Music / Ghost

"Come together, together as one
Come together, for Lucifer's son"
Ghost, "Monstrance Clock"

Pray and follow their words...

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 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".

Ghost's discography:
  • Opus Eponymous (2010)
  • Infestissumam (2013)
  • Meliora (2015)

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 only time a Nameless Ghoul has been named is when the band claimed that Dave Grohl has played with them as one.
  • The Antichrist: Features in some of their songs.
  • Arc Symbol: The "grucifix", an upside down cross with a stylized 'G' in the middle (resembling an inverted Celtic cross).
  • Backmasking: Played with. If you play "Deus Culpa" backwards, you get a Swedish hymn, "Gläns över sjö och strand".
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Against the rest of the music industry when receiving a Swedish Grammy:
    "Doing the Devil's work through singing and clapping and dancing and cults of personality and idolatry... well, that's not something only we are doing, but everyone in here. So thanks for letting us help!"
  • 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.
  • Fallen Angel: "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" is about the fall of an angel.
  • 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"
  • Insane Troll Logic: Papa Emeritus III is claimed to be Papa Emeritus II's younger twin brother. His three month younger twin brother.
  • In the Hood: All the Nameless Ghouls.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Catchy, melodious '70s rock... with over-the-top Satanic lyrics. Some songs take this even further - the chorus in "Monstrance Clock" sounds like something out of "We Are The World" (while actually being about a Black Mass), and "He Is" sounds vaguely like a Christian ballad (the "He" being praised is in fact Lucifer).
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 5-6.
  • 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". Which became a problem when they recorded "Infestissumam" in Nashville - "the Buckle of the Bible Belt" - as they couldn't find a choir that would agree to sing their Satanic lyrics. In the end, they had to turn to Hollywood to get those backing vocals.
  • 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. They're not happy about it and hope to get the rights sorted out as soon as possible to drop the "B.C."
    • Which later on occurred before the release of Meliora, as they now just go by "Ghost" instead of "Ghost B.C.".
  • Retraux: The video for "Secular Haze" is shot like a '70s TV show appearance.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Most of their lyrics.
  • 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. They're now up to Papa Emeritus III.
  • Talent Contest: The video for Cirice sees a school talent show get derailed by a kid version of the band.
  • X Meets Y: Black Sabbath's sound meets Deicide's lyrics.