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

Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.

By

Photo by Alex Krauss

Full Feature
Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.

By

Photo by Ashley Osborn

Full Feature
Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.

By

Full Feature
All Features