Feature Interview: Ghost
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:23:07
A Nameless Ghoul waxes eloquent on the band and their new album.
Ghost just unveiled their third unholy offering Meliora [Loma Vista] last week. The Swedish occult rock maestros find an elegant intersection between the hallowed crunch of their full-length debut Opus Eponymous and the swooning and satanically seductive melodies of 2013's Infestissumam. There's literally nothing else like it, and it comes to life on Meliora. Right now, between a very special intimate acoustic run and gearing up for a full-fledged headline tour, Ghost are celebrating the beginning of a new rock 'n' roll dawn. They're the darkened sun for it. In this exclusive interview, a Nameless Ghoul speaks on the record and so much more.
With Meliora, you strike a balance of the hookiness from Infestissumam and the heaviness of Opus Eponymous.
Yes, I think I agree on that. The origins of this band were way less ambitious than it turned out to be. The original version was intuitive and spontaneous. When the project went into becoming a band, and not only that, but one that toured a lot and even got signed to a label, all of the sudden it was called a career. In which, we had to be wise and make the correct decisions. That is why Infestissumam turned out the way it did. Most bands we know have not made a career of repeating themselves, but often their best record is made, "Staying very close to home," so to speak.
I definitely think that with this record we kept the same playful mindset that we had in the beginning, "Wanna do harp? Absolutely!" We must do all the things we want to do. There are a lot of bands that probably would have said, "Let's just try and make another 'Ritual.'" It would have been better to try and stay safe. All the bands and records I love never played it safe. I am just relieved that it seems to have worked. As much as you are trying to be cool or brave, there are always moments when you think, "Maybe we should just write another "'Ritual.'" Luckily, you get past that and keep going with your vision.
The last record was about Satan's arrival on Earth, and the sensual and seductive connotations surrounding that. Meliora goes to a darker place, and the music supports that. It's heavier as a result. The narrative is locked in.
It's important that you bring that up. Infestissumam was taking place in some sort of 1700's Baroque environment. It was supposed to paint a picture of some aristocratic, castle-like, older city. Or, think of a rural castle and an orgy satanic-kind of thing. This record took place in some sort of super futuristic place. As a result, it's supposed to be harder, louder, higher, and not so close to the ground. I am glad that you brought it up as the sound difference is not just us finding the "gain" knob on the amp. The sound difference is due to what the record is speaking of. I am not talking about the amp [Laughs].