Now Boarding
Style: Heavy Keyboard Oriented Metal/Rock
Release date: 2010
Playing time: 50:37

A combination of hard rock and (progressive) metal is what Ghostfather stands for. Keyboardist Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience) and guitarist Olwe (Artefact) started this act in 2010. After writing the songs they hired some other musicians and entered the studio. Vocalist Soda Runk is the one that catches the ear the most. He has a very own sound and is not easy to compare with other singers in the genre (sometimes (not often though) he reminds me of the Spellbound Dazzle singer). He has power and gives the band a face of their own.

The guitars are rather heavy and they form a perfect combination with the keyboard sounds. The songs have refrains that sound rather melodic and commercial and that makes the band very accessible. I think that fans of heavy rather accessible hard rock and progressive (not too virtuoso) metal will both find things they like on this record. Although it all sounds rather commercial, the heavy riffs make it just heavy enough not to turn out too weak and wimpy. You have to be a fan of keyboard parts too; otherwise you better let this one pass. The only thing I get after a while is that the surprise is gone. Perhaps the songs are just not yet strong enough, or they just do the same trick (varying keys and heavy guitars) too often.

The final conclusion is that this is not a bad record and I am certain there will be a label that is interested in the band. With a complete product it doesn't have to be that expensive to give the band the right promotion and who knows, it might pay back soon.


01. Elecktra Panther #13
Now Boarding (Locomotivated)
03. Alive
04. Last Hope
05. Waiting For the Dew
06. Ungrund
07. Mindland
08. Sand Turned into Glass
09. Old Legacy
10. Beauty
11. Pegasus Fantasy (Saint Seiya opening)

Label: Independent
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 5 April, 2011