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Ghost

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Latest Ghost News

Below is our complete Ghost news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ghost Releases New Music Video

Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless ghouls today revealed the music video for "Secular Haze," the first visual offering from Ghost B.C. - taken from forthcoming sophomore psalm "Infestissumam," due out on April 9th, 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings.

The video for "Secular Haze" was shot by Amir Chamdin in the band's hometown of Linköping, Sweden and is currently premiering at Noisey right here. "Secular Haze" will also be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon tomorrow, February 19th.

Papa Emeritus II succeeded Papa Emeritus at the conclusion of phase one in the year of 12, and the nameless ghouls joined him under the unholy church's current moniker Ghost B.C. - (Modified from Ghost in the U.S. for legal reasons). Make no mistake though, the rituals still demand the same reverence and praise.

Ghost B.C. will be delivering sweet satanic melodies, snaking distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards to audiences across the continent for Haze Over North America tour 2013, which will bow at this year's Coachella Valley music & Arts Festival on April 14th at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.

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Ides Of Gemini Announces Tour With Ghost

West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini pleased and honored to announce a full tour this Spring supporting Ghost.

Dubbed the "Haze Across North America" 2013 tour, the three-week run will commence on April 18th in Denver, Colorado, with additional Ides of Gemini headlining dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

The jaunt follows the band’s month-long trek through Europe last Fall and an opening slot with sound revolutionaries Neurosis in January. Ides of Gemini will be touring in support of "Constantinople," released stateside via Neurot Recordings last Spring. More...

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Metal: Sound or Image?

One of the most defining moments in my musical development was back in 2004 when Yahoo Launch saw that I liked listening to Unearth, Fear Factory, and Lamb of God and thought that I might enjoy My Chemical Romance's “I'm Not Okay.” That single moment of revulsion caused me to look for music on my own terms after seeing how some corny and cheesy pop-rock could somehow be marketed towards metalheads. Today, we see a number of bands that try to look and act like they're part of the metal scene through their image (and the bands they tour with), but have a sound rooted more in traditional rock and roll than anything spawned by Sabbath.

First off, I'm not here to debate the merits of bands like Ghost and Ancient VVisdom. The debate over artistic integrity isn't at all relevant here. Instead, this is about is marketing and claiming bands that in no way sound “metal” are still technically considered part of the metal scene. Personally, I do like some occult rock as I've long been a fan of Current 93 and I've done my fair share of listening to Coven. That said, I'd never call Current 93 a metal band nor would I want the group touring with Cannibal Corpse. Variety between acts belongs to big music festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, and not to small club shows. More...

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Ghost Posts Live Footage Of New Song

Yesterday Ghost proclaimed the group will release a new full-length studio offering entitled "Infestissumam" in Spring 2013. The follow-up to the band's debut album "Opus Eponymous" (reviewed here) will be released via Loma Vista Recordings and was produced by Nashville-based Grammy award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Death Angel, Deftones, Foo Fighters, Rush).

This past weekend band front man Papa Emeritus was laid to rest during a ceremonial live concert in the band's hometown Linköping, Sweden and those in attendance were introduced to Papa Emeritus II. See below for a live video of the succession which includes footage of the band performing new offering "Secular Haze."

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Ghost Reveals New Album Details

After posting the new song "Secular Haze" online, Ghost has now revealed the band's second full length album will be entitled “Infestissumam” and is due out in the spring of 2013.

This album will follow the debut "Opus Eponymous" (reviewed here) and the track listing is:

1. Infestissumam
2. Per Aspera ad Inferi
3. Secular Haze
4. Jigolo har Megiddo
5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
6. Year Zero
7. Idolatrine
8. Body and Blood
9. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock

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Ghost Revealing Snippets Of New Song

Swedish metal band Ghost is in the process of revealing the first track off a forthcoming new album, which is due out next year.

The song is being unveiled via stems and will soon be available to hear in its entirety (with vocals) tomorrow. Throughout the day today, new candles will appear on this site with each one corresponding to an instrumental track on the song until midnight PST. You can hover your mouse over each candle to isolate an instrument.

Ghost will also be performing a concert this Saturday, December 15th in the band's hometown of Linköping, Sweden at Cupolen.

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Ghost Finishing New Album

Ghost has decreed the group will perform a concert this Saturday, December 15th, 2012 hometown Linköping, Sweden at Cupolen. Limited tickets are still available here. Also this Saturday for those seeking redemption, Papa will bestow a special offering to those who sign up with their email addresses beginning at 10PM Local Time CET.

Ghost is also putting the finishing touches on a new studio album due out in 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings. Papa and his Nameless Ghouls have summoned Nashville-based Grammy award-winning Nick Raskulinecz (Death Angel, Deftones, Foo Fighters, Rush) to produce this offering.

