Ghost (or Ghost B.C. or w/e) -- Swedish Pop Metal in Satan's Service

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figured they oughtta have their own thread, as they've got a new album out and the last was pretty well liked around here. first single, "secular haze", is a proggy five-minute waltz that saves its biggest hook for the closing moments. weird move, and it took me a while to come around, but now i can't get it out of my head:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyQZ13jobIY

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Monday, 15 April 2013 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Love the vid.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 15 April 2013 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Nice one, loved their last album!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 15 April 2013 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

well, from the name/image etc, the vocals are nothing like i expected ..

i was waiting for gruff/indecipherable shouting, and certainly nothing as melodic as this is !

this is really good stuff ...

mark e, Monday, 15 April 2013 16:45 (five years ago) Permalink

digging this record a lot. worshipping satan has never sounded so wholesome.

inste grammophon (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:42 (five years ago) Permalink

okay, so this thread hasn't gone far since i started it

ALBUM OF THE FUCKING YEAR - calling it here, daft punk or no

everything about this is magnificent, a huge leap forward from the already brilliant debut. unlike the new uncle acid, they don't sacrifice a bit of what made them initially compelling. if anything, they double down. creamier, sweeter, catchier, more deeply infused with pure fresh (demon) seed. opus eponymous was approximately four brilliant songs padded out to album length, but this thing never flags, it just keeps building and building. i was convinced at "jigolo har megido", but holy shit at what, ska surf doom on "zombie queen"? that's after an intro that for a moment might be air or goldfrapp. sounds godawful, but it works! it's unspeakable and absolutely perfect, like the drooling bastard whelp of satan spawned upon a limpid nun. the single, "secular haze", is really just the jumping off point.

i sometimes think that "don't fear the reaper" is my all time favorite song, and this album is like that song turned into a band. soaring, glossily seductive, almost comically dark (okay, more than "almost" in this case), and catchy as all holy hell. maybe the most telling thing about this is that they cover an abba song and it doesn't overshadow the originals in any way. they're writing at that level, or near it, anyway. "year zero" is the real "first single", and it comes halfway through the album. like before they unfurl the full majesty, they want to show you that the tier two material is at least twice as good as any sane person had right to expect. and fuck, "body and blood", giving saturation era urge overkill a run for their money.

i expect it'll be way too cartoonish and cartoonishly "rock" for ILM in general, and it does maybe flag a bit at the very end, but this shit was weaponized specifically with me in mind. gorgeous goth pop horror metal from dimensions lost, beaming in on late night radio. "suffer little children to come unto me." have never heard a band take blue oyster cult so much to heart. brings a tear, i tell you. bloody, perhaps fecal, but a tear nonetheless.

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 03:36 (five years ago) Permalink

This sounds like Sensefield

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:57 (five years ago) Permalink

kind of kidding with the AOY! biz, but i really do like it

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:18 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks for ringing the bell only to leave a bag of flaming shit on the mat, JD.

had never heard "sensefield". gonna be all morning scrubbing that shit outta my brain with a toothbrush.

note to all interested parties: this sounds nothing like sneesefield.

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:20 (five years ago) Permalink

also, it is possible that i may have been a leeetle bit drunk when i wrote that long "review" last night...

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:23 (five years ago) Permalink

up from the stinking earth she rises ghastly pale
shapeshifting soon, but now she's rigid, stiff and stale

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:04 (five years ago) Permalink

realize i'm out on a storm-lashed promontory in the moonless night with this one, but that's cool. i think i passed a castle back down the road a few miles. maybe they have a telephone i might use.

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:10 (five years ago) Permalink

obv the BOC references are obvious but i never thought of Saturation by Urge Overkill until you said it contenderizer, but yeah totally....also the Stull EP

that said they are kinda like a less funny/varied/amazing BOC

but yeah i like the satanic pop bubblegum vibe

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:33 (five years ago) Permalink

they say satan so much on this album it made me lol at points

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:34 (five years ago) Permalink

and surely thats the point ?
panto rock a la alice cooper etc ...

mark e, Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I mean I love the campiness of it

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

me too ..
the sound. the concept. the look. etc.
if ever there was a band who dreamt up the perfect 'klf vs doom' colective, then ghost b.c. would be damn close to the outcome.
tis one of my favourite albums in a long long time ..

mark e, Thursday, 18 April 2013 21:14 (five years ago) Permalink

zombbbbiiiieeeee quuueeeeeennnnn

errant flynn, Saturday, 20 April 2013 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

that said they are kinda like a less funny/varied/amazing BOC

you forgot less talented, which is the real problem.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 20 April 2013 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks for ringing the bell only to leave a bag of flaming shit on the mat, JD.

had never heard "sensefield". gonna be all morning scrubbing that shit outta my brain with a toothbrush.

note to all interested parties: this sounds nothing like sneesefield.

