Ghost, Opus Eponymous (review 2.0)

So– many moons ago, I publicly-decried the Swedish traditional-metal stalwarts Ghost.

Here’s my apology–here’s why I was totally wrong.

iTunes (the computer program) doesn’t lie.

Opus Eponymous is my most-played metal album of the last year– according to its coldly-calculating statistics.

I even bought a ticket to see them play in October 1, 2011– only for them to drop off the tour.

I even play this fucker when I’m doing dishes– because I love the tunes that much.

Instrumental “Deus Culpa” opens the proceedings, in clearly-liturgical-fashion, followed closely by “Con Clavi con Dio,” which, in its lyrical-literacy (even if it’s dying to denounce the Catholic liturgy) is frankly inspiring, and an intellectual antidote to modern pap like Jersey Shore-

I’m obviously an over-intellectual, but still–

what does it say about America when publicly-avowed Devil-worshipers like Ghost are an obvious alternative to the typical American television offerings…?

Track four, “Elizabeth,” (Ghost’s first single) is also (arguably) the most memorable tune here (while also enunciating the career of Elizabeth Báthory),

Track six, “Satan Prayer,” in all honesty, inspired me and fills me with soul– because this allegedly-Satantic band went to such literal lengths as to mirror the Catholic/Episcopalian mass-based tune of the Nicene Creed in its lyrical content– honestly: in an age filled with shit like Nicki Minaj, this attention to detail, Lucifer-espousing as it may be, is truly inspiring to a former English major.

Are Ghost essentially Satanic Blue Öyster Cult worshipers?


But they’re still definitely worth hearing– especially to the metal/rock world, who so seldom get acquainted with “hooks.”

I, admittedly, hated on Ghost because of their generic-ness– but I never dreamed that their musical talent (and Satanic message?) would overcome this.


  1. while At the Gates were still convulsing ofarihicrlly on The Red in the Sky is Ours. You mean convulsing’ in a GOOD way, yes? Because that’s their best album.

  2. Unfortunately in most metal bands, you almost have to ignore the lyrics to enjoy them– with some death/black metal acts, when I find out what they’re actually singing, I’m almost embarrassed for them. So yeah, it’s a nice change to find they’ve put genuine creative effort into them.

  3. Like you, I just couldn’t be arsed with Ghost. I found them really boring.

    However, I have been streaming this all afternoon on Spotify and to my surprise I am quite enjoying it.

    Ritual is awesome, it’s so jaunty! I can’t help but laugh given the lyrical content.

    I haven’t delved much into the lyrics (I don’t tend to focus on them much in general listening) but as I am former English major (or the British equivalent) too, I am intrigued by what you mention. I always liked poetry/literature that subverted religious texts.

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