Posts Tagged ‘Infestissumam’

ghost melioraI am super excited for this week’s album of the week because it’s an album that is from one of my new favorite bands in metal in Ghost and it’s the last Halloween related album of the week post. Ghost is a satanic 70’s esque metal band from Sweden who this year released their third album in Meliora which is Latin for the pursuit of something better. The album features the new Papa in Papa Emeritus III handling the vocal duties while The Nameless Ghouls are the band and they remain nameless while the album was produced by Klas Åhlund (Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding). The album is often credited with having a “Futuristic” sound thanks to a tone one of the Ghouls had discovered while messing with a new amp on the last tour. It was then that the band said they knew what they wanted to do with the next record and it all had to do with focusing back on the guitars. According to wikipedia the band focused on the guitar riffs, “part of this was achieved by having four different guitars, each played through three different amps, making four performances going through 12 amplifiers. They used two Gibson SGs, one from the early 1980s and the other from the 1960s, a 1962 Gibson Les Paul, and a Fender Telecaster.” Nevertheless, the album was released on August 21, 2015 and it debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 charts selling an estimated 29,000 copies in it’s first week of release.

1. Spirit– This is the first track on the record that has that very sci-fi/50’s alien sound to it before the band comes in with a hard charging riff. 4/5

maxresdefault (1)2. From The Pinnacle To The Pit– One of my favorite tracks on the record. The song starts off with a killer bass riff and the bass drives the song all the way through. Papa Emeritus III delivers vocally while the rest of the Nameless Ghouls deliver their best as they were influenced by Zeppelin on this track about the downfall of Satan. 5/5

3. Cirice– The track showcases their ability to be that eerie atmospheric band in the beginning of the track before The Nameless Ghouls bring their brand of metal assault to the track. The band in my opinion sounds better than ever and Papa Emeritus III sounds on top of his game as well. 5/5

4. Spöksonat (Ghost Sonata)– This is an instrumental track on the record that sounds like it could be placed in any horror film. 4/5

5. He Is– A very melodic track that sounds like an evil version of ABBA at times musically, but the song is very haunting vocally. During the track, he chants out Nostro Dis Pater, Nostra Domate which means “he is the god of the underworld, our top” or it could mean “Our Unholy Father, Our Master” depending on who you listen to. 4.5/5

6. Mummy Dust– this track’s guitar riff is super charged full of high octane metal, but i have no idea what the song is about. 4/5

Ghost (1)7. Majesty– The track has a very Deep Purple feel to it especially with the organs and it sound slike something that would have been off of the first record. A Nameless Ghoul explains the lyrics saying that, “Lyrically, it’s on one hand a hymn about the dark lord of the underworld. On the other hand it paints a picture of a swarm of people, whom in a world of complete disaster, idolizes an authority that is clearly looking down upon the. How to love something that hates you back.” 5/5

8. Devil Church– The track starts off with organs like we are in a church procession, but this is another instrumental track. 4/5

9. Absolution– This is a balls to the wall metal track that would make Metallica proud of Ghost. In the lyrics it says cry for absolution and the definition of absolution is the formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment. So figure it out.

10. Deus in Absentia– This is the last track on the album and it’s just as rocking as the others, but you have to love the harmonizing these guys provide that make their track a little more eerie. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I loved the first two records from these guys even though they took some flack for Infestissumam not having enough guitars in it. So, I suppose that this record is a return to form for them and it’s definitely one of my favs. I am going to give this record 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade. Happy Halloween Everyone.

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It is with great pleasure to report some awesome information for fans of Alt-Metal pioneers Faith No More because Billboard.com released some awesome news that leaves me hopeful for the rock and metal genre. Faith No More released their first album since 1997’s Album of The Year in Sol Invictus and they now have a number one album with it. According to Billboard.com, the band’s album debuts at number one on the hard rock albums chart, number two on the Top Rock rock albums charts, and number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 with 31,000 sold in the first week. This is an amazing thing for the band as they return to the scene on top of the game. I did a review of the album for the album of the week which you can find by going here. Otherwise, go to the store and pick up this album because you will not regret it.

papaghostlivefrance2014_638If you are a fan of the spooky atmospheric rock band Ghost (Ghost BC here in America) then we have some good news for you. The clergy recently released a video announcing that they had fired Papa Emeritus II after a lackluster job in their opinion even though their last album Infestissumam debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The clergy announces that the Nameless Ghouls will all wear new masks, Papa Emeritus III will be revealed on June 3RD, and the title of the new record which is called Meliora. To watch the scolding the clergy gives, then you should check it out here. I do however have the album artwork for you and the track listing for the new record. The album will be released on August 21ST via Loma Vista Recordings and it was produced by Klas Åhlund. The albums first single Cirice can be expected anytime in the upcoming month. Check out the artwork and track listing below and stay tune here for the first single.

