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Ghost Machinery - 2004 Haunting Remains

Pete Ahonen - vocals, guitars
Tapsa Pelkonen - bass
Jussi Ontero - drums, keyboards

Another example of the strength of power metal coming out of Finland, comes to us in the shape of the trio called Ghost Machinery. Now you'd be hard pressed to find another country that can deliver the heavier goods quite like Finland, and to be perfectly honest, this has been going on for a few years now. To sign off the 2004 year with an album of this quality augurs well not only for the band, but the label, which is doing wondrous things considering the resources they have to compete with against the likes of Massacre and Nuclear Blast. For starters the album cover is pretty cool eh? It is a Mattias Noren creation. So what of Ghost Machinery then? Fans of Burning Point will be familiar with chief destroyer Pete Ahonen. However, what will amaze hard rockin' fans is that the band have a lot in common with the likes of Talisman and Yngwie J Malmsteen, plus of course a few of their Scandinavian contemporaries in Requiem, Thunderstone and Supreme Majesty. Despite the power metal tag, there are some extremely melodic moments here.

The Songs
Lets get stuck into the album highlights, and there are a few of them: 'Down In Flames' reminds me so much of the recent Supreme Majesty album 'Danger'. It also has a lot to compare stylistically to that other Finnish lot Thunderstone. Big keyboards are also in fashion on the magnificent 'Darkest Hour', the chop and change nature of the tempo providing a good contrast. 'From The Edge Of The World' captures the band in speed mode, though the occasional keyboard part and guitar solos gives this one a well deserved thumbs up! 'Fallen Angels' takes on a new level of intensity befitting the power-metal tag, whilst 'Heaven Or Hell' which follows soon after sees Ghost Machinery keeping to the tried and true tradition of gothic subject material. 'Temples Of Gold' (no, not the Victory version) is very Talisman sounding, even the vocals take on a Jeff Scott Soto like quality. Also in keeping with the slow burning melodic rock sound, is 'In Your (Evil) Dreams', which is mid-tempo power complete with keyboard layers and harmony vocals. Worth a creditable mention is the Gary Moore/Phil Lynott penned 'Out In The Fields', which is given a bit of a power-metal rev-up. The chugga-chugga guitar riffs providing guest singer Ville Laihiala (from the band Sentenced) with superb backing. I still reckon Ahonen could've done a better job though..

In Summary
For a trio, these guys sure pound out one hell of a sound, but any band signed to a top-notch label these days, quality is by far the rule of the roost. Despite the power-trio pigeon-holing, let me reinforce that 'Haunting Remains' is a full album, and laden with many of the goodies that melodic rock fans would enjoy, let alone power metal fans! Excellent effort, and though they are signed for one more album with Sound Riot, an extension looks well on the cards!!!

Track Listing:
01 World Of Unbelievers
02 Blinded Eyes
03 Temples of Gold
04 Evil Within Us
05 Down In Flames
06 Dreamworld
07 From The Edge Of The World
08 Darkest Hour
09 Fallen Angels
10 Heaven or Hell
11 In Your (Evil) Dreams
12 Out In The Fields
13 Shadows

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