Get excited, Ghost fans: Just one year after sharing their Grammy-winning third album, Meliora, Ghost is getting ready to release a new EP this summer. The band is finishing up a North American tour in New York this month, and from the end of May through early July they will be playing shows across Europe. Shortly after this we can expect to hear some new music from the band!
As a Nameless Ghoul told MetalSucks,
Right now we’re gonna finish up this tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th. And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that’s gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That’s gonna be great, because that’s gonna, sort of, re-energize the whole cycle. So there’s gonna be some new material, we’re gonna have a new stage show. So it’s gonna be a completely different sort of setting. Then we’re gonna terrorize you with that for, up until next year.
Check out the interview in which the Nameless Ghoul revealed the news; he talks about the upcoming plans around the 7:32 mark:
The last EP Ghost put out was the 5-track If You Have Ghost EP in November 2013. The release included four diverse covers (songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army Of Lovers, and Depeche Mode) and a live recording of their Infestissumam single, “Secular Haze.” It is unclear whether the new Ghost EP will also be made up primarily of covers, if they will be alternate recordings of previously released music, or if they will be new, unheard songs.
As we await more news about the new EP, be sure to listen to Ghost’s latest album, Meliora. It launched the singles “Cirice” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” and has done well on radio. The band is definitely on the rise, and deservedly so. Keep checking back here for all the latest Ghost music news.
Ghost is back with their third album, Meliora, a name which tellingly means “the pursuit of something better.” As with their first two albums, Ghost continues to recreate the past while pushing new boundaries, and have crafted an album that gets better with each new listen.
Ghost has always drawn on vintage inspirations. Their first album, Opus Eponymous, sounded like early Black Sabbath – terrifying and dark, yet rocking and slick. On Infestissumam, Ghost reached even farther back in music history to incorporate more baroque and cathedral choir elements. It was grandiose and looming in its ancient mastery.
This time, Ghost is most comparable to Deep Purple or even Celtic Frost. The new music could have come from the doom metal of the ’60s-’80s, emblazoned with heavy guitar riffs, eerie, futuristic organs, and occasional synths. At times, you will surely think this album actually came from an old record store; the vintage sound is so authentic that it takes you back a few decades – or centuries – so that you lose sense of reality.
In many ways, Meliora combines the sounds of Ghost’s first two albums. It has the raw energy and guitar riff focus of doomy rock, making it readily comparable to Opus Eponymous, but it also includes Infestissumam’s haunting baroque choirs and grandiosity, albeit a bit toned back. But moreover, Ghost have refined their writing and expertly create a sound that comes straight from the best of the past. Their music could be from the ’60s or ’70s, yet Ghost also adds in their own unique stamp that grounds them in today.
Meliora differs from Ghost’s prior two albums in one surprising way: Whereas the previous records instantly grabbed you, holding your captive attention for months from the very first listen, Meliora is more of a grower. The songs are good at first, but they quickly improve with each listen. After the third or fourth play through, you will be hooked. Sometimes the best songs take the most time to fully appreciate, and once you get into Meliora, you will see what a perfect addition it is to their uniquely majestic discography. Meliora is’t just a strong album – it may very well be Ghost’s best album yet.
Track By Track
“Spirit” – Meliora has an unexpected beginning. Whereas Opus Eponymous and Infestissumam both began with introductory tracks under two minutes, Meliora breaks the pattern and starts with a full-length 5-minute song. “Spirit” launches with an eerie, spacey synth sound in a retro form of futurism. But the drums soon come in, and Ghost launches into a rock song that would have fit in on their first two albums. Straightforward yet progressive, “Spirit” is offset by a howling choir of voices during the grand chorus.
“From The Pinnacle To The Pit” – The second song to be released from Meliora was the booming “From The Pinnacle To The Pit.” Its sliding guitar gives the song loose movement, but the main riff and pounding beat keep the track grounded and heavy. Papa Emeritus III growls during the verses, croons over the choruses, and ominously tells the tale of a fallen angel.
“Cirice” – The first single from Meliora was “Cirice,” a dynamic song that continually switches from soft to thunderous. The strummed acoustic guitar that opens the song re-emerges later on, bringing the mood down to something more tender and affecting. But it never lasts long, suddenly crashing into the thunderclapping, pulsing energy that propels the song forward. “Cirice” plays like a love song, but there’s a darker message in there as he asks, “Can’t you see that you’re lost without me?” It’s a risky first single, but also one that can easily appeal to a wider crowd. “Cirice” is a highlight on Meliora, and one of the most powerful songs of Ghost’s career.
“Spöksonat” – Instead of a short introductory track, Meliora is adorned with a couple of minute-long instrumental interludes. The first of these is the delicate harp-driven “Spöksonat.” It’s a fragile and brief track, but one that maintains the ancient mood of the album.
“He Is” – The oldest song on Meliora is “He Is,” a ballad that was originally written for Ghost’s first album back in 2010. “He Is” brings an entirely new vibe to the album, sounding more like a late ’60s or ’70s folk song. The song starts off with minimalistic strummed guitar, but continues to build up; it’s a floating song that is light despite the melancholy sound of the music. On first listen, “He Is” doesn’t live up to its own hype, but gradually, with each new listen, it will grow on you. Once you are accustomed to the starkly different sonics of the song, it will stand out as an important moment on Meliora.
