At this point, Swedish theatrical metal-rock outfit Ghost require no introduction, though it’s worth mentioning how much I love not having to type “B.C.” after their name.
The anonymous-ish group is about to release a new album, Meliora. Like its immediate predecessor,Infestimassumam, it’s got some excellent songs and some crap ones, which is about what I expected. Their debut,Opus Eponymous, is pretty much the True Detective Season 1 of metal: a fully-formed masterpiece of light plagiarism that won’t tolerate a follow-up, even if that follow-up is in its own way more interesting.
At this point in time, I’m way more interested in hearing Ghost’s covers. Their reworking of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” still wows, and the brief If You Have Ghost EP provided four more very good (if less musically ambitious) covers.
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