Entries tagged with: Ghost
interview by Shahryar Rizvi
Last month, Ghost released their third album Meliora, another dose of poppy occult rock that was a little heavier on the riffage than their last one. Strangely enough, they decided to celebrate it with some acoustic release shows (including Rough Trade NYC in August) but they're also now on a proper full-band tour which returned to NYC last night (9/27) at Terminal 5.
We caught up with one of the band's Nameless Ghouls not long after they arrived in the U.S. (their "new" frontman Papa Emeritus III doesn't tend to give interviews) and talked about the new album, those acoustic shows, Snoop Dogg, Satan, Pope Francis, Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains and the people who question just how metal Ghost really is. Read on...
Your latest album Meliora is still on the charts after a month, how does the band feel about their success?
Nameless Ghoul: We feel great, but y'know, humbled because as much as we love what we do, we're not exactly certain that everyone else will time after time. So we're happy. We're trying - no we're not just trying, we're fuckin' working our asses off having our feet still on the ground. It's not so hard because we have masks on and looking at it from the side angle, so yeah.
photo: Enslaved at The Paramount in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:
Pennsylvania death metal band Rivers of Nihil will release their sophomore album, Monarchy, this week via Metal Blade (pre-order), and they're in NYC TONIGHT (8/19) to celebrate at Saint Vitus. Opening is the great local mathcore band Meek Is Murder and NJ's Cognitive. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream the new album in full below.
Norway's legendary Enslaved will return to North America in the fall for a tour with polished progressive metal bands Between the Buried and Me (the headliners) and Intronaut. That tour hits NYC on December 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Citi/Live Nation/Blastbeat/Ticketmaster presales now (password: "crowdsurf") and the general on-sale starts Friday (8/21) at 10 AM. Invisible Oranges just published a piece on BTBAM's new album, and wrote:
Between The Buried And Me sport incomparable technical skill, and their process of pushing tiny musical motifs to their logical conclusion is astoundingly thorough. But as they've gotten more compositionally ambitious, their ability to write songs that make sense on a moment to moment basis has fallen by the wayside. Each section of a typical Between The Buried And Me song is well constructed by itself, but as the band's career has gone on they've started to have trouble transitioning smoothly, resorting to full stops before shifting gears or making jarring leaps in key or tempo.On a more positive note, Enslaved released their 13th album In Times earlier this year, and you can watch the lyric video for "Thurisaz Dreaming" from that, below.
Where previously BTBAM could make these kinds of drastic choices come across as unpredictable and exciting they now only serve to disrupt the momentum and cheapen the impact of their jaw dropping instrumental prowess. Metalsucks once compared BTBAM to LeBron James but these days they are more like James Harden; prodigiously talented, clearly very good at what they set out to do, but holy shit can they be a slog to actually watch.
photo: Cattle Decapitation at Slaughter by the Water 2011 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption are touring together this fall. They aren't hitting NYC, but will be nearby for Long Island's Emporium on 10/14 (tickets) and Pougheepsie's The Chance on 10/16 (tickets). Cattle Decapitation's new album The Anthropocene Extinction came out earlier this month on Metal Blade. You can stream it in full below.
Doom trio Castle are hitting the road in the fall, and playing NYC on November 16 at the Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.
One-man industrial metal project Author & Punisher is touring soon with Muscle and Marrow, and hitting Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on November 3. Tickets are on sale.
Another one-man industrial project, Alberich, is playing with Azar Swan and Lussuria at the Acheron on October 2. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Alberich sooner with Sannhet and Uniform at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/21) (tickets).
The over-the-top Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play Saint Vitus on September 19 with Pink Mass and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.
This week, the Trap Them / Full of Hell tour hits NYC at the Acheron on Thursday (8/20). Tickets for that show are still available. Other recently-discussed heavy shows/tours include GWAR, Danzig / Superjoint / Prong, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Locrian, Judas Priest & Mastodon and YOB / Black Cobra. Check out more in last week's roundup.
