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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

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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)

Staff pick by
White Winter Sun

11.10.2011 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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tea[m]ster - 21.04.2011 at 06:45  
Rating: 8 Gotta love sludge...
SceneryOfLoss - 23.04.2011 at 19:33  
Rating: 8 Awesome :-)
Abattoir - 23.04.2011 at 19:49  
  One of the most anticipated albums of the year for me...
Argônio - 07.05.2011 at 19:43  
Rating: 10 Can't WAIT!
MechanisT - 01.06.2011 at 01:55  
  This one is going to be awesome, I can feel it. I'm dying to hear their latest stuff. Slowly and steadily becoming one of the most anticipated releases of the year for me, especially since I've been playing Isolation Songs non-stop for a while now.
Being and Time - 02.08.2011 at 02:16  
  After hearing Clawmaster, I'm a little worried about this one. I initially liked it, but now I can't get into it. Isolation Songs had a kind of balance to most of the songs, and I'm afraid the songwriting won't be as good as their last album. I eagerly anticipate this record nonetheless.
SceneryOfLoss - 16.08.2011 at 19:34  
Rating: 8 Tomorrow the whole album will be on streaming!
lord artan - 19.08.2011 at 12:09  
Rating: 10 Best news in this year bravo ghost brigade
Yugosaki - 19.08.2011 at 16:13  
Rating: 9 Album is awsome
Evilquince - 19.08.2011 at 21:44  
Rating: 9 I simply adore albums like these, melodic and melancholic. Better than Isolation Songs imho, easier to get into at least.
BloodTears - 20.08.2011 at 01:56  
Rating: 7 Not too impressed at the moment. Maybe it will grow on me.
SceneryOfLoss - 20.08.2011 at 12:21  
Rating: 8
Written by BloodTears on 20.08.2011 at 01:56

Not too impressed at the moment. Maybe it will grow on me.

Same. Still there are some great songs.
BloodTears - 20.08.2011 at 12:45  
Rating: 7
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 20.08.2011 at 12:21

Written by BloodTears on 20.08.2011 at 01:56

Not too impressed at the moment. Maybe it will grow on me.

Same. Still there are some great songs.

I wouldn't say you have "great songs". In my opinion, you have some good songs. That's why it is disappointing.
evilones76 - 20.08.2011 at 23:24  
Rating: 9 Awesome album!
Pyramid God - 22.08.2011 at 12:09  
Rating: 8 Disclaimer: Ghost Brigade is my third favorite band ever.

I'm pretty disappointed by this album even though I think its quite good. The problem is they went from great, to perfect, to merely good. I think this is their weakest album yet. Thats the problem with expectations, this is a good album I should enjoy but I can't help but wish it was better.
Kass - 22.08.2011 at 17:34  
Rating: 8 I don't usually listens to bands with the "Ghost" names, but this is actually good.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2011 at 19:15  
Written by Kass on 22.08.2011 at 17:34

I don't usually listens to bands with the "Ghost" names, but this is actually good.

Hey, the swedish band is pretty neat
Rulatore - 23.08.2011 at 20:56  
Rating: 6 No that good, some really good songs, but only few =/
Behdad K - 25.08.2011 at 11:25  
Rating: 7 Even though, they're one of my favorite bands so far, I didn't actually like this album.
Comparing this to 'Isolation Songs' which I gave a 10 to, rated this one a 7.

Not 'heavy' enough, and also most of the songs are so similar that I thought I just played one song with 'repeat' turned on.

The best song was Clawmaster I think.
Being and Time - 31.08.2011 at 02:58  
  You know what? I actually enjoyed this a lot. Certain albums have similar flaws. This album's flaw is kind of like Noumena's Anatomy of Life, a follow up to the superb Absence: while the songs are still well-crafted and interesting, very few reach the perfection of Isolation Songs. The last three songs were an unbelievable ending, and one that's better than the ending of the prior album, but there were a couple of songs that just didn't meet the insane hype that was set on it. But let's be fair, folks. This is by no means a bad album at all. In fact, I think it's worthy of an 8, and it's still leagues better than their debut. Some rawer moments reward multiple listens.
Therapy? - 31.08.2011 at 15:48  
Rating: 8 Hmmm... my first playthrough got me with this opinion for now:

"Isolation Songs" had this insanely awesome song called "Into The Black Light" which consisted solely of clean voice. I liked it because it was a nice differentiation from the rest which had either just growls or a mix. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the growls but something about this song just really moved me. Maybe because it was the song I heard live (I didn't know them then) that made me buy their album.

