Feature: Why Ghost Might Save Rock 'N' Roll
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:57:16
If you haven't heard Ghost yet, you really need to.
After one listen to Opus Eponymous, you'll become just as bewitched with the band's "new faith" as the rest of us converts have. Ghost sound eerily familiar, yet completely fresh. That's probably where the real sorcery in their music is. They've done the impossible. The Swedish band sounds like they could've been contemporaries of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Rainbow, but there's absolutely nothing dated about Ghost.
In fact, they're the future.
Architecting infectious riffs, haunting harmonies, and vivid lyrics, the group crafts downright entrancing songs. "Con clavi con Dio" builds with a driving bass line before thunderous guitars weave and out of the rhythm. Singer Papa Emeritus croons with an evil panache, but his voice is so darkly beautiful it's inimitably catchy. "Ritual" kicks off with a calculated guitar before slipping into another vibrant tale. Elizabeth Bathory never sounded as gorgeously macabre as she does in "Elizabeth"—especially with Papa Emeritus regaling us with a story of her depravity. An ode to the dark one, "Satan Prayer" illuminates the ability of the "nameless ghouls" to conjure real aural wraiths of their own.
Like it was ripped right from a Ouija board, "Prime Mover" enthralls with a heavy stomp. The conclusion of Opus Eponymous is bewilderingly brilliant. It's an instrumental forged in acoustic flourishes and psychedelic over tones—in a word, majestic.
When Ghost take the stage, they're clad in ornate robes. They don't utilize their regular speaking voices for interviews. Papa Emeritus has his face painted white and black as if he's leading an army of heathens to storm the gates of Hades—and he is. Everything simply contributes to the overall mystique. Down and Pantera mainman Philip Anselmo has come forth as a fan as his Metallica frontman James Hetfield, who even personally introduced the band at Orion Music + More.
When was the last time a band caused you to think or wonder? That's the most marvelous aspect about Ghost. There's real mythos hear in the vein of Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. You're not meant to know or understand what's going on. You can only enjoy the music and ponder it.
Isn't that what all great art is about? Ghost will save rock 'n' roll by taking it right to the very heart of hell. Things are about to heat up…
Have you fallen under Ghost's spell yet?