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Album Review: GHOST – ‘Impera’

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 5:12 AM (PST)

Ok, so I know immediately there’s going to be some haters coming my way just to say “, but GHOST isn’t Metal!”, and we get it. You’re so edgy and cool, but blow it out your ass already. GHOST genre-jumps like a motherfucker, and sometimes, that genre is “Metal As Fuck” (yeah, that’s a genre I just coined. If you don’t like it, you can bite me once Covid restrictions are up).

WALTARI and AVANTASIA aren’t metal 100% of the time, but are still well respected by metal fans, so lighten up and let yourself enjoy the music. Besides, TOBIAS FORGE has already given us death metal in the form of REPUGNANT and was a part of glam metal band CRASHDÏET for some time as well, so the dude is Metal, like it or not.

Now that that part is out of the way, I must tell you that my introduction to GHOST came a little later than many. I jumped on board in summer of 2017 when a girl I liked said to me “check this band out” before hitting play on the song “Squarehammer”. Catchy as “hell”, pun intended, and I was immediately on the square, and on the level, if you know what I mean, and I think that you do! I sought out a few more songs before I started picking up all the albums I could because I loved this band, and I’m a physical media guy who hadn’t quite jumped on the streaming idea just yet. I’m streaming a lot these days, but the physical album is always needed when I really need to immerse myself fully into a new album for reviews, which is why I waited til release day to do this.

I’ve said it a million times over, and I will die on this hill – you can’t fully appreciate a new album without physically holding it in your hand while reading lyrics and thank you notes while studying the cover art, band photos, etc. I’m old school that way. Plus, when you stream, you have nothing to bring with you when you get to meet the band and ask for something autographed. It’s nice to show the bands you love how much you support their efforts, you know? I once had BLAZE BAYLEY of all people sign like 25-30 album covers for me when he played in Poughkeepsie, NY several years back. Everything from his days in IRON MAIDEN to his most recent solo work, and he was very happy to do so!

Speaking of IRON MAIDEN and having physical albums, have you seen the cover to the new GHOST album, Impera? I mean, I’m here to review this album, so it’s probably about time I start talking about the album. What better place to start than the cover art? The cover has a bit of an IRON MAIDEN vibe to it, like the artist took inspiration from their Somewhere In Time cover, mixed with my personal favorite – The X Factor. The artwork on the inside of the booklet is worth checking out as well. Really helps set the mood for the musical journey we’re about to take. The album opens up with “Imperium”, a slow moving melodic instrumental that eventually builds its way up to “Kaisarion”, a fast paced fun tune that has a similar energy to “Squarehammer” but with a bit more of a punk vibe to it. I was feeling an almost BAD RELIGION vibe to it, ironically. Go figure. Next up is “Spillways” which kinda started off in a BON JOVI “Runaway” type of intro for a couple seconds but it quickly became a GHOST song, and one of my top favorites on the album at that.

So far, we’re off to a really strong start for the first album with the newly appointed Papa IV fronting the band. The first Papa to not be of the bloodline, and he’s killing it. Next up comes “Call Me Little Sunshine” which maybe you’ve already heard as it was released as a single about a month ago, and that is followed up by another single you may already know, “Hunter’s Moon” which was released for the soundtrack of Halloween Kills. Both killer tunes. Next song up is “Watcher In The Sky”, which sounds like it might have been BLACK SABBATH inspired. Not that it sounds like a song of theirs in particular, just that the vocal melody sounds a bit like a combination of OZZY and DIO inspired styles while the main riff has an almost Tony Iommi flair in many parts.

The next track, “Dominion” is a slow, doomy sounding organ track which acts as a mood transitional track, as the next song to come is “Twenties”, which is pretty much the heaviest track on the album, guaranteed to grab you “by the hoo-hahs”, as the lyrics will tell you. After that grab, naturally it’s time for the ballad. “Darkness At The Heart Of My Love” serves as that ballad, and it does not disappoint. That’ll be one to have the lighters out at the live show for sure.

