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Ghost – Opus Eponymous

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Have you heard Ghost yet?  This new band hails from Sweden.  Doesn’t seem that too much is known about them.  Singer wears a costume and I sort of think this may be a joke band of sorts, like Brujeria.  The flip side to my claim is that it’s definitely a listenable album.  I bought it off of iTunes for $8.91 and have listened to it about 10 times in the last week.  They are very retro 70’s stoner rock sounding and really seeming to take a cue from Blue Oyster Cult.  Lots of simple yet effective vocal harmonies.  It’s not a heavy record but I do like it.  It’s sort of sloppy here and there and sounds very analog.  No heavy distortion or anything like that…think of the Witchcraft albums, it’s got production more like those.  Very stripped down and basic.  Some of the vocal phrasing reminds me a bit of early Mercyful fate as well, which is not a bad thing.

I do find it funny how overtly Satanic their lyrics are.  Just think Eric Bloom singing about his love for the Devil.  haha.

Overall it’s a fun album and I do recommend it.  The USA release comes out soon on CD but as stated before, it’s available pretty cheaply on iTunes.  Get it!  7/10

The vids on YouTube don’t really do them much justice as I think this is an album that needs to be listened to from front to back.


Written by The Metal Files

January 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

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  1. They do sound very ’70s hard rock.metal, the production even sounds that way, I sorta like it, I am going to check them out now, thanks for the review, I am now listening to a new band!


    January 16, 2011 at 10:24 am

  2. Thanks for writing your take on Ghost and their new album. I read about them in Terrorizer Magazine… the band won’t declare their individual names. I haven’t even checked them out on youtube until I read your post and watched the vid here. Honestly, I feel better about making a “full” purchase, now that you have given a modest nod to ’em. ;) Plus that “Ritual” song is pretty darn good… Old School like you alluded to.


    January 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  3. […] years ago I reviewed Ghost’s debut album.  When the second album came out, I found it almost non-listenable.  It sounds like circus […]

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