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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…)

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Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Review by Greg Maki
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For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.

Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

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A Nameless Ghoul of Ghost

A Nameless Ghoul of Ghost

Ghost kicked off its “Black to the Future” tour, its first headlining run in support of its recently released third album, Meliora, last night (Sept. 22) to a packed house at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. At an hour and 40 minutes, with a set list leaning heavily on the new record (eight songs), an acoustic song and a costume change for “new” frontman Papa Emeritus III, it was easily the best Ghost performance I have seen to date, hinting at even bigger things in the future should the band continue its rapid growth. We’ll have more soon, but for now, check out the set list and a few preview images. (more…)

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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…)

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Review by Greg Maki
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The hour had yet to reach noon when they began to mass in Baltimore’s Fell’s Point on Thames Street, outside The Sound Garden, one of the few remaining independent record stores. For most of the afternoon, they waited under the hot August sun as their numbers grew along with their anticipation. All had come for a singular purpose: to partake in the rituals of Ghost–rituals that, on this day, were to be a new sort of experience compared to those with which they may have been accustomed.

Just prior to the hour of 4 and 30, Sound Garden proprietors beckoned inside the gathered masses, hundreds quickly filling the store, voices ready to join in the performance to come, hands prepared to clap and cameras set to capture the action.

At 5 p.m., a door opened and two Nameless Ghouls–masked, dressed in black–entered, climbed the steps to the small stage, where acoustic guitars waited for them. Then followed the “new” face of Ghost, Papa Emeritus III, wearing an elegant suit today instead of his normal papal attire.

The ritual was about to begin … (more…)

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1501364_748158305202612_66739234_oThe Nameless Ghouls of Ghost (aka Ghost B.C.) will make their return to North America with a tour kicking off April 17 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, traveling from coast to coast and wrapping a month later in New York City. Support will come from King Dude. Here at Live Metal, we’ve got our eye on May 14 at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Md. These guys put on a great show, so check them out when they come to your town. Tour dates are below. (more…)