Ghost Key If I Don't Make It

Ghost Key

If I Don't Make It

InVogue Records

Rating: 3/5




If I Don’t Make It is the debut album by Illinois hardcore merchants Ghost Key, it was released yesterday, the 17th February 2017, via InVogue Records and is now available to order on vinyl, CD and download formats. It seems to me that the hardcore scene is undergoing something of a renaissance this year, Ghost Key are amongst a number of bands I’ve encountered in 2017 that are taking hardccore into a more focused brutal place, a move that represents a shift away from the secenes original punk roots

Death In The Family sets the tone for If I Don’t Make It, this a brutal pummelling ten tracks of technical hardcore from start to end, the only time the album deviates from the full tilt assault is on the tracks Ache and on the albums title track, these two noble exceptions boast a slower more intense grind, that for me brings a more sinister darker element to If I Don’t Make It. This is an album that boasts an in your face wall of sound production, one that really captures the intensity of the band, the almost relentless hardcore assault does tend to start to blur after a few tracks, but if you like your hardcore on the dark side, this is as intense as anything else I’ve heard this year.

If I Don’t Make It is an album that will divide opinion, the driving double bass and technical elements that they embrace in their emotional hardcore is a shift away from the more traditional approach, but Ghost Key are a band that seem intent on developing their sound and moving forwards, their debut full length is an indication that Ghost Key are a band that are refining the sound they developed on their early EP’s, splits and singles.

Ghost Key‘s Facebook page can be found here

If I Don’t Make It can be ordered on vinyl, CD and download here

Ghost Key Announce New EP, Stream ‘Judgement’

Ghost KeyFollowing their recent signing with No Sleep Records, Peoria, Illinois hardcore band Ghost Key have announced that their new EP, The Things I am Not, will drop on June 30th. The release is the follow up to their 2013 debut EP Winter. Ahead of the release, the band are streaming the first single, Judgement. Ghost Key  vocalist Austin O’Brien had this to say about the inspiration behind the song:

“For the first couple years of playing in Ghost Key, I was met with a lot of criticism…People close to me continuously put me down because I wasn’t following the more traditional path of a young adult. Fast forward a couple years and those people have seen that I’m happy and things are looking up. They assumed that they could just waltz back into my life and ask for forgiveness and that’s where the inspiration for “Judgement” came from. If you can’t stand by my side when things are tough, you can’t stand by my side at all.”

Check out the stream of Judgement here and the track list for The Things I am Not below.

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Ghost Key Sign to No Sleep Records

Ghost KeyPeoria, Illinois hardcore band Ghost Key have signed on with California based label No Sleep Records. The band recently finished work on a new (as yet untitled) EP which is due out later in the year, and the band’s guitarist Chris Bayless has said this about joining the No Sleep family:

“We are so stoked to sign with No Sleep [Records]…They have been putting out some of our favorite records for years and the fact that we get to start slapping that cup of coffee on our music is the coolest thing in the world.”

No Sleep Records president Chris Hansen also had this to say on the signing: 

“We are all super stoked on working with Ghost Key…When we first heard some songs from them, we all instantly fell in love. Look for a lots to come from these guys in the near future.”