This False Ghost - “Love Dies//Rewind”
You can follow them on Facebook while they make their Bandcamp, or check out their EP as Tamerlane
This False Ghost is a hardcore band from Anchorage, Alaska. Just a few weeks before the release of this EP, however, they were a band known as Tamerlane. Under this moniker, the group released a three-song, self-titled EP, which you can check out here. Under a new name, This False Ghost are releasing a brand new EP entitled Love Dies//Rewind on Valentine’s Day of this year. However, I was able to get an early listen to the EP, and with the group’s consent, I was given permission to review it.
This EP starts with the track “/wait/.” The introduction of this track consists of a slow, sort-of droney guitar. This is followed by a more somber sounding guitar passage, and the drums enter. The track starts to pick up as it progresses, until roughly two minutes into the track, where we first hear the lines “I avoid.” This is when shit really starts getting real. The track gets a lot more spastic and the vocal delivery becomes more emotional. This then goes into the next track of the EP, entitled “I Hate All Your Friends.” this track is a lot punchier, reminding me of bands such as Poison the Well with some spoken word bits that are very reminiscent of Old Wounds. This is not to say that This False Ghost’s somber atmosphere vanishes, as the word “somber” might as well be written all over the track with lyrics such as “I put the fun in funeral” and “Six feet deep, can you sleep?” A bit cheesy, but delivered with such passion, that it is relatively forgivable.
Next up is “Ghosts,” which is spacier than what’s come before while remain just as heavy and solemn. “Rot” has an intro reminiscent of any of the metalcore greats of the late 90s/early 00s. This track is a lot angrier, with vocalist Caleb DiLoreto seeming to direct the track towards a relatively shitty person, to say the least. It closes out with a really intense breakdown, which once again reminds me of those early metalcore bands I grew up on. This goes into “Statues,” which has a pretty damn dramatic breakdown for an introduction, which sort-of awkwardly transitions into the main portion of the track. This track also introduces the name of the EP over what is probably the most intense breakdown up to this point. It’s a really short track and it kind of just passes through, but its breakdowns are some of the best on the EP thus far.
This brings us to “Wolves,” which is the longest song on the EP at 4:44. This is another one of those instances where I am reminded of older metalcore bands, this time Zao in particular. We have a bit of spoken word going on through the intro, with the harsh vocals breaking through as the track progresses, getting heavier both instrumentally and emotionally. The lyrics presented on here are absolutely gut-wrenching, narrating a person going through depression and questioning the meaning of life and such, with lyrics such as “I’m falling into who knows where” and “A veil, a phantom is all we are.” The end of the song has DiLoreto screaming that the “wolves” await, with another very nicely placed breakdown, before the track closes out. This leads us into the finale of the EP, “There Is Nowhere Else to Go,” which immediately brings to mind bands like The Carrier and Killing the Dream. This very much feels like the closing track, with the spoken word sounding a lot more defeated than before, while the instruments follow suit. We have some pretty, atmospheric tremolo-picked guitars throughout. The LP closes off with Caleb shouting that he “fucking tried,” with a sample to close the EP off.
Love Dies//Rewind runs under half an hour, presenting us with roughly 24 minutes of songs powered by sadness and hatred. Noah and Kevin’s guitar parts are either heavy to punch people to, or filled with enough sorrow to lay in bed and cry all night. Christian’s drumming and Kevin’s bass playing rumble through this EP, providing a solid, consistent rhythm section. Caleb sounds like a man who just lost everything and is ready to die, which I mean in the most positive way possible. Altogether, This False Ghost have released the first music this year that has truly wowed me.
Love Dies//Rewind officially comes out Valentine's Day, February 14th, so if you are going to be alone this year and want to cry, or you are a fan of groups such as Poison the Well, Zao, and Old Wounds, then be on the lookout for this EP. Seriously, do not sleep on these guys.
- Alex Brown