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Edge Of The Blade - 2015 The Ghosts Of Humans

ARTIST: Edge Of The Blade
ALBUM: The Ghosts Of Humans
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Alan Kelly - drums * John Francis - vocals * Andrew Chick - guitars, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Vital Signs * 02 Believer * 03 Everything I Own * 04 Mr Hell * 05 River Runs Red * 06 Who's In Control * 07 The Taken * 08 Down On MY Knees * 09 The Ghosts Of Humans * 10 Promised Land



This is the UK band formed by ex members of Shy (Kelly) and After Hours (Francis). Unusual title, but the music is very deep and dark, not anything like their previous AOR oriented work. Surely the band title was nicked from a Journey song (?), but musically these guys are nowhere near Schon and co. This is pretty heavy stuff, I'm thinking Swedish progressive metal a la Coldspell or Cloudscape, but then Andrew Chick's keyboard work brings it back into the center-lane. Someone on the Net described this as 'heavy AOR', which is nothing of the sort. A bit of a throwaway comment which should be ignored and banished from the Net. Surprising then that Escape Music picked this up for release, and even during 2015, EOTB flew under the radar somewhat, but from where I sit, this is great.

The Songs
John Francis does have a slight Steve Perry tinge to his voice, and you can hear this influence on the absolute chugging 'Believer'. 'Everything I Own' has a slightly de-tuned vibe, still highly listenable though. 'Mr Hell' is as macabre as the song-title suggests, but the melodic vocals might gave you a different impression after listening to it. Some heavy drum work from Alan Kelly and chugging guitar riffs from Andrew Chick keeps this at the heavy end of the spectrum. 'Who's In Control' is slam-dunk heavy. Think Zakk Wylde in his prime. Wow. So too the crunch laden title-track 'The Ghosts Of Humans'. A couple of tracks have slower intros and then build into something more significant. Included within are: 'River Runs Red' (which is quite superb actually), 'The Taken', 'Down On My Knees' and 'Promised Land'.

In Summary
No doubt the star of this show is multi-instrumentalist and producer Andrew Chick. Is this a new name we can expect to see involved in melodic rock projects into the future? I bloody well hope so! Take a chance on this, it really is quite different and worth getting your chops around. I think this will impress many of the GDM readership. [362 words]

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