Thursday 15 August 2019

Ghastly Sound - Have A Nice Day (Album Review)

Release date: September 13th 2019. Label: Magnetic Eye Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Have A Nice Day – Tracklisting

1.Bait and Switch
2.We're All Shadows
5.No Security
6.Selina Kyle
7.The Holocene Has Ended
8.Electric Tumor
9.Have A Nice Day


Tyler Gurwicz
Ryan Lewis
TJ Maynard


Ghastly Sound debut full length album – Have A Nice Day – is a vivid, bold, brash and violent delight that sees this hard hitting power trio drawing influences from Torche, At The Drive-In, Red Fang and Kylesa. As the band play a mix of Sludge Rock, Doom Metal, Punk Rock, Stoner Metal with violent Psychedelic Rock tendencies.

The opening two songs Bait and Switch & We’re All Shadows have a fast-paced and complex rhythm merged with a harsh “Doom-Pop” sound that Floor and Torche are known for. Add aggressive riffs, vocals and lyrics where the Psychedelic Grooves hide a darker and progressive sound that Ghastly Sound fully explore on the later stages of the album.

Ghastly Sound explore the darker side of their music compared to their previous EP’s. This album takes you places that you wouldn’t expect with socially aware lyrics having a distinctive edge to them and all set against a backdrop of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal grooves that shouldn’t really work this well. However, Ghastly Sound make you believe in their overall creative vision of the entire album.

Songs such as Deathlogic, War, No Security, Electric Tumor and Have a Nice Day sees the band continue to offer a bleak and harsh vision with brash and pissed off soulful vocals to match.

The albums production is quite intense and allows Ghostly Sound to preach their hard-hitting message with expert precision. The best parts of the album is when the “poppier” moments appear and allow the listener to catch their breath and take every trippy psychedelic sound into their own being. Though the album doesn’t stay silent for long as Ghastly Sound thrive upon playing music that is LOUD, ANGRY and PRIMAL that leaves you wanting more.

Have A Nice Day is an epic sounding album that has BRAINS as well as BRAWN. This is an album that sees Ghastly Sound fully live up to their huge potential and deliver a record that’s packed full of different sounds that allows you to have a completely different kind of Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal experience.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Jadd at Red Lead PR for the promo. Have A Nice Day will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Magnetic Eye Records from September 13th 2019.