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Friday, December 8, 2023

Hungarian instrumental progressive rock band Ghost Toast released new album

Hungarian instrumental progressive rock band Ghost Toast released their fifth studio album “Shade Without Color” on March 3rd 2022 via Inverse Records.

The band comments:

“Even though the ongoing war in our neighboring Ukraine definitely tones down the euphoria around our new release, we believe that the theme and intended message of the album is painstakingly accurate, as the poem inspiring the album’s concept and title (Hollow Men by T.S.Eliot) was based upon exactly the inhumanity of war. The members of Ghost Toast condemn the aggression of war and are compassionate towards the innocent victims and all Ukrainians who have had to (hopefully only temporarily) leave their homes and country.

“Shade Without Color” is the follow-up for our 2020 album “Shape Without Form”. The majority of the songs were written at the same time, and we intented it to be a sort of a „double-album”, in which the two would come out at different times. Both titles come from T.S. Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men and both albums mostly deal with the subject of emptiness, the process of becoming empty – only to an extent which suits an instrumental material, of course.

The basis of thought behind the album is not the actual state of emptiness, it’s rather the things leading up to it – like personal fate, tragedy and weakness; the subject of authority; technology becoming impersonal; politics, alienated people; the feeling of being threatened.

This emptiness uniformizes, dissolves the individual, leaves humankind disenchanted and hopeless.

We look at both records as an illustration of this theme, this is mostly why we use (again) quotes from movies, interviews, speeches or poems. Our own thoughts and feelings are encapsulated within these and of course, within the music surrounding it. We also attempted though to resolve this mostly dark subject, as we do not believe that mankind’s fate generally would be hopeless and that there would be no way out. Darker parts lead to moments filled with more hope, while in the melodies and themes intented to be more beautiful and soft have a recurring dissonance, indicating this constant battle.”

Promo pic by ​Tamás Varga (Brownhand)