Ghost (formerly known as Ghost B.C. in the United States) is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008.In 2010, they released a 3-track demo followed by a 7″ vinyl titled “Elizabeth,” and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammis-nominated album was widely praised and increased their popularity significantly. Their second album and major label debut Infestissumam was released in 2013, debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album.
Ghost are easily recognizable because of their eccentric on-stage presence. Five of the group’s six members wear hooded robes and the vocalist appears wearing skull make-up and dressed as a “demonic anti-Pope”. The band’s members keep their identities secret and their names have not been publicly disclosed; the vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus and the musicians are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls.
Infestissumam—-I am a new comer to this band…but I have quickly fallen in love with them. There is a huge mysticism associated with them…but the music is almost mainstream metal that resonates with me at an incredible level. The vocals on this track are understated…the high guitars remind me of Iron Maiden…the melody is damn contagious…..I am definetly a convert!
Per Aspera Ad Inferi—-Melding from the opening track, this is a bit more bass heavy…but the vocal is so damn pleasant…is this even Heavy Metal? I am sucked in by the constant melody and the easiness of the listening process. The band joins in on the chorus…adding huge body to the sound and the sway of the song. This is stellar!
Secular Haze—-This begins with an almost circus mantra…then the melody kicks in and the song becomes something of beauty. This is laid back and pleasant…even though there are some really nice Metal moments. I just love this band. Not sure where I have been all this time. The vocal is stellar…you can catch and understand every word…imagine that!
Jigolo Har Megiddo—-At once catchy and accessible, the voice is so damn pleasant and clear. My God…I love the mood changes as the song progresses. The drums are very large but manage to remain understated. The musical mix is far back in the music…it is stellar in sound and delivery!
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen—-With a gentle piano intro, this band is still full of surprises for me. So many smooth mood changes on this track…my goodness….what a stellar band. You can catch every word…at times the music produced is damn beautiful. I am in awe of this group!!!
Year Zero—-Huge with nice references to THE DEVIL!!!! Sometimes it comes across as humorous because the music is so damn pleasant and accessible I’m not even sure at this point if I am supposed to take this band seriously…or if it is all a big joke…all I know is I really like it…so let the joke be on me.I think there is even vo-codor on here…go figure.
Body And Blood—-The surprises continue…with a huge intro, this has become one of my favorite tracks from this release….is this really Metal…I can’t quite decide…it has so many other mixtures involved. The lyrics are dark enough…but the music is so contradictory. I just know I love it!!!
Idolatrine—- Picking up good steam with this track, there is a vocal harmony that is almost to pleasant. How can this all be real!!!! I get so confused with this band….sometimes they sing about the devil…sometimes about God…can someone explain all this too me. An extraordinary track at any rate.
Depth Of Satan’s Eyes—-With a bit more of an aggressive edge, the vocals smooth things out. When the chorus kicks in and the whole band joins in…it is almost a damn catchy pop song. This is incredible…I will be listening to this for awhile…already pre-ordered the new release.
Monstrance Clock—-With a mystical feel, the vocal seems a bit more cloudy to me….but the melody is just incredible. I just am not sure how to take this band….I just know I am infatuated!
La Montra Mori—-this has a heavy mysterious feel to it…despite the pleasant vocal. There seems to be a deeper sound that travels through this song. I like it…but I’m still unsure how serious to take all of this. I won’t stop this band though….a great discovery for me.
I’m A Marionette—-Huge drums issue in the intro to this track….the vocal is pleasant as always..but the guitars seem a bit more aggressive. I love the throwback sound to this band. I can’t believe it took me so long.
Secular Haze—-Rounding this release out from a track from the EP release I think, the guitars are fantastic…shifting and adding a darkness to the sound of the band. The drums come in here and there and the sound is fantastic. A really great find for me!!!
****3/4 out of 5