CD Review: Ghosts Again – “The Closest Thing To Closure” (Independent)

With The Closest Thing To Closure, Ghosts Again are reminding us all over again just as to why we fell in love with this scene in the first place. From the opening riff of the band’s latest EP, all the feels come flooding back and listeners are immediately transported back to a time when bands like My Chemical Romance, From First To Last, Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights and Matchbook Romance ruled the roost. From the initial strums of powerfully emotional opener “Skeleton Boy,” The Closest Thing To Closure is rife with driving post-hardcore that will have you thinking it’s the turn-of-the-century all over again (“Pant’s Division (The End is Silence)” is textbook bleeding heart-on-sleeve screamo, “Les Enfants Terribles” and “Relive_Revive” encapsulate everything there is to love about Ghosts Again – dynamo hot and cold vocals, anthemic, driving hooks and angular riffs - and powerhouse closer “Eleven” is both heartfelt and earnest). The Closest Thing to Closure is more dynamic than it is nostalgic, so to pass this EP off as just another trip down memory lane would be incredibly foolish. Don’t make that mistake because this record is nothing short of fantastic.

Grade: A-

Go Download: “Pant’s Division (The End is Silence)”