Monday, June 25, 2012

Here Comes The Sun: Ghost - "Ritual" (Metallica Orion Family)

Even though I only caught roughly 35 minutes-worth of their set sunday afternoon [running 2-3], Ghost undoubted made the biggest impact on my musical ear this weekend @ Metallica's first annual Orion Festival. Frontman "Papa Emeritus" and his band of 5 cloaked Nameless Ghouls flew in from Sweden @ buddy James Hetfield's special request. Ghost has been garnering a note-worthy amount of blog-based buzz since about 2010 coinciding with the release of their debut album, Opus Eponymous. Somehow warranting rumored claims of "Satanism" practice, I personally think Ghost make music that sounds like Classic Rock/Metal: Black Sabbath, Cream, Blue Öyster Cult, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, etc.

Donning their now infamous priest/peasant-inspired hooded garb, Ghost ripped through a 10-12-somg set, including a spot on "Here Comes The Sun" cover, in the blistering 90° Atlantic City heat. Visually, it all vaguely reminds me of what KISS grew oh so well @ doing [A]LIVE! in concert between 1970-90, just feeling more genuine and slightly less contrived. Catch Ghost in a city near you while you still can... the Swedes are still state-side touring behind Opus Eponymous (2010), while simultaneously working on new material. Take my word for it, Ghost put on one Hell of a stage show - that's definitely worth checking out!

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