Ghost - Opus Eponymous


8.5 | 492 votes |
Release date: 18 October 2010
Style: Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

Owners:

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01. Deus Culpa
02. Con Clavi Con Dio
03. Ritual
04. Elizabeth
05. Stand By Him
06. Satan Prayer
07. Death Knell
08. Prime Mover
09. Genesis
10. Here Comes The Sun [The Beatles cover] [Japanese bonus]

Line-up
Papa Emeritus - vocals
Nameless Ghoul (V) - keyboards
Nameless Ghoul (II) - guitars
Nameless Ghoul (I) - guitars
Nameless Ghoul (IV) - drums
Nameless Ghoul (III) - bass

Additional info
Recorded at Manfire Recordings and White Light Studio.
Mixed and mastered at Orgone Mastering.
Design by Trident Arts.


Also released as a Die Hard black vinyl edition limited to 300 copies with gate-fold sleeve in slipcase, A1 poster and embroidered patch, shrink-wrapped and also released on Icarus Music on May 08, 2012.

Staff review by
BitterCOld
Rating:
7.4
The album art to this release does a pretty decent job at grabbing your attention and teasing you with what is to come. The cover, featuring an evil, blue skeletal ghost necro-pope looming massively over a large, creepy mansion, is an homage to Salem's Lot.

Stylistically it could best be described as a homage to the late 60's proto-metal "evil" psychedelic rock bands crossbred with evil early 80's bands. Think Mercyful Oyster Sabbath. Largely catchy retro-psychedelic rock based with the occasional foray into post-Priest metal riffing patterns. Aside from the guitars, groovy bass, and drums there is also an organ that helps with intros and permeates the songs, providing the tracks with a cloaking, sinister fog. The vocals are clean and sung. No shouting, nor growling, or King Diamond falsetto… they're a bit iffy, but clean and catchy enough that they wouldn't seem out of place on your local classic rock station.

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published 28.02.2011 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
s7mon
Rating:
8.3
Ghost are a young band from Stockholm, Sweden formed merely three years ago. I think it won't hurt their feelings to say that they are a part of the let's-go-back-to-the-70s-hard-rock movement. I'm sure that the vast majority of you have heard of these lads before and are wondering about what it is that makes Ghost different, or maybe even better, than The Devil's Blood, Graveyard or In Solitude?

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published 07.11.2011 | Comments (13)

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10.08.2012 - 20:25
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:18

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:15

Still, if they are a "supergroup" it sounds to me like they're doing an unimpressive job.


they are not a supergroup

Only one band member is a full time member of the band and that's the vocalist, who happens to also be the vocalist of Repugnant.
All other members vary from show to show, depending who is available to play. Selim from The Devil's Blood has played guitar for them a couple of times, for example.


Seems you've uncovered the secret But really, Repugnant? As in the Swedish death/thrash band?
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10.08.2012 - 20:28
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:25


Seems you've uncovered the secret But really, Repugnant? As in the Swedish death/thrash band?


Yes, as in the Swedish old school death metal band.

Uncovered? anyone with some sort of connections in the death metal world and in the more underground metal world has known for about two years it is Mary Goore handling Ghost's vocals
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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10.08.2012 - 20:34
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:28

Yes, as in the Swedish old school death metal band.

Uncovered? anyone with some sort of connections in the death metal world and in the more underground metal world has known for about two years it is Mary Goore handling Ghost's vocals


He's quite the vocalist then if he can perform those two different styles so well, probably one of the only points of interest in this album. If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?
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10.08.2012 - 20:38
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:34

If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?


because then it wouldn't sell as well
That's why Rise Above, tries to keep it as much a secret as possible who else is involved in the band.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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10.08.2012 - 20:42
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:18


Only one band member is a full time member of the band and that's the vocalist, who happens to also be the vocalist of Repugnant.
All other members vary from show to show, depending who is available to play. Selim from The Devil's Blood has played guitar for them a couple of times, for example.


That is some good data. I knew about the singer, I didn't know that the others varied. That is wise, it keeps the rumors rollin'
There was a rumor that is actually Fenriz who handles the drums, but that is unlikely if you read a bit about the guy...
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10.08.2012 - 20:44
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:38

Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:34

If it is known by individuals with those sorts of connections why hasn't it become public knowledge?


because then it wouldn't sell as well
That's why Rise Above, tries to keep it as much a secret as possible who else is involved in the band.


