There’s still a lot of soul in the waters of Birmingham, Alabama. Jesse Cash, the distinctive voice of Sumerian’s progressive metal-core slayers Erra, bridges the gaps between hard rock and metal core with his self-funded project Ghost Atlas. It’s been almost four years since we’ve heard anything from Jesse’s solo project, only releasing a promising four song EP with Gold Soul Coma Pt. 1 in 2013. This year however has been a different animal entirely. While still touring and managing the responsibilities one would have to manage with a band such as Erra, Jesse has still found the time to slave away in the studio to unleash an audible kraken. All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About might be Cash’s strongest work to date, period.
It’s hard not to roll your eyes when you hear the words solo project because it’s kind of a buzzword for trouble. They’re usually never that good, but also, that means there might be creative issues within the band the said artist is from. It’s also nice to be proven wrong in this case because Jesse Cash really shows he’s a creative force to be reckoned with on this album. With Ghost Atlas he really separates himself from the darker atmosphere he creates in Erra with songs that have a more Alt, Nü-Metal feel, wrapped in a sort of golden ambiance. This album is extremely difficult to get through, not because it’s boring or sub-par, but because the first six songs are so strong that you wind up forgetting there’s another six to ingest. Jesse really does have a distinctive style to his voice, he can probably hit every note on the scale and then some, while at the same time laying down provocative melodies that cling to you. The beauty of All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is that it shows what one man with a lot of talent, experience, and most importantly, creative freedom can put together when you give them the space to do so. The choruses are memorable, the lyrics are relatable, and you definitely get a sense of where Erra gets their melodic prowess from. The first single “Cry Wolf” is already available online and is absolutely worth your time to check out. It takes the newer feel that bands like Hands Like Houses are coming out with then blends it with hints of nostalgia from old Saosin and Armor for Sleep. It’s not just the opening track that’s ablaze, this whole record is loaded with potential classics. You have “Vertigo,” “Mirror Room,” and “Badlands,” which has a chorus still oozing its way to the bowels of my cerebellum. This entire record is catchy like a football covered in pine resin. I have only one complaint about this album, and its only because I can’t sing along in full volume, Cash’s vocal range is much greater than mine and the rest of us humans will ever be. All Is In Sync And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About is available November 17 but you can pre-order it here.