamed beast before the drums kick in with synth bass and, in conjunction with the dual vocals of Byron and Shelly, the song delivers a perfect goth atmosphere.
The downtempo dirge of “Monster Mask” has a creepy atmosphere and with its sinister lyrics and aggressive chorus, it makes for one of the darkest moments on the album. “The Danse Macabre” is epic in scope and showcases the band vocally. “The Last Halloween” closes the album with succinct lyrics pertaining to our favourite Christian holiday…..yes, Halloween!
Monsters For The Masses is a solid album that draws as much inspiration from haunted houses and horror films as it does various forms of dark music. Overall, Byron C Miller’s vision of an electronic shock rock band largely works well and makes for a really fun listen. Recommended.
Available to buy on Bandcamp here.