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Release date: 18 October 2010
Style: Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

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03. Ritual
04. Elizabeth
05. Stand By Him
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08. Prime Mover
09. Genesis
10. Here Comes The Sun [The Beatles cover] [Japanese bonus]

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Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Papa Emeritus - vocals
Nameless Ghoul (V) - keyboards
Nameless Ghoul (II) - guitars
Nameless Ghoul (I) - guitars
Nameless Ghoul (IV) - drums
Nameless Ghoul (III) - bass


Additional info
Recorded at Manfire Recordings and White Light Studio.
Mixed and mastered at Orgone Mastering.
Design by Trident Arts.


Also released as a Die Hard black vinyl edition limited to 300 copies with gate-fold sleeve in slipcase, A1 poster and embroidered patch, shrink-wrapped and also released on Icarus Music on May 08, 2012.

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
7.4
The album art to this release does a pretty decent job at grabbing your attention and teasing you with what is to come. The cover, featuring an evil, blue skeletal ghost necro-pope looming massively over a large, creepy mansion, is an homage to Salem's Lot.

Stylistically it could best be described as a homage to the late 60's proto-metal "evil" psychedelic rock bands crossbred with evil early 80's bands. Think Mercyful Oyster Sabbath. Largely catchy retro-psychedelic rock based with the occasional foray into post-Priest metal riffing patterns. Aside from the guitars, groovy bass, and drums there is also an organ that helps with intros and permeates the songs, providing the tracks with a cloaking, sinister fog. The vocals are clean and sung. No shouting, nor growling, or King Diamond falsetto… they're a bit iffy, but clean and catchy enough that they wouldn't seem out of place on your local classic rock station.

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published 28.02.2011 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
s7mon

Rating:
8.3
Ghost are a young band from Stockholm, Sweden formed merely three years ago. I think it won't hurt their feelings to say that they are a part of the let's-go-back-to-the-70s-hard-rock movement. I'm sure that the vast majority of you have heard of these lads before and are wondering about what it is that makes Ghost different, or maybe even better, than The Devil's Blood, Graveyard or In Solitude?

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published 07.11.2011 | Comments (8)

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Whoblehwah - 21.02.2011 at 08:47  
Rating: 8 Awesome debut album. Very retro, but thats not really a bad thing in my opinion.
Vombatus - 06.04.2011 at 17:53  
  This could well be the scooby doo soundtrack

Anyway, very enjoyable album, very catchy and happy-satanic feeling. 8/10
Valentin B - 23.04.2011 at 21:23  
 
Written by Vombatus on 06.04.2011 at 17:53

This could well be the scooby doo soundtrack

haha i knew the cover reminded me of something, it seems Scooby-Doo was just it.
Carrion Misery - 15.05.2011 at 07:17  
Rating: 9 Haha yeah, Satanic, Scooby-Doo Weird Al kind of thing going on. Honestly, even though it's 'retro', it's a fresh breath for me. I can't stop listening to the CD and already telling many about it.
BloodFireDeath - 17.05.2011 at 09:03  
Rating: 10 Yeah this album is fabulous and relaxed.
Gopherhawk - 14.06.2011 at 05:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Carrion Misery on 15.05.2011 at 07:17

Haha yeah, Satanic, Scooby-Doo Weird Al kind of thing going on. Honestly, even though it's 'retro', it's a fresh breath for me. I can't stop listening to the CD and already telling many about it.


Scooby-Doo is exactly what I thought of.
PlagueAndFyre - 19.07.2011 at 11:36  
Rating: 10 One of the best albums I have ever heard. Cannot wait to see these guys live!
K†ulu - 22.07.2011 at 14:18  
 
Array - 22.07.2011 at 17:32  
Rating: 8
Written by K†ulu on 22.07.2011 at 14:18

^

I know how to play this game

K†ulu - 01.08.2011 at 16:12  
 
MetalHead91 - 11.09.2011 at 00:51  
  Ritual, Con Clavi Con Dio, Satan Prayer. The best!
BloodFireDeath - 21.09.2011 at 09:49  
Rating: 10 I really really love this album
Lit. - 09.10.2011 at 20:00  
  I am pretty impressed so far. Will buy this once I get the chance.
moe5512 - 26.10.2011 at 19:42  
Rating: 9 Truly impressed! But I wonder if there is some similar bands without the dead pope satan fuck yeah thing?
soadbyob - 27.10.2011 at 18:59  
  Ritual, can not stop listening, is it satan compelling me?
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.10.2011 at 21:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 27.10.2011 at 18:59

Ritual, can not stop listening, is it satan compelling me?

