Metal Ghost is an indie rock/punk duo from Berlin and Copenhagen. They were two of the three members from the now-defunct German noise rock/punk trio 18th Dye. While 18th Dye focused more on atmospheric and dissonant drone sounds, Metal Ghost is more of a melodic power pop act with some punk sensibilities, somewhat reminiscent of late Naked Raygun or the Buzzcocks. The group’s static drum and bass sound is complemented by the catchy female vocalist and the electronic triggers sometimes implemented by the drummer. Whenever someone introduces me to a new drum and bass group I cross my fingers for some Death From Above 1979 style dancey punk, but this group pleasantly surprised me with their surf rock inspired track “Did You Know That” which makes up the A-side of this split.
The record’s B-side contains Porcupine’s track “Rooftops,” which has an incredibly catchy indie/shoegaze sound driven by the poppy bassline which meshes nicely with the mix of late 90’s alternative and early 00’s math rock found on the rest of the track. The bonus track “It’s All Right (Underwater)” maintains Porcupine’s expertly crafted throwback sound but adds a hint of indie folk in the vein of groups such as The Shins that makes it an upbeat yet melancholy listen.
Jason Crider - Second Supper Magazine
released November 4, 2011
Casey Virock - vocals, guitar
Jeff Bahr - drums, backing vocals
Dave Reinders - bass
Recorded and mixed by Porcupine at Continental Recording
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto Mastering
Heike Marie Rädeker -sings and plays a bassVI - baritone
Piet Breinholm Bendtsen - sings, plays drums and some pads with percussion and piano/organ sounds
Recorded by Kenneth Andersen at Destruction Studio Mixed by Jesper Reginal at Kondi Frost