02. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
03. Secular Haze
04. Jigolo Har Megiddo
05. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
06. Year Zero
07. Body and Blood
09. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock
[Loma Vista Recordings]
Swedish enigmas Ghost have been a hot topic in music circles since the success of their debut album Opus Eponymous in 2010, which was a caricature of occult rock and metal culture with over-the-top theatrics and tongue-in-cheek lyrics promoting Satanism. Ghost captured the attention of the underground and mainstream alike not just because of the ironic Satanic frolicking, but because the band’s sound — which has drawn comparisons to Black Sabbath and a darker Blue Oyster Cult — is genuinely catchy and fun. Ghost are the odd band that manages to have an aged sound, yet have an overall air of originality about them. In a time where modern doom metal bands were all beginning to sound like incessant Electric Wizard and Sunn O))) worship, Ghost took the sound back to basics and made it larger than life. An album more hyped in 2013 than Ghost’s sophomore record Infestissumam would be hard to come by. Fortunately, this is one of those few albums that not only lives up to expectations, but surpasses them entirely.
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It’s just some dumb luck that Ghost have a new record coming out — which features a theatrical “new pope” as a frontman in Papa Emeritus II — just as the real-world Catholic church have undergone the search for the next pope. This uncanny coincidence should serve as an interesting opportunity for Ghost and their intense religious imagery. The band and their management/label team haven’t slept on this opportunity either, urging fans to vote for Papa Emeritus II for Pope in exchange for a new track titled ‘Year Zero.’
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Before I knew any better, I thought ABBA were just a silly disco band based on their one-hit wonder over ‘Dancing Queen’ in the United States. In their homeland of Sweden though, it seems that ABBA were a massive hit, often referenced as being influences among many metal musicians hailing from the country, including Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt. This puzzled me (“why would a death metal guitarist care about disco?”), so I decided to finally seek out their other tracks, and as it turns out, they’ve got some pretty cool tunes. I remember one such song, ‘I’m A Marionette‘ which was quite epic and theatrical, a song cool enough to be in a James Bond soundtrack.
Wouldn’t you know it, Ghost have covered the track in their own style, with the always awesome Dave Grohl on drums no less! You can listen to the track below:
For reference, here’s the original, which I actually prefer.
The band’s fortcoming sophomore album Infestissumam is due out this spring on Metal Blade/Rise Above records.
[via Metal Insider]