"Evanesce" (Fearless Records / Rise Records; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I actually saw an Anatomy Of A Ghost video on the revamped Headbanger's Ball before I knew I was going to get "Evanesce" for review. However, the band's post-hardcore sound did not capture my interest in that short snippet of time -- as such the band, the song and the video were immediately forgotten.

Anatomy Of A Ghost is part of the fertile post-hardcore scene brewing in the Pacific Northwest. Anatomy Of A Ghost has been compared with the likes of The Blood Brothers, Thrice and Coheed and Cambria. Of that number of bands I've only heard The Blood Brothers and was impressed by their crazed brand of post-hardcore.

It is easy for me to say that Anatomy Of A Ghost's "Evanesce" is not exactly my cup of tea, but I am glad I had the chance to listen to the band. Anatomy Of A Ghost straddles the line between abrasive hardcore and emo. By mixing emo, hardcore, the post-hardcore sound of Quicksand, and other elements of timeless rock sounds and styles Anatomy Of A Ghost made a bigger impression on me than some other bands in the genre. Anatomy Of A Ghost has more pop sensibilities in the melodic sense than I've heard in bands of this genre.

I must be careful to point out that Anatomy Of A Ghost do not exactly appear to be one of the trendy screamo bands that seem to be all the rage lately. I consider that to be a blessing.

Now if I could only figure out why my original exposure to Anatomy Of A Ghost on Headbanger’s Ball lo those many weeks ago didn't make a big impression on me.

"Evanesce" was produced by Anatomy Of A Ghost and Kris Crummett.

Anatomy Of A Ghost is John on vocals, Joe on guitar, Dewey on guitar and vocals, Zach on bass and vocals, and Nick on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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