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A Girl A Gun A Ghost Through the Eyes of Ahab

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01. Mako 02. Lizard in the Lights 03. Bear Witness 04. Beware the Tales of Scorpions 05. The Ivory Tusk... 06. A Lion in Your Lap, a Lover in Your Arms 07. Spider Inside Her 08. Pangolin Dreams 09. Shake, Rattle(snake), and Roll! 10. ...Of the Alaskan King 11. (Curse of) The Horse Latitudes Pt. II 12. Street Rat's Eyes 13. Peregrine 14. The Fox Is Restless (The Lamb Is Found)
2008 Ferret Music, Siege of Amida Records
Our score 5

by Nick
1/7/2009

Basic economic theory revolves around the principle of supply and demand. Such a principle has obvious applications in the music business, but I can't quite wrap my head around the case of Georgia's A Girl A Gun A Ghost. The fact that we're still seeing bands pop up in the genre of southern rock influenced metalcore can only mean one thing: kids are still buying it. But even if this demand still exists, do we really need another act to talk about in the same sentences as Every Time I Die, He Is Legend, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Cancer Bats, and the like It's unfair to write off a band just for merely occupying the same genre, but the answer is no. Is AGAGAG supposed to abandon its style completely and hop on the next genre train Absolutely not. But let's remember that in the age of the Internet and increased listener exposure to new music, bands must put their own distinctive touches on a style in order to stand out amongst their peers. AGAGAG's Through the Eyes of Ahab might be competent and moderately catchy, but that's not going to cut it. There are countless bands out there capable of that, and if a band wants to exist for longer than a record or two, the members need to arm themselves with a competitive advantage. So, if these members are listening, here are a few suggestions to consider: 1. Stop aping Every Time I Die's riffs. It is a safe assumption that the targeted demographic for Through the Eyes of Ahab has already been properly introduced to ETID, so why rehash Through the Eyes of Ahab has an abundance of examples, but put "Street Rat's Eyes" back to back with Gutter Phenomenon's "Bored Stiff" and the similarities are painfully obvious. 2. Cut down the length of your record. A 55 minute record doesn't lend itself well to a band with little song variation. So either mix things up in that department (see bullet no. 4), or slim things down. In small doses, tracks like "Lizard in the Lights" and "Spider Inside Her" can be enjoyable, but nearing the end of the album, similar tracks fall victim to complete monotony. 3. Reduce the number of breakdowns. Yes, everyone is aware that metalcore relies heavily upon the breakdown, but tracks like "Beware the Tales of Scorpion" hit rock bottom as they enter stagnant, overdone breakdowns. Scale back the quantity (it's okay to still have a few) and it will make the breakdowns feel bigger when they do appear. Trust me. 4. Experiment a little more with song structures. Not every track has to cycle through the same exact parts (slow southern rock licks to faster melodic parts to giant breakdowns and so on). Even though "The Ivory Tusk..." was only a short instrumental interlude, it stood out because it used warm, melodic guitar lines and a fairly engaging climax. And the closer, "The Fox Is Restless (The Lamb Is Found)," ended the record on a high note with the repetition of the vocal line "We are all just miserable / We are all just machines" amongst a sparse piano melody and other dynamic instrumentation. Evenly blending such songwriting elements with the standard structures might just make for a more interesting release. Metalcore doesn't have to be dead, but at this stage of the game, bands must make the extra effort to distance themselves from the pack. If they don't, the result will just be yet another Through the Eyes of Ahab. Bottom Line: A Girl A Gun A Ghost's Through the Eyes of Ahab is the epitome of a "competent but predictable" release. It's hard to completely dismiss the effort, but it doesn't have nearly enough unique touches to warrant attention from anyone other than listeners who are content with another rehashed Every Time I Die record.

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Fur_Beach_ 1/7/2009 4:28:59 PM

first post


olive oil_ 1/7/2009 4:33:23 PM

this band's name sounds like popeye laughing. agagagagag


Keith Buckley_ 1/7/2009 5:50:52 PM

Stop biting my bands style you f*cking poseurs.


Devin_ 1/7/2009 5:54:26 PM

It's good to actually see some constructive criticism in a review like this for a change. Metalcore has grown so stale that even the reviews are all starting to sound the same. Haha, nice work!


jamey_agagag_ 1/7/2009 6:01:53 PM

You f*cking shitgag. You don't know the first thing about AGAGAGCORE; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest relagagag of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my cragag sees you, you'll wish you never gag out of bag thag dagag. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, lagag up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have nagag been able to gayagag, try TAGAG, yes TAGAG is stocking it for ONLY $


anonymous 1/7/2009 7:43:51 PM

^^^ good rehash of an old gimmick


Nick_ 1/7/2009 8:41:42 PM

Also, I will curb stomp each and every one of you pussies for releasing such a deplorable piece of shit.


cantfakethepunk_ 1/7/2009 8:41:43 PM

i actually like the cd. and upon my first listen, i didnt catch many breakdowns. maybe i should listen again


jack_of_all_boners_ 1/7/2009 9:07:10 PM

i knew who reviewed this after reading the first two sentences.