In addition to the new music already mentioned in this post, and the new Iron Maiden song, we got a couple other exciting new streams recently too. Indie-pop-turned-black-metal musician Amalie Bruun (of Ex-Cops, Frankie Rose's band, etc) is streaming her debut Myrkur album, M, which comes out this week via Relapse. Listen below, and check out Joseph Schafer's review at Invisible Oranges.
Sweden's not-actually-metal band Ghost will also drop their third album Meliroa this week on Loma Vista, and they're streaming it now. Listen below, and catch Ghost in NYC on their acoustic tour this weekend (8/23) and their full-band tour in September. Joseph from IO also recently wrote about "Ten Songs I Want Ghost to Cover,", including Perfume Genius, Justin Timberlake and more.
photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
We already knew Swedish occult rockers Ghost would be touring North America this fall in support of their third album, Meliora (due 8/21 via Loma Vista), but they'll be here sooner for a few acoustic in-stores and signings during album release week. One happens in NYC on Sunday, August 23 at 2 PM at Rough Trade. Check Rough Trade's site for more details.
Their full-band tour, with support from Purson, hits NYC on September 27 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates are listed, with three singles from Melioria, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
So far we've heard two songs from the upcoming Ghost album, Meliora (due 8/21 via Loma Vista), and today they released a third. After getting a little Alice In Chains-y on their last single, "Majesty" is closer to the riffy occult pop that we usually associate with Ghost. Listen below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ghost at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sweden's not-actually-that-metal band Ghost put out the first single form their upcoming third album Meliora back in May, and today they released another new one, "From The Pinnacle To The Pit." Ghost usually remind me of Blue Oyster Cult, another band with metal associations, songs about The Reaper, and a kinda metal-looking logo, but whose best known songs aren't really very metal. I'm not sure they've ever reminded me of Alice In Chains though, which is what immediately comes to mind when listening to this new single. The intro sounds like a straight homage to "Would?" and he comes pretty close to their vocal style when belting out "It is a looooong waaaaaay dooooowwwwnnnn." They bring back the Ghost of old on the song's pomp rock chorus, and hearing those two sounds flow together on one song works surprisingly well. Listen below.
In sorta related news, it's rumored that one of Ghost's anonymous members is Tribulation guitarist Adam Zaars, and if you like Ghost but haven't checked out that band's new album, you should probably fix that.
The Growlers' fourth annual Beach Goth Festival happens October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The Growlers play both days, and the lineup also includes Grimes, Die Antwoord, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, FIDLAR, Camera Obscura, Ghost, Juicy J, Warpaint, DIIV, Touche Amore, Cherry Glazerr, Sir Mix-A-Lot (seriously), Eagles of Death Metal, The Aquabats, Riff Raff, Allah-Las, Del the Funky Homosapien, Subhumans, Wanda Jackson, The Adicts, together PANGEA, Moving Units, My Life With A Thrill Kill Kult, The 188.8.131.52.'s and more. Plus, one of the headliners is still TBA.
Tom Green is hosting it, and Pauly Shore is hosting a rap battle with Riff Raff. There's also Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, roller skating, a time machine, and more.
Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below...
photo: at Best Buy Theater in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Swedish costumed occult rockers Ghost (aka Ghost BC) recently announced that their new album, Meliora, would be out August 21 via Loma Vista, and today they announced a North American headlining tour to support it. Opening on all dates is London psych rockers Purson.
The tour hits NYC on September 27 at Terminal 5, their largest headlining show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/10) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the video for "Cirice" from Ghost's new album and a Purson video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ghost (aka Ghost BC) will release the followup to 2013's Infestissumam with a new album called Meliora on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The recently-released trailer reveals that singer Papa Emeritus II who replaced Papa Emeritus I will be replaced by Papa Emeritus III for this album (even though all three sure do sound alike), and the nameless ghouls will all have new masks. That's the cover artwork above, and the tracklist is below. Also below is a stream of new single "Cirice" which is another dose of their catchy riffy occult rock with some new ground explored too. You can download the song for free here.
by Ian Chainey
Over the weekend, King Diamond turned into King Dynasty. First bassist Hal Patino quit over a pay dispute. Then, Kim Bendix Petersen responded with a seemingly well-reasoned letter of epic length (if you read it in a King Diamond falsetto, it makes the words fly by). Finally, Patino fired back with a screed beginning with "I'm NOT a drug addict!" Duly noted. All of this reads like. . . a conspiracy, ooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Also, King Diamond is set to play a handful of Euro fests this summer and will be hitting North America for a tour this fall, including a date at FFF Fest and October 14 at NYC's Best Buy Theater.
