If you have Ghost, you have everything. So for those of you who don’t have Ghost, then quite frankly where the fuck have you been hiding, Ghost’s inauguration in 2010 took the metal world by storm with guys like Metallica’s James Hetfield being one of many musicians who joined the clergy and proclaimed Ghost as the next best thing since Satan himself reached his hand out to rock n roll. Still in recent times, the idea of a novelty band seems to have reached critical mass but Ghost has bypassed that and 3 albums later they are gunning for glory and `Meliora’ could be the bands most successful effort yet.
`Meliora’ contains 10 tracks from Satan’s clergy and if you liked what they did before on `Opus Eponymous’ and `Infestissumam’ then you’ll enjoy this from your pinnacle to your pit, see what I did there.
From the get go on the album opener `Spirit’, you are treated to an amalgamation of hard rock and pop sensibilities, catchy hooks are the order of the day and you’ll certainly be humming more than one track back by the end.
Ghost were described by one its members as Black Metal, although their music doesn’t fit into what we know to be Black Metal but listening to the occult and satanic themes in it’s lyrics it’s easy to see that songs on `Meliora’ like `From The Pinnacle To The Pit’ to `Devil Church’ the band oozes satanic imagery in its lyrical content and through Papa Emeritus eerie but soaring vocals it fits perfectly.
Meliora is extremely atmospheric and if you’ve been witness to one of their live shows this will fit like a glove into their already demonically burgeoning set list. You can tell where the band takes their influences, listening to `Cirice’ or perhaps `He Is’, it’s certainly not traditional metal but is likely to be the logical successor to Black Sabbath mixed with prog of the 60’s and 70’s in particular King Crimson or the pop sensibility of ABBA dare I say.
Meliora is Ghost through and through, mixing together all that we have come to know and love from the Nameless Ghouls and their demonic anti-pope Papa Emeritus. With soaring melodies and vocals to match, this album sits perfectly in between classic rock, metal and prog. This is classic Ghost.
9/10- Ghost on fire, taking you on a journey from the pinnacle to the pit.
Stand Out Tracks:
`From The Pinnacle To The Pit’, `Cirice’ and `Mummy Dust'
2. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
5. He Is
6. Mummy Dust
8. Devil Church
10. Deus In Absentia