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Midnight Ghost Train, Cold Was the Ground (Napalm Records)




Midnight Ghost Train, Cold Was the Ground (Napalm Records)
CD REVIEWS: April 30, 2015

04/30/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Midnight Ghost Train, Cold Was the Ground (Napalm Records)

Don’t be silly, of course I’m going to investigate anything called “Midnight Ghost Train,” and besides, it’s been what, a whole couple of weeks since I last bopped over to see what was new from Napalm Records, who usually release very little that doesn’t fall into their two core niches, opera-metal goth chicks and beer-crazed folk-metal orcs. These guys fall into the latter category, this after having released a DIY debut LP that included an a cappella version of Lead Belly’s “Cotton Fields” — obviously these beefy Kansans had a more profound concept in mind for the future than what this album exudes, but hey, it’s OK, things could always be worse. Note that this stuff is, in general, faster than the tuneage on their debut, not that that necessarily spells speed-metal; mainly it’s a Blue-Cheer-meets-The-Sword thing, with raw, unprofessionally recorded Marshall amps carrying the brunt of the weight to support Steve Moss’s brawl-hall bellowing. It’s cool in its way, but I can’t help but be curious to know what would have happened if the whole mud-roots thing had taken off for them instead of their breaking semi-big in Europe. B Eric W. Saeger





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