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Bizarre Swedish black metal buzz band GHOST will dispense its debut directive Opus Eponymous in North America on January 18, 2011 via Rise Above Records.  The release of the album will assist the abhorrent agents in spreading their “unholy gospel” and “tricking mankind into believing the end is ultimately a good thing via the ever so popular rock music medium.”

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
3.) Ritual
4.) Elizabeth
5.) Stand by Him
6.) Satan Prayer
7.) Death Knell
8.) Prime Mover
9.) Genisis

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

20 responses

  1. Martin

    So not black metal

    December 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    • Bill Goodman

      it’s how the press release came to us

      December 5, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    • Das Chap

      Let me guess you think all black metal should sound like the singer is actually a recording of a bag of cats being used as a Piñata fed through protools?

      December 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

      • Bill Goodman

        This is how the press release was sent to us. We didn’t write it, just reposted t

        December 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

  2. Dan

    I guss the “back metal” description is more an allusion to the lyrical content.

    February 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    • Bill Goodman

      That’s how the press release came to us

      February 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  3. Winter Night

    Hey Bill,
    I get what you’re saying(since I own the album). It’s not “black metal” as we KNOW it, but THE SPIRIT of black metal as we should. The spirit of black metal is embedded in each and every soulful line of blasphemy incorporated in “Opus Eponymous”. Many other sites explained it the same way as you did and many people are just so lost in what is TRVE and what isn’t. Ghost’s debut is a boot up the mainstream’s arse while at the same time, that same boot is being polished and lovingly rubbing the mainstream’s foot. Thanks for the PR, anyone who doesn’t own this, should definitely buy it! 10/10

    April 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    • Bill Goodman

      This was copy and pasted straight from the PR email. I did not coin the term Black Metal for these guys, it was the PR department. I agree, it isn’t Black Metal

      April 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

  4. Stavros Nikos

    Perhaps you should’ve used your own better judgement than just copy and past what a Press Release might say especially when a PR is just a hype device.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    • Bill Goodman

      Nah. Not that important.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  5. Mike

    Please people, the definition of Black Metal has change just like the some people wouldn’t call Deep Purple or Blue Oyster Cult “Heavy Metal” but it was then, and it is now. A Model T Ford is still a car.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  6. darkoverlord

    this is a great album loved every minute of it. who gives a shit about labels if it sounds good to you listen to it, if not then shut up and move on to something else

    June 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

  7. tommins

    Dont fucking argue about what genre it is, enjoy a review of an amazing album!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    • Bill Goodman

      Amen brutha!

      June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm

  8. Lawrence susi

    it’s black metal in the same way Mercyful Fate was black metal..maybe it doesnt have the thrash element that came with the crossover …but black metal nonetheless

    July 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm

  9. robert waterfield

    can you please help me i’m after some dvds from swedish black metal band ghost if so how much will the dvds cost bootleg dvds or live concert dvds. please advice. thanks for your help.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    • Bill Goodman

      I couldn’t tell you as I don’t know. Sorry.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm

  10. Mike- A model T is still a car- u r so correct- for me Black Metal started with VENOM and Merciful Fate- the idea of evil lyrics makes most sense when the lyrics can be understood and enjoyed- I just picked up Ghost and it is awesome!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

  11. This album is cool,like Mercyful fate cool..The black metal that came after King D is noise..
    This album brings it back a bit..

    February 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  12. baharavi

    labels arent really all that important, but when describing metal bands it fucking matters if you describe it as black thrash or fucking funeral doom, it matters because there is a distinct difference in styles of metal and it all has an important role in the path and evolution of metal. Ghost is a good band tho, very refreshing, definitely reminiscent of early mercyful fate.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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