Ghost – Meliora

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Reviewed: 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.


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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

Lineup:
Papa Emeritus III – Vocals
Nameless Ghoul – Guitar
Nameless Ghoul – Guitar
Nameless Ghoul – Bass
Nameless Ghoul – Keyboards
Nameless Ghoul – Drums

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