Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Square Hammer" and "Missionary Man"

Rating out of 10

Ghost – Popestar

Release Date: 16th September 2016
Loma Vista Recordings
iTunes: http://apple.co/2ebL5Ur

Ghost are a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band hailing from Sweden, who have just released their new E.P ‘Popestar‘ through Loma Vista Recordings. Ghost have been non stop touring around the world with their most recent album ‘Meliora‘, which has most certainly kept them on their toes and they’ve recently announced they will hopefully have another album released by the end of 2017.  

So what you can expect from ‘Popestar’? If you’re a classic Ghost fan like me, you can see how much they’ve grown as a band, yet the mystery still remains; who are the nameless ghouls and who is Papa Emeritus. They keep their Satanic viewpoints, fused with classic rock, hard rock and lightweight metal music – think Blue Oyster Cult meets Type O Negative.

The first track is ‘Square Hammer’ which is their own song for the E.P opener; it’s classic rock mixed with a lightweight metal vibe and also it could be a 1920’s opener for a horror film.

The second track is a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen, ‘Nocturnal Me’. Ghost do it so well in their style, to cover this classic of the famous goth rockers. It sounds so chilling and calming and it goes to show what a vocal range Papa Emeritus has and how talented the band is.

The third track is a cover of Simian Mobile Disco, ‘I Believe’. The original of this song is an electronic song with vocals, but Ghost put their own spin on it. This cover blew me away and it is outstanding to see how far this band has grown.

The fourth track is a cover of Eurythmics, ‘Missionary Man’. This E.P just kept blowing me away – to do this song in their own style with the chilling piano and classic rock/lightweight metal riffs.

The E.P. closer is a cover of Imperiet, ‘Bible’. It’s an amazing cover again, but of course Ghost‘s originals are always there so you should be sure to check them out. But with this E.P it’s amazing to see how Ghost can break genre’s and show their followers and fans what music has influenced them over the years.

For Fans Of: Blue Oyster Cult, Type O Negative, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth.

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