Ghost - Opus Eponymous

This is not the longtime (and awesome) Japanese psych band, Ghost. It’s the newish (and awesome) Swedish band, Ghost. Instead of the tree-climbing acid folk and Kraut leanings of the elder crew, we have dusky, full-on vintage Satanic heavy rock. The anonymous Darkthrone-approved sextet refer to themselves as “a devil worshiping ministry,” rather than a band. We’re told they formed “in order to spread their unholy gospels and, furthermore, trick mankind into believing that the end is ultimately a good thing.” (It’s not?) They also note, “This is Black Metal at its most original and deceiving.” Black Metal in the sense of the Black Arts (or in the sense of a Venom album): Ghost give us very well-done vintage NWOBHM/Satanic ’70s metal with immediate, amazing hooks. Right, the lyrics focus on the Dark Lord, but there’s nothing scary about the music — think Mercyful Fate and old-timey Witchfinder General, but also Blue Oyster Cult and something more pop-rock nasal. Or get acquainted via “Ritual,” the chirpiest song about human sacrifice I know. It’s from the band’s full-length debut, Opus Eponymous, an album deservedly showing up on year-end lists.

Opus Eponymous:

01 “Deus Culpa”
02 “Con Clavi Clon Dio”
03 “Ritual”
04 “Elizabeth”
05 “Stand By Him”
06 “Satan Prayer”
07 “Death Knell”
08 “Prime Mover”
09 “Genesis”

There’s really not a bad song on this one.

Opus Eponymous is out now overseas via Rise Above. It’s out in North America on 1/18 via the same label. You can hear more, including the completed “Con Clavi Con Dio” and a few demos, at MySpace.

Ghost PR 2010

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Comments (7)
  1. This album is ridiculously awesome….

  2. haha, ‘witchfinger general’.

  3. This album came out of nowhere to takeover my life for a good while. Brandon… do you think that it is the Repugnant / In Solitude crew like I’ve been reading elsewhere?

    • I’ve heard that as well, and it’s probably the truth, but there’s so little that’s anonymous these days, I haven’t asked around too much.

  4. i like this a lot…..

  5. The year’s best pop album…

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