Thursday, December 23, 2010


Rise Above

This isn't what I was expecting at all. From the album title, song names and point of origin (Sweden), I was expecting something a lot heavier. I was expecting something scary and a-melodic. Instead, Ghost throw down a surprisingly easy-on-the-ears gauntlet of wicked, stoner, doom-metal.

Don't get me wrong, Ghost sing about Satan like Cypress Hill rap about weed. And their content's more evil than Rupert Murdoch and Ronald McDonald combined. But the sound's non-threatening. And thanks to their unnamed vocalist's - they're all unnamed - camp, theatrical vocals and the melodic backups, even lines like "Our father, who art in hell, unhallowed be thy name" sound evil in a Phantom of the Opera kind of way.

The music's got a lot of groove. The riffing's infectious. Addictive! At first I was thinking Mastodon, but Ghost reference everyone from Black Sabbath to Misfits on their way down to the fiery pits of hell. Ghoulish!

From their bio on MySpace,
"Ghost is the name of a devil worshipping ministry that - in order to spread their unholy gospels and, furthermore, trick mankind into believing that the end is ultimately a good thing - have decided to use the ever so popular rock music medium as a way to achieve their ends." See what I mean, it's all a bit tongue in cheek, isn't it?

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