And you go blurting it out on a forum Quit undermining their sales!
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10.08.2012 - 20:51
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by R'Vannith on 10.08.2012 at 20:44

And you go blurting it out on a forum Quit undermining their sales!


It's also on Metal Archives nowadays
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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10.08.2012 - 20:58
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2012 at 20:51


It's also on Metal Archives nowadays


Incidentally you've got me listening to Epitome of Darkness now, fantastic album.
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20.08.2012 - 04:21
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.08.2012 at 15:51

Agreed. I'm not sure what drew people in so much initially - the first time I listened to this I thought it was very... ordinary.

Well at first i loved it... but after listening to it around 3 times it just become stale...
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02.12.2012 - 03:54
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Ritual reminds me of A Dangerous Meeting. Michael Denner and Hank Shermann aren't 2 of the nameless Ghouls, are they?
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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17.05.2013 - 20:03
Rating: 9
Angry Chair
Amazing debut album, I will definitely be adding this to my must buy list
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"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot
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17.05.2013 - 20:07
RealEyes
What a wonderful release !
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06.11.2013 - 09:04
Rating: 9
LordDio666
Amazing album, from start to finish!! The vocals are decent., simple but yet amazing. And those little sweet guitar solos are what make me come back for more and more. I've listened to the album more than 10 times. Ghost is a breath of fresh air for the heavy metal community, they sound so different and unique. On stage it's like watching a satanic \m/ but sweet theatrical performance!!! I can't wait to hear some more music from them. One thing I hope that they don't do is go comercial, they need to stick to the Opus Eponymous roots!!!
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06.12.2013 - 21:35
Neroese
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Written by Guest on 22.07.2011 at 17:32

Written by K†ulu on 22.07.2011 at 14:18

^

I know how to play this game




I saw Nick HOlmes from Paradise Lost with Ghost B.C. Tshirt...
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07.12.2013 - 08:51
Rating: 8
wormdrink414
Elizabeth is way above and beyond anything else I've heard from these guys. Sounds like velvet feels.
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05.03.2014 - 12:40
Gawain
Account deleted
Very good album, love Ritual!!
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28.07.2015 - 20:12
Rating: 6
musicalkaratekid
I remember when Ghost exploded onto the scene about five years ago, people literally wouldn't stop talking about the gimmick, the music, the fact that the vocalist was called Papa Emeritus,etc. I also loved the album when it first came out, thought it was excellent stuff. Over time however it's worn off me quite a bit, and now when I re-listen to these songs I just get a really underwhelming impression, as if there's so much more there could have been. The Beatles cover is really good though, as are "Satan Prayer" and "Death Knell"-perhaps the album's stand-out highlights. Just a pity that the rest of the songs fall flat in comparison.
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23.08.2015 - 18:11
Rating: 7
TrueMetalJope
Fairly good stuff, cannot compete with classic 70s rock albums, yet it's an enjoyable album. Though, I could swear I've heard most of these songs somewhere, by some other band, similar vocals as well Well, cannot recall it, but it's out there and AFAICR been done way better.
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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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08.09.2015 - 01:20
Rating: 9
Guib
Thrash Talker
Ok I know I've been living under a fuckin' rock for the past 5 years, but yeah I've just really listened to this album a couple times (more like 20 or so times), and what a damn shame I didn't do that earlier. Ghost is an amazing band.. I listen to this and all I can think of is Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Mercyful Fate and the likes... It's nostalagia with a pinch of modernity. I'm hooked -_-
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- I love my technical, melodic, my thrash, agressive and fast paced, my sludge, well thought, my heavy, heavier and my metal, ever-growing -
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15.01.2016 - 01:35
Rating: 9
FaceOfMelinda
I reaaaally like this album, i'm ok with the new stuff Ghost is doing, but i liked a lot this more obscured style they had in the beginning.
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01.11.2016 - 18:31
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
This is a fun album, but it would be better if the filler tracks didn't kill the momentum the other tracks gained for it.
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