Speaking of things that shouldn't have been made public, there's a petition on Change.org asking Ghost BC to break up. Says the petition, "We petition against Ghost of the heavy metal genre that continues to make albums and tour. Many people getting into metal think that they are the real deal and that we should forget the real bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, etc." Of course they're not real, they're ghosts. Some trvthers you are.
Want to drum for Slough Feg? There's now an opening. Harry Cantwell -- who also plays for Bosse-De-Nage -- will be leaving the band at the end of July, leaving open a spot on the stool. Leader Mike Scalzi: "Obviously this news brings up the question: what are we gonna do about a drummer? Well, we do have some stuff scheduled for a few months down the road, so we'll be auditioning drummers ASAP. If you think you're up to the task, then let us know!!!"
Could the next Slough Feg drummer be the newly elected president of Indonesia? Joko Widodo is indeed a fan, known to sport Napalm Death and Lamb of God shirts in pics. His first order of business? Declaring war on Ghost.
Finally, Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik (Wardruna) will curate the next Roadburn Festival. This year's edition was curated by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth who dropped by Invisible Oranges this week for an interview.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
still from Mortals' video
Mortals shot a video using Brooklyn's the Archeron as the backdrop. Said the Acheron's Facebook, "Now we gotta find a new sound tech and bartender!!" This Heavy Lowdown just turned into Metal Careerbuilder. You can watch the video below.
For streams, Witch Mountain debuted "Psycho Animundi" from their forthcoming Mobile of Angels on NPR. The record is out September 30 via the mighty Profound Lore Records. Tech-deathers Beyond Creation dropped "Elusive Reverence" from Earthborn Evolution (October 24, Season of Mist - preorder). And friends in digital metal dissemination CVLTNation released their fourth covers record, this one taking on Joy Division. It includes renditions by Pinkish Black, Theologian, and Arctic Flowers and it's available for download. You can also listen to it and the Beyond Creation cut below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TONIGHT (FRIDAY, 7/25): Crushers Tombs' homecoming show kicks off today at the Saint Vitus (tickets). They'll be joined by Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom, and Passage Between. Word is the Savage Gold beer will be available. Over at the Acheron, Fell Voices, Yellow Eyes, and Mongrel will make your Friday bleak and black, just the way you like it (tickets).
SATURDAY (7/26): The two-day New York Death Fest starts at Saint Vitus. Go fill up on slams (tickets for both days). If you're looking for slower and lower, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, and the super-promising Sangharsha play the Acheron (tickets).
SUNNNNNNDAY (7/27): New York Death Fest finishes up with a gurgle at Saint Vitus. Over at the Acheron, there's the progressive Blackest, Warm, and Dead Empires (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We tracked all of the releases fit to buy in our weekly Upcoming Metal Releases. As previously mentioned, we interviewed Mikael Åkerfeldt (*swoons*). We premiered tracks from Sólstafir and Take Over and Destroy. We reviewed the newest from Wolvhammer, along with rounding up some singles like Bölzer's. We also went show crazy, sponsoring the Falls of Rauros with Obsidian Tongue and Oneirogen package and reporting on Black Anvil. Finally, we were bummed out by the Castevet break up. All of my blogger coffee has been poured out.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and check out those streams, and other noted details below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Ghost just leveled Best Buy Theater. Best set I've seen them play yet" - Michel
The best part, really, was that Papa Emeritus wasn't the only thing to watch on stage. The rest of the band has a ton of energy and synergy that made it amazing to behold.The costumed Satanic Swedes known as Ghost (or Ghost B.C.) wrapped up their North American tour in NYC with a show at Best Buy Theater on Saturday (5/17). Their 17-song set included most of both albums, plus covers of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" and Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts." Opening for Ghost on this tour was noir-country crooner King Dude, who put out his new album Fear earlier this month. It sounded like an interesting pairing, but as the Reddit user quoted above points out, the crowd didn't treat him very well (and other users agreed in the comments):
Biggest surprises? To my left, there was a woman in front of me playing Candy Crush Saga on her phone the entire show.
