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September 2015
Released: 2015, Spinefarm Records
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Ghost (Ghost BC hereinafter for the audience of America) is a well-known band from Sweden. They managed to make a very good hype and vibe around their name by dressing up in black pope robes, vowing to remain anonymous, and then singing about Satan, besides the very good quality of their music if you consider that there are too many occult themed bands out there.

You can see those kind of bands in many places, those who deal exclusively with the vestments and hoods. This image is a part of the package along with their music. Combined, it is like a musical experiment, not 100% serious, perhaps like a more refined, not brutal, and less talented version of, Tenacious D. For all their evil posturing, Ghost are pretty tame; the music is steady mid-tempo 70's metal with the occasional chugging chords and solo. I did like them from the very first song I heard from them on the first album.

So is Meliora as good as OPUS EPONYMOUS and INFESTISSUMAM? It is certainly not as immediate, but I think songwriters this talented would be doing themselves an injustice retreading the same ground. There are some heavy songs like ‘From the Pinnacle to the Pit’, ‘Mummy Dust’ and ‘Absolution’ but generally they are moving to more non-guitar based songs, giving more attention to choirs and choruses and more progressive tunes.

This is the third album for the band and now and hereafter they will show up their evolution and if they gonna stay or they will be in oblivion.
Track Listing

1. Spirit
2. From the Pinnacle to the Pit
3. Cirice
4. Spöksonat
5. He Is
6. Mummy Dust
7. Majesty
8. Devil Church
9. Absolution
10. Deus in Absentia


Papa Emeritus III - Vocals
Nameless Ghoul - Guitar
Nameless Ghoul - Guitar
Nameless Ghoul - Bass
Nameless Ghoul - Keyboards
Nameless Ghoul - Drums



Next review: » Ghost - Meliora
Previous review: » Ghost - Infestissumam

September 2015
Released: 2015, Loma Vista Recordings
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Like most hugely popular bands, Ghost has become a machine, a complex organization that is unlikely to put out a turd. That being said, I found INFESTISSUMAM mildly disappointing. I was a creatively experimental direction that sometimes lost focus, but still led to a mostly positive result. MELIORA still indulges in some artistic exploration, but it is more direct and catchy than its predecessor, closer in feel to OPUS EPONYMOUS. Biggest change, if you choose to believe the tales peddled by the band, is in new singer Papa Emeritus III, brother of Papa Emeritus II. Not surprisingly, he sounds exactly like the previous two Papas.

The first three tracks are simply fantastic, leading with “Spirit” and finishing with the first single from the album, “Cirice.” It is the middle track that is the album’s apex, “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” ranking amongst the finest in Ghost’s growing catalog. The riff is sinister and the chorus insidiously weaves itself firmly into the brain. The heaviest track – heavy being relative here – is probably “Mummy Dust” with a chugging verse riff and low, almost whispered vocals.

Interwoven through most of the album are numerous guitar lines and melodies that confirm why so many people compare Ghost to Blue Öyster Cult. You can also hear unmistakable nods to Deep Purple during the opening of “Majesty”, which is another strong song that helps prop up the back end of the album. The weakest track, probably the only weak track, unless you want to include the two short instrumentals has to be “He Is.” I am sure there are probably throngs that like it, but it sounds like filler to me.

I question though if this is actually metal. Ghost gets a pass because of their image and lyrical themes. I enjoy the band as much as the next person, but if Ghost removed their masks and robe while singing about astronomy and Ayn Rand no one would call them metal, even if the music was the same. MELIORA is a great album though and quite enjoyable. Fans of the band (and they are legion) are going to love the album, but I doubt MELIORA will change Kerry King’s mind about the band.
Track Listing

01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia


Nameless Ghoul Bass
Nameless Ghoul - Drums
Nameless Ghoul - Guitars (lead)
Nameless Ghoul Guitars - (rhythm)
Nameless Ghoul - Keyboards
Papa Emeritus III - Vocals

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