Updated: Jul 12
Musicians on Album: Papa Emeritus 1 (Lead Vocals) and a bunch of Nameless Ghouls. In the liner notes the performers are credited as the band, Ghost.
Ghost : Opus Eponymous Year Released : 2010 Produced by Gene Walker Label: Rise Above Price Range: $50+AUD Speed: 33 1/3 RPM Album Before : N/A Album After : Infestissumam (2013) Further Listening : If You Have Ghost - EP (2013) LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: Ghost is a heavy band musically with a clean softer vocalist that can growl or get gruff if he wants too. They provide a (dark) church style feeling whilst listening to this record and do a great job at keeping to their theme. You will be riffing along in the car to these tracks! Great mood lifter! Track Listing:
LP Side A
Deus Culpa - 1:34
Con Clavi Con Dio - 3:33
Ritual - 4:28
Elizabeth - 4:01
Stand By Him - 3:56
Side B Satan Prayer - 4:38
Death Knell - 4:36
Prime Mover - 3:53
Genesis - 4:03
What's in the Sleeve ? 1 x Black LP in a gatefold sleeve. Lyrics are printed in the gatefold (takes a while to get used to the text type).
"'Tis the night of the witch, 'tis the night of the witch tonight and the vengeance is hers for as long as she stands by him" ~ Stand By Him - Side A
Welcome to Spin #22 - Ghost - Opus Eponymous
"If you have Ghost, you have everything" is a common expression amongst fans of Swedish doom band Ghost B.C. or as we now know them simply as Ghost. I'll admit that I have been a 'Ghoul' (fan of this band) since the earlier days and grown with them over the years. Now your mind is probably thinking of bands such as Black Sabbath, Candlemass or Type O Negative but Ghost bring their own flavour to the doom metal/hard rock musical landscape. I've chosen their debut record, 'Opus Eponymous' which funnily enough translates to 'Self-Titled'.
The mystique surrounding this band during the early albums really helped their cult following. Close your eyes and imagine a church from the upside-down in the show Stranger Things. Now picture an old pope, but in his black and red coloured regalia, standing at the altar with messy skull face paint on. This is Papa Emeritus I or affectionately known as 'The First One'. The front man surrounds himself with the rest of the band, called Nameless Ghouls, who are basically trapped souls in costumes who conveniently can play instruments.
There are a few people who look at this band and don't know whether they are creating a persona/theme or actually believe in the occult. This adds another dimension to the band, that I'm sure they love but there is nothing to fear with this band as it is all a very well thought out act.
I've decided to listen to this one late at night with my Sennheiser headphones on so I can turn it up loud and not wake anyone up. I did have an issue the other day with the turntable in the front room not being able to play a record, due to its inability to add weight to the tonearm. Unfortunately, that model has no anti-skate or weight adjustments. The original system in our loungeroom has all these features, so I was able to confirm it was the turntable and not the record that had the issue. I found a really nice turntable that works with the Marshall Woburn II speaker which won't break the bank - (although not required right now, So I will save up for a much later date).
Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):
I place the record on the turntable and confirm it is a 33 1/3RPM LP before hitting start and placing the stylus down on the wax. I like the artwork on this record as it reminds me of two things I love - classic horror movies and music. Ghost have chosen to pay homage to the 1979 miniseries and well known Stephen King book, 'Salem's Lot'. It shows Papa Emeritus I casting his shape over the castle on the hill and is one that would look great in a record frame on the wall.
The haunting sound of the organ comes gradually through the headphones of the first song, 'Deus Culpa', which roughly translates to 'God Blame'. This instrumental tends to make the listener believe that they are sitting in a church waiting patiently for the service to begin. Just like Rob Zombie did with 'Hellbilly Deluxe', Ghost do a great job at creating a sinister listening experience. The theme of this record is all pointing towards the prophecy of an anti-Christ being born into the world.
Whilst listening to this record there is a distinct sound and heaviness coming through the headphones and its awesome. For a debut record it has grabbed my attention again as if I was listening to it for the first time. 'Deus Culpa' tails off into the start