Have you ever believed in the existance of Satan or of demons? I have never and I do not know if it is the same for you, but these unknown guys from Sweden pray to the Lord of the underworld! They present themselves as priests who do not show their faces and their names, just like ghosts. The name of the band is Ghost, do not you think that this is strange?
I do not remember when was the last time that I heard such a demonic and perfect album which combines the heavy metal with the early clues of black metal. The fathers of heavy/black metal Mercyful Fate are in this album and every one can feel it by the first listening. There are also clues from N.W.O.B.H.M. which are not totally clear, but after some listenings you can see it and the band which gave them some ideas is Witcfynde. Ok and Demon too, but I think that their power is derived by their Lord!
All the songs of the album are great and easy-listening. The lyrics describe exactly how some people feel about Satan while they do not believe in God. Black bibles and books with crosses upside-down. Phrase like “Lucifer we are here for your pray” from the song “Con clavi con dio” make you think that Ghost belong to another decade, when and where darkness was the perfect company for some people. The riff of “Ritual” reminds again and again of the riff from “Night of the demon” from Demon, but the rest parts of the song change. If these songs had been writen in another decade many heavy/black metal bands of today would have based their songs on them. “Stand by him” and “Prime mover” are the most obvius songs which talk about Lucifer.
There are some who say that this kind of metal can not offer you pleasant moments of melody and that because of the lyrics. But I say that they do not listen clearly, because the main point is not just the lyrics, in which is not necessary to believe, but the whole attempt. Then they will see that melody is in the album and the final song and instrumental “Genesis” is only a melody and the right ending for an enjoyable album like Opus Eponymous.
The members know exactly what is required to record an album like this one. The guitars are the tween sisters and the one never leave the other alone, their solos speak to your brain. The bass is so ethystic that I can not remember the last album in which the bass is heard like this. The drums and the voice are together the top of a beautiful mountain and the organo has a sound that you think you are in a catholic church. The only not perfect clue is the production of the album, which I am certain that it could be better, but when you are listening to it you somehow forget that.
Well are we sure that this band recorded this album in 2010? After some listenigs have you started thinking of the existance of demons and ghosts? Find your answers on your own. One thing is certain, that this album is the begining of a great era for the band named Ghost!
Points: 8 / 10
Review by Dr. Feelgood