- Bleed For The Truth
- Caught Up In The Moment
- Whispers In The Dark
- My Father's Ghost
- History Comes Tumbling
- This Place Called Life
- Waiting, Wondering
- Beyond The Shadows
- Children Of The Sea (Black Sabbath cover)
"History Comes Tumbling" continues the power-prog mastery, and the mournful wail of the lead guitars throughout is chilling to hear. I love the extended guitar solo on this track, and the bass work from Hart is not lost on the listener as it really helps to drive the song and lay that foundation that these soaring, searing guitars layer themselves upon. Once again, Lanoue proves himself more than capable of handling just about any approach within his range, and the man is a melodic machine in my opinion. I could listen to Mark sing the phone book, I think.
"Innocence" slows things down to ballad territory for the first time, and Fiction Syxx tackle the track with absolute mastery. Lanoue varies his vocal delivery here, utilizing a softer approach on some of the verse sections, while also allowing his voice to really take flight on the chorus sections. Again, Ragno is the master of the backing sounds on keys here, and the song completely sucks you in after just a single listen. And the real magic of this song? The writing! Seriously, there is some thought-provoking stuff going on here...
"Children Of The Sea" closes things out, and if I am being 100% honest, I was pretty worried about this track. I mean...Dio-era Sabbath?! It takes massive balls...and humongous talent...to even think about tackling what is considered by many to be a melodic metal masterpiece. It turns out my fears were for naught, as Lanoue avoids the guaranteed death sentence of trying to ape RJD, and instead delves into the lower ends of his spectacular range to pull off perhaps the vocal performance of the record! Yes, there are hints of Dio's snarl here and there, but Mark is Mark to the fullest here, and it is amazing. The Hammond from Ragno is perfection, and the combination of both acoustic and electric guitars absolutely shines. Heck, even the percussion is spot-on throughout this true metal classic, and I find myself feeling a bit silly for ever questioning how the band might power through this track. An absolutely perfect end to a dang-near perfect record!
The production throughout the album is crystal clear, and the separation of the guitars is exquisite, with Lanoue and Northrup both getting a strong voice from their respective instrument. Huge kudos to Northrup who has shown himself to be a true production wizard through the years, and who possibly outdoes himself here. This is how a melodic prog metal album should sound, plain and simple. All you other bands of this ilk...take note.
I'm not really sure what happened, nor is it any of my business, but from what I have been told, the album is no longer available through Melodic Rock Records and can only be obtained directly from the band now by clicking HERE. Regardless of what hoops you need to jump through, make it a priority of yours to hunt down Ghost Of My Father's Past. You will NOT be disappointed in any way!
Rating: Supremely crankable! I'm giving this one the rare 10 and challenging anyone to try to knock this record from Album of the Year status here at G2G!