Everyone once in a while new music captures my imagination and Ghost have done that in bucket loads. After your purchase, you will receive an email with further information. Rumoured release: Nuclear Blast exclusive? Probably overstock copies from distributors, and mayby this was the deal with the rumoured green vinyl too? Whilst they only have a handful of releases everyone of them has been superb and this one is no different. The more they change up the riffs the more exciting they sound. The difference being that the green vinyl eventually sold out in Scandinavia and the yellow didn´t.
Sadly overlooked by western audiences, they had the same vibe on many of their albums that I think Ghost shows on this album too. It's a great start to the album and is a good showcase for Ghost's rather unique sound. Ghost have a new fan today and his name co-incidently is Zeitghoul. I don´t see the point with that one, but other than that, this is truly a great album! After hearing about Ghost in the media over the last couple. Ghost as a band have that Abba esque cheesiness but like Nightwish this is an advantage because their composing is very strong, but it does also feel like going to a rock church in terms of themes in their lyrics. It's a good foil for over seriousness you are not sure if they take the mickey out of religious themes, embrace it, or both. It starts with an atmospheric sounding guitar sequence before swinging into a big, stompy and fairly slow riff with Papa singing 'Can you hear the thunder, it's calling'.
As a result, the band's rare concerts come across like an occult ritual, and their 2010 debut album, Opus Eponymous, totally defied expectations with its surprisingly accessible melodic rock sound, reminiscent of '60's Psychedelia, '70's doom, and '80's New Wave of British Heavy Metal. If you've read my review for Ghost's first album, you'll know that it took me a little while to warm to this odd-sock of a band but once I 'clicked' with them, I quickly became a fan of their proggy, groovy sound and their marvellously odd and theatrical faux-satanic image. The vocals, whilst not screaming at you, are powerful and unique. King Gizzard goes to some kind of far east ritual and rocks out with the spirits of heavy metal. I could go through this track-by-track, but I'd be here all day. The front of the booklet have the Grucifix and the is a band picture in the centrefold.
They're a completely breath of fresh air in this age of stuffy, boring bands with equally boring images. There was nothing else I wanted to order and didn´t feel like paying 14 Euros in postage for one album, so I kept putting off ordering it - and all of a sudden it was sold out! Also the artwork in the sleeve is really good - love the illustrations and the themes hidden in the sleeve work - Alot of modern bands are bringing back the art into their heavy metal sleeves, and this is some of the best visual work Ive seen. Bielak attached to the inside of the gatefold cover. The riffing is a nice foil for the 'over the topness', dare I say it there is a strong feel for Def Leapord in their anthemic singing and choral structures. Great stuff and very enjoyable.
Moving on from that,there's another anthemic track, 'Cerise', which sounds almost a little bit like a Layne Staley-era Alice In Chains. At this time September 2015 I have no additional information. On this third album all the songs they may or may not have had left over after the magnificent debut album must surely have been used up by now. Great, simple riff, mellow vocals, outstanding chorus and stunning solos. .
It's possibly the most anthemic track on the album and one that you should definitely have a listen to if you're curious about the band. All I know is that I have only seen the green vinyl on Nuclear Blast but it didn´t have the usual mark of an exclusive Nuclear Blast edition, nor was it stated in the description when I read it. If, however, you are not familiar with Ghost and are curious to find out more about them, 'Meliora' is a good place to start as it's not as proggy as their first album, nor as stripped back as their second one. This is a band I will never get bored off and look forward to their future releases. Still the band continues to deliver songs of such high quality that it´s downright scary! Kicking off with 'Spirit', the album starts with a spooky Scooby-Doo intro which quickly turns to thundering drums before the chuggy guitars kick in a Papa Emeritus starts crooning in his distinctive voice. Simply because I am now hooked.
The track Mummy Dust captures these characteristics as described, perfectly. It's a beautiful beast of a track. It seems to strike a good balance between the two, while extending their sound into heavier and more polished areas. Steeped in subversive themes of humanism, counterculture and anti-establishmentarianism, Meliora is the album Ghost fans have been waiting for. Ghost lean towards an epic theatrical stance mostly and I do enjoy it on this record.
A Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressing. It is no rarity yet so I will put it up here eventually, but for those of you who wonder why it isn´t here right now; well, now you know. Whilst being melodic in some parts and heavy in others it sustains a certain rythm throughout the album. He Is is the standout track for me after a few listens, really reminded me of Boston in a good way - Im still not sure of the religious overtones of it all. Meliora contains moments of operatic, theatre like performance, but is clearly rooted in a love of all the above and the heavier elements work well.
I can say there is definate 'Majesty' and freshness on this record and the middle tracks feel the most distinctive - love the build in Majesty when the church organ kicks in. For me Ghost seem a more folky prog alternative - much more modern and funny than most metal acts - they also remind me alot of the fab King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard with their lovely wackiness, vocal harmonies and free spirit approach. I really love this whole album and 'Def' get it more than before. A band rife with contradictions, Ghost B. Just how long Ghost's musicians will manage to keep their identities secret as their notoriety grows remains to be seen, but that only touches the surface of the band's multi-layered enigma. I´m enclined to agree on that statement.