Swedish metal band Ghost, formed around 2008, is one of
the most important bands in contemporary heavy metal culture. Ghost is in many
ways an anomaly, in the sense that they showcase impactful songwritng, concepts
and entertaining elements and stand out in the present-day metal scene, most of
which focuses more than anything else on technicality. Ghost’s new record ‘Meliora’ is all set to be released on
August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings.
The album has strong thematical values with some brilliant lyrical content upholding
rather futuristic ideas.
in 2013 was well-acclaimed as a bold endeavour, and was also a career leap for
the band. Though the record featured some awe-inspiring songs, a significant
part of the record suffered from inconsistency. Nevertheless, Ghost continues
exploring new areas and ‘Meliora’
portrays the evolution of their sound in amazing ways! The new album adopts a
modern approach despite maintaining the essential character of the band’s
The opening track “Spirit” starts with organ and a
distant choir, which show a grim thought process. The song kicks off with
headbanger riffs, significant keyboards, a memorable chorus and a
guitar-keyboard harmony. The instrumentation builds up consistently with
glimpses of old-school heavy metal. “From
the Pinnacle to the Pit” is a rocker with a rather straightforward approach,
featuring a solid bassline supporting the hard-hitting riffs and wonderful
vocal melodies besides providing a grimy edge to the song. “Cirice” puts forth a nice guitar melody which unfurls the
melancholic and heavy approach of the song with sludgy guitars and grooves. The
well-thought out keyboard solo adds a unique catchiness in the darkish mood of
the song. “Majesty” features
in-your-face rock riffs and organ, soaring vocal melodies and a sluggish rhythm
which render the song memorable.
mood, but the typical chugging renders the song a tad too predictable. “Spöksonat”, the 50-second interlude is
a refreshing track with distant orchestration and acoustics which generates a
quiet and brooding ambience. Ghost continues to expand its soundscape with “Devil Church”, which speaks of the band’s compositional brilliance, perfectly
blending choir and organ while the mid-paced ballad “He Is” explores a slew of possibilities with acoustic guitar
harmonies and vivid orchestration emanating a gothic vibe. “Deus In Absentia” features a wonderful chorus yet again and
incorporates well-executed piano and vocal tasks.
sometimes a bit too predictable in, ‘Meliora’
definitely touches new dimensions and features a plethora of new ideas and
vivid imagery at times. All in all, a good record.