― I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:20 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha! I was just being mean. It WAS the first thing that popped into my head when I heard it, though. Can't get behind this band at all.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, 20 April 2013 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

nor can pitchfork metal dude, which bums me out cuz so many (apparently) take tips from them :(

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:09 (five years ago) Permalink

accessibility and catchiness get a bad rap in certain quarters. a shame, imo.

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this thread. I didn't even know they had a new album out. Opus Eponymous proved that Satan does have the best music, and if this anything like that, it will be well worth a download.

o. nate, Sunday, 21 April 2013 02:51 (five years ago) Permalink

dig the look. reminds me of a less manic arcturus

Spectrum, Sunday, 21 April 2013 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

On first listen, I'm not sure I like this better than Opus Eponymous. It seems the organ is more prominent and there's more of an oompah-band rhythm going on, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but the songs didn't grab me as much at first, except for "Secular Haze" which is pretty catchy. Calling Opus "approximately four brilliant songs padded out to album length" sets a pretty high bar. It doesn't seem like there are even four songs on this as good as the best stuff on Opus, but I'll try to keep an open mind.

o. nate, Monday, 22 April 2013 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe I was a bit too hard on this. It's been growing on me. I still think it could have been a couple of songs shorter, and I'm not sure it matches the highs of Opus, but complaining would be churlish of me.

o. nate, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:56 (five years ago) Permalink

can not keep a straight face listening to this record, and i mean that in the best possible way

ciderpress, Friday, 3 May 2013 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

totally.
its a proper chesiree cat grin album ..

mark e, Friday, 3 May 2013 17:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Dang, Opus is good. I love the concept (bubblegum Satanic ought to be perennial), so I'm glad I like all of the songs too.

lazulum, Monday, 6 May 2013 13:58 (five years ago) Permalink

*Satanism

lazulum, Monday, 6 May 2013 13:59 (five years ago) Permalink

The new record definitely isn't as strong as Opus Eponymous for me, but I still like it a great deal.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm with the man from Pitchfork on this one. Too many weak melodies. I do really like Ghuleh, though.

lazulum, Thursday, 9 May 2013 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

"Ghuleh" is great.

o. nate, Thursday, 9 May 2013 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new album !

kids vs satanic doom rock :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0Ao4t_fe0I

cannot wait.

mark e, Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:24 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"Cirice" is so goddamn catchy. I hope the whole album is like that.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:57 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

whole album is great. ends with an evil hymn

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Album is rocking in a strange kind of Darkness / Queensryche manner.

obstacle illusion (calstars), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:20 (three years ago) Permalink

The world is on fiyah.

obstacle illusion (calstars), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:24 (three years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard this yet, how does it compare to their previous stuff?

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 18:12 (three years ago) Permalink

On first listen (so apply liberal grains of salt), I'm leaning towards "return to form". A bit front-loaded perhaps, but doesn't wear out its welcome.

o. nate, Thursday, 27 August 2015 02:21 (three years ago) Permalink

very brief discussion of the new one on Rolling Metal

He Is = one of 2015's best songs

alpine static, Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:34 (three years ago) Permalink

almost embarrassed by how much I like this album

it me, Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:44 (three years ago) Permalink

when i return to normal life, i.e. next week when mk2 goes back to school and i go back into the office,
this is top of the list to help me get through the week.

mark e, Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:59 (three years ago) Permalink

suspect that the more excessive/prog/psych they become the more i will love them.

mark e, Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Old-school Satan worship filtered through contemporary Swedish pop production. The record's producer, Klas Ahlund, has previously worked with Robyn, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.

it me, Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:02 (three years ago) Permalink

that moment at the end of "Spirit" where Papa Emeritus hits the high note on "spiiiiii-iiii-riiiiiit" right into the dope riff is ace

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 29 August 2015 05:11 (three years ago) Permalink

THE WORLD IS ON FI-YAH

pdf booklet in the cheesecaked factory (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 September 2015 22:44 (three years ago) Permalink

The world is on fiyah.

