Holy Shroud

Ghost Repeaters

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The Holy Shroud is the rebirth of Halifax-based math rockers North of America, with that band's creative core of singer/guitarists Michael Catano and Jim MacAlpine joined by the rhythm section from Contrived, bassist Mike Bigelow and drummer Loel Campbell. Fans of both bands, then, already have some idea of what Ghost Repeaters sounds like, with North of America's cerebral take on Polvo-style indie rock mixed with the more primal attack of Contrived's hard-edged rhythm section. Less rhythmically fluid than North of America's farewell album, Brothers Sisters, the combination is surprisingly close to old-school emo of the Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu school, particularly on standout tracks like "Say What You Are," which combines a pummeling rhythm track with a strongly anthemic chorus, and the punky shoutathon "This Is the Future Perfect." There is little new ground broken on Ghost Repeaters, but the powerful mix of Catano and MacAlpine's intricate guitar parts and whisper-to-a-scream vocals with the heavy but dynamic rhythm section makes it a compelling listen regardless.

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