Ghost B.C. Reactions From Philip H. Anselmo of Down, Coheed and Cambria, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and More
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 08:50:22
A sizable portion of heavy metal and hard rock's elite has fallen firmly under the spell of Ghost B.C. On April 9, when Papa Emeritus II and the Group of Nameless Ghouls drop their sophomore psalm Infestissumam [Loma Vista Recordings/Republic Records], the numbers of those possessed will grow exponentially. Infestissumam sees the robed and hooded collective move right alongside that aforementioned elite with a sinisterly catchy sound for the ages. If you let this band possess you, you might never be the same.
Given their indelible impact thus far, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to a myriad of artists about their reaction to the band, what they think, and if they're excited to experience Infestissumam. Philip H. Anselmo of Down & Pantera, Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria & The Davenport Cabinet, Jonathan Davis of Korn, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, and more spoke of the group…
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Can you share your thoughts on Ghost B.C.? What was your reaction to hearing them or seeing them for the first time?
Philip H. Anselmo of Down & Pantera
Philip Anselmo: I heard the record, Opus Eponymous first, and I didn't know what to think initially. To me, it seemed like a bunch of old veterans who knew and grew up with all of the radio rock and early heavy metal that I did as a kid! The cover art resembles the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Also, there are all of the nods to Salem's Lot and horror movies. I was pleasantly surprised when we played the Download festival a couple of years ago together and we finally met. We got a chance to see the set live. I've got to say, it was very surreal. They're very delicate on stage. They're not a brutal, all-over-the-place type of band. Everything they do—even the vocals—is very delicate, careful, and well put together. When I found out how youthful these guys are, it was even more impressive. To me, it showed a lot of savvy songwriting and excellent musicianship. I genuinely think the world of those guys. I heard "Secular Haze" in demo form! What they've done with it is really excellent, and I can't wait to hear the whole album. I've been in touch with Papa Emeritus II himself. He's got to send me the new Ghost B.C. album [Laughs].
Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria & The Davenport Cabinet
Travis Stever: I do like Ghost B.C. quite a bit. I really do! I'm anxious to hear what the new album is going to sound like. I first heard them a couple years ago. I'm a fan of a lot of the bands on Metal Blade. Brian Slagel hooked me up so I could hear a lot of the albums they had coming out. He's good friends with Coheed and Cambria, and he's a great dude. I remember they came to me. The cover reminded me of Salem's Lot. I was like, "Dude, I've got to fucking check this out!" I checked it out, and I was all about it. I actually went and saw Mastodon last year when they were touring on The Hunter with Opeth. I was excited because Ghost B.C. were on the show. I fucking missed them though I was so pissed! I hope I got to see them this year. Honestly, I'm hoping Coheed can do some shows with them!
Jonathan "J Devil" Davis of Korn & Killbot
Jonathan Davis: They've got that fucking Satanic pope [Laughs]. That shit is cool! I love all that Satanic shit. I heard one Ghost B.C. song, and I checked them out on YouTube. I haven't seen them live yet. We did some festivals in Europe they were on, but I didn't get to catch them. I've got to check out the new record!
M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold
M. Shadows: Musically, I'm all over the place. While we've been working on the new Avenged Sevenfold record, I've actually been listening to the first Ghost B.C. album a lot among other things. It's cool!
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Ville Valo of HIM
Ville Valo: I missed them when they played Helsinki a few months ago. I heard it was really wonderful though. I love that '70s vibe and occult rock. I really want to check out the new record.
Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan
Greg Puciato: Everything is always a reaction against what has come before it. Ghost B.C. is indicative of that. They're the anti-everything that was going around and is going around. They're not some processed-sounding band. They don't have Facebook or Twitter accounts for their individual members. They're these bizarre characters you don't know much about that are playing this fucking stoner rock, doom, or classic rock you didn't even know existed anymore!
Max Cavalera of Soulfly
Max Cavalera: I've only heard a little bit of Ghost B.C., but what I heard I liked. A lot of people compare them to Blue Öyster Cult and Merycful Fate. Those are two bands I love, especially Mercyful Fate. I love all of their old shit. I fucking worship that. I think Ghost B.C. is very original and different. I want to get more into them.
Mlny Parsonz of Royal Thunder
Mlny Parsonz: A few weeks ago, I was at a local bar in our neighborhood, and somebody played Ghost B.C. I was like, "Dude, this is good! What is it?" I'd heard of them and seen pictures, but I hadn't sat down and actually listened to them. What I heard in the bar was pretty awesome though.
What's your favorite Ghost B.C. song?
See our feature on why Papa Emeritus II should be pope here!
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See our review of "Secular Haze" here!