Formed in the summer of 2003, Hungry Ghost was two different songwriters who came together. On one side was Jon Dickinson, who had been honing his metallic guitar style for years with drummer Kevin Hintzen, and on the other side was Ryan Sullivan, a minimalist punk rocker with a mouthful of political venom. Surprizingly the two styles blended well, with Ryan's three chord punk tunes providing variety amongst Jon's longer metal tunes. Things worked so well that the two guitar players started co-writing, mostly with Ryan providing words and Jon providing music, although there were exceptions. A twin lead guitar style emerged as well, with Ryan and Jon playing harmonies. Ryan's brother Brandon played the bass. Within 6 months of forming the band started recording an album, which was completed in roughly 3 months. The band was constantly writing and developed a rather devoted following in a very short time.