Ghost - If You Have Ghost review
|Album:||If You Have Ghost|
|Release date:||November 2013|
01. If You Have Ghosts [Roky Erickson cover]
02. I Am A Marionette [ABBA cover]
03. Crucified [Army Of Lovers cover]
04. Waiting For The Night [Depeche Mode cover]
05. Secular Haze [Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn]
Ghost B.C. have proven to be a fairly divisive band over the past few years, adored by some and dismissed as just another gimmick band by others. The year 2013 was a productive one for the group as it saw the release of the full-length Infestissumam, and the EP in question in this review, If You Have Ghost.
What we basically have here is a collection of covers and a live recording of "Secular Haze", a song from Infestissumam that played a prominent role in the promotion of that album before its release. Browsing through the tracks, it becomes clear quite quickly that the covers are not of metal songs or artists. To some that might be a little disappointing, but based on the tone of Infestissumam, and the way that album changed the sound of Ghost from their debut, it does make sense.
Whereas Opus Eponymous employed a consistent Mercyful Fate-esque metal sound, Infestissumam had a varied selection of influences, from metal tracks like "Per Aspera Ad Inferi" to the surf rock inspired "Ghuleh/Zombie Queen". This EP digs a little deeper into the band's influences, and at the same time, felt to me like a celebration of the diversity of their different sounds.
The opener is their nod to their psychedelic influences; a cover of Roky Erickson, who belonged at one point to a group called the 13th Floor Elevators (an important group in psychedelic rock's early history). The other covers branch throughout classic rock like ABBA to groups like Depeche Mode.
Each cover is given its own bit of personality and as a short little sampling of music, it delivers. What will determine if a listener likes this, however, is what aspect of Ghost B.C.'s music they enjoy. If you only really appreciate the metal side of the band, this will almost surely be disappointing, but if you enjoy all of the different flavors of Ghost B.C., this EP is for you. It's cleanly produced (effective and appropriate for what it is) and the performances are solid, including an appearance from Dave Grohl (ex-Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age) on drums for "I'm A Marionette".
At the end of the day, it probably won't be earth shattering or life changing, but for around $5 it's an interesting EP and certainly worth a shot for fans of the band.
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