Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C. face yet another controversy. The band had to change their name from Ghost to Ghost B.C. for legal reasons and now one piece of the Infestissumam deluxe version artwork was reportedly deemed too sacrilegious by some US manufacturers which have refused to print it thus delaying its release in North America. However, the original artwork can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the album. It seems like this will generate even more buzz around the release of the opus.

According to SPIN.com, the band's upcoming album Infestissumam was scheduled to come out April 9th, but instead it has been pushed back a week to April 16th because four compact disc manufacturers have refused to print a piece of artwork that was destined for the deluxe version of the new album. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, forcing Ghost B.C. to come up with an alternate plan.

"We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy," a source close to the band told SPIN. The illustration, inspired by the work of Gustave Doré, showcases what looks like a nymph orgy, but it's the religious iconography at the top that convinced manufacturers to turn off the printing press.

Even though the Infestissumam booklets had all been printed, the band struggled to find anyone in the States to print the CD for them. "They weren't surprised. The comment was 'Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'" the source said. "The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it's been one obstacle after another."

In order to avoid delaying the album release any longer, Ghost B.C. opted to reuse the CD art found on the standard edition of their album. The artwork, a collaboration between Polish artist Zbignew Bielak II and a Nameless Ghoul, is key to an elaborate deluxe package that features each song's lyrics accompanied by a illustration to form a narrative within the music. The controversial art will be available in vinyl and European copies of the Infestissumam CD. "Vinyl manufacturers don't have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe."



The artwork that caused the shock



Source: spin.com
Band profile: Ghost B.C.
 
Posted: 30.03.2013 by Ruin



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Mattybu - 30.03.2013 at 19:41  
On top of being 100000/10 awesome, that is really not all that bad... I hope I can find a copy of the album with that artwork.
Warman - 30.03.2013 at 20:34  
I can't wait for it!
a MasT - 30.03.2013 at 20:40  
Wow that's not even that graphic, deicide managed to put out worse in the states...
UnknownCheese - 30.03.2013 at 21:18  
If there's one thing Ghost are good at, it's drumming up publicity.
Bad English - 30.03.2013 at 21:33  
Americans are weird they talk about freedom of speech and democratiy, where is it in this case?
a MasT - 30.03.2013 at 22:06  
Know what else is weird? You, fluffybunny.
Ellrohir - 30.03.2013 at 22:15  
Written by Bad English on 30.03.2013 at 21:33

Americans are weird they talk about freedom of speech and democratiy, where is it in this case?

you obviously talk about freedom of cd printing factory owner NOT to print something he doesnt like...?
Bad English - 30.03.2013 at 22:20  
Written by Ellrohir on 30.03.2013 at 22:15

Written by Bad English on 30.03.2013 at 21:33

Americans are weird they talk about freedom of speech and democratiy, where is it in this case?

you obviously talk about freedom of cd printing factory owner NOT to print something he doesnt like...?


stil its weird, owners seems must be amish
Butters49 - 30.03.2013 at 23:05  
This is something you would expect in some uberChristian European country... Not the fucking US of A.

But can you trust a country where Satanism is not a recognized religion?
No.
PocketMetal - 30.03.2013 at 23:24  
That's some great art for all I care .
schizodelight - 30.03.2013 at 23:41  
Written by Butters49 on 30.03.2013 at 23:05

This is something you would expect in some uberChristian European country... Not the fucking US of A.


USA has more religious nuts like this than most places. I wish we didn't have such stupid problems with things like this. It's like how you can show murder on TV here but not boobs. Freaking weird.
Lit. - 30.03.2013 at 23:52  
You can barely even see anything.
allgutsnoglory - 31.03.2013 at 00:00  
I can't believe they're offended by this more than the cradle of filth shirt "jesus is a cunt".
Boxcar Willy - 31.03.2013 at 00:45  
Written by a MasT on 30.03.2013 at 22:06

Know what else is weird? You, fluffybunny.

Keep your insults to yourself, they're not wanted here.
BitterCOld - 31.03.2013 at 01:03  
Let's lay off insults.

just take in dude's grasp on the English language and realize his grasp on America and Americans is even more tenuous.