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Track Listing for Meliora:

01. Spirit
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Cirice
04. Spöksonat
05. He Is
06. Mummy Dust
07. Majesty
08. Devil Church
09. Absolution
10. Deus In Absentia

Produced by Klas Åhlund of Swedish band Teddybears and the album was mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Sepultura, etc.). Get it August 21ST everywhere.

“In this uncensored, unfiltered memoir, the musician and former frontman for Skid Row tells the story of how a choir boy became a mega-successful hair metal god, rode the wave of fame in heavy metal’s heyday, and came out alive on the other side when glam rock went the way of the cassette tape and the Walkman.” That is the official description for the newest addition to your rock autobiography collection as Sebastian Bach recently announced that he will be releasing his official memoir titled 18 and Life on Skid Row. The book will be officially released on January 19. 2016 which is also yours truly’s birthday. I now know what to get for my birthday and I can add this to the Heavy Metal Book Report as soon as I get to read it. Recently Bach offered this insight into what he believes is the reason for the reunion not happening in the form of Rachel Bolan, “I’ve talked to all of those guys except the bass player, and he is the one that has it in for me. But I haven’t given that guy any reason to dislike me in 19 years.”

unnamedFormer Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has struggled over the years with drug addiction, but the man perservered and got sober. The only thing is he had a little motivation to do as he credits his family with helping him with that decision. He says, “As much as what harm drugs cause you, what they do to your family is worse. I have seen a lot of people lose everything they had money, a home and even their family because of drugs and feel it’s not worth it. The reality is that you can never be completely cured of them. Even today, I am in recovery. There are moments I slip too, but then feel twice as guilty later. It is my children who have pushed me to stay off drugs and I will do it for them.” The only thing I can say to Paul is good luck in the future and take it one day at a time.

Children-of-BodomIn some other shocking news, Children Of Bodom made a big announcement regarding their line up as they had to let go of someone in the band. Children Of Bodom, the Finnish metal band announced that they let go of guitarist Roope Latvala as the band made the announcement on their Facebook page. They said, “As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last twelve years of our lives with him. [We] hope [the fans] know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four-piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as s–t and ready to go!” I don’t think the band has announced who will officially replace him, but they are currently working on a new record and they head out on tour in June which you can see here.

Check out the current teaser trailer for a new project from Avenged Sevenfold called This Is Bat Country which may be a new concert DVD they release. Check it out here

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The 2014 Monster Entertainment Awards- You Vote!!!

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Here is your chance to let your voices be heard as you vote in each and every category that is provided that covers music, movies, and other fun categories. You will have from now until May 1ST to decide who wins. Choose wisely and have fun with it and spread the word. You may also want to remember that we are celebrating all the best of 2013 with the Monster Entertainment Awards.

The 3RD Annual Monster Awards Nominations

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The 3RD Annual Monster Awards is back and we are ready to crown the best of 2013. As always, the awards are decided based on the participation of everyone which means it is up to you to crown the winners of each category. I’ve decided to get rid of some categories, but I have also added some brand new categories to the list. The category I have gotten rid of is the sports category because we don’t cover sports here, but we have kept one category and that is Wrestler Of The Year because it is sports entertainment after all. So, here are the categories and the nominees.

Music Categories:

Album Of The Year:

1. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

2. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez

3. Artpop by Lady Gaga

4. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

5. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

6. …Like Clockwork by Queens Of The Stone Age

Rap Album Of The Year

1. I’m A Human Being II by Lil Wayne

2. Wolf by Tyler, The Creator

3. Hotel California by Tyga

4. Yeezus by Kayne West

5. Magna Carter Holy Grail by Jay-Z

6. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Wretched And Divine by Black Veil Brides

2. Notes From The Underground by Hollywood Undead

3. Earth Rocker by Clutch

4. House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 by Stone Sour

5. Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies by Volbeat

6. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Aftershock by Motorhead

2. Disarm The Descent by Killswitch Engage

3. Infestissumam by Ghost

4. Hail To The King by Avenged Sevenfold

5. Super Collider by Megadeth

6. 13 by Black Sabbath

Tour Of The Year

1. Mayhem fest 2013

2. Black Sabbath

3. Bon Jovi

4. Fleetwood Mac

5. Kid Rock

Movie Category:

