EXTRAORDINARY SWEDISH BLACK METAL BAND GHOST TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM “OPUS EPONYMOUS”
DISARMING “DEVIL WORSHIPPING MINISTRY” AIMS TO “COMMUNICATE A MESSAGE OF PURE EVIL VIA ENTERTAINMENT”
GHOST‘s Opus Eponymous is a daringly fascinating combination of satanic rock music merged with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility; this is Black Metal at its most original and deceiving apex. Musically rich and teeming with an undeniably authentic classic metal aura (described “as if the last three decades of heavy metal history never existed”), Opus Eponymous baits and ensnares with its undeniable accessibility while “majestically weaving a melodic spell of evil through the senses until listeners become utterly possessed and open to any diabolical suggestion”.
Enveloped in a shroud of mystery and standing anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes which their sect demand, the six nameless ghouls of GHOST deliver litanies of pulsating heavy rock and stimulating lyrics which “glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious”. The music and philosophies of GHOST specifically target “individuals who have a void in their life perhaps caused by some form of emotional trauma or upset” (research suggests these are most likely adolescents); this dearth can then be alluringly filled by GHOST’s music and philosophies, “so that in time the easily manipulated will come to share the views and goals of the Coven’s ministry and can prepare their own plans for the downfall of humanity.”
A sampling of the sextet’s suggestive strain is available for ingestion immediately as Stereogum premieres the shadowy GHOST song “Ritual”. Check out the unsettling, “chirpiest song about human sacrifice” ever put to tape today at this location.
“Our mission is not as much about conversion as it is about underlining which path you all have chosen to go, and where it will ultimately lead you,” declared GHOST in a rare communiqué. “We are the file playing back in your digital earpiece while you are carelessly approaching the end.”
The track listing for GHOST‘s Opus Eponymous is as follows:
1.) Deus Culpa
2.) Con Clavi Con Dio
5.) Stand by Him
6.) Satan Prayer
7.) Death Knell
8.) Prime Mover
GHOST is: Vocals – ???, Guitar – ???, Bass – ???, Drums – ???, Keyboards – ???, Chants – ???.
RIYL / For fans of: (early) Mercyful Fate, Witchfinder General, Pentagram, Blue Öyster Cult and (early) Judas Priest
“Sweden’s GHOST have built up an impressive underground buzz during the last six months…an arcane occult feast” – DECIBEL
“‘Opus Eponymous’ is an extraordinary debut…Some bands might like to act “scary” by wearing filthy outfits, sporting corpsepaint, performing alongside impaled sheep’s’ heads, and splashing buckets of real blood on their fans, but just like how ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is so much more frightening than ‘Saw’, GHOST’s comparatively understated method proves to be far more effective, not to mention creepy as hell.” – POPMATTERS
“GHOST give us very well-done vintage NWOBHM / Satanic ’70s metal with immediate, amazing hooks…awesome” – STEREOGUM