In my collegiate days, I first encountered the profound notion of "Hell Is Other People" during a philosophy class. Originally coined by Jean-Paul Sartre, this phrase has transcended its philosophical roots, permeating our cultural landscape through memes, TV series, and numerous musical expressions, exemplified in Dark Ghosts' latest album bearing the same title.
This musical offering resonates strongly with the sonic ethos of 80's rock, epitomizing anthemic qualities that propel each track towards monumental crescendos. The album's production, transitions, and overall vibe evoke a tasteful modernization of the classic 80's rock flavor.
"We're Still Young" is a high-octane symphony where potent guitars intertwine with synths, and colossal drums dominate. The infectious hook and impeccably executed guitar solo set the tone for the album. If you enjoy this song you will enjoy the entire album.
Collaborating with Nieland on "Downside up," Dark Ghosts maintains the album's unrelenting energy. While the grandiose moments shine, the most inventive production arguably unfolds within the verses.
"My Place in Hell" evokes Duran Duran in the verses and transformes into a hard rock/glam powerhouse reminiscent of Mötley Crüe during the chorus. A surprising nod to New Age emerges in a distinct section.
A personal highlight, "Future Boy," manifests as sublime synth-pop that would seamlessly complement a cinematic experience. I could imagine this being used in the movie Drive. "HallowScream" infuses funk into its composition, accompanied by a distinct 80's midi sound, while "I Won't Give Up" morphs into an uplifting piano ballad.
The contemplative and dark undertones of "Never After Midnight" emerge as another zenith in the album. Concluding the sonic odyssey is "Fantasma," an epic composition characterized by soaring guitar solos and a rock opera-like quality aspiring to reach the pinnacle of grandiosity. It's unequivocal that enthusiasts of 80's music will find solace in this album.
While rock remains the predominant genre, Dark Ghosts effortlessly explores other genres with seamless precision, making Hell Is Other People a compelling album to explore.
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