Hailing from Sweden, Ghost formed in in 2008. The band released heralded debut album, "Opus Eponymous" (reviewed here) on October 18th, 2011.

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Opeth Prolongs “Heritage” in San Antonio

Opeth returned to central Texas for the second time since releasing “Heritage” in the fall of 2011. Prog/tech masters Mastodon and mysterious, occult metallers Ghost supported the Swedish troupe. This performance at San Antonio’s Backstage Live marked my first Opeth concert in nine years. The group has undergone many changes since then—changes of style, personnel and label—but coming into this show I had an overwhelming since of continuation, perhaps a sequel.

“Heritage” is the first Opeth album since “Damnation” comprised entirely of clean vocals. It’s still a heavy album, as was “Damnation,” but without Mikael Åkerfeldt’s bestial roar, Opeth doesn’t climb as high into the emotional stratosphere. Their showcasing of this material led to a performance focused more on melody than ferocity. Some of the buzz around the Internet gave the impression that the band were to play a snoozer. One person even likened their performance to a Lionel Richie show. A similar backlash occurred at the 2003 show with Porcupine Tree. Opeth played the entire “Damnation” album that night and didn’t include a single growled note.

In a Metal Underground interview before the show, drummer Martin Axenrot said the evening would contain some death metal, so it wasn’t quite the prog-only exhibition of 2003. It was a fairly chilled out evening, though. Although Mastodon only occasionally accosted the crowd with hard rock fury, guitar and vocal harmonies induced swaying sing a-longs rather than pits and head banging from the crowd. More...

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Opeth, Mastodon & Ghost Tour Trailer Posted

The trailer for the highly anticipated "Heritage Hunter Tour" of North America featuring Opeth, Mastodon and Ghost was posted up today. For full dates and venues, head on over to this location.

Check out the trailer here:

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Ghost Working On New Album

In a recent interview with Blistering.com, Swedish occult rockers Ghost revealed that the band is working on the follow up to the 2010 release "Opus Eponymous." Frontman, The Nameless Ghoul, stated:

"Most of the material has been written already. Throughout the production and writing, we’ve been using the word ‘divine’ a lot. Whereas with the first album, the sound was slightly ‘wooden’, we want the new album to be stone and golden in terms of being lavished and divine. So we are trying to paint an even more solemn religion and there’s all sorts of dramatic steps forward.

“The first album is about the arrival of the anti-Christ, about a coming darkness. The new album will about a current darkness, the presence of the devil, how it relates to divinity and how it’s futile you grasp whatever is divine.”

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Opeth To Tour With Mastodon And Ghost

Sweden's Opeth has announced the "Heritage Hunter" tour, which will also feature Mastodon and special guest Ghost. Dates are as follows:

04 Apr - Portland, ME @ State Theater**
05 Apr - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater*
06 Apr - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
07 Apr - Toronto, ON @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts*
09 Apr - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**
10 Apr - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome**
11 Apr - New York, NY @ Roseland**
13 Apr - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater**
14 Apr - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection**
15 Apr - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
16 Apr - Knoxville, TN @ TN Theater*
18 Apr - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom**
19 Apr - Dallas, TX @ Palladium*
20 Apr - San Antonio @ Back Stage Live*
21 Apr - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street*
23 Apr - Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
25 Apr - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues**
26 Apr - Hollywood, CA @ Gibson*
27 Apr - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre*
28 Apr - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort**
30 Apr - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater*
01 May - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum*
03 May - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Ctr*
04 May - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall**
05 May - Saskatoon @ The Odeon**
06 May - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings*
09 May - Washington DC @ The Fillmore*
10 May - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore**
11 May - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
12 May - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**

* Denotes Opeth closing show
** Denotes Mastodon closing show

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Ghost Announces Shows With Blood Ceremony

Ghost has issued the following announcement about heading to North America for upcoming live shows with Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom:

"Children of America, it is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America. In the name of Satan, we will conduct thirteen rituals in thirteen different cities throughout the United States and Canada and now we are summoning all of our devotees to partake in these blasphemous eves of black magic."

The dates are as follows:

JAN 18 : NEW YORK, NY – Bowery Ballroom
JAN 19 : WASHINGTON D.C. – Rock ´N´Roll Hotel
JAN 20 : BOSTON, MA – Middle East Downstairs
JAN 21 : MONTREAL, QC – Corona Theatre
JAN 22 : TORONTO, ON – The Mod Club
JAN 24 : CHICAGO, IL – Bottom Lounge
JAN 25 : SAINT PAUL, MN – Station Four
JAN 27 : DENVER, CO – Marquis Theatre
JAN 28 : SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Vertigo
JAN 30 : SEATTLE, WA – El Corazon
JAN 31 : PORTLAND, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
FEB 1 : SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
FEB 2 : LOS ANGELES, CA – The Roxy Theatre

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In Flames Posts New Trailer For European Tour

In Flames posted a trailer for the upcoming tour of Europe (which includes the Defenders of the Faith III dates) with Trivium, Noctiferia, Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense. In other In Flames news, the band will be releasing a single and music video for the song "Where the Dead Ships Dwell" on November 14, 2011 (EU) and November 15, 2011 (North America).