To my right, there was a guy holding his ~6 year old son, who was just rocking out the whole time. [Reddit user ggabriele3]
The only real disappointment was how the crowd treated the opener - King Dude. Granted the guy has a very different sound (think post-apocalyptic Americana; like Fallout New Vegas), and I feel like the guy really hasn't perfected his sound yet....but the guys yelling "you suck" should have been thrown out.Another person tweeted "Really saddened to hear about King Dude being booed during his support slots for Ghost's US tour."
photos by Tim Griffin
Ghost @ Emo's - 5/1/2014
Sweden's Ghost B.C. are currently in North America bringing their Satanic heavy pop and thrilling, costume-filled stage show to multiple US and Canadian cities on their month-long tour. The tour rolled through Austin this past Thursday (5/1) for a show at Emo's. Opening that show, and the rest of the tour, was Seattle's noir-folk balladeer King Dude, whose dark sound may be less kitschy than Ghost's but makes for an interesting mix nonetheless. Pictures of the Austin show are in this post.
As discussed, the tour hits NYC on May 17 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available. All remaining tour dates are listed below.
More pictures from the Austin show, and the list of remaining dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
King Dude at the BV SXSW party at Baby's All Right (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Melancholic crooner King Dude is releasing a new album on May 6, titled Fear. You can get an early taste via the video for "Fear Is All You Know." The song's a dark brooder and the video is full of bondage-style strippers, drugs and other nefarious stuff. Check that out below
In other news, The Dude will be promoting the new album on the road with Swedish Satanists Ghost BC. That tour is underway, with a scheduled stop on May 17 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed, along with the new video, below
Posehn posing with a Ghost and Scott Ian
Heavy metal loving comedian Deadpool comic book writer Brian Posehn, who last year toured with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, has a new batch of headlining shows scheduled including some on the east coat. Tickets for both Rhode Island (9/12 @ Fete) and Brooklyn (9/13 @ Knitting Factory) go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10am. A full tour hasn't been announced yet, but all the North American dates we know about are listed, along with Posehn's video for his Relapse-released "Metal By Numbers", below..
Ghost at MHOW in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Everyone's favorite Satanic Swedes, Ghost B.C., have announced they'll return to North America for another tour here this spring. The tour brings Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls back to NYC for a show on May 17 at Best Buy Theater. Opening on all dates, including the NYC show, is noir-country balladeer King Dude. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon. If you ordered the If You Have Ghosts EP, there is a presale starting Tuesday (1/28) at 10 AM local venue time through their website and there's another presale starting Thursday (1/30) at 10 AM local venue time for all fans.
All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and videos of both bands, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
by Wyatt Marshall
Ghost BC @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 7/28/2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Ghost BC will be releasing a covers EP recorded by Dave Grohl titled If You Have Ghost on November 20 (via The Prp). The EP will feature covers of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette," Army of Lovers' "Crucified," Depeche Mode's "Waiting for the Night" and, as the title track, Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts." The Roky Erickson cover found it's way to Youtube -- watch it below -- and yes, it's catchy as hell.
The EP will also be packaged with a new version of the band's Infestissumam which also comes out 11/20.
