Ghost B.C.
Opus Eponymous


4.5
superb

Review

by Camelo Colca USER (12 Reviews)
January 20th, 2011 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It seems as though Opus Eponymous was a missing recording from 1978, and it is now seeing the light of day in 2010 (Europe) 2011 (North America).

This is not true at all, but you must admit that this sounds exactly like an album that would have come out in the late 70s or early 80s because of it's heavy influences revolving around bands such Mercyful Fate, Witchfinder General, a hint of Black Sabbath, and Blue Oyster Cult. With these influences, they combine a great retro band that should shock and excite fans of old school metal. Hailing from the Stockholm, Sweden region, Ghost came to fruition in 2008 by a bunch of nameless Ghouls that wanted to spread the message of Satan himself. In fact, they say that Satan inspires the riffs, lyrics, and overall them of the album, Opus Eponymous.

The album starts off with a short instrumental lead by what sounds like an organ, "Deus Culpa," which creates an image of Satan's children congregating into the circle to start the black mass; a perfect way to begin a 1970s prog record. "Deus Culpa" leads into "Con Clavi Con Dio" with some thundering bass and riffs that shine the likes of Witchfinder General and Black Sabbath. Lyrical themes are drenched with the summoning of Satan, performing rituals, giving props to Elizabeth Bathory, witchcraft, giving birth to the devil, and everything evil. One of the strongest aspects of this album are the vocals, they are clean, crisp, and to add, the vocal harmonies are eerie, cheesy, and beautiful; this makes a great sing-a-long album by the way. Turn to one of the standout tracks, "Ritual," to provide vocal harmonies of cheese and beauty that sound straight out of a Blue Oyster Cult album.

"This chapel of ritual
Smells of dead human sacrifices
From the altar bed
On this night of ritual
Invocing our master
To procreate the unholy bastard"

Another positive note is the heavy use of the organ throughout the record, whether they are in the background, or the centerpiece of the song, they really lay out the atmosphere from what makes this record so magical. An example of this would be in the song, "Death Knell," the organ provides a scary, horror movie-esque landscape in the pre-chorus/chorus, and at the end of the song, Ghost not only pays homage to some Slayer riffs, but King Diamond himself. Then again, there are many elements on this record that pay a ton of respect to King Diamond and the rest of Mercyful Fate. "Elizabeth" could have been a lost Mercyful Fate song that featured a guest appearance from the Blue Oyster Cult camp; the main riff, the verses, the vocal pattern, the guitar solo and the way it was recorded screams Mercyful Fate, and it is fantastic. The album closer, "Genesis," is an instrumental that gives everyone a taste of what may come next for Ghost. Once again, just like the opener, it is a perfect way to end a 1970s prog record. It is epic, uplifting, beautiful, horrific, and leaves you wanting more.

Ghost is carrying the torch that King Diamond bestowed to us long ago (lyrical themes, songwriting, presentation of the material, the logo for the band), and also presenting a fresh sound that embodies the sounds of the late 70s and early 80s of yesterday. No band has incorporated it like this yet and have done it so well. Yes, we hear tons of bands that are influenced by older bands, but their ability to mix the styles of Mercyful Fate and Blue Oyster Cult matched with their songwriting skills, it is a monumental time to relive the past and worship Satan at the same time.

"Oh Rebel Cheif, destroyer of the Earth, rise from precipice through birth."



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DeafMetal
January 20th 2011


8588 Comments


You had me at "Witchfinder General".

Digging: Hawkwind - Space Ritual

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 20th 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see there are others that like Witchfinder General.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 20th 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I just haven't had the time and focus to review records lately. But this album is exciting to me and I really love it to death. I did write it up really fast that could be playing a factor.

dr2den
January 20th 2011


1342 Comments


ive heard this, theres a lot of satan

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 20th 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Satan times 1000

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2011


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally... Good review! I've only heard Ritual ouf of this and it's a cool old-school tune.

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2011


6107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was nominated "record of the month" in the January 2011 issue of the Hellenic Metal Hammer.

I listened to this several times, i think it is overrated.

For someone that hasn't listened bands like King Diamond or Merciful Fate or Pentagram at all, this may seem as a break-through record, true, but if one has listened and adored the aforementioned bands, then this will wear off quickly...

this is just my opinion, though.



edit: btw, pos.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

Wizard
January 21st 2011


19407 Comments


I still need to hear this. Great review Steel.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2011


44388 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Ghost-%28Swe%29/22846/

Digging: Carissa's Wierd - Songs About Leaving

Ticondaroga
January 21st 2011


231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

pretty boring

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2011


20676 Comments


Good review. Being an old school metal fan I should probably check this out.

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt

wakeupdead
January 21st 2011


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was expecting to see a song called Hippopotamus off Opus Eponymous

Disconnected
January 21st 2011


485 Comments


I listened to a few songs off of this a few days ago and it sounded pretty cool.

Bleekill
January 21st 2011


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was excited to listen to this when I read about it online a few months ago but was disappointed. I found it boring as well, the riffs just didn't have substance. I'd rather listen to the Devil's Blood out of the nu-oldschool occult metal but they really aren't that great either.

DeafMetal
January 22nd 2011


8588 Comments


I can't find this at all somebody link me.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 22nd 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"For someone that hasn't listened bands like King Diamond or Merciful Fate or Pentagram at all, this may seem as a break-through record, true, but if one has listened and adored the aforementioned bands, then this will wear off quickly..."

I love all the bands that are mentioned there, but I find that they mesh 70s prog/arena rock, 80s doom/black metal so well, that it creates something unique. I know I am not the only one out there jizzing over this, but as a lover of songwriting and melodies...I think this album has it all.

And thanks for the positive feedback y'all, it has been a while. I will try to review more in the future. Still can't find it, deaf?

DeafMetal
January 23rd 2011


8588 Comments


Nope.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 23rd 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

We are fixing that right now.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2011


6107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Devil's Blood are way better than this, imho.

Especially their second album when compared to this being reviewed here.

For example, the vocals of Devil's Blood are superior by a great margin.

SteelErectedb4you8er
January 24th 2011


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can see what you are saying, I mean both bands incorporate the 70s arena rock with 80s metal, but I think they share a different influences of bands even though they share the same idea of time period and lyrical content. If you were to put The Devil's Blood and Ghost together you could tell their differences apart.

I dig this Devil's Blood, I am going to be jamming this now. But I think Ghost has strong songwriting, melodies, haunting horror movie elements, and beautiful cheesy chorus all wrapped up. Where Devil"s Blood is if The Hellacopters, Jefferson Airplane, and Deep Purple had a baby.



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