“Griftwood” follows, and if this one makes it into the live set, I could see a lot of call and response singing with the crowd happening. “Bite Of Passage” is next which is a very short guitar instrumental that leads into the final song on this offering, “Respite Of The Spitalfields” which sounds almost CANDLEMASS inspired to a degree, which isn’t surprising as before becoming Papa IV, Cardinal Copia did an excellent cover of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” with members of CANDLEMASS. There’s another part in the song that feels partially inspired by the instrumental section of WHITESNAKE’s “Still Of The Night”, but again, I stress it doesn’t sound like the song, just that it could have been inspired by it.

It’s all a very original album, chock full of bangers where everything feels like it belongs right here on this album. It’s “very nice, very evil” as Danhausen would say. Huge fan of this album. It’s definitely in my top 5 GHOST albums, but that’s kind of a given since it’s the 5th album, but all joking aside, I’ll rank it as my second favorite album. Tough to beat Opus Eponymous, ya know? That said, I must advise you not to pray for much of anything for the next few weeks, because instead of listening to prayers, Jesus will likely be listening to Impera, and I can’t blame him, because this album slaps like a motherfucker, so blast it at home and hope it doesn’t leave too many handprints across your ass!

VOLBEAT will tour USA with GHOST, TWIN TEMPLE in 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:17 AM (PST)

Hard rock hound dogs VOLBEAT today have announced a substantial tour with ghastly (in a good way) company!

We are pleased to announce a Volbeat & Ghost co-headline tour with special guest Twin Temple in the United States early 2022!

Rebels & Angels Fan Club presale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21st at 10am local. Log in to your R&A account for the password: https://Volbeat.dk

General on sale starts Friday, September 24th at 10am local.

Limited VIP packages available starting Tuesday for the fan presale and at general on sale. Full details on VIP packages at https://Volbeat.dk

Jan 25 | Reno, NV
Jan 27 | Seattle, WA
Jan 28 | Nampa, ID
Jan 29 | Portland, OR
Jan 31 | West Valley City, UT
Feb 2 | Denver, CO
Feb 4 | Lincoln, NE
Feb 5 | Minneapolis, MN
Feb 7 | Columbus, OH
Feb 8 | Hershey, PA
Feb 10 | Newark, NJ
Feb 11 | Worcester, MA
Feb 12 | Camden, NJ
Feb 14 | Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 15 | Toledo, OH
Feb 16 | Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 18 | Chicago, IL
Feb 19 | Cincinnati, OH
Feb 20 | Milwaukee, WI
Feb 21 | St. Louis, MO
Feb 23 | Independence, MO
Feb 25 | Houston, TX
Feb 26 | Dallas, TX
Feb 28 | El Paso, TX
Mar 1 | Phoenix, AZ
Mar 3 | Anaheim, CA

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Now this is what I am talking about! Love when a band does their own cool take on a cover, especially something that isn’t such an obvious song pick in the first place. Symphonic metal band RAVENLIGHT have offered up a killer and fresh take on Ghost’s Meliora B-side ‘Zenith’, transmuted into the band’s own Irish symphonic metal aesthetic. The results are pretty glorious, I must say.

Singer Rebecca Feeney had the following to say about the track: “Zenith may seem a not so obvious song for a cover, however, we went with Zenith for many reasons. I really enjoyed singing along to it, it really suited my range. Furthermore, we felt that Zenith is a very underrated Ghost song, due to the fact that it is a bonus track on the Vinyl version of Meliora, so it is not as well known as other tracks, giving us a chance to really put our own spin on it.”
Hey Cardinal or Papa or whoever is in charge of the Ghouls these days, grab this band up with an opening slot the next time touring can happen again!

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Ghost releases “Faith” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:27 PM (PST)

Swedish rockers Ghost released a lyric video for their song “Faith” earlier this week.

Ghost’s “Ultimate Tour Named Death” North American headline arena tour starts on September 13 in Bakersfield, CA and will see an expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogs. The set list will include fan-favorites “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Ashes,” “He Is,” “Year Zero,” Rats,” “Mummy Dust, “Life Eternal, “Dance Macabre,” and “Faith.”