Now I see that this new album has a lot of (slow-going) songs with more, if not only clean vocals. But somehow they don't match with that particular song. And I'd like to have heard more growls, more power. That's what gave the other songs from Isolation Songs so much rawness. I don't know... it feels like thiss album misses something.

This is not a bad album at all, though. It's hard to surpass or even match the awesomeness that is Isolation Songs. I'm going to give this some more listens untill I decide what to rate it.

There's no doubt that I will buy this album, though. I love Ghost Brigade.
tea[m]ster - 04.09.2011 at 22:39  
Rating: 8
Written by BloodTears on 20.08.2011 at 01:56

Not too impressed at the moment. Maybe it will grow on me.

Hiya B.T.! My thoughts exactly. I've been listening to it alot lately and it's sounding better and better!
BloodTears - 04.09.2011 at 23:59  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 04.09.2011 at 22:39

Written by BloodTears on 20.08.2011 at 01:56

Not too impressed at the moment. Maybe it will grow on me.

Hiya B.T.! My thoughts exactly. I've been listening to it alot lately and it's sounding better and better!

Hey| Where have you been? Around I'm sure

When I listened to it more times, it seemed a little better, but it didn't change my opinion dramatically, at least so far.
Fleabag - 07.09.2011 at 17:39  
Rating: 5 I loved the first two albums, but unfortunately this album is too watered down. It seems the band went for a safer option when writing music for this album. Their dark punchy groove has been replaced with a bland soul less radio friendly sound. The best song on this album (Torn) is still weaker than any song on isolation.
Garth Vader - 08.09.2011 at 07:11  
  I'm not finding the same kind of inspiration on this album as I did on Isolation Songs. I agree, it sounds a little more generic. Isolation Songs was a perfect 10 for me and felt like a combination of Katatonia, Opeth and Paradise Lost. "Until Fear..." sounds like Stone Sour in a way, maybe a combination with Alter Bridge or something. Less aggression, more accessibility, but less visceral immersion in the Ghost Brigade we all came to love on Isolation. When coming off a classic album of that caliber what we are looking for is more of a baby step in another direction and less of a big jump. I need more listens to rank Until Fear... and maybe it will grow on me a little more.
Kuroboshi - 12.09.2011 at 16:58  
Rating: 7 There's a lot of good tunes, but, there's just no "Into the Black Light" or "Horns". I think that the band needs to renew themselves. I mean, it's the exact same patterns. You can predict the song by hearing the first 10 seconds of it. But it's good music nonetheless.
Night Sight - 14.09.2011 at 22:41  
  I have not good feeling about this album right now.specially because i loved their previous work."my heart is a tomb" and "into the black light" are my all time favorite doom metal songs.i expected much more than this.
however i enjoy "Chamber" and "grain"
BudDa - 23.09.2011 at 11:49  
Rating: 7 Very melodic, Less aggressive. Its still good though..
Troy Killjoy - 13.10.2011 at 07:07  
  I used to slag "post-metal"/"atmospheric sludge" because I didn't want to step out of my black/death metal boundaries, but eventually I gave in and started listening to stuff like Rosetta and Cult of Luna, but I never remembered to check out Ghost Brigade.

So ya, this is my first exposure to the band and I'm definitely pleased with it. I'll make my way into their previous releases eventually, only now I know I won't wait two years to get around to it.
Departer - 13.10.2011 at 22:58  
Rating: 7 This is a pretty good album but it doesn't have anything as memorable as "into the black light" in it ("Grain" comes close for me though).
Ag Fox - 15.10.2011 at 13:24  
Rating: 8 I like the track traces of liberty a lot :3
woodsmoke666 - 30.10.2011 at 12:31  
Rating: 8 Good album but Guided by Fire and Isolation Songs are much better - more catchy, heavier and growls!
Cynic Metalhead - 05.11.2011 at 15:54  
Rating: 9 Tbh I loved it!! (:
HH-design - 11.11.2011 at 03:07  
Rating: 6 There's so muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better outside....
good vocals but simple and anonimous riffs!
Regolith - 12.11.2011 at 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.
SceneryOfLoss - 19.11.2011 at 14:51  
Rating: 8 Clawmaster and Breakwater ♥
Draugen - 15.02.2012 at 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.
lord artan - 18.03.2012 at 13:05  
Rating: 10 OMG...i love this album. Clawmaster its masterpiece
Stoned Crow - 05.08.2012 at 21:30  
  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)
LeKiwi - 09.07.2014 at 15:15  
Rating: 8 Master's of melody here.
tea[m]ster - 10.07.2014 at 16:53  
Rating: 8
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.
Risto - 10.07.2014 at 16:59  
Rating: 7
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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