Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: A Sequence of Ghosts
Album: Hostage(s)
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Label: None

Last year, I was submitted the debut EP from a small ambient hardcore band named A Sequence of Ghosts. The music on the EP was a lot different from a lot of other heavy music being played, with vocals that were a mix of yelling and screaming, somewhat like Shane Ochsner's (of Hands). Well a little less than a year later, A Sequence of Ghosts have returned with another EP, titled Hostage(s). I wasn't sure what to expect on their new material, but I was no doubt impressed. The band has polished off their ambient hardcore, adding in a metalcore influence, for a much more accessible sound that those new to the band will be sure to really enjoy.

A slew of feedback and electronic effects fill the opening seconds of "The Enabler," before launching into the frantic pace of the song, completely with blast beats and a breakdown that will be sure to get kids moving in the live setting. "The Hostage" is a favorite of mine, with vocals that command your attention, until the melodic climax of the song, when the sweet voice of Elle Puckett of Poema sings a few lines. The following "The Bee and Its Swarm" and "The Politician" are more straight forward songs, that are both fast and heavy. The voice of Jake Germany is heard on "Reach The Shore," singing parts of the hymn "It Is Well," before the song ultimately ends in gang vocals shouting "It is well, with my soul!"

Overall: I have found myself very impressed with Hostage(s) from A Sequence of Ghosts, an indie release that will be sure to not go unnoticed. The band has improved and matured greatly since their self-titled EP last year, adding in both more heavy elements, such as breakdowns and blast beats, and more melody as well. Guest vocal spots from Danon Saylor of A Bullet For Pretty Boy ("The Enabler), Elle Puckett of Poema ("The Hostage") and Jake Germany ("Reach The Shore") only add more depth to Hostage(s), a great effort from a young, promising band.

Rating: 8/10

  1. The Enabler
  2. The Hostage
  3. The Bee and Its Swarm
  4. The Politician
  5. Reach The Shore
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