Got a few gigs coming up which is good and one is a band I haven’t seen before as I just found out about them two weeks after they left the UK last time around, they are Ghost.
Black metal these days mostly means ridiculous looking youths screaming over powerless blastbeats, but although Ghost are coming under the black metal banner because of the imagery and lyrical content, they’re miles away from any of that stuff, around 35 years away in fact. The music is pure 70’s, full of melody, harmony, drama and tastful playing with a bunch of hilarious satanic lyrics through it all. It’s an absolute joy, like discovering an unreleased album from ’74 by Black Sabbath or Uriah Heep.
I absolutely love them, their first album is a favourite and the new tune Secular Haze below, while not their catchiest song, has a hypontic, metronomic quality and sinister eeriness about it that all the family can enjoy. Except Joycee, however me and The Girl rock hard enough to make up for her lack of enthusiasm.
A lot of folk don’t get it, maybe you have to know the reference points to know that Ghost are fanboys having fun, the video below is a brilliant tribute to 70’s music slots on tv shows with the cheesy set, dodgy video tape quality and 4:3 screen ratio . Makes me smile every time I watch it, but the differences in opinion and understanding are best portayed in the comment and its reply on the video on YouTube:
What, am I supposed to be scared?
No, you’re supposed to chill out and Hail Satan.
Ha. I’ll be buying a t-shirt.