"Your Ghost is a Gift" (Ferret; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Hailing from Western Massachusetts and proclaiming their album an emotional rollercoaster, the five-piece outfit Ligeia straddles the line between tough guy hardcore, pensive post-hardcore, and bonecrushing metal on its 11-track debut.

Switching between Bury Your Dead breakdowns and Poison the Well signature shifts, songs like "I'm Sorry You're Ugly" and "Wishing Wells" dually showcases moshpit-inducing mayhem and well-measured aggression. 

Crunchily captured by Unearth's Ken Susi, Ligeia has found the perfect medium between unsettling hardcore and melodic metalcore on tracks like "Heart Attack," furthering the notion that there's definitely something in the Northeastern water supply that produces this brand of versatile yet extremely volatile heavy music. 

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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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