― obstacle illusion (calstars), Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5:24 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^ this song just makes me want to start it all over again

pdf booklet in the cheesecaked factory (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 3 September 2015 22:47 (three years ago) Permalink

HE IS

alpine static, Friday, 4 September 2015 07:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Their entire publicity strategy is like a teenager arriving at Christmas dinner with a face tattoo and then screaming, “GOD, LEAVE ME ALONE!” every time someone points it out.

You mean like every black metal band ever? Fuck this chump. I don't even like Ghost's music, but this guy is the worst kind of metalhead. (OK, second-worst, 'cause he didn't say anything overtly racist.)

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 2 June 2018 22:28 (four months ago) Permalink

Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Yup

calstars, Sunday, 3 June 2018 02:30 (four months ago) Permalink

I lol'd admiringly in the lyrics in several spots including that one

Simon H., Sunday, 3 June 2018 02:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Those lyrics don't bother me. Probably because I've heard enough, far worse, metal lyrics to last a lifetime.

And that Vice piece is symptomatic of how tone-deaf and paranoid much of the metal scene is.

A. Begrand, Sunday, 3 June 2018 05:02 (four months ago) Permalink

it's hard to be as wrong as that Noisey piece is

alpine static, Sunday, 3 June 2018 10:13 (four months ago) Permalink

that noisey thing... I'm just trying to imagine a grown adult man writing that

also he mentioned King Diamond a couple times, like uh did I miss something where King Diamond wasn't high camp? or Priest or Maiden or Kiss or Alice Cooper or Dio? (all legends)

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 3 June 2018 12:58 (four months ago) Permalink

dan ozzi writes there so i can easily imagine a grown adult man at noisey writing that

lowercase (eric), Sunday, 3 June 2018 13:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Liking this album. It's weird - I often go into new Ghost content feeling a bit weary and dubious, but they have a way of winning me over. Pro Memoria got stuck in my head after like two listens.

jmm, Sunday, 3 June 2018 15:12 (four months ago) Permalink

like uh did I miss something where King Diamond wasn't high camp?

lol otm

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 3 June 2018 21:08 (four months ago) Permalink

I like the hair-metal-ish touches on "Rats". not that I'm saying it's a hair metal song, but some of the intro chord progs and the "ahh-oooh-wahhh-ahhh" of the chorus.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 3 June 2018 21:08 (four months ago) Permalink

That Rats riff totally smacks of Jake E. Lee/Vivian Campbell circa 1984.

A. Begrand, Sunday, 3 June 2018 23:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Jake E Lee era Ozzy is very underrated

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 3 June 2018 23:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Miasma is so awesome.

Right now I'm thinking this album's on a level with Opus and Meliora (I don't rate Infestissumam quite as highly).

jmm, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:09 (four months ago) Permalink

ppl say BOC a lot and i hear that some but other times ("Dance Mabacre") i hear a very distinct Scorpions melodic influence

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:14 (four months ago) Permalink

cd arrived today.
I have been somewhat apprehensive due to the build up press/reactions.
so, poured a big glass of red wine.
positioned myself in the sweet spot, and pressed play.
absolutely wonderful experience.
nothing totally jumped out at me, other than the brilliant sax solo during 'miasma' (loving the 2 instrumentals), however, the BIG tunes are there.
also, there is quite a gap between the album proper and the bonus tracks.
which is of course a good thing.

mark e, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:18 (four months ago) Permalink

Don’t you forget about dying
Don’t you forget about your friend death
Don’t you forget that you will die
Yup

the albums big crowd singalong chorus.
bring on world domination.

mark e, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Right now I'm thinking this album's on a level with Opus and Meliora (I don't rate Infestissumam quite as highly).

this is my one listen reaction.
however with this lot, a few listens in, and everything can change.

mark e, Thursday, 7 June 2018 19:21 (four months ago) Permalink

You're allowed to go completely over the top if you've got the tunes, imho. And Ghost do.

StanM, Sunday, 10 June 2018 18:31 (four months ago) Permalink

ok, new album obvs rules, but one nitpick: why did he choose to go with the "witchu" pronunciation in Danse Macabre instead of "with you"? it doesn't ruin the song for me - not even close - but i do find it kind of distracting and i think it was the wrong choice. Tobias doesn't make many wrong choices, musically at least.

