Stellarscope: Standing In The Shadow Of Your Ghost Review: Loaded With Potential

With soaring guitars, wonderful drum work and impactful lyrics, Philly’s Stellarscope hits a few high marks with their new album, “Standing In The Shadow Of Your Ghost,” but issues with production hold it back from being as dominant a force as it could be.

As a band, Stellarscope is tight. Bob Forman on drums is a master. From slower beats that set the tone to powerful banging on other tracks, he’s multi-faceted and proficient. Tom Lugo gets it done on bass with supporting tones that complement the drums and guitar almost perfectly at times. Lugo’s guitar work is also great, making the band feel like The Bravery.

The only problem is the overproduced nature of the vocals. Lugo has a capable voice, but the echo on virtually all the tracks makes it a lot less clear than it should. With the drums and guitar and bass working so hard, the vocals almost take a backseat when they need to be in the front seat. As a result, many of the tracks don’t resonate nearly as much as they should, with “Only Strangers Know” being a prime example.

“For You” is easily the best track on the album because it’s the song that combines everything from Forman’s drums and Lugo’s excellent string work together, as well as his voice in as clear and smooth a representation as possible. It tells a wonderful story and one that can make you comfortably numb. It’s the type of track you could see in a horror flick or a drama where someone is sinking away into an abyss. It’s that powerful.

With all of these pieces in place, Stellarscope is a solid producer of tunes and one big song away from being on the radio and a national tour. As of right now, however, they’re still a little rough around the edges in spite of everything they managed to do so right on this album.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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