Check out the “Faith” lyric video as well as Ghost tour dates, including the dates for “Ultimate Tour Named Death” here.

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Pics: Ghost at Palace Theatre in Albany

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:16 PM (PST)

We have not had any photos for a little bit from our beloved butter muffin/camera pro Matt Slater (also of the band Beneath The Remains), as he has been chillin’ and here and there doing some stuff for the cool Outsider Magazine. Today Slater Master Hate returns to the Metal Riot fold with some cool shots of Sweden’s reigning melodic spooky gang Ghost from their recent off night from Iron Maiden tour headlining stop in Albany, NY. I can imagine it was a hell of a great show in such a good venue to see Ghost and Zombi.

Check ’em out!

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Ghost‘s highly anticipated (by ghouls and trolls alike) new record Meliora has an official first video for Sabbath meets Flash Gordon sounding first single “Cirice”? I love everything this refreshing band touches.

Best talent show ever? I dunno. I remember my sixth grade performance of Partners In Kryme’s “Turtle Power”  was pretty shell-tastic (me and my friends had paper mache turtle masks and hockey goalie padding for shells). But this new Ghost video might ust have us beat. You decide BELOW.

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“Put the lotion in the Papal Tiara!”

Hmm, that title is not meant to disparage the mighty Ghoul, but let’s face it…there aren’t a lot of bands anywhere remotely as subversive as Ghost. People can talk shit but they are home doing something a fraction as cool and probably wearing three day old underwear. Their new song is called “Cirice” and comes with maybe the coolest piece of artwork they have done yet, like listen to “American Girl” and get freakin’ kidnapped and thrown in a pit levels of WOAH. Slam dunk for Satan and Big Papa III. Ad the song is brilliant, one of their more adept  and certainly a net level for the band. It’s like a dark cloud got thrown over 80’s arena pop rock and haunted with heavy metal’s bloody trail of conquest.

While these Swedes are not as Kvlt anymore as some other cool band like like Night Viper or , but they can still stomp a Mercyful mudhole in your ass and whistle Abba during a black Sabbath mass over your grave of mutilation, as blood is pissed and wine is sipped. “Can you hear the rumble?”

“Cirice” is from the upcoming album MELIORA (which has nothing to do with Linkin Park’s METEORA, though both may be works of the devil. Actually, I can’t even front and pretend I don’t bump Linkin Park, haha.

Available August 21st, 2015. Download this track for free at: http://found.ee/Ghost_CiriceDL

Song BELOW.

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Ghost B.C. posts “Papaganda” documentary clip

Posted by GageT on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdMysterious doom metallers Ghost B.C. (or Ghost, as you still probably know them in Europe), premiered part one of their new documentary series called Papaganda. 

Papaganda looks at the reign of frontman Papa Emeritus II and the future of the band. Director Greg Olliver had this to say:

“You can’t point a camera at Ghost without every frame of footage looking like heavy-metal gold. To work with a band that’s on a fast rise to fame and has a mysterious story which is currently unraveling requires an entirely different approach. Add in the anonymity of the group and the look that they have… and you suddenly have a whole lot to chew on as a director. The only downside is that I felt a bit silly on stage filming NOT wearing a robe and black mask.”

Filming for the series began earlier on the festival circuit and will continue through the year. Apparently a full-length documentary will follow after that.

Check out the Papaganda clip here.

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Ghost B.C.’s new album just topped the Swedish charts

Posted by GageT on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdIn an oddly awesome turn of events, Ghost B.C.‘s new record, Infestissumam, has risen to the top of the Swedish music charts, according to the Swedish music-industry web site Musikindustrin.se, selling nearly five times as many copies as the number 2 spot, Miss Li’s Wolves. Apparently Sweden just can’t get enough of those lovable ghouls.

What makes this even better is the fact that four CD manufacturers initially just refused to print the CD because of some of the deluxe edition’s artwork. The manufacturers all objected to the Gustave Dore-inspired sacrilegious imagery, which apparently depicts something like a forest nymph orgy.

