Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Midnight Ghost Train - Cold Was The Ground

So another day, another sludge metal record, hey man, it happens. Todays offering is the ever tasty Cold Was The Ground from the exciting Kansas trio The Midnight Ghost Train. With a heavy blues vibe giving the whole thing its distinct personal flair, Cold Was The Ground is some punchy hard hitting rock and roll. The emphasis on groove though is what keeps this thing going. As you roll forward with tracks like The Canfield all you can do is smoke 'em if you got 'em and let it rip. This is what rock and roll is all about.

What helps to give The Midnight Ghost Train their trademark groove though is the wonderfully harsh vocals. Like a sludgier version of Lemmy the bands vocalist Steve Moss edges forward playing face ripping music that will keep you from ever finding your way home. Instead, Cold Was The Ground takes you to a world where the riff is king and wah pedals are used excessively. The Midnight Ghost Train understand what it means to drive you into the ground with brutality, but they also know how to lean back and give you aural space, a break from the groove. Instead you find yourself holding your breath in anticipation until the next bolt of guitar music goes driving into your gut. 

At the end of the day, Cold Was The Ground is certainly worth a few listens, especially if you like it loud and bluesy. The Midnight Ghost Train have a strong Midwest sensibility that grounds their sound in reality and blesses them with a wonderful sense of humanity. If you want rock and roll at its finest, rock and roll that will set you free, then Cold Was The Ground is what you need. So let the music wash over your soul and dig in to what will hopefully go down as one of the great rock albums of our day and age. 

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