The complete tour dates are below the following trailer:

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Ghost Cancels Tour Dates With Enslaved

Due to problems with the ghouls’ visas, Swedish heavy rock band Ghost will not be able perform on the upcoming tour with Enslaved and Alcest. The band will do its best to return for a full U.S. tour in the future.

A statement on the Ghost Facebook page reads as follows:

"Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.

"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 US as soon as possible and perform for all of you. Our most malicious of wishes."

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Identity of Ghost Frontman Revealed?

Zach Shaw of Metal Insider reported that the identity of the satanic pope, Papa Emeritus I, of Swedish metal act Ghost, is none other than Tobias Forge, singer of Repugnant and Subvision. The strange and mysterious Ghost go through great lengths to keep the identity of band members a secret.

The reveal was based on information from Encyclopedia Metallum which indicated that Forge was credited as "The Ghoul Writer" with the Swedish Performing Rights Society. "The Ghoul Writer" is also credited on Ghost’s debut full length album "Opus Eponymous."

Read the full article at Metal Insider.

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Bands Announced For Defenders Of The Faith Tour

Metal Hammer's Defenders Of The Faith tour is back and will be hitting the road on December 1st, tearing it up from Southampton to Glasgow over seven shows until December 8th. This year's bill includes Trivium, In Flames, Rise To Remain, Ghost, and Insense.

"Prepare for the siege on the UK that is the 2011 Metal Hammer Defenders Of The Faith Tour," says Trivium's Matt Heafy. "This is what it's all about: an epic night to celebrate all that is glorious about the diverse world of metal. This bill is a must-see tour and has something every fan of modern metal can enjoy."

"We are glad to be part of such an awesome bill on the Defenders Of The Faith tour," adds Anders Fridén of In Flames. "We are looking forward to playing the UK after such a good time this summer at Sonisphere."

"Without In Flames, Trivium wouldn't exist," explains Matt. "So needless to say, the ability to tour with these legends is a dream come true."

"Rise To Remain are flying the flag for British metal," he says. "They're up and coming stars and good pals of ours too. Ghost are something special; you can feel the electricity and mystery behind Lucifer's house band. Prepare your souls for the sermon. They are a must-see. Insense deliver some pummeling brutality and a sense of catchiness that is all their own."

The mysterious Ghost frontman, Papa Emeritus 1, also corresponded with Metal Hammer to say: "After a few close calls, we are finally embarking on a full-fledged ungodly crusade of thy United Kingdom. Our boss (the old horned codger) is very, very pleased with this opportunity to bring Ghost in front of so many young souls. That is our mission.""We are incredibly excited to be part of the Defenders Of The Faith tour," says Rise To Remain frontman Austin Dickinson. "Touring with such an unbelievable and diverse metal ensemble is a great honour, and we look forward to spreading the Metal Hammer gospel with our buddies in Trivium, and our new friends in In Flames, Ghost and Insense! Get ready, get stoked!" More...

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Full Live Set From Ghost Posted Online

The entire Fortarock live set from Swedish metal act Ghost has been made available online. The footage was captured during the group's July 2, 2011 performance at the festival, which is held at Park Brakkestein in Nijmegen, Holland. You can check out Ghost's performance using the two YouTube players below.



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Ghost Performance Footage Posted Online

Footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user Sodomish1) of occult rock act Ghost performing at the Sweden Rock Festival 2011. You can check out the clip in the player below.

Other footage was also recently posted online of Ghost performing at the Maryland Death Fest, and the band conducted its first video interview ever with Metalinjection, which can be found here.

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Ghost Video Interview Posted Online

Metalinjection.net was granted the first ever video interview with the nameless ghouls of Ghost at the band's recent New York show. In the video clip below, Ghost discusses the message of its music, the apocalypse, getting the thumbs up from Fenriz of Darkthrone, and more. The members only agreed to do the interview if Metalinjection masked their voices to protect their anonymity.


Click Here To Watch The Video

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Live Video Of Ghost Performing At MDF 2011 Posted

Live footage of Ghost performing for the first time on US soil at this year's Maryland Deathfest IX has been posted online. Check out the video below, courtesy of Return To The Pit. More photos can be found here.

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