Reviewed by: Jordy Lyric
The Ghost Inside’s new release, Dear Youth, opens with a buzzy guitar and deep screams before erupting into a quick beat, staples of the genre that endure most of the rest of the tracks.
The album sets this powerful and fast paced instrumentation against lyrics that evoke a fighting spirit: the battle between uncertainty and keeping one’s head above water. Frontman Jonathan Vigil told Alternative Press, “Dear Youth is basically just about getting in touch with my younger self, with my youth and remembering that feeling of having this world of opportunity in front of me.”
His optimism and trepidation intermingle on the tracks, making for an honest and raw portrayal of holding onto youth and fighting to stay positive. It sounds like a revelation: the choice to push on and swim against the bad currents of dissatisfaction and disenchantment.
The Ghost Inside, alongside co-producers Andrew Wade and Jeremy McKinnon, have put out a solid hardcore production; a stellar and meaningful record.