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Ghost B.C. stream entire forthcoming album “Infestissumam”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM (PST)

ghostbc2013cdMysterious Swedish satanic heavy metallers Ghost B.C. are streaming their entire upcoming release Infestissumam via Pitchfork.com.  This will be the band’s sophomore release and is due out April 16th under the new label Loma Vista Recordings.  This will be the follow up to 2010′s Opus Eponymous and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz.  Reportedly the release was pushed back a week after four CD manufacturers refused to print a piece of artwork depicting some kind of forest nymph orgy.  Hmmm.

To listen to the album click right here.

With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Ghost B.C.  frontman Papa Emeritus II had announced he would run for the office and even set up a website where people could vote and hear a new song.  It appears he was not chosen.  Although the website is still up, so if you want to check it out it’s right here.

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urlThose lovable Swedish satanists Ghost B.C. are at it again.  Frontman Papa Emeritus II has announced that with the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, he will nominate himself to run for the title of Pope.  he has even set up a website where you can vote and in return hear a brand new song titled “Year Zero.”

To cast your vote and listen to “Year Zero” click right here.

“Year Zero” will be on Ghost B.C.’s upcoming sophomore release titled Infestissumam being released under the new label Loma Vista Recordings. This will be the follow up to 2010’s Opus Eponymous and is produced by Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz.

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Ghost B.C. and Ides of Gemini announce Haze Over North America 2013 Tour

Posted by GageT on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM (PST)

ghost-logoMysterious Swedish heavy metallers Ghost B.C. and Los Angeles doom trio Ides of Gemini have announced that they will be joining forces for the Haze Over North America 2013 Tour.

Ghost B.C. will be touring in support of their upcoming album, Infestissumam, out later this Spring, while Ides will be supporting their album Constantinople, out last spring via Neurot.

Check out the tour dates here.

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Ghost cover and release studio version of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette”

Posted by SeanB on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM (PST)

Mysterious Swedish heavy metal group Ghost have released a studio recording of their cover version of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette.”  It is being reported that the track actually features Dave Grohl on production and drums, but that hasn’t been confirmed.  Release is via Spotify and as the B-side on a limited 10-inch clear vinyl of the band’s new single, “Secular Haze.”

To listen to the song for yourself click right here.

Ghost are slated to unveil their sophomore album Infestissumam sometime in the spring 0f 2013. It will be released under the new label Loma Vista Recordings and produced by Grammy Award-winning Nick Raskulinecz.  One of the band’s Nameless Ghouls recently spoke with Decibel about the decision to cover ABBA:

“We are Swedish, and ABBA has always been a very, very strong part of our modern musical heritage. We all grew up with their music very present. Not only that — ABBA basically took a few hundred years of traditional Swedish music and made it into pop songs. I’m talking about folk music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Anybody outside Scandinavia probably isn’t familiar with those tones or musical language. But one of the reasons ABBA broke through so enormously first in Sweden was probably because of their folk music influences. I think anyone from Scandinavia is easily infatuated with that sort of music, so ABBA has a deeper meaning to us, I think.”

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Ghost sign major record contract

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM (PST)

Swedish satanic mystery metal group Ghost have been signed to Seven Four Entertainment, reportedly for an advance in the neighborhood of $750,000.  This is apparently a new label formed by ex-Warner Brothers exec Tom Whalley and is part of the Universal Republic family.  There’s not much info around about Seven Four and there’s a Myspace page for what looks to be a defunct hip-hop label that goes by the same name, so this may be their first signing.

Ghost recently wrapped up a North American tour where they opened for Mastodon and Opeth and no doubt earned quite a few new fans and probably some leverage with contract negotiations.

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Mastodon and Opeth announce co-headlining tour

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:46 AM (PST)

Mastodon have just announced a co-headlining North American tour with Swedish death metal gurus Opeth. But wait, there’s more.  Swedish doom metal band Ghost will be the supporting band on all dates.  These bands all put on amazing shows and the chance to see them together is not something I would want to pass up.

The bands have decided to call this The Heritage Hunter Tour as it is in support of Opeth’s most recent album Heritage and Mastodon’s most recent, The Hunter.

Click here for personal statements from the bands about the tour and a list of dates.

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