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Concert Review: Ghost B.C.

DSCN0012A secular haze descended over Denver on the 18th of April.  Ghost B.C. headlined their North American tour with Ides of Gemini and local Denver boys Speedwolf opening the set.  This was a much-anticipated tour stop for me as I have come to greatly appreciate the groovy styles and satanic bliss known as Ghost B.C.  After having seen them at Download 2012, I vowed to catch their shows any chance I can.  This was definitely an opportunity I was not going to miss for two reasons; 1 – they were supporting their new album Infestissumam; 2 – they were headlining and I wanted to experience all of Ghost B.C.’s grandeur.  From here on out, I will refer to them as (just) Ghost.

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Full Album Streams: Infestissumam by Ghost

ghost-infestissumam-1000x515The fine folks over at Pitchfork made my day yesterday with an advance stream of the new Ghost album Infestissumam.  It is one of my most highly anticipated records of the year after their debut album Opus Eponymous straight up blew me away with its retro ’70s grooves and delightfully (and hilariously overboard) Satanic themes and a couple years after its release still gets a lot of spins on my stereo/Ipod.  The new album is another win in the books for the Swedish Satinists and is packed with the same stellar songwriting and possessing grooves and melodies as their first album.  I wouldn’t go as far as to say it trumps the debut, but it resides on the same plane and shows a lot of growth in the band.  So far my favorite track is a groovy as sin tune called “Jigolo Har Megiddo” that is sure to get any demon loving booty shaking.  Full review will certainly pop up here in the near future, but until then, just know you have an album to get hyped about for next week and you should buy it.  Don’t want to take my word for it, listen for yourself here.  I also really enjoy the fact that Pitchfork included all of the album artwork and lyrics in the stream, nice little bonus.  And if you have a bit of trouble finding the play button, hover your mouse over the bottom of the page and it will pop up (took me a hot second to figure that out 😉 ).  Enjoy and let us know what you think!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Videos of the Week: Scarlet, Bohemian Rhapsody (Puscifer Version), and Secular Haze

blinking-ketchup-and-mustard-bottlesI guess you can call this the week of what the actual fuck did I just watch videos.  Less for Ghost’s, err, sorry, Ghost B.C., new video for “Secular Haze” which I just find hella neat, but the other 2, there had to be some kind of drug consumption when planning those out and putting them together.

First up is Periphery’s new video for “Scarlet” off of Periphery II (which I am kind of warming up to after giving it another spin after watching this video).  At first I thought it was going to be a neat, high production sci-fi stuff, with a slightly tongue-in-cheek style (how they opened the spaceship door cracked me up).  As soon as I saw that the spaceship the band was traveling on was in the shape of one of those mustard bottles you find at your local burger shop (not McDonalds, but the good Mom and Pop ones) or diner, slightly tongue-in-cheek was thrown out the window for ludicrous speed, this video is going plaid.  So, without spoiling too much before you watch it cause the WTF factor is half the fun, I just need to ask, mustard or ketchup?  Also, best waste of a record labels advance for a music video since Red Fang and current early leader for #1 video of the year.

Next up is Maynard James Keenan and the band he’s putting too much time into instead of getting that Tool record fans have been clamoring about, for what, more than a decade now.  Puscifer’s rendition of quite possibly the most famous song ever recorded is a very straight take on “Bohemian Rhapsody”.  Maynard’s voice sounds great and fit’s the song well, and the harmonies are done excellently.  But how bout that video.  Using a classic film I can’t name or recognize (but I probably should) Maynard and some chubby dude’s, John Wayne Gacy?, heads are superimposed on the actors.  It’s pretty creepy, and it’s all down hill from there.  If people staring into your soul with a rapist’s gaze while eating eggs disquiets you, you’ve been warned.  Anywho, great and very creative video, just the way I like ’em.

Lastly we have the new video from Ghost for you.  Much less on the WTF factor and has performance footage of the band.  But unlike most performance videos, this one fits the band quite well as they choose for a kind of 70s American Bandstand backdrop that matches that retro sound of the band.  I also got a chuckle that this was released at the same time as the pope’s resignation.  And I don’t know about you, but I am totally hyped for when the new Ghost album lands in March, and this tune just reaffirms my hype.