Ghost - Meliora



8.3 | 488 votes |
Release date: 21 August 2015
Style: Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

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01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia

The Best Hard Rock Album Of 2015 / The Best Album Artwork Of 2015

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

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
8.5
Ghost sprang almost immediately from obscurity to a much more lucrative obscurity, now playfully shirking attention while glorying in the praises of the metal media. Well, by now we're onto them; we know their influences, we know their imagery, we know what they're all about, and maybe we aren't so hornswoggled by the spectacle anymore. How have they managed to build on their success?

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published 31.08.2015 | Comments (24)

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31.08.2015 - 14:23
Rating: 9
Kryptonit
I don't understand how can people say Infestissumam is better then this. There must be something wrong with your ears.

I don't care really about the rating. The album will end up being 8/10 even if some bad apples rate it 2.
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01.09.2015 - 19:39
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
I may be in the minority saying this, but I honestly believe this is Ghost's best album. The other two didn't really strike a chord with me (Infestissumam was better than Opus Eponymous for me, but both albums are over-hyped), but Meliora is simply a really fun album to listen to. The songwriting never gets boring, and for once I sort like the harmonic vocal delivery and its connection to the melodic musicianship, particularly in the album's highlights, "Spirit", "Cirice" and closer "Deus in Absentia". I like the psych/proggy flourishes in the mid-section of most songs too, which naturally hits my soft spot.
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02.09.2015 - 11:46
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Written by Kryptonit on 31.08.2015 at 14:23


I don't care really about the rating. The album will end up being 8/10 even if some bad apples rate it 2.

There's no 2s. Yet.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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02.09.2015 - 23:55
Constantine
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In every hyped album everyone who rates the album lower than a 6 always has to show himself here and reply to everyone trying to justify his taste and why this album sucks.
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04.09.2015 - 16:13
Rating: 9
Some Guy
Great album, love every bit except for Spoksonat and Devil Church. Not that those tracks aren't good, they are just really short and I see them as unnecessary filler which makes the album too short as a whole.

Other than that, I think this is their best so far, and although I appreciate the fact they are trying to evolve their own sound, I'd like to see the next album be a little more metal like Opus Eponymous.
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04.09.2015 - 16:17
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Some Guy on 04.09.2015 at 16:13

Great album, love every bit except for Spoksonat and Devil Church. Not that those tracks aren't good, they are just really short and I see them as unnecessary filler which makes the album too short as a whole.

Other than that, I think this is their best so far, and although I appreciate the fact they are trying to evolve their own sound, I'd like to see the next album be a little more metal like Opus Eponymous.

Agreed, I skip the instrumental tracks every time now.
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06.09.2015 - 05:23
Rating: 9
koob
Well, I didn't even want to like this album but it's just that catchy and... good. Good job Ghost.
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08.09.2015 - 02:12
Rating: 9
Guib
Thrash Talker
Holy Bloody Crucified Mary's Child... I love it.
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18.09.2015 - 20:06
Nihil Aeternum
Maybe the bandmates do not want to reveal their real names because there are famous members of ABBA and Boney M among them? I would not be surprised.
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19.09.2015 - 13:32
Rating: 10
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by Nihil Aeternum on 18.09.2015 at 20:06

Maybe the bandmates do not want to reveal their real names because there are famous members of ABBA and Boney M among them? I would not be surprised.





In your face

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27.09.2015 - 23:53
Rating: 10
Stereolab42
Fantastic album, they've combined the best of their first two releases. Love the occasional cheesy 80s arena rock nods.
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28.09.2015 - 00:01
Rating: 7
raveneffect
Good stuff overall but again, not enough to impress me. It's a solid 7.5 on my book, above average, enjoyable but nothing really fantastic here. Liked the single "Cirice" over everything else.
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28.09.2015 - 11:20
Rating: 10
Kuroboshi
This is just amazing! I've finally been able to fully immerse in Ghost, and this has lead me to reevaluate their earlier works. The drums are simple but super-effective. The riffs just rock. Been listening to this everyday for a while now. What a nice surprise.