Ellrohir got it right, they have freedom to print whatever art they want, but the cd folks have their own rights as well. the same rights this site uses when not promoting goosestepping nazitard bands.
squidrick420 - 31.03.2013 at 01:24  
Written by schizodelight on 30.03.2013 at 23:41

Written by Butters49 on 30.03.2013 at 23:05

This is something you would expect in some uberChristian European country... Not the fucking US of A.


USA has more religious nuts like this than most places. I wish we didn't have such stupid problems with things like this. It's like how you can show murder on TV here but not boobs. Freaking weird.


I agree with that, I live in the damn bible belt and there is no way album art like that would be printed by some of the companies around here. But all this controversy is over the top, I have seen much worse!!!
Gopherhawk - 31.03.2013 at 05:50  
Man the U.S. really sucks. Albums come out later here in the first place then stupid shit like this in what is supposed to be one of the most liberal nations on Earth. Clearly the printers are owned by republicans. Fucking dickless conservatives...
BitterCOld - 31.03.2013 at 06:47  
Written by Gopherhawk on 31.03.2013 at 05:50

Man the U.S. really sucks. Albums come out later here in the first place then stupid shit like this in what is supposed to be one of the most liberal nations on Earth. Clearly the printers are owned by republicans. Fucking dickless conservatives...



<- Conservative. Certainly not dickless.

But you seem to be another one of these folks that somehow equates a couple cd printing companies to an entire 300,000,000+ nation or an entire political persuasion, so i guess not much point into attempting any discourse with you. Stereotype much?

hell, this could just be manufactured bullshit to give the band a lot of free press and pub to get people with double digit IQ's all worked up (didn't some label fork over six+ figures to 'em in the era of a dying industry? hrm) and score the band a bunch of free publicity that scores them "cred"?

as has been posted, much worse has been printed by bands with much smaller label support and budgets.
Mongoose2557 - 31.03.2013 at 07:52  
I hate living in a country where something like this can happen. People need to stop acting like they're so high and mighty and that they are above printing something that isn't all that bad. If anything, more people are going to check out the music to see what it's all about. So you end up promoting something you're against for free. The logic baffles me.

Other than that I am really looking forward to the new album. I've been hooked listening to Year Zero for the past week. The first album was great too.
Gopherhawk - 31.03.2013 at 09:36  
Written by BitterCOld on 31.03.2013 at 06:47

Written by Gopherhawk on 31.03.2013 at 05:50

Man the U.S. really sucks. Albums come out later here in the first place then stupid shit like this in what is supposed to be one of the most liberal nations on Earth. Clearly the printers are owned by republicans. Fucking dickless conservatives...



<- Conservative. Certainly not dickless.

But you seem to be another one of these folks that somehow equates a couple cd printing companies to an entire 300,000,000+ nation or an entire political persuasion, so i guess not much point into attempting any discourse with you. Stereotype much?

hell, this could just be manufactured bullshit to give the band a lot of free press and pub to get people with double digit IQ's all worked up (didn't some label fork over six+ figures to 'em in the era of a dying industry? hrm) and score the band a bunch of free publicity that scores them "cred"?

as has been posted, much worse has been printed by bands with much smaller label support and budgets.


I'm okay now, I was just raging hard about all sorts of stuff at the time. It still reflects badly on the U.S. I wish the record company would just say screw the other guys in their contract and have someone else do it but let's face it, its all super trivial anyway. I'm anxious for Blodsvept so that comes first.
Monolithic - 31.03.2013 at 10:30  
C'mon. There's too much SWAG in this artwork. So why not?
Vombatus - 31.03.2013 at 11:01  
Wouldn't be suprised it's just marketing affair... Ghost are good at it and as pointed out before, worse stuff was printed before without problem.

I'll get the vinyl anyway
Ace Frawley - 31.03.2013 at 11:48  
I like that big round peach-shaped arse at 6 o'clock. That's what I'm talking about.
SleepFan - 31.03.2013 at 17:31  
Sweet Lucifer what have they done?!?!
Mad Arab666 - 31.03.2013 at 18:48  
Something like this happened to akercocke as well. I believe it was there antichrist album but I think it was more to do with the album title than the album art.
DrunkenFuck - 01.04.2013 at 17:51  
Sensitive fucking Americans.
Scuzzy McDouche - 01.04.2013 at 18:14  
Written by Gopherhawk on 31.03.2013 at 05:50

Man the U.S. really sucks. Albums come out later here in the first place then stupid shit like this in what is supposed to be one of the most liberal nations on Earth. Clearly the printers are owned by republicans. Fucking dickless conservatives...


