Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - ED LAMINGTON

In the past decade, semi-anony­mous doom troupe Ghost have har­nessed a lethal com­bi­na­tion of pop hooks and heavy metal pageantry to be­come one of Swe­den’s big­gest mu­si­cal ex­ports. Now that the ex­cite­ment of dis­cov­er­ing who’s un­der the masks has been cast aside – the long-ru­moured To­bias Forge was ex­posed as the front­man in a law­suit in 2017 – the fo­cus is back on the mu­sic with al­bum #4, Pre­quelle.

Here, Ghost reach new heights of ridicu­lous­ness. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s bad – it’s just very, very silly. And that’s re­ally where the charm lies. It’s a lit­tle bit like the WWE – you’re ei­ther in or you’re out. The fist-in-the-air ‘70s hard rock bop of “Dance Macabre” and its out­ra­geous fret-burn­ing gui­tar so­los stand as a glo­ri­ous cen­tre­piece for an al­bum that makes sure the lis­tener is never too far away from a tri­umphant gui­tar­mony or siz­zling race to the top of a key­board. It’s noth­ing that strays too far from Ghost’s es­tab­lished path of the­atri­cal vi­o­lence, but Pre­quelle is a hearty re­fill for those al­ready drink­ing from Car­di­nal Copia’s sa­cred chal­ice.

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