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CD Ghost Infestissumam review

GHOST

INFESTISSUMAM

2013

 

THE MUSIC BEHIND THE IMAGE

 

OK so Ghost (Now Ghost B.C. legally in the US) is a bit of a novelty and produced a decent enough first album that surprised many with the amount of real meat it had on the bones. Our question on this dark windswept night is ‘what happens when the novelty wears off and you have to contend with that curse of the second album’? As you might have imagined, it’s neither quite as scary, unexpected nor powerful as the first sighting.

 


If you get a chance though do take a dip into the first album Opus Eponymous which for an album recorded for next to nothing and is incredibly strong… For their necxt rick though Ghost might just have overdone it with an massively overproduced slab of pop rock that places them closer in spirit to Roxette than HIM.

 


‘Per Aspera ad Inferi’ kicks off the album proper after a drafty Latin melody and is passable enough, but its last years pre-release track Secular Haze that caused the controversy and had the Metal faithful questioning the band. It’s melodic it’s probably indelibly stamped cross-over but to be honest it’s all a bit passé.

 


The we get the classic rock and all the essence of bands like BOC and Boston without the substance of either on tracks like ‘Jigolo Har Megiddo’. The biggest song here is definitely the delicately titled ‘Ghuleh / Zombie Queen’ which should be a monster of a song and starts pleasingly enough before morphing into Disney meets the Cramps or Phil Collins plays the works of Rob Zombie.  Depending on how you are sitting it’s either the most intriguing song you will hear all year or the most painful.

 


Best here is ‘Year Zero’ and yes it’s as painful to listen to the lyrics of bands praising the dark lord as it is to overdose on Christian Metal, but that aside, this really is something special and the only track here that takes what the debut promised and throws the works at it. Simply amazing.

 

 

Sadly it’s as good as it gets and everything else is pretty much pop that you might imagine a boy band taking on. ‘Body and Blood’ may well be about transubstantiation but it’s saccharine sweet and nothing to do with rock.

 


As far as the rest of the album goes ‘Depth of Satan’s Eyes’ has the heaviest guitars but again crashes into melody in the chorus  and ‘Monstrance Clock’ almost takes us there. All in all though despite a peak and a couple of quite large hills this second effort from Ghost is largely unrewarding – there’s little of the immediacy of the debut and now that the novelty has worn off the whole spectacle is looking a little frayed around the edges.  I can’t see the metal fans that rushed out to buy the debut really giving this the time of day, and of course the image will self-destruct as soon as it hits American shores God Bless ‘em… American may love it’s Zombies and Vampires but Satan still isn’t welcome in most States (no matter what your thoughts on politics).

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

GHOST INFESTISSUMAM CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013