CD review GHOST "Ceremony and Devotion"

(*/10) Seven years of Swedish rock outfit Ghost can be summarized as a roaring success story. The band, being the brainchild of Papa Emeritus III (Tobias Forge), began as Ghost B.C. back in 2006 and a debut that was published four years later. “Opus Eponymous” was the name of an album that got immediately good reactions from media and fans. The album was the starting point of an extremely successful journey in rock with two more longplayers cementing Ghost’s importance in rock. Even a name change to Ghost (without ‘B.C.’) couldn’t stop Papa Eponymous and The Nameless Ghouls.

What was missing so far in Ghost’s discography was a live album, a gap that will be closed as we speak (CD and LP mid-January 2018). “Ceremony and Devotion” is waiting in the starting blocks, ready to be released. The Swedes recorded the album during their North America tour in summer 2017 and will feature 15 songs (plus 2 extra tracks on CD & LP). Even though it was the ‘Popestar’-tour, it has been the highly successful “Meliora” and “Infestissumam” that stood in focus during these live shows. Songs like the opener “Square Hammer”, but also “Cirice” and “Year Zero” have been performed in front of enthusiastic fans, an atmosphere that’s captured on the album very well.

“Ceremony and Devotion” is a comprehensive summary of Ghost’s achievements up-to-date, provided with an excellent sound that reflects the live spirit in a good fashion. This album is a completion for fans and an interesting starting point for Ghost-newcomers.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Square Hammer
  2. From The Pinnacle to the Pit
  3. Con Clavi Con Dio
  4. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
  5. Elizabeth (Bonus)
  6. Body and Blood
  7. Devil Church
  8. Cirice
  9. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
  10. Year Zero
  11. Spoksonat
  12. He Is
  13. Mummy Dust
  14. Secular Haze (Bonus)
  15. Absolution
  16. Ritual
  17. Monstrance Clock

 

Label: Loma Vista / Spinefarm

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: Digital – December 8th, 2017

                            CD & LP – January 18th, 2018

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