“Mummy Dust” – A definite highlight on Meliora is the grinding and dark “Mummy Dust.” It’s driven by aggressive guitar and gravelly vocals from a man on a mission to “corrupt humanity.” It careens ahead, only slowing down for softer refrain as Papa Emeritus III growls “In God you trust, my mummy dust,” his only response coming from an eerie piano in five terrifying notes. The spacey synths in the bridge keep “Mummy Dust” firmly planted in a vintage time. This is the scariest song on the album, and one that will transport you to a haunted house in an old horror film.
“Majesty” – The third promotional song heard from the album was “Majesty.” It’s the most notably Deep Purple-inspired track on Meliora, highlighted by deep guitars and organs. It has a pulsing, chugging beat as the verses build up to a majestic chorus about “our master.” “Majesty” may not grab you until the second or third listen, but it will hold on tight once it does.
“Devil Church” – Our second and final Meliora interlude is “Devil Church.” It starts with an organ melody, before drums and a choir join in on the circusy fun. Like “Spöksonat,” it’s only a minute long and is over too soon.
“Absolution” – The song rips in with a heavy guitar riff and a sounding bell, and Papa Emeritus sinisterly croons, “Ever since you were born you’ve been dying… Dying to reach the setting sun.” The verses are ominous and dark, but the chorus brings a strangely uplifting mood as Papa sings “Put your hands up and reach for the sky, cry for absolution!” The choruses sound like they could be from a joyful church song in spite of the satanic lyrics. Ghost have successfully turned religion on its head in this celebration of death and demons.
“Deus In Absentia” – Meliora closes with a bang, and perhaps the band’s finest final track yet. “Deus In Absentia” has a syncopated, unconventional rhythm, ticked out by a persistent clock sound as the band plays to a circus beat during the verses. The chorus sounds triumphant as he declares “The world is on fire, and you are here to stay and burn with me. Our feet are on fire, and we are here to rebel forever more!” It’s a fun song with an unexpected sound, with swirling piano and Papa’s vocals echoed by an agreeing choir. “Deus In Absentia” ends with 2 minutes of a beautifully lamenting cathedral choir, bringing Meliora to a grand close.
Meliora Highlights: “Cirice,” “Mummy Dust,” “Absolution,” “Deus In Absentia”
The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: Ghost is now streaming their new album, Meliora, four days ahead of its August 21 release. You may already know their thunderous single “Cirice,” or the equally pounding tracks “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,”“Majesty,” and “Absolution.” But some more treasures await you in the new record: The strummy ballad “He Is,” the darkly haunting yet spacey “Mummy Dust,” and the ticking, unexpectedly fun and epic closer “Deus In Absentia.” Listen below:
From The Pinnacle To The Pit
Deus In Absentia
Ghost changes a bit with each album. While Opus Eponymous was straightforward punching doom inspired by Black Sabbath, Infestissumam was much more grandiose and fitting for an evil cathedral. This time, Ghost goes back a bit to the raw sounds on their first album, using heavy guitar riffs more than choirs. But they also add in some new elements that would have been considered futuristic in the ’60s and ’70s. Ghost draws plenty of inspiration from Deep Purple, and Meliora ends up being a smooth, spooky, oldschool record that will appeal to anyone that likes good rock music.
Ghost’s new album, Meliora, will be out in just two weeks. Our newest preparatory song is “Majesty,” and out of the three songs we’ve heard so far, it may have the most retro sound yet. It starts like a classic Deep Purple track – think “Perfect Strangers” or Ronnie James Dio’s “Holy Diver” – with a chugging, Iron Maiden-esque energy. In spite of these early points of reference, “Majesty” may seem simple on first listen, especially if you compare it to something as grandiose as “Year Zero” from Infestissumam. But give “Majesty” a second spin and the true colors will come out. Papa Emeritus III leads an empowering sermon ready for a satanic cathedral, and it will surely stick in your head for weeks.
You can listen to the epic “Majesty” below. Also, take note of Papa Emeritus as King Kong in the song’s imaginative art:
Ghost is getting ready to release their third album, Meliora, next month. We’ve already heard their thunderous and dynamic first single, “Cirice,” and now Ghost is offering up a second taste of the upcoming album: “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” is more reminiscent of the band’s first album, 2010’s Opus Eponymous, than their more recent Infestissumam. Rather than gothic, gregorian grandiosity, the new song is more raw and riff-based, harkening back to their earlier sound. “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” is grittier and more chaotic than “Cirice,” and though it has a similarly pounding effect, it is overall punchier. Give a listen to “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” and hear for yourself:
Meliora, Ghost’s third full-length album, will be released on August 21st, and includes 10 new songs. If you pre-order Meliora on iTunes, you will get instant downloads of “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” and lead single “Cirice.” Keep checking back here for all the latest Ghost music news, and get ready for their new album coming in just a few weeks.