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Sweden’s Ghost is a bit of an oddball outfit. Sounding like a weird, but very attractive mix between Black Sabbath and Boston or Cheap Trick, Ghost combines doomy riffs and satanic lyrics with accessible pop rock melodicism in an attempt of spreading the word of Satan through a haze of catchy classic rock and metal vibes.
While this intriguing musical concept is a strange approach, perhaps stranger is the band’s well-kept secrecy behind the scenes. The members hide their identities, performing live shows under hooded cloaks. Their frontman is the only real personality that is given facetime, and even then, he performs in an eerie (yet straight up bonkers) priest get-up. You just know that you’re going to be fully entertained when you walk in to a Ghost performance.
This is strangely awesome.
Ghost’s debut album, Opus Eponymous, was released in October and has gathered a bit of a cult following, with their unique blending of styles capturing the attention of fans of several different genres; even my mother enjoyed the Ghost songs she heard.
Look for a review at some point. Here’s one of the album’s highlights (which is a bit of an understatement, since the whole album is so great), “Ritual.”
Ghosts’ Opus Eponymous is out now on Rise Above Records. HAIL SATAN.