Nick_ 1/7/2009 9:18:42 PM

Seriously, These dudes fail at f*cking life. If I ever see them, I promise to beat them down.


xSHAT_CREWx_ 1/7/2009 10:49:25 PM

HEY BRO KEEP UP THE GOOD REVIEWS IF IT'S NOT WEEKEND NACHOS IT MUST SUCK RIGHT? OM NOM NOMS ARAB AND THEN beatS MY KID


Selvin_ 1/7/2009 11:05:00 PM

van flip based upon name alone, and keep the Shat gimmicks on the board, gay


cantfakethefaggot_ 1/8/2009 4:30:15 AM

Cantfakethepunk supporting shit bands as always. What a shocker!


deadsy_ 1/8/2009 12:45:53 PM

"Metalcore doesn't have to be dead" yes, yes it does.


afkingtragedy_ 1/8/2009 5:06:33 PM

good review. just one thing: why does this get a 5/10? need to go south with the score


masterblaster_ 1/8/2009 9:31:06 PM

such a gay affair is this record


haloxxxmoshcore_ 1/9/2009 11:13:48 AM

love it!!!!


FaggotMicFuckFag_ 1/9/2009 11:15:11 AM

"Basic economic theory revolves around the principle of supply and demand." I stopped reading after this sentence.


anonymous 1/9/2009 1:24:22 PM

GET THE f*ck OFF THE SITE HALO, YOU f*ckING suckING QUEER


tower_ 1/9/2009 10:27:34 PM

why the f*ck did you pick this album to review when you state all the time you get stacks of reviews to choose from?


cantfakethepunk_ 1/10/2009 2:20:17 PM

f*ck you. im gonna come out the computer screen and beat you senseless


cantfakethepunk_ 1/10/2009 2:23:19 PM

oh, and if this cd is such a "deplorable piece of shit," then why did you give it a five. So how about you take your fist and shove it up your jerk. you stupid f*ck


EndWellFan2007_ 1/10/2009 9:14:15 PM

This review is for gays.


cantfakethepunk_ 1/11/2009 2:47:24 AM

f*ck you gays. im gonna suck all the black dcks i can find.


cantfakethepunk_ 1/12/2009 6:34:09 PM

^^^ dood above me is right ^_^


cantfakethepunk_ 1/13/2009 1:19:08 PM

f*ck it, i suck any dck i can get


cantfakethepunk_ 1/13/2009 5:52:38 PM

^^^ So original ^_^


total faggot above me_ 1/14/2009 1:15:19 PM

/\ dont think your sweet cause kids think you're f*cking tool


cantfakethepunk_ 1/14/2009 1:21:44 PM

says the tool above me. why dont you go back to crying in a corner. you gay


cantfakethat/\lovescocks_ 1/14/2009 5:01:36 PM

naw dude im just at work bored, letting you know your giant pssy


cantfakethepunk_ 1/14/2009 5:18:09 PM

you didnt have to tell me that. i get giant pssy all f*cking day.


cantfakethat/\cantread_ 1/14/2009 5:23:39 PM

naw bro... pretty sure you got dudes on here lettin you know you like dck and that you dont get pssy and that you are in fact a gaping pssy. thanks for playin, sorry i win and you dont even know who i am. peace. ;D


cantfakethepunk_ 1/14/2009 5:26:26 PM

hahahahaha dude, you are so funny. i dont give a flying f*ck what anyone on here thinks about me. you dont win, but i do, cause i got to f*ck your mom last night. thank you, come again


cantfakethepunk_ 1/14/2009 5:47:10 PM

oh and btw i can read. you are just a gay and forgot to put an A between your and giant. making you unable to type well. gay


cantfakethat/\cantread_ 1/14/2009 6:29:26 PM

bro, im sorry. i didnt mean to make fun of you like that. you see, its just people make fun of me all the time. and well im just taking my anger out on you. well, gotta go. my partner is here. hes about to ass f*ck me :)


lolol_ 1/15/2009 10:16:40 AM

lolol and both these gays above me. f*ck and get it over with


cantfakethepunk_ 1/19/2009 1:18:33 PM

i love to suck c-ck


meta_duder_ 1/19/2009 6:12:53 PM

i do not understand why a band puts this shit out. its not very original, and overly monotonous


bullshit_ 2/4/2009 6:21:06 PM

what the f*ck is this shit?


Jibbles_ 2/13/2009 7:03:15 PM

if the albums predictable then why a 5 make it lower!!


Jibbles_ 10/10/2009 12:11:01 AM

HAHAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK c-ckS