Due to last-minute complications with securing their visas, Swedish heavy rockers GHOST will not be able to take part in the upcoming tour featuring ENSLAVED and ALCEST. GHOST cult leader “The Ghoul With No Name” (rumored to be REPUGNANT/SUBVISION‘s Tobias Forge, who takes the stage in the form of “a satanic pope”) and his anonymous ghouls said in a statement: “We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, ENSLAVED and ALCEST. And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans. This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the U.S. as soon as possible and perform for all of you. Our most malicious of wishes.”
GHOST is continuing to support its debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, which has been called “amazing” by Stereogum and “a primer on the creation of melodic hard rock” by The Big Takeover.
GHOST floored music fans with its first U.S. shows and served notice that it is not only a “band to watch” but will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. In its live review of GHOST‘s New York City headlining show, the Village Voice called the group’s performance “lurching and menacing”, saying “GHOST‘s sound is like heavy metal trapped in a state of suspended animation since 1973.” A sneak peek at GHOST performing live can be viewed now as the band was captured on film by a recent attendee of the band’s black mass. Check out the band performing the song “Satan Prayer” as part of its May 29 headlining set at the 2011 Maryland Deathfest below.
GHOST‘s “Opus Eponymous” is a daringly fascinating combination of satanic rock music merged with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility. Enveloped in a shroud of mystery and standing anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes which their sect demand, the GHOST deliver litanies of pulsating heavy rock and stimulating lyrics which “glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious.” The music and philosophies of GHOST specifically target “individuals who have a void in their life perhaps caused by some form of emotional trauma or upset” (research suggests these are most likely adolescents); this dearth can then be alluringly filled by GHOST‘s music and philosophies.
Professionally filmed video footage of GHOST‘s performance at this year’s Hellfest, which took place June 17-19, 2011 in Clisson, France, can be seen below.