Label: Spinefarm Records - SPINE237751 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Meliorathe third long-player by Sweden's Ghostlooks back at what Absolution - Ghost (32) - Meliora their debut, Opus Eponymousso special: Beautifully written, hook-laden, hard rock songs with clean and even serene singing. Their anonymous, cowled and masked monk costumes and the skull-faced, anti-Papal dress of their frontman Papa Emeritus III same guy as Papa Emeritus I and IIwho delivers lyrics of unabashed, worshipful Satanism, however, are their only links to black metal.
The gorgeous vocal harmonies woven throughout the album reveal they've also spent time listening to the San Francisco, L. Schtick aside, this band's songwriting makes for some of the most compelling hard rock out there. First single "Cirice" opens with an acoustic guitar, but gives way to a Metallica -esque Absolution - Ghost (32) - Meliora with a seductive bridge and an instantly hummable refrain.
The intro to opener "Spirit" contains a creepy, gothic organ, Theremin, and choir -- it lets us know these guys love the Absolution - Ghost (32) - Meliora atmospherics of vintage horror movies -- but the tune offers traces of prog rock alongside a gripping metal riff. It's the only tune here that has somewhat dirty vocals, stacked atop a blazing organ and effects-laden guitars. Meliora jumps so quickly from classic hard rock to prog to glam metal it can be dizzying and perhaps even dazzling for listeners.
Ghost 's lyrics often turn to Lucifer for comfort and consolation here -- their loving allure may prove to be shocking to parents who may indeed enjoy the Broken Hearted Me - Werly Fairburn - Everybodys Rockin. But the kids get the gag, and they'll have the final say as to whether Ghost achieves the mass popularity they so desperately seek.
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