Finnish Melodic Metal spits out another band: GHOST MACHINERY. And even though “Haunting Remains“ is the first album of the band from Oulu, this definitely is not the work of greenhorns, because the song writer, singer and guitarist Pete Ahonen originally is in BURNING POINT, he just had so many songs that did not fit into BURNING POINT’s concept that he put together GHOST MACHINERY. Together with the WILDCARD members Tapsa Pelkonen and Jussi Ontero he recorded a 5 track promo and sent it out to labels, which resulted in a deal with Sound Riot Records.
Now GHOST MACHINERY’s Melodic Metal does not bring us any revelations, only very few bands of this style actually can, additionally the trio also incorporates some regular Hard Rock, which loosens up the usual Power/Melodic Metal structures a bit, but at the same time is used very harmonically. One big influence shines through in the neoclassical passages’ guitars: Yngwie Malmsteen is maybe not omnipresent, but still quite obvious.
Besides the guitar work Pete’s very nice voice, which sounds clear and smooth, only rarely venturing into the high pitches, but at the same time lacking a bit of power here and there, while some of the choruses remind me a bit of Axel Rudi Pell, with the lightly used choirs. As check out tips “World Of Unbelievers“, the super catchy “Temples Of Gold“ or the driving “From The Edge Of The World“ should do the trick. Add to that “Out In The Fields“, originally by Gary Moore, where a certain Ville Laihiala of SENTENCED acts as guest singer, also a really good one. I have to mention the keyboards, which are used quite a bit, but at the same time never get too dominant, which is nice.
As already mentioned, the whole thing doesn’t sound too original, but still the album leaves many newcomers in the dust and the comparison with Axel Rudi Pell’s albums should be viewed as positive. The next album could in fact really establish GHOST MACHINERY, I’m already looking forward to a hopefully following second strike! (Online July 31, 2005)