WTF? It's the fucking bleeding heart liberal cunts who want to control, regulate, or outlaw everything under the sun here. They shit on the constitution on a daily basis, taxing the living shit out of everyone, ruining free enterprise and forcing their agenda down the entire country's throat through any means necessary. Obama and his Marxist cohorts are one of the worst disasters to hit this country since 911.

Please hit up twitter with any comments with #iamamarxistcunt
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.04.2013 at 18:24  
Written by Scuzzy McDouche on 01.04.2013 at 18:14



WTF? It's the fucking bleeding heart liberal cunts who want to control, regulate, or outlaw everything under the sun here. They shit on the constitution on a daily basis, taxing the living shit out of everyone, ruining free enterprise and forcing their agenda down the entire country's throat through any means necessary. Obama and his Marxist cohorts are one of the worst disasters to hit this country since 911.

Please hit up twitter with any comments with #iamamarxistcunt



clearly you are totally clueless as what constitues a liberal/left wing politician/socialist/Marxist. Obama is as right wing as the more moderate part of the Republican party, and he is just as God fearing.
Here in most of Europe we laugh at the US notion of liberalism (which is actually right wing and not left wing), socialsim, Marxism and such. Obama would be at the right wing of quite a few right wing parties here and would never be a member of any of the left wing parties.
Scuzzy McDouche - 01.04.2013 at 18:25  
Written by Bad English on 30.03.2013 at 21:33

Americans are weird they talk about freedom of speech and democratiy, where is it in this case?


Democratiy?

Freedom of speech only applies to the government, it is not used to force independent businesses to do something they don't feel is right.

Look, American printers have the right NOT to print this artwork if it offends their personal beliefs. I hate Christianity with a passion, but I would fight for the right to worship the worthless corpse nailed to a board for those that wish to do so, because on the other side of that coin is MY right to be as hateful and blasphemous as I want to be toward their religion. If works both ways.
Bad English - 01.04.2013 at 18:33  
Written by Scuzzy McDouche on 01.04.2013 at 18:25

Written by Bad English on 30.03.2013 at 21:33

Americans are weird they talk about freedom of speech and democratiy, where is it in this case?


Democratiy?

Freedom of speech only applies to the government, it is not used to force independent businesses to do something they don't feel is right.

Look, American printers have the right NOT to print this artwork if it offends their personal beliefs. I hate Christianity with a passion, but I would fight for the right to worship the worthless corpse nailed to a board for those that wish to do so, because on the other side of that coin is MY right to be as hateful and blasphemous as I want to be toward their religion. If works both ways.


then why they print porn dvd artorls? why they make porn magasines, penis, jism and big boobs can be insulting to
Marcel Hubregtse - 01.04.2013 at 18:44  
Btw Marxists/socialists and such are NOT liberals. Better look up the meaning of liberalism in the dictionary and, gee, what do you find there?

"a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard"

so totally NOT left wing politics at all.
Mr. Doctor - 01.04.2013 at 19:06  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.04.2013 at 18:24
Obama would be at the right wing of quite a few right wing parties here and would never be a member of any of the left wing parties.

Let alone any left wing parties from south america hahahahahaha.
Gopherhawk - 01.04.2013 at 19:42  
Written by Scuzzy McDouche on 01.04.2013 at 18:14

Written by Gopherhawk on 31.03.2013 at 05:50

Man the U.S. really sucks. Albums come out later here in the first place then stupid shit like this in what is supposed to be one of the most liberal nations on Earth. Clearly the printers are owned by republicans. Fucking dickless conservatives...


WTF? It's the fucking bleeding heart liberal cunts who want to control, regulate, or outlaw everything under the sun here. They shit on the constitution on a daily basis, taxing the living shit out of everyone, ruining free enterprise and forcing their agenda down the entire country's throat through any means necessary. Obama and his Marxist cohorts are one of the worst disasters to hit this country since 911.

