16 December 2012
Ghost - Opus Eponymous
Sometimes a band comes out of nowhere with a concept so retro, so simple, so insane that it is just transcends into one of the most coolest things ever. From Stockholm, Sweden - this band is formed by 6 people, the singer is called Papa Emeritus II, the remaining members are called The Nameless Ghouls. They perform in dressed as monks with white masks on, Papa Emeritus II in a cardinal outfit and a skull mask. Since first descending onto the world in 2010 they have been getting a mixture of praise and devotion with a sort of cult like following. Oh, and these guys like Satan.....a lot.....more than is healthy I feel.....ahem.....
To say this band is living in the past is a little bit of a mute point. They do not so much live in the past, they embrace it, call it their own and have dragged it to the here and now. With hints of Blue Oyster Cult, Mercyful Fate and others they tear the book on what rock should be a new arsehole. Songs like "Stand By Him", "Con Clavi Con Dio" and "Prime Mover" just seem so powerful and hypnotic it is easy to see how these guys have drawn such acclaim from around the world. Actually, not one of these tracks is bad - a little heavy on the Satan bashing to the point of almost being akin to a North American preacher with his own TV show, but I'm guessing that is the point.
In just under 35 minutes and nine tracks they show the world their take on behalf of the brotherhood of the fallen one, and sometimes it is a little but hammy. But that is part of the charm, it is like the 70's horror films which were so simple that they became universally popular. It helps that the music is amazing played out, because otherwise this would not have gotten anywhere.
It is a stomp of an album, it will not be for everyone's taste and I don't think this band would have it any other way. It is slice of the 70's for now, the hammer horror soundtrack that never was, the looking behind the curtain to a world that will make some feel uncomfortable. I don't know if they will be able to carry the Nameless Ghouls thing on forever, but that is not a point to think about on this album. Is it cool or not is not for me to say, I left that crowd many a moon ago. But it is one of the most intriguing things I have heard for a long time. For the prog and doom lovers out there. This is for you......
8.5 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart
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