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Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Review by Greg Maki
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On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ending their campaigns here, Nov. 7 was a momentous day in Raleigh, North Carolina. But for a couple thousand people at the Ritz, a concert venue located in an industrial park just outside the city’s downtown, politics took a back seat. Differences were tossed aside as the assembled masses all partook in the ritual of Ghost.

The Swedish occult rockers have rocketed to worldwide stardom, winning a Grammy Award along the way and inspiring some of the most devoted fans any band can claim today. Everyone at the show seemingly wore a Ghost T-shirt or stood in line at the merch table to purchase one. Many came in costumes inspired by the demonic papal figure Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls who provide the instrumentation behind him.

The band’s North American “Popestar” tour is its biggest production here to date, with a tiered stage and elaborate backdrop fit for an arena. At the rate they’ve been growing their fan base and with performances as strong and dynamic as this one, Papa and the ghouls could find themselves in venues that size before long. (more…)

Ghost

Ghost

Ghost is much more than a gimmick, even though the band members themselves acknowledge that the gimmick has gone a long way toward establishing its broad fan base. The Swedish group’s recently released third album, Meliora (review), borders on masterpiece quality, a musical statement more powerful than the macabre appearance of “new” frontman Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls that make up the band. After Ghost wrapped its short “Unholy/Unplugged” tour (recap and photos) of record stores in the United States and as it prepared to launch its North American “Black to the Future” tour on Sept. 22 at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland, one of the Nameless Ghouls called to chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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Summer is not quite over yet, so is it too early declare an album of the year? Whether it is or not, I nominate Meliora, the third proper album by Ghost. It comes in the middle of a period that has seen new releases from a lot of the heavy hitters in hard rock and metal, including Lamb of God, Disturbed, Iron Maiden and Five Finger Death Punch–and it stands above them all. (more…)

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Review by Greg Maki

The smell of burning incense filled the air. Blue light illuminated the fog-filled stage, behind which rested a cloth backdrop depicting the inside of a church. But this was no holy affair. One by one, five black-robed, masked figures took their places—drums, keyboards, bass, two guitars. The voices of a choir, pre-recorded, came forth before the Nameless Ghouls onstage put their weapons to work. The service of Ghost had begun.

As the title track of the band’s newly released second album, Infestissumam, segued into “Per Aspera Ad Inferi,” the face of Ghost emerged from the fog: Papa Emeritus II, appearing as a demonic pope, brandishing a staff, his face painted into the visage of a skull, his countenance at odds with the smooth, melodic tones of his voice. The sizable Monday-night crowd responded with maximum fervor; all had come for a singular purpose: to worship at this unholy church of rock ‘n’ roll. (more…)