Best song on this album, I quite often just put it on repeat and listen to it a few times in a row.
Lit. - 06.12.2011 at 03:13  
  Next time these guys release an album, I might be a full-on Satanist.
Boxcar Willy - 15.03.2012 at 17:19  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 06.12.2011 at 03:13

Next time these guys release an album, I might be a full-on Satanist.

That's the only thing I didn't like.

The lyrics are so cheesy it's laughable.
Troy Killjoy - 15.03.2012 at 17:21  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.03.2012 at 17:19
The lyrics are so cheesy it's laughable.

I think that's kind of their shtick though.
Boxcar Willy - 15.03.2012 at 17:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.03.2012 at 17:21

Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.03.2012 at 17:19
The lyrics are so cheesy it's laughable.

I think that's kind of their shtick though.

Probably, Still, this a very good album.
Mattybu - 10.04.2012 at 23:57  
  An absolute work of genius.

10/10, easily the best album of 2010.
SleepFan - 10.08.2012 at 01:19  
Rating: 10
Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.03.2012 at 17:19

Written by Lit. on 06.12.2011 at 03:13

Next time these guys release an album, I might be a full-on Satanist.

That's the only thing I didn't like.

The lyrics are so cheesy it's laughable.


I thought that at first too. Then I saw them live with Opeth and Mastodon, blew my mind! The guitarist had incense burning on a massive stack of Orange Amps. Satan would be proud of them.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.08.2012 at 02:40  
Rating: 7 Damn this album is a shrinker. Upon first listen it was an 8 for me but currently it is at a 6. It gets old and boring after a few spins. A shame because their 7" debut promised so much.
Boxcar Willy - 10.08.2012 at 03:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 02:40

Damn this album is a shrinker. Upon first listen it was an 8 for me but currently it is at a 6. It gets old and boring after a few spins. A shame because their 7" debut promised so much.

My 9 went down to an 8 as well, I still loveit, but it's nothign earth shattering as mentioned above.
Ace Frawley - 10.08.2012 at 13:49  
Rating: 7 Same for me, I loved the sound of this album the first few listens but it grew stale surprisingly quickly.
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 15:48  
  I'll never understand the fascination with this.. as bland as they come.
Troy Killjoy - 10.08.2012 at 15:51  
 
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 15:48
I'll never understand the fascination with this.. as bland as they come.

Agreed. I'm not sure what drew people in so much initially - the first time I listened to this I thought it was very... ordinary.
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 15:56  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.08.2012 at 15:51

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 15:48
I'll never understand the fascination with this.. as bland as they come.

Agreed. I'm not sure what drew people in so much initially - the first time I listened to this I thought it was very... ordinary.

I can appreciate the nice BOC/Sabbath/Mercyful Fate sound they've got going but it just gives me the inclination to listen to their material instead, the first two in particular. Never really enjoyed Mercyful Fate.
Unhealer - 10.08.2012 at 19:49  
Rating: 8
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 15:56

I can appreciate the nice BOC/Sabbath/Mercyful Fate sound they've got going but it just gives me the inclination to listen to their material instead, the first two in particular. Never really enjoyed Mercyful Fate.


I think it has to do with how much did you listen to those bands you mentioned before checking out Ghost. I think I had listened to only 4 Sabbath records or so before checking this out, so it makes sense that I liked it a lot. It's likely that if you heard a couple albums of each of those bands and other similar artists, you won't be interested in this at all.

On the other hand, I guess guys like Hetfield, Anselmo and Fenriz know all their discographies by memory and still, they wear their shirts. Who knows...
There's a theory that there is a "supergroup" hidden under the cloaks, that would explain why the band got big so fast and gets that much support from bigger bands.
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:15  
 
Written by Unhealer on 10.08.2012 at 19:49

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 15:56

I can appreciate the nice BOC/Sabbath/Mercyful Fate sound they've got going but it just gives me the inclination to listen to their material instead, the first two in particular. Never really enjoyed Mercyful Fate.


I think it has to do with how much did you listen to those bands you mentioned before checking out Ghost. I think I had listened to only 4 Sabbath records or so before checking this out, so it makes sense that I liked it a lot. It's likely that if you heard a couple albums of each of those bands and other similar artists, you won't be interested in this at all.

On the other hand, I guess guys like Hetfield, Anselmo and Fenriz know all their discographies by memory and still, they wear their shirts. Who knows...
There's a theory that there is a "supergroup" hidden under the cloaks, that would explain why the band got big so fast and gets that much support from bigger bands.


BOC I listen to fairly regularly, as well as a few Sabbath albums every now and then. So I suppose that explains why I find this underwhelming, in part. I also find the music here somewhat wanting, and it lacks the creativity of their inspirations. That might also depend on my disinclination toward Mercyful Fate.

