Ghost: Infestissumam

First of all, I apologize for the fangirl-like level of gushing that is about to go down. I’m a 40 year old man. I should behave with some sort of decorum. I blame my dysfunctional upbringing. Now then, let’s get on with it.

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to hear Mercyful Fate colliding with Blue Oyster Cult inside a Satanic church in 1978, you are in luck. Allow me to introduce you to Ghost (or, as they’re temporarily known as in the U.S. due to legal concerns, Ghost B.C.). They’re my favorite new band. They’ve caused quite a rift in the metal community as well. Some people (like me) absolutely love these guys and see them as a breath of fresh air despite mostly having influences before 1984. Some people see them just as a stupid gimmick that’ll end any minute now. I don’t hear a lot of middle ground on the band.

In 2010, Ghost released their debut Opus Eponymous and my cold dead heart started to beat once again. The band’s lyrics glorify Satan unreservedly. The band’s presentation is pure devilish cheesy goodness, including a singing dead Pope. The music is catchy hard rock/metal with pop sensibilites, which will grow on you with repeated listens and you’ll find yourself singing about ritual sacrifice in the shower.

Their new album Infestissumam just came out, and I’m quite fond of it as well. While their first album was recorded in a basement studio in their hometown for very little money, the new one is on Universal and was produced by Dave Grohl. They just played the Coachella festival in Los Angeles.

Here’s a review of the new album I wrote elsewhere a week or so ago:

For good measure, I’ll include some video clips.

My own personal video version of Death Knell from their debut (might be NSFW; shows some nudity in shadow): http://youtu.be/w8hZu3m-O60

Official video for Secular Haze from their new album: http://youtu.be/vyQZ13jobIY

Official video for Year Zero from their new album (extremely NSFW): http://stereogum.com/1298272/ghost-b-c-year-zero-video-nsfw-stereogum-premiere/video/

As you’ve noted, it’s very difficult to compare this album to Opus Eponymous. It’s excellent to be sure, but I’m not sure exactly how I feel about it just yet.