Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

8.4 | 325 votes |
Release date: 19 August 2011
Style: Post-metal, Alternative metal


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01. In The Woods
02. Clawmaster
03. Chamber
04. Traces Of Liberty
05. Divine Act Of Lunacy
06. Grain
07. Breakwater
08. Cult Of Decay
09. Torn
10. Soulcarvers

Staff review by
White Winter Sun
Two years after the release of the gem Isolation Songs, Finnish atmospheric sludge metallers Ghost Brigade are back with their new album, entitled Until Fear No Longer Defines Us. This album, which was recorded at Seawolf Studios, was released on August 2011 via French label Season Of Mist.

Until Fear No Longer Defines Us kicks off with the acoustic track "In The Woods". Immediately you can recognize the band's trademark, immersing the listener in their musical universe tinted with melancholy. The second track, entitled "Clawmaster", confirms this first impression: the recipe remains unchanged; it's 100% Ghost Brigade. Once again the mix/alternation of clean and harsh vocals perfectly works even though the clean parts are much more prominent than on Isolation Songs. I truly understand that a lot of people could be disappointed by this paucity of growls. On the other hand, this change leads to something more generic and in a lesser extent to a more accessible album. For me one of the most damageable aspects could be the lack of originality but is it so important when the performance is here? I don't think so. The whole album contains a muddle of melodic and melancholic parts putting great emphasis on the emotions. The musicians' performance is far from being bad, too; they clearly know how to handle their instruments. Finally, "Soulcarvers" concludes the album, where Manne's voice fits perfectly with the music, reaching a climax in terms of delivered emotions. "Soulcarvers" is typically the kind of song where you can close your eyes and let the music grow up on you (and I can also confirm to you that this song was a blast live!).

published 10.11.2011 | Comments (10)

Two years after the release of the gem Isolations Songs, Until Fear No Defines Us marks the return of Finnish metallers Ghost Brigade.

The recipe remains the same (and I would say it is not a bad thing), leading once again to a really solid album. So, check Until Fear No Defines Us out and do not miss this piece of melancholy!

Reminder: as appetizer, you can download for free a new track, entitled "Clawmaster", on the Season Of Mist's website over here. Enjoy!

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15.10.2011 - 13:24
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
I like the track traces of liberty a lot :3
loves 小巫
30.10.2011 - 12:31
Rating: 8

Good album but Guided by Fire and Isolation Songs are much better - more catchy, heavier and growls!
05.11.2011 - 15:54
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Tbh I loved it!! (:
11.11.2011 - 03:07
Rating: 6

There's so muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better outside....
good vocals but simple and anonimous riffs!
do what thou will shalt be the whole of the law.
love is the love, love under will.
12.11.2011 - 22:47
Rating: 7

Before buying this album I had never heard of GB. Now, I'm a fan. It's not something I'd pop in the player to get fired-up, but it is great as a front-to-back listen. The riffs can be very simple but I respect that about this band; they aren't in your face with "look how fast we can play! Look! Look at us!". They make good, soulful music, and that's good enough for me.
19.11.2011 - 14:51
Rating: 8

Clawmaster and Breakwater ♥
15.02.2012 - 21:51
Rating: 5

Based on what I had heard previously by this band my expectations were not particularly high. Despite that, I still managed to get disappointed. There are a couple of good tracks and the vocals are nice for the most part, but as a whole the album failed to grab my attention to a greater extent.

All in all, the album felt bland and uninteresting with not much going for it.
18.03.2012 - 13:05
Rating: 10
lord artan

OMG...i love this album. Clawmaster its masterpiece
05.08.2012 - 21:30
Stoned Crow

A little above Isolation Songs, and I didn't always feel that way. This album is more consistent from beginning to end, and Isolation doesn't compare. However, some of my favourite songs are on that record. I know this album has fewer growls and there is more singing, but for me Manne's voice is fine by me. I typically hate singing, but only when it's forced. His voice seems to come more from within, and has sort of a humming to it. It might lack the spirit of giving it all you can give, but there is more soul. (Listening to this album atm, felt the need to express: it's a great listen for those days when the mood is "Just Another Day". Grain- pretty much encapsulates the album for me)
I'm very serious about not being serious.
09.07.2014 - 15:15
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Master's of melody here.
10.07.2014 - 16:53
Rating: 8
Au Pays Natal
Written by LeKiwi on 09.07.2014 at 15:15

Master's of melody here.

But you know what? If they are doing another record, it better be a bit different - all 3 of their albums are basically the same..I mean REALLY the same.
10.07.2014 - 16:59
Rating: 7
Wandering Midget
Written by tea[m]ster on 10.07.2014 at 16:53

But you know what? If they are doing another record, it better be a bit different - all 3 of their albums are basically the same..I mean REALLY the same.

Guided By Fire is more ruthless than the other two and has an added Gothenburg influence. The difference isn't big but it's there if you pay attention. I agree with you though, the simplified atmo-sludge meets Katatonia approach won't take them much further.

EDIT: Wait, what? They're labeled melodeath here now?

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