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16-12-2011, 20:43   #1
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Ghost Appreciation Thread

I saw this band support In Flames a few weeks ago and was completely blown away. Their debut album was only released in January 2011 but the buzz behind them has grown so much that both James Hetfield and Phil Alesemo have name dropped them as a band to seriously watch.

Putting aside their sound for a moment, this band (in case you've never heard of them) are from Sweden and offer one extremely unique thing - their commitment to a bit. I implore you to watch the first video below, a HQ video of their appearance at Hellfest this year, because this is exactly how this band dress and appear onstage for every performance.



There are rumours who the main person in the band (credited as Papa Emeritus) actually is but the rest of the band are simply credited as "unnamed ghouls" and have appeared in a video interview - with their voices distorted - as such. Emeritus has never, in character at least, done any interview that I'm aware of. The band also appeared at Download performing with Down.



In this age of Internet I have to applaud the band for their commitment to their anonymity and their commitment to a bit. I also love their sound. And for some reason they also cover The Beatles from time to time.

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The whole mystery shtick was/is completely ridiculous. For anyone who cares, its Tobias Forge, who is also in Repugnant.
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Well firstly thanks for bringing this to our attention.

In my honest opinion it's a classic case of style over substance. Their sound is WAAAAAY too light for their image. I was expecting some awesome drone or sludgey stuff (maybe like Sunn O))) ). But we got some old school heavy metal. Which isn't a bad thing, just doesn't fit. At all. I feel it's all been done before........by Mike Patton.

Yer man has an incredible voice, but still...........the image. It's like chalk and cheese.

Reminded me of a lighter Candlemass.

Ah Candlemas.........the one album I was in to. Never got in to their other stuff.

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Excellent band. Best thing since short skirts.
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The whole mystery shtick was/is completely ridiculous. For anyone who cares, its Tobias Forge, who is also in Repugnant.
Don't tell me you're not capable of a little sense of imagination. You have to admit that whatever band is capable of producing this kind of thing deserves a little attention. OK, the image is a little heavy for the sound, but it's classic rock (or metal) in a modern setting and few bands are looking and sounding like these guys - especially younger bands. I predict a good future for them.

And as for the spoiler, you have to admit, that information was obtained by those who went to the Swedish songwriters association and asked to find out who was collecting the cheques for this group. So otherwise he kept it fairly zipped.

I've not heard much of Repugnant, but this would be them. Good band but not really setting themselves apart from most upcoming Thrash/Punk Revivalists - they sound a lot like my mates Toxic Holocaust

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Fantastic band. I always thought they'd go down better in catholic countries than their native Sweden. The whole pageantry surrounding the band (evil bishop dressed in full canonicals) seems wasted on protestant scandinavians. They also prove that you can be heavy and old-school at the same time.
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Absolutely love this album, its damn catchy, tho its one not to be played in front of the kids I could just imagine my son going into pre school singing "The Devils Power is the greatest one................"
I look forward to seeing them live

You may like The Devils Blood from Holland who are in the same vein. I would recommend The Time of No Time Evermore, havent got the new one yet. They are playing The Pint in Feb
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Their demos are worth checking out on youtube. One or two of the songs are better than their counterparts on Opus Eponymous.
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Absolutely love this album, its damn catchy, tho its one not to be played in front of the kids I could just imagine my son going into pre school singing "The Devils Power is the greatest one................"
"Hear our Satan Prayer, Our Ante-Nicene creed" while swinging a thurible. Seriously, whats not to like.
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Their sound is WAAAAAY too light for their image. I was expecting some awesome drone or sludgey stuff (maybe like Sunn O))) ). But we got some old school heavy metal. Which isn't a bad thing, just doesn't fit. At all. I feel it's all been done before........by Mike Patton.
Its does fit. Woof-woof death metal cookie monster vocals are a dead end street and thats been done to death. Ghost aren't original. Its been done before. But compared to most things that are condsidered heavy these days, they're innovative, intelligent and accomplished.
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I've not heard much of Repugnant, but this would be them. Good band but not really setting themselves apart from most upcoming Thrash/Punk Revivalists - they sound a lot like my mates Toxic Holocaust
Thrash/punk? Eh... Repugnant are a death metal band.
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I feel it's all been done before........by Mike Patton.
Patton's done everything before, in fairness.
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Love this band, saw them at download this year, they're fantastic live as well.
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Must explore the album .... would defo go see them live if they played.
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I think that's awesome. Makes me feel layered. Like some sort of epic lasagna
Lasagna is epic. Comparable to nothing. NOTHING!

Gave them another listen. Still a little too tame for me. And no, I'm not only in to the "cookie monster vocal" bands, or otherwise known as brutal death metal or grindcore or I've heard one genre called pornogrind.......core.......death. Something.

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Its does fit. Woof-woof death metal cookie monster vocals are a dead end street and thats been done to death. Ghost aren't original. Its been done before. But compared to most things that are condsidered heavy these days, they're innovative, intelligent and accomplished.

Did you listen to the Candlemass song I posted? (Regarding vocals).

In all fairness I was expecting them to sound like these guys. Amazing Irish band. Churchs level of theatrics is a bit too far though. Although in saying that these guys perform in the same way. With robes..........so I'm talking out me hole. No! Wait, my point was the style. Yes. The "style".


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