Best tracks: From the Pinnacle to the Pit, Absolution, He Is
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28.09.2015 - 19:41
AmbivalentBadger
A part of me - the part of me that thinks my elitist tendencies to be struck down with the unexpected appreciation of something popular - wanted to like this. The singles made it seem so promising, and had me anticipating something sounding like Merciful Fate, Blue Oyster Cult, and Black Sabbath, with some added proggy bits and sprinkled with modern pop sensibilities to give it wider appeal. My first impression is that this album mostly sounds like an evil version of ABBA.
I will give it another listen, and hope it grows on me, but so far, this is a massive disappointment.
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07.10.2015 - 23:12
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
This is actually pretty good
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2018 - 2019
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14.10.2015 - 21:32
Rating: 9
Sword_Chant
I really grew to like this album in the end. It didn't grab me straight away but like many 2015 albums this one's a grower.
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20.10.2015 - 01:40
Dima
Hmm these guys will be performing on Oct 30th episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. I hope he sits down with Papa for an interview ^.^
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06.11.2015 - 21:14
Rating: 9
samarium
Really like this album. The drums are so much better than the last album. Sounds like Grohl, wouldn't be a surprise since he was on the Abba cover.
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07.11.2015 - 23:15
Rating: 7
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by samarium on 06.11.2015 at 21:14

Really like this album. The drums are so much better than the last album. Sounds like Grohl, wouldn't be a surprise since he was on the Abba cover.


Yeah, agree about the drumming being a step up from the previous album. I feel like it is a different person behind the kit. Could be Grohl but I doubt it.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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19.11.2015 - 20:00
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Ace Frawley on 07.11.2015 at 23:15

Yeah, agree about the drumming being a step up from the previous album. I feel like it is a different person behind the kit. Could be Grohl but I doubt it.

I don't know that Grohl's ego would allow him to actually perform in such an anonymous manner.
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19.11.2015 - 23:40
Rating: 9
Guib
Thrash Talker
So I said I loved this album 2 months ago... Now I confirm it, bloody fuckin' masterpiece, I still spin it at least once a day. Good job Ghost, can't wait for the next one.
And that show in Montreal... seriously, amazing.
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- I love my technical, melodic, my thrash, agressive and fast paced, my sludge, well thought, my heavy, heavier and my metal, ever-growing -
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22.02.2016 - 19:55
Rating: 9
SoUnDs LiKe PoP
So am I the only person on the planet who really likes this album, but doesn't care at all for their first two albums?
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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23.02.2016 - 03:00
Rating: 7
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 22.02.2016 at 19:55

So am I the only person on the planet who really likes this album, but doesn't care at all for their first two albums?


Probably not.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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23.02.2016 - 04:01
Rating: 9
SoUnDs LiKe PoP
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.02.2016 at 03:00

Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 22.02.2016 at 19:55

So am I the only person on the planet who really likes this album, but doesn't care at all for their first two albums?


Probably not.


Yeah, I don't know, I read so much about how great their first album is and how "catchy" their second album is - but I find the first album to be incredibly boring and repetitive, and most of the second album to be annoying. Meliora completely stands on its own IMO.
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I lift weights and listen to metal
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22.03.2016 - 19:38
Rating: 6
ErikBraun
The instrumentals are great, but I'm just not a fan of that style of vocals. Ghost are excellent technicians, and what they do, they do well. However, this style is just not for me. The vocals are just too clean for my taste.
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29.07.2016 - 21:41
BeneathTheMoon
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Written by SoUnDs LiKe PoP on 22.02.2016 at 19:55

So am I the only person on the planet who really likes this album, but doesn't care at all for their first two albums?


I am in the same boat as you, actually. Meliora feels more "serious", for lack of a better term, than either of its predecessors and the melodies on this album specifically are quite engaging. Hopefully it's a sign of the band growing and evolving together, with many a great release ahead of them.
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11.10.2016 - 02:14
Rating: 10
Ruun
This album is great!
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01.11.2016 - 18:23
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
This is by far the best Ghost album. Better, heavier sound than Infestissumam, better overall songwriting than either album that came before, and far less filler as well. Seems like the band is getting progressively better; hopefully they don't stop here.
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20.09.2018 - 22:54
Rating: 7
Jack_Torrance
It's alright but not as good as the first two albums.
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