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Give Up the Ghost, We're Down Til We're Underground (Equal Vision)
After punching a bruise into the American hardcore scene with 2001's Background Music, Give Up The Ghost fell into a bout of legal red tape and, after years of lawsuits, this five-piece erupt once again with a new moniker as well as a new album. Without severing the ties to their traditional hardcore sound, Give Up The Ghost now push themselves into new musical terrain with an expanded lyric sheet as well as effects pedals to bring divergent color and tones to the anguished music. Unfortunately, it's merely a lackluster effort. Sure, screamer Wes Eisold's heartbreak sounds angry and irate, but Underground simply doesn't possess enough diversity to distinguish itself from Give Up The Ghost's own discography, let alone hardcore's 20 year history.