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:03 (four months ago) Permalink

It's not just a pronunciation choice - he's doing a pun.

jmm, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

"bewitch"

got it

carry on :)

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:38 (four months ago) Permalink

thx jmm

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:38 (four months ago) Permalink

well in that case it's genius!

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:39 (four months ago) Permalink

“Deus In Absentia” b/w “Just Wanna B Witchu”

calstars, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:53 (four months ago) Permalink

If I had to drop a song, it might be "See the Light". It's not bad, but something about the chorus deflates it for me - the note he hits in "then you'll see the liiiight".

jmm, Monday, 11 June 2018 18:10 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this album grew on me fast, which is really only notable in that Meliora was immediately appealing. new one just took a week, that's all.

probably not as good as Meliora - Meliora has He Is, this one doesn't, if nothing else - but not that far off.

alpine static, Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:22 (three months ago) Permalink

What is this album’s “he is?”

calstars, Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:26 (three months ago) Permalink

Been meaning to go back to it, but yeah it hasn’t grabbed me like M did

calstars, Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:15 (three months ago) Permalink

after a period of caring not,
this album is now working its magic.
'dance macabre' is as good as anything that has been before.
after which there is 'pro memoria' that has the massive chorus as mentioned upthread.
outcome : a brilliant harmony heavy double bill in the middle of the album.

mark e, Thursday, 28 June 2018 21:31 (three months ago) Permalink

I really like the two covers.

Siegbran, Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:27 (three months ago) Permalink

wait which two are the covers?

alpine static, Friday, 29 June 2018 00:02 (three months ago) Permalink

bonus tracks - Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" and Pet Shop Boys' "It's A Sin"

Simon H., Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10 (three months ago) Permalink

thx!

alpine static, Friday, 29 June 2018 03:43 (three months ago) Permalink

I don't think the Cohen one really works but it's an admirable stab. The PSB one sounds exactly as you'd expect and that's a good thing.

Simon H., Friday, 29 June 2018 12:40 (three months ago) Permalink

This album is so seamless. Its eclectic nature reminds me of Blue Öyster Cult's Spectres, as well as those late-70s Alice Cooper records he did with Dick Wagner.

A. Begrand, Friday, 29 June 2018 13:22 (three months ago) Permalink

What is this album’s “he is?”

― calstars, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 5:26 PM (two days ago)

i mean, i can look and listen and pick something, but to me, HE IS is an all-time stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of song.

i don't doubt Forge has another one (or more) of those in him, but i don't think it's on prequelle. (and i love prequelle.)

alpine static, Friday, 29 June 2018 19:35 (three months ago) Permalink

ok, the new album is bloody fantastic.
I was not totally convinced to start with, but having lived with it for a few weeks its really hitting the spot now.
guess I should get some BOC albums then.

mark e, Sunday, 1 July 2018 20:16 (three months ago) Permalink

JUST WANNA BE-
I WANNA BEWITCH YOU
IN THE MOONLIGHT!

alpine static, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:29 (three months ago) Permalink

THIS IS THE MOMENT OF JUST LETTING GOOOOOOOOOO

alpine static, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:47 (three months ago) Permalink

WHILE YOU SLEEP IN EARTHLY DELIGHT
SOMEONE'S FLESH IS ROTTING TONIGHT!

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:26 (three months ago) Permalink

who has more hooks than this band? any genre.

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:26 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

(sax solo)

calstars, Sunday, 5 August 2018 03:04 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8FHSNIc3wI

synthwave vs GHOST.
I approve.

mark e, Friday, 24 August 2018 10:35 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcvEe4949Sk

live excess vs GHOST.
I approve.

mark e, Thursday, 13 September 2018 22:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I love this thread because most in here really enjoy the band. In the outside internet, haters constantly take the fun out of loving the band, but not here! This is my Ghost safe space.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 14 September 2018 05:50 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

these folks are selling out large rooms everywhere they go, man. they're getting *big*

alpine static, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:49 (one week ago) Permalink

supporting Metallica next year too

StanM, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Latest album still hasn’t connected with me the way meliora did

calstars, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:20 (one week ago) Permalink

agreed, not quite as good, but imo Meliora was a #1 album of the year kind of thing. this one is more like 5-15 range.

alpine static, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

This album seems more pop - a handful of polished singles and some filler. They also seem to have backed off the explicit Satanism a bit. It’s a fun listen but not their best.

o. nate, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink


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