Yeah the whole mysterious aspect is a novelty which has garnered most of the attention they've received I think. Still, if they are a "supergroup" it sounds to me like they're doing an unimpressive job.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.08.2012 at 20:18  
Rating: 7
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:15

Still, if they are a "supergroup" it sounds to me like they're doing an unimpressive job.


they are not a supergroup

Only one band member is a full time member of the band and that's the vocalist, who happens to also be the vocalist of Repugnant.
All other members vary from show to show, depending who is available to play. Selim from The Devil's Blood has played guitar for them a couple of times, for example.
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:25  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:18

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:15

Still, if they are a "supergroup" it sounds to me like they're doing an unimpressive job.


they are not a supergroup

Only one band member is a full time member of the band and that's the vocalist, who happens to also be the vocalist of Repugnant.
All other members vary from show to show, depending who is available to play. Selim from The Devil's Blood has played guitar for them a couple of times, for example.


Seems you've uncovered the secret But really, Repugnant? As in the Swedish death/thrash band?
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.08.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 7
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:25


Seems you've uncovered the secret But really, Repugnant? As in the Swedish death/thrash band?


Yes, as in the Swedish old school death metal band.

Uncovered? anyone with some sort of connections in the death metal world and in the more underground metal world has known for about two years it is Mary Goore handling Ghost's vocals
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:34  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:28

Yes, as in the Swedish old school death metal band.

Uncovered? anyone with some sort of connections in the death metal world and in the more underground metal world has known for about two years it is Mary Goore handling Ghost's vocals


He's quite the vocalist then if he can perform those two different styles so well, probably one of the only points of interest in this album. If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.08.2012 at 20:38  
Rating: 7
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:34

If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?


because then it wouldn't sell as well
That's why Rise Above, tries to keep it as much a secret as possible who else is involved in the band.
Unhealer - 10.08.2012 at 20:42  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:18


Only one band member is a full time member of the band and that's the vocalist, who happens to also be the vocalist of Repugnant.
All other members vary from show to show, depending who is available to play. Selim from The Devil's Blood has played guitar for them a couple of times, for example.


That is some good data. I knew about the singer, I didn't know that the others varied. That is wise, it keeps the rumors rollin'
There was a rumor that is actually Fenriz who handles the drums, but that is unlikely if you read a bit about the guy...
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:44  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:38

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:34

If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?


because then it wouldn't sell as well
That's why Rise Above, tries to keep it as much a secret as possible who else is involved in the band.


And you go blurting it out on a forum Quit undermining their sales!
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.08.2012 at 20:51  
Rating: 7
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:44

And you go blurting it out on a forum Quit undermining their sales!


It's also on Metal Archives nowadays
R'Vannith - 10.08.2012 at 20:58  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:51


It's also on Metal Archives nowadays


Incidentally you've got me listening to Epitome of Darkness now, fantastic album.
Alex Fenger - 20.08.2012 at 04:21  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.08.2012 at 15:51

Agreed. I'm not sure what drew people in so much initially - the first time I listened to this I thought it was very... ordinary.

Well at first i loved it... but after listening to it around 3 times it just become stale...
M C Vice - 02.12.2012 at 03:54  
Rating: 8 Ritual reminds me of A Dangerous Meeting. Michael Denner and Hank Shermann aren't 2 of the nameless Ghouls, are they?
Angry Chair - 17.05.2013 at 20:03  
Rating: 9 Amazing debut album, I will definitely be adding this to my must buy list
RealEyes - 17.05.2013 at 20:07  
  What a wonderful release !
LordDio666 - 06.11.2013 at 09:04  
Rating: 9 Amazing album, from start to finish!! The vocals are decent., simple but yet amazing. And those little sweet guitar solos are what make me come back for more and more. I've listened to the album more than 10 times. Ghost is a breath of fresh air for the heavy metal community, they sound so different and unique. On stage it's like watching a satanic \m/ but sweet theatrical performance!!! I can't wait to hear some more music from them. One thing I hope that they don't do is go comercial, they need to stick to the Opus Eponymous roots!!!
Neroese - 06.12.2013 at 21:35  
 
Written by Array on 22.07.2011 at 17:32

Written by K†ulu on 22.07.2011 at 14:18

^

I know how to play this game




I saw Nick HOlmes from Paradise Lost with Ghost B.C. Tshirt...
wormdrink414 - 07.12.2013 at 08:51  
Rating: 9 Elizabeth is way above and beyond anything else I've heard from these guys. Sounds like velvet feels.
Gawain - 05.03.2014 at 12:40  
  Very good album, love Ritual!!

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