The Skinny: “Ghosts” is one of the key tracks off of New Jersey melodic metal band Forlorn Path’s debut full-length album Man’s Last Portrait. The group takes their inspirations from other similar bands such as Swallow the Sun, Draconian, Woods of Ypres, Agalloch, Dark Tranquility, Opeth and Bathory. The self-released Man’s Last Portrait comes off as a majestic work, layered with morose wisdom, sonic sanctity and deviant beauty. The album was recorded by guitarist and sound engineer Ivan Chernikov, mixed by Rob Torres and Frightbox Studios, and mastered by Jens Bogren and Fascination Street Studios.

The Forlorn Path formed in the fall of 2008 in a college dorm in New Brunswick, New Jersey. By 2010 the band emerged with their debut EP Being Towards Death, including the fan favorite “These Walls Stand No More,” a nearly ten minute sample of the band at their best. Last year Forlorn Path released their sophomore EP Intifada which is centered around a man’s horrific coma dream. With the release of two EPs and playing countless shows, Forlorn Path were ready to record their full-length debut in the spring of 2012. Clocking in at over an hour, Man’s Last Portrait tells stories of loss, longing, and the gradual decay of an ignorant world and combines the best of the band’s older material with a lot more innovation and originality.