(8/10) Unrevealed names of musicians isn't something original but it still gives extra attention. A can remember the hype about Mekong Delta in the late 80's when there was a lot of guessing about who stands behind this name. Ghost follows the same principle since many years. And eventhough there are some hints from time to time it is amazing that you can keep those kind of things as a secret for so many years - in a time when the digital world brings a lot of things up to surface. At least the role of Tobias Forge seems to become clearer, eventhough nothing was clearly outspoken.
However, let the music talk. "Meliora" is the third longplayer of the Swedish musicians and it follows the 2013 release "Infestissumam". And "Meliora" is a logical continuation of where Ghost ended with the predecessor - with a few exeptions.
The first thing that is recognisable is the fact that the new longplayer became a bit harder and tighter compared to the predecessor. The retro factor got a bit more into the back and the new songs come with a pretty good punch.
I guess that producer Klas Åhlund played an important role in this. The man that is also known for his productions for Madonna and Ketty Perry gave "Meliora" and flawless sound that contributes a lot to the positive expression of the longplayer.
With "He is" the record comes also with a special song. Special in the sense that Ghost wrote this number already back in 2007. But they never really found a way to get a real Ghost song out of it. Also here Åhlund was the final helping factor by having a clear idea - the result came on "Meliora" and it is for sure a highlight in the third longplayer.
I like "Meliora". It has all the typical trademarks and can be immediately recognised as being from Ghost. But the band also developed further and added new compontents to their sound which makes their music even more exciting. Ghost fans will love the new disc, while new fans might get interessted by listening to this record.
- From the pinnacle to the pit
- SP ksonat
- He is
- Mummy dust
- Devil church
- Deus in absentia
Genre: Classic Rock
Release date EU: August 21st, 2015