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Band
Ghost
Title
Opus Eponymous
Type
LP/EP
Company
Metal Blade
YOR
2011
Style
Hard Rock
2/10/2012 - Review by: Greg Watson

Ghost
Opus Eponymous

Company: Metal Blade Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • Tremendously well done



  • I had never heard of this band until I tuned in to "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic. Host Jim Florentine was talking about the album, "Opus Eponymous", and mentioning King Diamond and Blue Oyster Cult in the same sentence. This intrigued me so I went out and picked up this album.

    Let me first say that this album is not really metal in the truest sense of the word. It's more like hard rock/70's style rock with some metal elements to it. That said, "Opus" is one of the best hard rock albums I've heard in a long time. The band is a 6 piece group, led by Papa Emeritus on the vocals and the rest of the band being referred to as Nameless Ghouls.

    When I first saw a picture of the group, Emeritus being dressed like a Satanic Pope and the Ghouls in nothing but Nazgul like robes, I thought this was gonna be a rough listen, but as the opening notes of "Deus Culpa" came through my speakers, I started squirming uncomfortably due to the sheer creepiness of the keyboards. Then "Con Clavi Dio" kicked into gear and I immediately started nodding my head. Ghost definitely borrows from King Diamond and B.O.C. but also add their own flair with the extremely evil lyrics. The bass is heavy and fuzzy, especially on "Con Clavi Dio", while the drums have an almost Jazzy sort of feel to them.

    Did I just say Jazz in the review of a metal album? Damn straight I did and it isn't a bad thing at all. Emeritus channels his inner King Diamond but without King's ridiculous falsetto scale. He has a little falsetto going on in "Elizabeth", a song about Countess Elizabeth Bathory, but for the most part sings with clean vocals and partially distorted spoken vocals.

    Overall the album is tremendously well done. The songs all have their own feel to them and the solos bring back thoughts of a long-haired dude trying to master "Stairway" in his parent's garage. There is nothing solo-wise that would make Jimmy Page drop his guitar and walk away but they fit perfectly into each song and aren't taking away from it as a whole. "Ritual", "Elizabeth" and "Death Knell" are what I consider to be the standout tracks on the album. But as I said earlier, the entire album is damn good.

    I need to give a big thanks to Jim Florentine and "That Metal Show" for talking about this enough for me to go pick it up. Hopefully, you will do the same after reading this review. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this band has to offer as they continue along (I really want to know who the lead singer is!) Go check this one out people, you won't be disappointed!


    • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
      4.5 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: GHOST
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    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Infestissumam
    2013
    Loma Vista
    Greg Watson6/10/2014
    4
    Meliora
    2015
    Loma Vista
    T. Ray Verteramo9/3/2015
    3.5
    Meliora
    2015
    Loma Vista
    Greg Watson9/3/2015
    4.5
    Opus Eponymous
    2011
    Metal Blade
    Greg Watson2/10/2012
    4.5

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