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Ghost Machinery - Haunting Remains - 2004 - Sound Riot Records

Track Listing
1. World of Unbelievers
2. Blinded Eyes
3. Temples Of Gold
4. Evil Within Us
5. Down In Flames
6. Dreamworks
7. From The Edge Of The World
8. Darkest Hour
9. Fallen Angels
10. Heaven Or Hell
11. In Your (Evil) Dreams
12. Out In The Fields
13. Shadows
Ghost Machinery are a Finnish trio, born in 2002 from a combination of Wildcard members Jussi Ontera (drums/keys), Tapsa Pelkonen (bass), and Burning Point member Pete Ahonen (guitar/vocals). After recording a five song promo CD to shop to record labels in 2003, they signed with Sound Riot Records for a two album deal. The first album in this deal is "Haunting Remains" and it holds a lot of promise. Fans of sounds encompassed by bands like Edguy/Avantasia or Lost Horizon will be
pleased with the dramatic, symphonic beauty of tracks like "Blinded Eyes" and "Evil Within Us". Vocally, Ahonen seems better suited for more progressive fare, ala James LaBrie (Dream Theater), but he works through it and his guitar work on this album is impeccable. My overall opinion is that for fans of power metal, Ghost Machinery is a band to watch. The material takes you to a place outside of the ordinary world, and for a power metal fan, there's no better place to be.


--Susan Wright 12.01.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Haunting RemainsGhost Machinery
2004
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