While there are some bands busy claiming they are saving rock and roll in an ironic fashion, there is truth to the point that rock’s lost its magic and mystery. Every artist, even historically, that’s been accused of devil worship was probably doing something right, especially if it made people think Elvis was drawing pentagrams.
Here’s the thing: Ghost B.C. are doing both, meaning they are bringing back the mystery, magic and devil.
These Swedish Satanists are back with their second album, Infestissumam. Calling it a sophomore slump would even make Satan chuckle, and it should.
The first Ghost (Ghost is now Ghost B.C. in America due to “legal reasons”) full-length, Opus Eponymous, drew in the foundation fans with stompers like “Ritual” and “Stand By Him.” Back then, listeners got it or they didn’t. Fans of Opus Eponymous will have no trouble adjusting to Infestissumam and those who wrote off Ghost back then should try the new one for there are far more hooks and grooves.
Recorded in Nashville because it’s the most religious city possible with a $750,000 advance, Infestissumam opens with the title track that sets the tone of a left-hand version of the dark unholy church and archaic Latin.
The band, which by the way they are (thank god) rocking black hooded robes now, can go forwards and backwards at the same time. While it’s the same Ghost B.C. that made European doom meets Mercyful Fate, it still includes some Kind Diamond face paint. Oh and by the way, cardinal Papa Emeritus II (succeeded Emeritus I, but same vocalist) does not speak to press, he does through the Nameless Ghouls. The members are unknown; all that is known is they crawled out of their metaphorical crypts in Linköping, Sweden. You have to admire a band that’s this well-planned to protect their identity. Every detail has been thoroughly thought out and not one of the 10 tracks is a dud. It’s the sweetest and darkest choir ritual of your life.
Honestly, Infestissumam is best in context. Meaning, “Jigolo Har Megiddo” doesn’t make sense without the Ghoul outfit robes. Nor would a non-mature music tastes go over well when it’s kinda needed due to the fuck you surfer-rock break in “Ghuleh – Zombie Queen.” Just hearing “Secular Haze” or “Year Zero” isn’t enough, you have to see Ghost B.C. too. Mystery actually makes rock and roll. Some bands have costumes, but Ghost B.C. isn’t a gimmick, it’s a package.
Take the message from the clergy, go convert. Hail Satan, for Ghost B.C. are saving rock and roll.