Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Ghostbound - Extended Play For My Sweet Mary Thyme


Ghostbound are a progressive and cinematic metal band from New York City. To be clear when I say progressive metal I mean it in much more of a Green Carnation sense than a Dream Theater one. The music here is layered and interesting. there are all sorts of twists and turns it takes, but it's all tied into a larger and more powerful oceanic theme. It's a delight to really lose yourself in the sweet relief and the epic poetry of Extended Play For My Sweet Mary Thyme. It's a fascinating listen and one that will keep you entranced for spin after spin. 

There are so many interesting and intricate layers to what Ghostbound are doing here, from the gorgeous production to the strangely elegant execution. It's the sort of record that really rewards multiple listens and which coaxes out the listeners full attention. When you listen form front to back you feel like you've been taken on a journey, with both the intro and the outro featuring the sound of waves crashing on the beach. There are experiments with a variety of genres, from black metal to shoegaze, but all of it makes sense in the larger context of what Ghostbound are doing and it leaves the listener totally entranced. 

Extended Play For My Sweet Mary Thyme is a triumph because it feels and sounds classic. It's a record that eagerly embraces strange new sounds and which continually and eagerly advances the overarching vision of what this band is all about. Ghostbound have found a uniquely exciting way to express a clear and passionate vision. It's a delight to immerse yourself in the many layered triumph that they have constructed. The more you delve into the simple and tightly executed poetry the more special the band becomes.

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