Who or what is GHOST? Well it’s tough to explain. Imagine dark cloaked druids with inverted crosses called “Grucifix’s” around their necks playing melodic death metal to the backing of, someone who may be even more evil than the Pope, Papa Emeritus II. That is basically what you get with GHOST but there is so much more…Ghost (known as Ghost B.C. in the United States) is a Swedish heavy metal band, formed in Linköping in 2008.In 2010 they released a 3-track demo, followed by a 7″ vinyl titled “Elizabeth”, and eventually their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammy-nominated album was widely praised and increased their popularity significantly. Their second album, and major label debut, Infestissumam was released in 2013 and debuted at number one in their home country.
Ghost are easily recognizable due to their eccentric on-stage presence: five of the group’s six members wear hooded robes, while the vocalist appears in skull make-up, dressed as a Roman Catholic Cardinal. The nature of their identities is highly secretive and their names have not been publicly disclosed; the vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus and the musicians are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls.
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The six members of Ghost mimic the Roman Catholic Church, but have reversed the image to worship Satan instead of the Holy Trinity; “We’re basically doing the Catholic Church, we just have drawn a little on the painting.”, “The sort of Satanism, or devil-worship, that we want to portray in the confines of Ghost, is a very biblical version of goat worship.”, “we’re playing with the idea of divinity, and we’re using the diabolical symbolism’s to set a mindset.Their lyrics are blatantly Satanic, as one Ghoul put it “the first album is about the forthcoming arrival of the Devil, spoken very much in biblical terms, much like the church will say that doomsday is near. This new album [Infestissumam] is about the presence of the Devil and the presence of the Antichrist.” However, the band has noted several times it is all to be taken as “tongue-in-cheek”; “as opposed to a lot of intellectual black metal bands, we have no militant agenda. We are an entertainment group. Our mission is to put on a show. We want people to go into the experience the same way that you would lose yourself in a horror movie for an hour or two. Most black metal bands have intellectual demands on their listeners. We don’t demand that.But that is not to say they are not “saying anything”; aside from the presence of the Antichrist, Infestissumam also deals with “how people relate to a deity or God, themes like submission and superstition, the horrors of being religious. Additionally, a Nameless Ghoul explained the second album is subliminally about “how mankind– predominantly men– what they have deemed to be the presence of the Devil, throughout history and even nowadays. And that’s why the record is so fueled with sexual themes and females. That’s basically it, the Inquisition was basically men accusing women of being the Devil just because they had a hard-on for them. “Many people have this concept of Ghost as being like a complete inversion of the church, whereas what we’ve actually done is just taken the church and painted a mustache on it [laughs]. We’re basically doing the same thing that they have been for aeons; we’re saying the same thing, just without a filter – the basic content is more or less the same.”
Five of the band’s members, called “Nameless Ghouls”, wear hooded monk-like robes, masks that cover their faces, and neck chains which adorn the band’s insignia, the “Grucifix”. The Nameless Ghouls represent the five elements; fire, water, wind, earth and ether, whose alchemical symbols currently adorn their robes, with each Ghoul’s black robe highlighting a different one of the five symbols in white.
From that you can imagine the band has been met with much controversy and have even been banned in certain stores and cities around the world. You will also be hard pressed to see their albums in any chain store that sells music. Their first album was even denied distribution here in the U.S. because the inner sleeve depicted a 16th century orgy in worship of Satan.
Whether you really believe they worship Satan or not, you must admit, they do get your attention and the music is down right eerie…yet beautiful. Check out a few videos below and you be the judge.
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