Dear Youth

An Album By

The Ghost Inside

Review by

Listen now

I’ve long admired Jonathan Vigil and the rest of The Ghost Inside for writing passionate, emotional songs that encourage positivity. I was happy to see them continue this trend on their sophomore release, Dear Youth, especially by covering ground the band has never tred before. The opening track, “Avalanche,” features a groovy bass riff that foreshadows the album’s creativity. “Out of Control” is an outcry against the epidemic of hate in today’s society, showcasing the depths of the band’s passion, one of the driving characteristics behind the band’s success. The breakdown near the end of “With the Wolves” may be the album’s best, driven by one of those riffs that chills your spine. “Mercy” will show absolutely none of it, wasting no time fading into a bonecrushing breakdown as Vigil growls “for whom the bell tolls.”

The second half of the album showcases TGI’s maturity and experimental creativity. “Phoenix Flame” closes with a beautiful orchestral movement, while “Wide Eyed” includes a unique and soulful vocal performance from Letlive vocalist Jason Butler before slaughtering another heavy breakdown. “My Endnote” offers a taste of pure hardcore, while “The Other Half” provides a unique choral ambiance.

The closing track, “Blank Pages,” caps the record’s brilliance by recycling the chorus from “Avalanche” with a distortion of its original chord progression. In doing this, Vigil and the gang bring Dear Youth full circle and stamp it as a melodic hardcore masterpiece.

Features

HM covers from over the years

HM Magazine Turns 35

In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.

By

Full Feature
Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."

By

Full Feature
Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

By

Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.

By

Full Feature
All Features