Black Metal Bells Ringing

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A review of Ghost’s album “Infestissumam”
Tyler Smith
Sports Editor

With music there always a face to go with the song, like Ed Sheeran with “I See Fire”. We are so used to giving credit to musicians for their talents — which is a good thing cause that’s how they make a living – but in a society where we are so used to hearing an artist say, “This is my song and this is the song that propelled me to the top,” is deconstructive of today’s youth. What is being forgotten in this show of territorial dominance is the music itself. As a society, we give the good enough a slap on the back and the excellent a weird look along with, “What was that?” One band given the weird is Swedish metal Ghost.
A band modeled like the band KISS, these gentlemen only care about one thing and that is the music. Instead of makeup and skin tight clothes, they are called Nameless Ghouls wearing black hooded cloaks with masks covering their faces and lead by the undead Pope Papa Emeritus the Second. Mocking the Catholic Church and removing their personalities to allow their audiences to focus upon the music itself.
This year Ghost released an album named “Infestissumam.”
“I like the keyboards a lot but I mostly find the guitar riffs and solo surprising well-constructed” said David Siglow, 40, Dryden.
With a rocking riffs and sexy drum beat, this album is worth the ten dollars. Just playing the first track gets you pumped with the slow soothing church-like chanting then an explosion leading to a steady drum beat and screaming guitars. The third track of the album is like eerie 1700’s ballroom dancing tune drop in to a horror movie directed by Tim Burton. It makes your hair stand up but still rocking.
Others, on the other hand, see it a different way. “All I heard is death, Satan, and anti-God theme. Whoever listens to this is messed up and needs God,” said Jane Warner, 18, from St. Clair.
Yes, there are satanic symbols, like the upside down cross within the logo, and songs that contain words Satan and Antichrist — but guess what else does, the Bible.
In a 2011 interview with a metal blog site Hellbound.CA, a Nameless Ghoul said “…The new record is about the presence of the Devil, the presence of the Antichrist. It’s also about how people relate to a deity or God, themes like submission and superstition…”

For the photo: Band Promotion Photo from website http://ghost-official.com/

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