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'It's musically smart in the way that metal should be spooky, evil, with just a dash of 'do you think these guys are serious?' Even if Ghost weren't espousing the glories of a certain dark lord, the songs would still hold up beautifully, which should be an indication of how strong OPUS EPONYMOUS is.'

Ritual is one of the best classic metal songs in recent memory...This is must-have stuff, essential for those who have long worshipped at the altar of classic Mercyful Fate.

Live, they re a striking sight: five robed, hooded, anonymous musicians churning away, the similarly nameless, face-painted singer garishly adorned in vestments and miter, clutching a chain thurible filled with burning incense. He s a beelzebubian bishop, a pagan pontiff. It might look corny, but there s no wink, no sense of irony. Rather than trying to look evil, his face is dead serious. He has stuff to say, and he means every word.'
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B004EJUMT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I bought this album based upon some reviews (Decibel, and other reviews I found online) as well as the samples here on Amazon, and some of the videos posted on You Tube. It sounded different, and I was interested in something... different, and I have not been disappointed. This album is very unique. From my perspective, it's best described as a meld of early Mercyful Fate, Voivod, and '70s rawk, all adorned with pipe organs, some odd synth/organs here and there, and the occasional guitar drone; however, upon my first listen, what really struck me, and not in an entirely good way, was the crisp, clear vocal delivery. As someone who's generally more into harsh, abrasive vocals, Ghost's clean, clear vocals really caught me off guard, and I wasn't sure if this was going to be up my alley. At times the vocals teeter on the verge of King Diamond (ala Mercyful Fate), but not as shrill (and I like the lyrics, unlike King Diamond's, which I feel focus too much on furthering a story, and not so much on making a good song and are, as a result, embarrassing at times); at other times, the vocals are reminiscent of Snake of Voivod (ala Nothingface). After a few listens, I was really digging the vocals, as well as the album, as a whole. Lyrically, the subjects deal exclusively with evil, worshiping and praising Satan. Again, very different, subject-wise for vocals delivered in such a clear and open manner, but it's all very well done. Musically, the songs blend great rock riffs, delivered on guitars/amps/effects more reminiscent of '70s rock than metal, incredibly groovy bass tones, and as I had previously mentioned, some very cool, and very appropriate organ/synth work. It's an unusual blend, for sure.Read more ›
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With the year closing and my need for fresh metal sounds growing, I decided to start perusing some best of 2010 lists. One such list thankfully led me to the mighty Ghost, a Swedish metal band whose songs instantly had me fervently nodding my head and smiling in knowing appreciation. My first thought? Why the heck haven't I heard more bands truly trying to capture the (black) magic of Mercyful Fate!

I think the answer probably lies in Mercyful Fate's uniqueness from an overall sound perspective, but more importantly their utter genius in songwriting. It's a very tough act to follow, and yet Ghost have managed to tap into that sound brilliantly with catchy tunes, excellent vocals that--as another reviewer mentioned--will really remind a hardcore Voivod fan of Snake at his best, deeply twisted horror lyrics, and production that's just glossy enough without being too over the top. Add a touch of early '80s Blue Öyster Cult and you have a group that truly stands out as being an homage to some of the best bands ever, yet utterly different amongst the greater crop of 21st Century metal. \m/

EDIT: I've gotten a lot of comments on this review, plus and minus, many ultimately deleted. I think it's interesting to see just how polarizing this record is on all fronts, and I've enjoyed reading the spectrum of opinions. After a ton of listens though I continue to stand by both the review and the comparisons to the bands mentioned for the various reasons I mentioned them. If you don't get it or it ain't your bag, especially on the vocal front, I understand. I know a lot of metal fans that miss out on King Diamond because they can't get behind his voice. I can't begin to count the number of people I know that miss out on amazing music because they can't handle screams or growls.

I happen to love this record; the other guitarist in my band happens to hate it. Thankfully there are many tastes for many tongues in this world.
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One of the most talked about metal bands in the underground scene of recent has been Swedish band Ghost. Only releasing a demo and a single over the course of the last 2 years, and few festival appearences, the band of unknowns who keep their idendities secret most likely have been shaping their sound and concept and after finally unleashing their debut album in 2011, everyone is wondering what will it be like. The band who plays in hooded cloaks, hiding their faces, and the frontman who is dressed as a Satanic arch bishop type Pope, in some circles would be humorous. But instead of playing typical Satanic/thrash metal ala the Norway black metal groups or anything resembling Cannibal Corpse or Lamb Of God, they play straight ahead throwback 70's style metal. Making the concept acceptable somehow.

In todays times, its impossible to be original...everyone has seen everything and something as theatrical as what Ghost does seems like something from a by gone era ala, Alice Cooper and Kiss and even lesser known Demon and Pagan Altar, who Ghost take alot of influence from in the doom metal catagory. They are all about Satan, as the opening piece Deus Culpa sets the tone with a funeral like organ hymn. We blast into Con Clavi Con Dio. With a chugging bass line this at first sounds like another boring trip into thrash metal but thats quickly done away with as the extremely melodic singer comes on. The frontman CAN sing, not growl or shriek. Ritual is probably the best tune on the album, the highly melodic guitar intro is a page right out of 70's classic rock, transforming into a Sabbath esque riff with a highly memorable chorus and another batch of catchy riffs at the end that ensure you will never forget this song. Thats Ghost's game here.
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