We are continuing in our tradition of reviewing horror or Halloween related music for the album of the week considering that it is the month of October. This week’s band Ghost, everyone’s favorite Satanic doom/rock/metal band has had a phenomenal year so far as the group took home a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for Cirice which was off of the band’s 2015 disc Meliora. Now the band has once again unleashed am EP for all of their fans to hear while we wait for new music from the band in Popestar which was released on September 16, 2016 with Papa Emeritus III lending vocals to the album with the Nameless Ghouls: – Lead Guitar, – Bass, – Rhythm Guitar, – Keyboards, and – drums. The EP features one original track and four cover songs (ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen to The Eurythmics) and it was produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Killing Joke). So far, the EP has peaked at number 16 on The Billboard Top 200, 85 in the UK, three in Sweden, seven in Canada and New Zealand.
1. Square Hammer– The album opener and the only original track on the record opens up with a very spooky keyboard track that actually helps drive song. The guitar riff is a driving force on it’s own that chugs along as you headbang. The track also features some of the best vocals from the Papa that I have heard. 5/5
2. Nocturnal Me– The band’s cover of post punk legend’s Echo & The Bunnymen’s dark best kept secret. Ghost takes the track and they make it even more eerie and enjoyable while they turn it into a doom classic. 5/5
3. I Believe– I have to be honest in saying that I had to look up who Simian Mobile Disco was. The band is able to take the electronic duo’s track and turn it a Ghost track. 4.5/5
4. Missionary Man– This is by far my favorite Ghost cover song of all time. They take a classic from the Eurythmics and they make it a kick ass rock song. They definitely kick it up a notch especially with the heavy bass on the track that you feel in your gut. I also love the background vocals provided by Fia Kempe (who returns for the next track as well). 5/5
5. Bible– This is probably my least favorite track on the EP as it’s the band’s cover of famed Swedish post-punk group Imperiet’s classic track. Its not a bad track at all persay, just not my favs. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This is just an attempt at holding you over until the band can record a new album and introduce you to a new Papa. The original track reminds you of how brilliant the can be especially when it comes to making radio friendly tracks and the covers just prove how clever they can get with a song making it their own. I am going to give the EP 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.