Please hit up twitter with any comments with #iamamarxistcunt


...and every day I wonder why I never speak to anyone on this site...
Mattybu - 03.04.2013 at 06:41  
Written by Bad English on 01.04.2013 at 18:33

then why they print porn dvd artorls? why they make porn magasines, penis, jism and big boobs can be insulting to


If I understand what you were trying to say here (lol "jism") I think the difference is that porn isn't just lying around on any old shelf whereas at the record store 8 year old Billy could take a wrong turn looking for his favourite Lady Gaga CD and end up peeping the blasphemous Ghost artwork...

Cannibal Corpse's 2012 album basically got censored in this way, so all the gory corpses hanging from hooks weren't visible to a passerby, but the design of the sleeve was clever and when you unsheathed the album you could see the whole artwork. IMO this approach is the smartest because the glancing folk don't see the offensive part and the people who buy the album and take it out of the sleeve anyways won't mind seeing it.

Despite all this talk of freedom of this and that, I can understand why some people wouldn't want to look at the new Ghost cover or a Cannibal Corpse cover or whatever, and I don't think censorship is out of the question when graphic or possibly disturbing subject matter is in question but I do think there's other ways around it without making the original intended artwork unavailable to the North American audience in CD format...
Bad English - 03.04.2013 at 12:47  
Written by Mattybu on 03.04.2013 at 06:41

Written by Bad English on 01.04.2013 at 18:33

then why they print porn dvd artorls? why they make porn magasines, penis, jism and big boobs can be insulting to


If I understand what you were trying to say here (lol "jism") I think the difference is that porn isn't just lying around on any old shelf whereas at the record store 8 year old Billy could take a wrong turn looking for his favourite Lady Gaga CD and end up peeping the blasphemous Ghost artwork...

Cannibal Corpse's 2012 album basically got censored in this way, so all the gory corpses hanging from hooks weren't visible to a passerby, but the design of the sleeve was clever and when you unsheathed the album you could see the whole artwork. IMO this approach is the smartest because the glancing folk don't see the offensive part and the people who buy the album and take it out of the sleeve anyways won't mind seeing it.

Despite all this talk of freedom of this and that, I can understand why some people wouldn't want to look at the new Ghost cover or a Cannibal Corpse cover or whatever, and I don't think censorship is out of the question when graphic or possibly disturbing subject matter is in question but I do think there's other ways around it without making the original intended artwork unavailable to the North American audience in CD format...


This profes in what kind a ''civilisation and 21th century'' we trooly are living
Ellrohir - 03.04.2013 at 16:25  
Written by BitterCOld on 31.03.2013 at 01:03

Ellrohir got it right, they have freedom to print whatever art they want, but the cd folks have their own rights as well. the same rights this site uses when not promoting goosestepping nazitard bands.


i never said you dont have right for that...i just always disagreed with that decision but thats OT
Mattybu - 03.04.2013 at 17:45  
Written by Bad English on 03.04.2013 at 12:47

This profes in what kind a ''civilisation and 21th century'' we trooly are living


If you mean one where people are easily offended, I agree. For certain things though, it is understandable that some people can be upset.
Bad English - 03.04.2013 at 17:46  
Written by Mattybu on 03.04.2013 at 17:45

Written by Bad English on 03.04.2013 at 12:47

This profes in what kind a ''civilisation and 21th century'' we trooly are living


If you mean one where people are easily offended, I agree. For certain things though, it is understandable that some people can be upset.


when priest sexualy abuse children nn are obsessed and shamed.... when this innocent pic what dont means much ... well no comment hwo stupid society are
no wonder wehy I lie and pertend to survive
Mattybu - 03.04.2013 at 23:21  
Ok you lost me there.
BitterCOld - 09.04.2013 at 21:26  
Written by Ellrohir on 03.04.2013 at 16:25

Written by BitterCOld on 31.03.2013 at 01:03

Ellrohir got it right, they have freedom to print whatever art they want, but the cd folks have their own rights as well. the same rights this site uses when not promoting goosestepping nazitard bands.


i never said you dont have right for that...i just always disagreed with that decision but thats OT


amusingly it was largely coincidental, i was pointing out you were right in your assertion - and the biggest local version was used simply because it inverts the situation, where the metal is rejecting the ideology rather than the ideology rejecting the metal. didn't want to get in to the players in that discussion,only the notion because a lot of people are quite fine with the reverse of hte situation they are howling about above.
Big-Al - 10.04.2013 at 09:22  
I remember back when akercoke had this issue with their album Antichrist :/

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