Ghost BC, who were here in July, will be touring this fall with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones and, while there are no dates in the NYC area, all are listed -- along with the Roky Erickson cover stream -- below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Queens of the Stone Age / Crystal Castles / Ghost
Alice Glass [of Crystal Castles] and co. appeared on stage right on schedule. Just like last time, Glass brought along a bottle of booze which she took a sip of before starting the show, but she didn't share it with the audience this time around. The band played "Baptism" during their their set with strobe lights blaring and blue lights shooting beams through the smoke. Glass even crowd surfed a bit and got up close and personal with a few fans. Unfortunately her mic seemed to get tangled up and her vocals didn't come through for the last bit of the song. This however didn't stop her from screaming the lyrics to those around her. [BV Chicago]Lollapalooza 2013 is currently underway, having kicked off this past Friday (8/2). We already posted pictures of about half the artists we caught that day, and there's more shots of other bands -- including Queens of the Stone Age, Crystal Castles, Ghost BC, Deap Vally, and more -- in this post. We've also got some shots from the BrooklynVegan-hosted portion of the Soundwave Tent.
If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live from home.
More day 1 pictures below...
Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)
Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).
The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....
photos by Vladislav Grach
Ghost BC @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 7/28/2013
Shrouded satanic pop-metal Swedes Ghost BC (shrouded in a literal and figurative sense, considering the crowd at the venue), stopped in Brooklyn last night (7/28) for a Music Hall of Williamsburg show as part of their short tour with Skeletonwitch. The sold-out show was the first of a series of dates towards their ultimate destination of Lollapalooza this coming weekend. Pictures and the set list from the show are in this post.
Skeletonwitch, meanwhile, are readying their new LP, Serpents Unleashed, for release this fall, and the thrashers will return to the NYC area following its release. Details are on that are TBA.
More pictures from the show are below, and you can check out a second set at Invisible Oranges too.
by Andrew Sacher
Skeletonwitch is the kind of band that favors classic riffs (in their case, '80s thrash) and a wild live show, so they should be a pretty good fit to team up with a band like Ghost B.C., who also favor classic riffs (in their case, more along the lines of Blue Oyster Cult) and a wild live show. And that's exactly what they'll do on Ghost's previously announced pre-Lollapalooza tour, which hits NYC on July 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Unfortunately, that show is sold out.
Skeletonwitch are preparing to release a new album, Serpents Unleashed, via Prosthetic Records this fall. The record was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou, who also lent his talents to another bunch of classic riffers this year (Kvelertak).
All dates are listed, along with a live video of "This Horrifying Force (The Desire to Kill)" form 2011's Forever Abomination, below...
Silversun Pickups are playing The Capitol Theatre on August 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Pat Kiernan is hosting a night of pop culture trivia at The Bell House on July 24. Tickets to that show are still available.
Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony) is playing The Bowery Electric on June 26. Tickets to that show are still available.
Chrome Cranks are playing Mercury Lounge on August 16. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Bust Magazine is hosting a special anniversary celebration featuring performances by David Cross and others at The Bell House on July 25. Tickets to that show are still available.
Ghost at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Depeche Mode covering satanic hard rockers Ghost B.C. recently swung by NYC for a sold out show at Webster Hall and they'll be back this summer on their way to Lollapalooza for a smaller show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 28. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/29) at noon.
UPDATE: The show has disappeared off the venue and Ticketmaster's websites. Stay tuned for more info as we get it.
UPDATE 2: We confirmed that the show is in fact happening.
UPDATE 3: The show is part of a quick run of North American dates that the band is doing before Lollapalooza, including a show in Hartford, CT. All dates on this mini-tour are listed, along with the tour flyer, below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the video for "Secular Haze" from Ghost's new album, Infestissumam and a stream of that Depeche Mode cover, below...
Ghost at Webster Hall earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Sweden's favorite Satan-loving rockers Ghost B.C., who recently toured North America in support of their new album, Infestissumam, released one of that album's Japan-only bonus tracks onto the internet this week. The bonus track is a very Ghost-ian cover of Depeche Mode's "Waiting For The Night" from their Violator album. It's not the first time Ghost covered an entirely non-metal song.
Check it out below...
photos by Lukas Hodge
Ghost B.C. @ Webster Hall, 5/11/2013
Costumed occult-rockers Ghost headlined a sold-out Webster Hall on Saturday (5/11), joined by their touring partners Ides of Gemini (members of Black Math Horseman). Pictures from their set are in this post, with another set of pictures over at InvisibleOranges.
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...