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 (six years ago) link

Love the vid.

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

Nice one, loved their last album!

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

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 (six years ago) link

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

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

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 (six years ago) link

This sounds like Sensefield

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 18 April 2013 08:57 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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

mark e, Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:44 (six years ago) link

Yeah I mean I love the campiness of it

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

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 (six years ago) link

zombbbbiiiieeeee quuueeeeeennnnn

errant flynn, Saturday, 20 April 2013 21:39 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

dig the look. reminds me of a less manic arcturus

Spectrum, Sunday, 21 April 2013 03:18 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

totally.
its a proper chesiree cat grin album ..

mark e, Friday, 3 May 2013 17:50 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

*Satanism

lazulum, Monday, 6 May 2013 13:59 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

"Ghuleh" is great.

o. nate, Thursday, 9 May 2013 18:16 (six years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

whole album is great. ends with an evil hymn

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

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

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

The world is on fiyah.

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

almost embarrassed by how much I like this album

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

THE WORLD IS ON FI-YAH

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

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) link

HE IS

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

OOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

"bewitch"

got it

carry on :)

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:38 (one year ago) link

thx jmm

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:38 (one year ago) link

well in that case it's genius!

alpine static, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:39 (one year ago) link

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

calstars, Monday, 11 June 2018 17:53 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

What is this album’s “he is?”

calstars, Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:26 (one year ago) link

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

calstars, Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:15 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

I really like the two covers.

Siegbran, Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:27 (one year ago) link

wait which two are the covers?

alpine static, Friday, 29 June 2018 00:02 (one year ago) link

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

Simon H., Friday, 29 June 2018 00:10 (one year ago) link

thx!

alpine static, Friday, 29 June 2018 03:43 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

alpine static, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:29 (one year ago) link

THIS IS THE MOMENT OF JUST LETTING GOOOOOOOOOO

alpine static, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:47 (one year ago) link

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

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:26 (one year ago) link

who has more hooks than this band? any genre.

alpine static, Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:26 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

(sax solo)

calstars, Sunday, 5 August 2018 03:04 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

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

synthwave vs GHOST.
I approve.

mark e, Friday, 24 August 2018 10:35 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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

live excess vs GHOST.
I approve.

mark e, Thursday, 13 September 2018 22:17 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

supporting Metallica next year too

StanM, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:17 (ten months ago) link

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

calstars, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:20 (ten months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gr63DiEUxw

StanM, Saturday, 20 October 2018 18:09 (nine months ago) link

its very 'American horror story'

mark e, Saturday, 20 October 2018 18:14 (nine months ago) link

Tobias won the lawsuit.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Saturday, 20 October 2018 18:17 (nine months ago) link

Still my favourite album of 2018. I haven't tired of it one bit.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 20 October 2018 18:49 (nine months ago) link

"I always thought that we could probably be a big production band, but without necessarily having a hit single or huge record sales — maybe like Diamanda Galás or maybe like Dead Can Dance, a band that would come and play a theater for five nights."

I would suggest he has totally smashed this self imposed glass ceiling.

mark e, Thursday, 1 November 2018 21:19 (nine months ago) link

agreed.

this is basically what i wanted to talk to him about recently, but the publication bailed when the local show sold out. oh well.

alpine static, Thursday, 1 November 2018 21:26 (nine months ago) link

sorry the meet up never happened AS, especially now that it seems that Tobias is in a very talkative mood given that the whole 'mystery' aspect is open and the band are more popular than ever.
the fact is, it was never about the mystery, but the massive tunes.

I am loving the success of this band.

mark e, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:08 (nine months ago) link

Wow, they’re playing Barclays Center in Brooklyn ... that’s only slightly smaller in capacity than Madison square garden

calstars, Friday, 2 November 2018 00:17 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

this is interesting, I think: Tobias Forge is doing a live interview as himself:

https://t.co/TrmsTnEYwm

(If that link doesn't work, it's IHeartRadio's FB)

I know he gave up the anonymity thing and he's done print interviews as Tobias before but is this the first video interview / public appearance in no makeup?

alpine static, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:15 (eight months ago) link

also interesting: that graphic they have behind him w/ two popes, the cardinal and tobias' face

alpine static, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:17 (eight months ago) link

maybe i'm making too much of it but this seems like a corner turned ... or at least the most prominent part so far of a corner turned

alpine static, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:18 (eight months ago) link

goddamn i can't listen to this interviewer, tho

alpine static, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:20 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Hi I still don't like Ghost but I'm impressed that you can hear them - relentlessly - on the hard rock station in Reno, NV.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 7 February 2019 08:03 (six months ago) link

I held off on checking these guys out for a long long time, I think because of the BOC comparisons (I adore BOC beyond all reason and maybe I was afraid of disappointment or just mulishly resisted) but I listened to Prequelle today and fuck this is just breathtakingly good. And the BOC comparisons are... OTM?!?! This is one of very few records which carry the gnostic hard rock whiff of peak Cult. (The Eric-, Albert- and Allen-sung Cult anyway; Ghost don't really have the slinky Byrdsy side of the Buck-sung numbers).

UMS OTM about the Scorpions flavor as well.

I also think Tobias' voice (strictly in timbre mind you, not in deployment) is a little like him out of Voivod?

Mostly I just fucking love this.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 11 February 2019 22:22 (six months ago) link

welcome

alpine static, Monday, 11 February 2019 22:52 (six months ago) link

would have been cool if they would have beat Greta Van Fleet

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:30 (six months ago) link

Grammys always been bizarro world

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 01:19 (six months ago) link

THIS IS THE MOMENT OF JUST LETTING GO!

alpine static, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:01 (five months ago) link

just re-ripped my GHOST cds tonight.
the amazon rip feature quality aint all that.
thankfully you get the cd as well to do the job properly.
(i.e. f*ck streaming).

mark e, Monday, 18 February 2019 23:15 (five months ago) link


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