On The Ghost Inside’s Epitaph Records debut Get What You Give, they continue along the same straightforward hardcore/melodic metalcore vein that they showed in Returners. Problem is, both albums are so similar that it basically sounds like Returners part two. Right when the second track “Outlive” begins, it’s like they tried to emulate that same hard-hitting impact of “Greater Distance.” But that doesn’t really diminish the value of this album as there are plenty of awesome moments to be heard here.
The gang vocals on the chorus of “Engine 45” have become a staple with the band, but they do it so much better than most of their peers. It’s a heavy, gnarly track that shows the band at their most aggressive state, but just when you think it will continue the whole song it all comes to a sudden stop with a singing verse that comes out of nowhere: “All my life/ I’ve been waiting for something that never came/ it never came, but I’m still singing/ All my life/ I’ve been searching for something to break these chains/ to break these chains/ but I’ll keep swinging.” It doesn’t sound forced at all, but comes naturally and paints a different picture of vocalist Jonathan Vigil.
“My innocence is gone” is sung with the fourth track “Slipping Away.” While it’s another track that starts out as a thrashy offense, the chorus shows the band coming together to complement Vigil’s singing. This effect is used to really showcase not just the vocals, but also the lyrics. The band hits really deep with their lyrical content, but none of the others compare to “White Light.” For those who don’t know, this song was written about Vigil’s brother who passed away recently. It serves as a reflection of past experiences and how much of an inspiration he was to Vigil. This is a tearjerker when you really listen to the lyrics, especially the chorus, and is the kind of track where people can find solace in their own loss.
In the end, the lyrics are what really set Get What You Give apart from the rest. Musically, aside from a couple songs, it sounds like Returners in more ways than one. Honest without any punches pulled, The Ghost Inside will continue to be a shining example of the melodic metalcore genre done right. Expect this band to dominate this year when they play Warped Tour and follow up with a headliner in the fall.