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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

totally.
its a proper chesiree cat grin album ..

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

*Satanism

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

"Ghuleh" is great.

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

one month passes...

whole album is great. ends with an evil hymn

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

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

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

The world is on fiyah.

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

almost embarrassed by how much I like this album

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

THE WORLD IS ON FI-YAH

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

HE IS

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

bloody hell.
this album on headphones : immense.
wish i had the chance to see them live.

they also very much know how to construct a setlist. "Spirit" right into "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" and then "Ritual" to begin, "He Is" toward the midway mark, ending with "If You Have Ghosts". they played almost all of Meliora!

this sounds like the perfect concert set to me.

mark e, Thursday, 15 October 2015 22:32 (two years ago) Permalink

so i saw them last night and holy shit ... amazing. two solid hours of basically nothing but killer songs, absolutely seamless playing and obviously engaging stage presence/performance. setlist was nicely spread across the three album, hitting all the best stuff.

best show I've seen in quite some time. i was especially happy about how long it was (and I'm generally a "75 minutes is enough, thanks" kind of concertgoer)

absolutely MASSIVE band

alpine static, Friday, 23 October 2015 09:35 (two years ago) Permalink

for me this is the 2015 released album i have enjoyed more than anything else.

i have had friends round and played 'he is' etc, to them, and they were totally in the 'who is this?' groove.

mark e, Friday, 30 October 2015 00:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Alpine otm re: massive

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Friday, 30 October 2015 01:07 (two years ago) Permalink

It's grown on me a lot. I must not have been in the right mood when it came out, or just bored of Ghost. It's a huge step up from the last album.

jmm, Friday, 30 October 2015 17:59 (two years ago) Permalink

It's a huge step up from the last album.

agreed.

the mix of tunes, expansive production, and choirs really hits hard on the new album.

mark e, Friday, 30 October 2015 18:22 (two years ago) Permalink

They're on Colbert tonight. I'm guessing they'll go with Pinnacle to the Pit, but I could totally see He Is being the song that breaks them to a much bigger audience.

jmm, Friday, 30 October 2015 23:37 (two years ago) Permalink

They went with "Cirice". Clip is on Youtube.

o. nate, Saturday, 31 October 2015 20:09 (two years ago) Permalink

That was cool. Satanic pop metal on national TV! I figured Cirice would be too long, but they got it down to 4 minutes.

jmm, Saturday, 31 October 2015 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMWeIRX-ZHE

Really well done!

calstars, Monday, 2 November 2015 01:37 (two years ago) Permalink

that was pretty great, the filter was a corny but nice touch

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 2 November 2015 02:43 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

For all my whining on EOY about a lack of 'proper' metal, I'm so glad I gave Ghost another chance. Meliora is a masterpiece.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Monday, 1 February 2016 10:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I was listening to 'He Is' and thinking 'where have I heard that melody line before? And I realised it was kind of similar to this old Scandi-pop song I used to like off a free CD from Jockey Slut in the early 2000s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgRXbpA1-_Q

Doubt it's any more than a passing coincidence, but strange they come from the same part of the world.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I can barely hear the connection

calstars, Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:36 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah it's tenuous at best. I also think it sounds like Umbrella but it must just be how my brain is wired cos no one else would agree.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Thursday, 4 February 2016 08:04 (two years ago) Permalink

grammy winners

Cosmic Slop, Monday, 15 February 2016 23:59 (two years ago) Permalink

"The nightmare has become a dweam!" [within a dweam!]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb9cy3Me0hk

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

hah!

I don't think they should have said a word but it was interesting to see the singer

calstars, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

wish he would've worn the full get-up

alpine static, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 19:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Ghost performing "He Is" at the Grammis, the Swedish Grammy awards, where they won the best metal performance category.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQm8Ssh4ynQ

So beautiful, artful, a love song to Satan, with dancers and a giant creepy marionette seemingly in control of all. Yeah, yeah, Blue Oyster Cult meets Mercyful Fate - it's been done before, but if you don't think there is originality in this band watch this. I listened to a ton of great metal albums last year, and all of them sound like someone but none of them looked like this.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:58 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Thoughts on Popestar?

calstars, Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm okay with EPs of ghoulish covers between LPs, but they're a one-listen kind of thing. Square Hammer is great.

jmm, Monday, 19 September 2016 00:58 (one year ago) Permalink

one-listen is a little harsh as the musicality is on a par with the album material.

i happen to think their cover of 'i believe' is fantastic.

