Quite possibly one of the most discussed bands at the minute. Controversial may be a stretch too far, whilst divisive may be too complementary to the detractors. Ghost (or Ghost B. C.) have made a name for themselves, arguably, the cheap way; dressing up in clothing, shrouding their identity, and remaining ominous and suspicious. What people don’t often mention is they have not chosen a theatrical image to cover up their music; their music is equally haunting and delirious and their image only serves to reinforce that.
‘Cirice’ is the first single off of the forthcoming album “Meliora”(released August 21st) and it immediately signifies a clear evolution from “Opus Epnymous” and “Infestissumam”. Similar to Mastodon, Ghost create a new song with every release and it can take a while to get used to. Their choice of single, however, is no doubt perfect for album and after a few listens it no longer feels strange, and you will be ready to hear more from Ghost.
Whilst it is evolved it does simultaneously feel like an amalgamation between their two previous albums. The traditional heavy metal sound of “Opus” and the quasi-progressive rock of “Infestissumam”. As aforementioned, this is likely the perfect single for the album, and “Meliora” will retain the familiarity of Ghost with a greater emphasis on the sonic exploration that the Swedish occultists are, rather should be, renowned for.
Verdict – 9/10 – A solid song on its own and will serve as a proud flagship for the forthcoming album.