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[Music Review] Infestissumam by Ghost/Ghost B.C.

Posted in Music Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by Casey Hutton

I will be the first to admit, sometimes I’m a little late to catch on to things in terms of popularity or trends. Occasionally it’s because things simply slip under my radar or, most often, it’s out of sheer stubbornness. I like what I like and that’s that. With music, however, it’s more due to lack of information. I’ve stopped listening to radio, getting my kicks from skulking through websites like Spotify or flipping through the digital pages of Paste Magazine.

The group known as Ghost, or if you’re like me and located in the United States, Ghost B.C. has been a name that has popped up several times as recommendations on various websites I frequent. I listened to an early release and brushed it off. But, lately, the Swedish group’s albums have been popping up rather often and finally, I gave them a chance…resulting in my socks being blown off my feet.

Courtesy of Ghost B.C. and Republic Records.

Courtesy of Ghost B.C. and Republic Records.

Instead of looking at the group as a whole for now, I wanted to focus on their most recent LP (they have an E.P. cover album out recently as well, but one thing at a time). So, let’s take a look at Infestissumam, their L.P. released on April 16th, 2013.

Track Listing:

  1. Infestissumam
  2. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
  3. Secular Haze
  4. Jigolo Har Megiddo
  5. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
  6. Year Zero
  7. Body and Blood
  8. Idolatrine
  9. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
  10. Monstrance Clock

This album is, for lack of better words, outstanding. Gimmick aside, it’s melodic metal. The guitarists offer catchy hooks. The lead singer, once you look past the actual lyrics, delivers vocals I would not have expected, but go well with the music as a whole. To my ear, they are a mix between KISS and the Doors. Even their crunchier bits are bright and resonating and reminiscent of years past, specifically the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

My personal picks from the album is a little hard to narrow down, as there isn’t one track that doesn’t tickle my fancy in some fashion or another. That being said, however, I find myself listening to Secular Haze, Ghuleh/Zombie Queen, Year Zero, Body and Blood and Monstrance Clock heavily.

I invested in both the digital format, as well as the vinyl release. The digital release is as expected with no loss of quality. I have listened both through headphones and my mp3 player, as well as through my speaker set up. I can crank the volume to a more than adequate level before the levels begins to crackle out. The vinyl on the other had, sounds simply amazing. Warm and solid. It also comes in a translucent red which was a surprise. The artwork of the album is also simple, again reminiscent an earlier era, but does a well enough job of conveying the image of the band. In comparison to their first release, Opus Eponymous, I find Infestissumam easier to get into as a new listener to the band. However, their other releases will also be added to my shelf soon, but if you’re looking to check the them out, this title is the way to go.

Now, for the band as a whole. The group pushes the Satanic image to the max, and even a little beyond. For me, I’m all about the show and I get it. They have even claimed it is what it is, and unlike many of their Swedish ilk, don’t demand a seriousness from their fans. It’s a gimmick and whether or not anyone in the band actually follows this path is unknown. As a matter of fact, other than their music…not much is known about them period. The lead singer currently goes by the name Papa Emeritus II and the rest of the band goes by titles of Nameless Ghoul. Again, this is similar KISS, where back in their heyday not much was known outside of their stage presence.

Again, if the lyrics are a hiccup you can get past, these individuals are a must or anyone into the metal genre. It’s fresh, campy and all around fun. And honestly, I feel if the lyrics were a bit more…accessible, this band would have no trouble being near the top of the head in the industry. Instead, they stick to their image, creating the music they want and as a result, are winning over audiences all over the world even in spite of this.