Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ghost- Opus Eponymous

Note: Not to be confused with the psychedelic Japanese band of the same name.
Calling themselves black metal, this Swedish band is closer to an 80's hair metal version of Metallica than the Venoms and Celtic Frosts of Satan's domain. A lot of it has to do with the vocals, which are not remotely intimidating or mush-mouthed, as is the norm, but rather melodic, although not forceful enough to augment the chunky riffs. The chorus effects on the guitar solos remind me of Aldo Nova's hit single "Fantasy".  Some black metal conceits are firmly in place though; the anonymous figures in hooded robes stage persona and the illusory Satanic lyrics, but it's not a fair assessment to call this band black metal. This is definitely pop metal. The marketing of the band's cross-pollinating music styles has been useful in gaining them a wider audience, but if you're serious about Lucifer's lifestyle you'll be disappointed with Ghost.

Buy this record if you plan on some devil worship after a breakfast croissant and a cup of decaf coffee.


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