UNHOLY GHOST - TORRENTIAL REIGN - OLYMPIC/CENTURY MEDIA
Unholy Ghost is the result of the implosion that occurred within the line-up of Florida death metal band Diabolic in 2002. Paul Ouellette, Jerry Mortellaro and drummer Aantar Lee soon picked up Pessimist's guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and formed Unholy Ghost. The band quickly utilized its Olympic Recordings connections and signed a recording deal. The result of that contract is Torrential Reign - a title that incidentally was initially announced for the latest Diabolic album Infinity Through Purification.
Not surprisingly, Unholy Ghost's material is not markedly different from what one can hear on a Diabolic album. That is a good thing too if one is a fan of high speed Florida death metal. The vocals are gruff a la Morbid Angel, the riffing is sharp, the drumming a whirlwind and the solos dreamy and reminiscent of Diabolic, or if one is a little older, Brutality. The only snag in the cause is the album's sound which is less than perfect. Torrential Reign's sound is less than commanding when played through a good sound system.
Unholy Ghost's debut appearance is a solid death metal album with cool speeds, fantastic soloing, musicianship and cover artwork which, while a little weak in production, will impress fans of the Florida death metal sound. - Ali "The Metallian"