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

and the eurythmics one is as insane as you'd expect from a band who already have a lot of love from the industrial scene ..

mark e, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink

They really are the new Rammstein.

Siegbran, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:46 (one year ago) Permalink

"I believe" is their wonderwaLl

calstars, Sunday, 25 September 2016 00:14 (one year ago) Permalink

this is...great fun

imago, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

this popped up on my local community radio station and i thought it was late-period They Might Be Giants

Immediate Follower (NA), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Fix Idé is out, the new album by TiD (Time Is Divine) - (a band that may or may not contain current and/or former members of Ghost - don't know how to describe the sound, a mix of Rammstein + Tool maybe?)

https://play.spotify.com/album/7DqvtGI5Gviq3PcZIgpvU6
http://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tid-fix-id

Their two previous EPs can be downloaded for free here:
Bortom Inom, 2007 http://timeisdivine.com/soz/soz-001.php
Giv Akt, 2010 http://timeisdivine.com/soz/soz-006.php

StanM, Friday, 7 October 2016 06:57 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

they were great last night as usual. the showmanship and theatrics have really skyrocketed since the last tour (they even have satanic nuns on stage at one point). all good things of course - the bigger the better with Ghost. I did, however, start to roll my eyes at the almost 5 minute sexual monologue Papa went into before the closing tune, mostly cos he was veering into 'bad standup'.

weird that they omitted "Spirit" - my fav off of Meliora. i may go again tomorrow on a day where I can enjoy myself more.

Neanderthal, Friday, 4 November 2016 01:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Sexual monologue?

calstars, Friday, 4 November 2016 12:35 (one year ago) Permalink

before they did Monstrance Clock, he found someone in the front row and talked about how basically the next song was going t obe a joint orgasm between the audience and Ghost and it was weird and a little more like somtehing a hair metal band would do.

I preferred the theatrical moments where they brought nuns out in SAtan's service and goofy stuff like that

Neanderthal, Friday, 4 November 2016 13:27 (one year ago) Permalink

it did literally take 5 minutes though. they could have squeezed another song in during that time

Neanderthal, Friday, 4 November 2016 13:27 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

So... the four ghouls who were fired at the end of last year's tour are now suing the singer - http://imgur.com/a/8m1gU (warning: previously anonymous names are named in the screenshot)

StanM, Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

lol Metal-Archives people have already updated their artist pages

Neanderthal, Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Tobias being the vocalist probably the worst kept secret here

Neanderthal, Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Henrik Palm of In Solitude. So there was some truth to that rumour.

jmm, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

My understanding is that a lot of people have circulated through the Nameless Ghouls over the years.

jmm, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:09 (one year ago) Permalink

My understanding is that a lot of people have circulated through the Nameless Ghouls over the years.

i never expected anything less to be honest.

mark e, Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:27 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

And now you too can enjoy a Wall Street Journal version of 'A Nameless Ghoul.'

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hell-on-earth-satanic-band-files-suit-citing-dreary-work-conditions-1497282380

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 June 2017 20:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

ghost is the darkness of metal

calstars, Monday, 12 June 2017 20:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Live album, just in time for satan claus

StanM, Friday, 8 December 2017 22:32 (four months ago) Permalink

When I saw them live they were hugely entertaining but sounded exactly like the studio versions, is this the case here?

Siegbran, Saturday, 9 December 2017 10:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, pretty much. I'm not sure what the point is unless there's a DVD/bluray as well, which I would prefer

StanM, Saturday, 9 December 2017 11:18 (four months ago) Permalink

There’s something about meliora that reminds me of the darkness’ “permission to land” - the compression of the production? The twin guitar leads? Something ...

calstars, Saturday, 9 December 2017 13:17 (four months ago) Permalink

I guess they think slapping an erect cock on the cover counteracts the limpness of the music?

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 9 December 2017 13:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Satanism used to be classy, now look at what these guys are doing with it.

Siegbran, Saturday, 9 December 2017 18:58 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

There's a "new" singer and a new single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ijc7A5oAc

StanM, Friday, 13 April 2018 16:24 (one week ago) Permalink

That track picks up in the second half, gets some pop “ohs” and the coda is nice and chunky

calstars, Friday, 13 April 2018 23:36 (one week ago) Permalink


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