"(How to Live) As Ghosts" is the eighth studio album by American rock band 10 Years, released 27 October 2017 on the Mascot label. While their prior album, From Birth to Burial alluded to the band's plan at the time for it to be their final album, (How to Live) As Ghosts alludes to the sentiment of it being a rebirth of a band, while also alluding to the general sentiment that humanity spends too much time worrying about death rather than life.
10 Years wastes no time jumping into the record with confrontational anthem “The Messenger.” It serves as a traditional blend of drawn-out vocals and new high energy to take charge head-on. All the while, the riffs remain heavy as a bubbly groove creates great movement throughout the song. Such movement follows through on “Novocaine,” the leading single off the record. Though the tone is ominous and apocalyptic with distorted bass, it is easy to get lost in the music, sucked in by the main vocals of Hasek, and brought back to reality with the chanting. Slightly resembling Bring Me The Horizon’s “Happy Song,” 10 Years tackles the pharmaceutical war of over-medicating and desensitizing in a powerful way.
Overall, 10 Years continue to build lyrical masterpieces, and knows how to speak to their audience with conviction. (how to live) AS GHOSTS is undeniably the band’s best record yet. Masters of their stories, it is hard to believe 10 Years was ready to throw in the towel just a couple of years back. Thankfully, they remain inspired to create music as their latest effort displays growth through the blend of elements found in both older and newer tracks alike. With the honest and firm direction, any listener can find a song he/she can relate with. For these reasons, CrypticRock gives (how to live) AS GHOSTS 5 out of 5 stars. User Comments