(how to live) AS GHOSTS - 10 Years
Artist: 10 Years
Album: (how to live) AS GHOSTS
Release Date: 27 October 2017
Review by Nicole Roberts
One of the most underrated, under appreciated bands have reunited, and thankfully, they're even better than before. 10 Years have long been known as a hidden gem, combining the energy and passion of Chevelle with the finely tuned sophistication and musical experimentation of Deftones. With the return of guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland, we also get the return of something fundamental that was missing on 2015's From Birth To Burial. While the 2015 release was solid, and there was nothing wrong with it, it was lacking that something that is so uniquely 10 Years that has made some of their other albums such outstanding releases (I'm looking at you, The Autumn Effect, you beautiful bitch). That something special is definitely back with (how to live) AS GHOSTS.
The album is a journey of musical boundary pushing, songwriting gymnastics and so many different tempo and mood changes, my head is still spinning. As soon as you think you know whats going to happen next, and the direction the album is going to move in, they go the complete opposite way, keeping your attention the entirety of the release. From the outset, the band mean business, reeling you in with Jesse Hasek's stunning vocals and the excellent instrumentation on 'The Messenger', before really locking you in for the ride with 'Novacaine' (fair warning: this has a weirdly catchy chorus that'll be a hassle to get out of your head if you listen to it too much....like I did....).
Whether it's the more radio friendly 'Catacombs', with it's memorable chorus and atmospheric guitars, or the moodier 'Halos', which brings the brooding lyrics and guitars that pack a punch, 10 Years have certainly created something great with (how to live) AS GHOSTS. The band have really nailed it with this album, and while there are a few moments which aren't as great as others (they aren't bad, they just aren't as up there with the highs this band is capable of giving), it's altogether a strong album. Welcome back, boys.
8.5 out of 10.
(how to live) AS GHOSTS is out October 27th 2017 via Mascot Records.