With Ghost’s recent win at the 58th Grammy Awards, I thought I would check out their 3rd album Meliora to see what the fuss is all about.
Their latest effort Meliora was released on the 21st of August 2015 and was generally well received by music publications around the world, even making it onto quite a few best heavy metal album of the year lists. The lead single was ‘Cirice’ which hit the world on May the 30th last year, it opens with soft guitar chords while slowly each other instrument joins before finally picking up a bit of tempo and turns heavy, the lyrics are quite repetitive but hold you none the less. ‘From the Pinnacle to the Pit’ was the next track out the 17th of July 2015 and straight from the beginning grabs a hold of you and never lets up, one of the Nameless Ghoul called the song a “truly stomping riff-based song, Led Zeppelin-style” and I can’t agree more. Finally, ‘Majesty’ which graced us 7th of August 2015 which is a masterpiece, right from the start it shows its colours with amazing heavy metal guitar work, then Papa Emeritus III opens up with his almost hymn like vocals which paint a vivid picture of people idolising the dark lord of the underground in a world of complete disaster, while the people worship this deity, it’s clear it looks down on them, again a Ghoul stated “How to love something that hates you back”.
All their albums have their own concepts, the first Opus Eponymous was about the coming of the antichrist, the second Infestissumam followed the presence of said antichrist, while this release is all about the absence of god. Now I love Ghost’s gimmick, it truly is genius but has hampered their breaking into the US market. Slowly through sheer perseverance they have made it and won a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy to show for it. I enjoyed this album, it’s all doom and gloom to a heavy metal sound, but the twist is the clean and soft vocals, which can either make a song or break it. While I loved the three songs mentioned above I found there was not much else that really stood out, that doesn’t mean the rest is rubbish, it just doesn’t get your full attention. A solid album that does it its own way.
Written by Daniel Harlond
Artwork by Magali Fazio