"Come together, together as one
Come together, for Lucifer's son"
— Ghost, "Monstrance Clock"
Ghost (known as Ghost B.C. in North America) is a Swedish Heavy Metal
band that combines melodic '70s rock and metal (imagine a cross between between Blue Oyster Cult
, Black Sabbath
and Mercyful Fate
) with Satanic themes
. They are somewhat unique in that every member is totally anonymous
. They perform in full costume, with the lead singer being a Sinister Minister
named Papa Emeritus and the rest of the band always wearing black cloaks
and only identifying themselves as "Nameless Ghouls
- Opus Eponymous (2010)
- Infestissumam (2013)
Ghost provides examples of
- Anonymous Band: They wear robes, hoods and masks on stage and refer to their members as "Nameless Ghouls" (even in song credits, where they're credited simply as "A Nameless Ghoul"). They refuse to comment on any speculation about their real identities, and even faked a singer switch to try to throw off speculation about the singer's identity.
- The Antichrist: Features in some of their songs.
- Backmasking: Played with. If you play "Deus Culpa" backwards, you get a Swedish hymn, "Gläns över sjö och strand".
- Black Cloak: All of the Nameless Ghouls.
- Blood Bath: In the song "Elizabeth."
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: Their cover of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" changes the key from major to minor and the meaning from a happy celebration of spring to a song about the coming of The Antichrist ("Here comes the Son").
- Doom Metal: According to some, they're the first doom metal band not named 'Black Sabbath' to achieve any form of tangible commercial success.
- Others dispute that they're doom metal
- Unless you count Alice in Chains, that is. Though their status as Doom Metal is almost as disputed as Ghost's.
- Elemental Powers: Each of the Nameless Ghouls is marked with his own elemental symbol. They use stamps with the same symbol to sign merchandise.
- The End of the World as We Know It: "Year Zero."
- The Faceless: The Nameless Ghouls.
- Gender Reveal: The video for "Year Zero" shows the Nameless Ghouls as being all women. This being Ghost, though, it shouldn't be taken seriously but rather as a Take That at the speculation around their identities.
- Hollywood Satanism: What their image and lyrics are all about.
- Hot as Hell: "Jigolo Har Megiddo"
- In the Hood: All the Nameless Ghouls.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Catchy, melodious '70s rock... with over-the-top Satanic lyrics.
- Nice Hat: Papa Emeritus wears what is basically a Satanic Pope hat.
- No Name Given: The Nameless Ghouls, obviously.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Used frequently, most notably on "Infestissumam."
- Ominous Pipe Organ
- Progressive Rock: Some of the material on Infestissumam, particularly "Ghuleh/Zombie Queen".
- Psychedelic Rock
- Renamed For The Export: They're known as Ghost B.C. in the US.
- Retraux: The video for "Secular Haze" is shot like a '70s TV show appearance.
- Satan: The subject of at least half of their songs.
- Sinister Minister: Papa Emeritus, a Satanic pope.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Papa Emeritus II, who replaced Papa Emeritus I. In actuality, the same singer in a new mask.
- X Meets Y: Black Sabbath's sound meets Deicide's lyrics.