Absinthe Junk – Living Ghosts (CD)

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“Commercialized Waste” begins “Living Ghosts”, and showcases Absinthe Junk as an act that is eclectic, to say the least. There are hints of heavy metal, punk, and goth music all fighting for dominance. What results with a track like “Commercialized Waste” is a female-lead flurry of intense drumming, chunky bass lines, and sizzling guitar work. While not coming forth as too influenced by their sound, I would say that Absinthe Junk have the same frenetic energy and willingness to experiment that endeared Gwen Stefani and No Doubt to the buying public.
“Dragonflies In Hurricanes” continues to change things up, furthering two distinct sounds during this track. While the instrumentation has a darker, almost black metal tenor to the arrangements, the vocals could easily appease fans of pop and rock alike. The guitar solo that works its way into the track caps the song off as one of the band’s best during “Living Ghosts”. “Swear To Me” may just be the best track on the album, impressing individuals off the bat with nuanced strings and a very early 45 Grave-style drum line fighting for dominance.

While the vocals rapidly reach for dominance during the track, the guitars stand up strongly and provide a second vocal sound at points.
The guitars, beyond bolstering the vocals here, seem to be what the vocals are responding to – the narrative is rendered all the more tangible with the inclusion of this dynamic. “Assassin (Someday)” keeps things crackling towards an intense ending, with the scintillating triad of the guitars, drums and bass creating an utterly furious and shifting entity. The track may be the penultimate one, but it provides listeners with further evidence that anything Absinthe Junk comes out with will showcase the band at the peak of their game. Pick it up, see them live, and see exactly what I’ve been going on about for this review.

Top Tracks: Commercialized Waste, Swear To Me

Rating: 8.6/10

Absinthe Junk – Living Ghosts / 2010 Self / 10 Tracks / www.mypieceofjunk.com / www.myspace.com/Absinthejunk

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