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  • Writer's pictureSammie Starr

Album Review: GHØSTKID - HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE

Metalcore trendsetters GHØSTKID take listeners down the unforgiving rabbit hole of an artist searching for himself beneath the mythical California milieu in their latest release, HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE.



The transition for Sebastian "Sushi" Biesler into multi-genre beastial musical force he has developed with GHØSTKID is one that is astonishing and beautiful at the same time. Coming from Eskimo Callboy, which in itself was a totally different animal of its own, no one could have known what Sebastian would unleash when he left the band to do bigger and better things with his self-titled debut. Pulling back the curtain on the glitz and glam of celebrity fandom, his new creation GHØSTKID would reveal the tenebrous underbelly of what lies buried beneath such exaggerated riches. With their latest album, Hollywood Suicide, GHØSTKID takes things a step further. Unveiling a more savage and unforgiving lyrical and instrumental experience, HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE is all about the brutal reality of what you have to do and give up, to become something more in the music industry. 


Hollywood Suicide is more than just an incredible array of sounds and emotions condensed into a somber and bleak experience. Hollywood Suicide is a candid story of an artist searching for himself, as well as the pieces of himself that had to die in order for him to become who he is now amongst his own personal debris.

From the beginning of the album, aptly titled, “HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE,” GHØSTKID begins this journey. An intrusive mix of electronic, metalcore, numetal, and melodic elements, GHØSTKID tells a raw story of personal suicide to reach the point he is at now. A painful theme that circumvents throughout the album, “Hollywood Suicide” is a small snapshot of whats to come for the remainder of the album. 


“S3X” takes a dark, denuded, and gritty turn. Deeply emotional and blends traditional rock and progressive elements, GHØSTKID has created one of the best tracks on the album that elicits such a strong response for it being the second track on the album.


“FSU” and “HEAVY RAIN” picks up the pace, offering a pleasant change of pace and showcasing that GHØSTKID has really matured and grown when it comes to perfectly balancing out different textures of vocals and genres while still maintaining the gloomy imagery that is intelligently painted within each experience. 


The trap-infused tune “VALERIE” showcases GHØSTKID's creativity, as the melodramatic atmosphere beautifully hugs the beginning and close of its expressive lyrics before moving on to more high-octane tracks "UGLY" and "BLOOD." GHØSTKID continues to astound with each track and the final three tracks only exemplify this more.


Diabolical heavy-hitter “MURDER” featuring Code:Pandorum and “DAHLIA” continues to carry the albums massive aggressive energies. With high-tempo rhythms, cathodic moments, and incredible use of vocals,GHØSTKID's spit-fire and impassioned lyricism carries the album to the beautiful finale, “HELENA DRIVE.” 


A far more opulent piece then the rest of the tracks on Hollywood Suicide, “HELENA DRIVE” is brutal while carrying a celestial vibe within the pockets of its deep resonating guitar riffs and powerful echoing drums before fading to darkness. 


Hollywood Suicide is more than just an incredible array of sounds and emotions condensed into a somber and bleak experience. Hollywood Suicide is a candid story of an artist searching for himself, as well as the pieces of himself that had to die in order for him to become who he is now amongst his own personal debris. Hollywood Suicide demonstrates GHØSTKID's strong presence in the metalcore genre and their commitment to pushing it forward.



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