Some days you just want something different from your music. On those days, reach for Freakangel’s How The Ghost Became (Digital World Audio). Freakangel hails from Estonia and are less about creating music than about creating aural art. Listening to How the Ghost Became is an artistic experience for the ears as the album consists of ten pieces of modern art that you listen to.
The music may get slotted into electronica, but the vocals are a mix of scream and new wave. It’s as almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Fear Factory and The Browning. Take a song like ‘Witness For The Fall’ which starts out with what sounds like electronic gunfire. The drumming gives it an antiseptic feel. Then the vocals come it; hard, screaming, angst. At a minute twenty-one in there is a bridge that has an indescribable computer presence. It’s quite quick. Then the vocals kick in.
But before I can get a handle on it, the song segues into the next. ‘Insight’. Ironic as that’s what I’m looking for in How The Ghost Became. ‘Insight’ sounds similar to ‘Witness the Fall’. ‘Make Me Disappear’ has potential; less of the electronica and more of the atmospheric modern metal feel to it. ‘Make Me Disappear’ and ‘Death Walks With Us’ are the most accessible songs on the album and I also really enjoyed ‘Giving Up The Ghost’. It’s a straight up club song; flashing lights, lasers, over-crowded dance floor.
The second half of Freakangel’s How the Ghost Became differentiates itself in terms of genre more than the first. It’s still electronica-heavy, but more is done with the construction and tone and there are quite a few songs the listener will enjoy just for the fact it is darn good music.