Movie Of The Year

1. Prisoners

2. Captain Phillips

3. American Hustle

4. Gangster Squad

5. The Hobbit 2

6. The Wolf Of Wall Street

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Carrie

2. You’re Next

3. Evil Dead

4. The Conjuring

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

6. Texas Chainsaw 3D

Comedy Of The Year

1. This Is The End

2. The World’s End

3. Anchorman 2

4. The Heat

5. We’re The Millers

6. A Haunted House

Badass Movie Of The Year

1. Machete Kills

2. Homefront

3. Fast & Furious 6

4. Pacific Rim

5. Escape

6. The Grandmaster

Remake Of The Year

1. Maniac

2. Evil Dead

3. Oldboy

4. Lone Ranger

5. The Great Gatsby

Superhero Movie Of The Year

1. Man Of Steel

2. The Wolverine

3. Thor: The Dark World

4. Iron Man 3

5. Kick Ass 2

Animated Films Of The Year

1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

2. Planes

3. Frozen

4. Despicable Me 2

5. Monsters University

6. Turbo

Misc Categories 

Wrestler Of The Year

1. Daniel Bryan

2. Golddust

3. CM Punk

4. AJ Styles

5. Bobby Roode

6. Randy Orton

Twitter/#FriskyFriday Model Of The Year

1. Ashley Alexiss

2. Elle Johnson

3. Ashley Heinrichs

4. Chelsie Farah

5. Taryn Maria

6. Audrey Allen

Babe Of The Year

1. Scarlett Johansson

2. Amy Adams

3. Jennifer Lawrence

4. Mila Kunis

5. Teresa Palmer

6. Kate Upton

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I couldn’t resist doing an album of the week on one of my favorite up and coming bands that is just blowing up. Ghost B.C. which is led by it’s fearless leader Papa Emeritus II, the band is gearing up to release their brand new venture entitled, Infestissumam, which means hostile in Latin on April 16, 2013. In my opinion, this is a highly anticipated release and that is the reason you are getting three album of the week reviews in one week. Somethings in life just supersede everything else that is going on in the rock world.  So, hopefully, you enjoy my review on the brand new album.

ghostInfestissumam Per Aspera Part 1 starts off the record and in typical fashion, the track sounds as if you are attending a mass of the satanic church that just started with the chanting followed by the band kicking in before it leads to the next track Infestissumam Per Aspera Part 2 which is high octane powered classic metal. Papa’s vocal’s are top notch on the track and I think he is an amazing vocalist plus the harmonizing on the chorus is amazing as well. Secular Haze has that organ intro that makes you believe you are entering a dark carnival and when the band kicks in it’s 70’s hard rock at it’s finest. Giggalo is the next track and it’s one of the most hard rocking tracks that these guys put out. It’s upbeat and it kicks ass. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen was the next track and it started off real slow with a creepy guy whispering Ghuleh. It’s 70’s rock ballad cheese at it’s best, but it’s actually pretty clever almost like a love song to the Succubus. At just about the three minute mark, the song starts to speed up and they proclaim their love to the Zombie Queen in a very surfer rock manner. Year Zero starts off with more of the church like chanting and it even continues when the band kicks in. I feel that the band is taking a lot more influence from the Blue Oyster Cult and I think BOC wishes they wrote tracks like these back in their heyday.  They even include my favorite word in the lyrics (Crestfallen) which I discovered one day on Thesaurus.com

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Artwork From Inside The Album

Body In Blood is a big riff, hard rock charging song with a very classical style intro that is a song about enticing the son of God to the dark side.  Idolatrine is a rock song with a little bit of a punk flare to it. Depth of Satans Eyes is a decent rocker with swagger on the album that has an 80’s metal feel to it. Monstrance Clocks has that creepy cult guy feel to it where he sings with no music in the beginning and when the music kicks in it’s doom metal heaven that would make Black Sabbath happy.  I love the guitar solo in the song because it even has a creepiness to it which is exciting. The end of the track makes you feel as if the mass was over as everyone sings together in harmony as you prepare to leave. If you get the deluxe version of the album then you will get the ABBA cover, I’m a Marionette, which features Dave Grohl on drums and it’s amazing and worth extra buck. So, overall I think the record is definitely a step up from the last one. The band is really gelling together real nicely and the music kicks ass which is very important. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars our of five.

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I chose the first album by Swedish Metal band Ghost because they’re getting ready to release their sophomore effort very soon. They’re a band that absolutely does not want you to know they’re true identity as they preach the word of the church of Satan, but they are lead by a man with a skull painted face and an outfit the Pope would dawn and he calls himself Papa Emeritus II and his band is simply known as the Nameless Ghouls. They released the début album entitled Opus Eponymous on October 10, 2010 and their popularity has sky-rocketed and their respect within the Metal community has grown immensely. Phil Anselmo of Down performed at the Download festival wearing a Ghost t-shirt and he even invited three of the Nameless Ghouls on stage to perform with him. He even changed the song title of Bury Me In Smoke to Bury Me In Ghost before Ghost took the stage. The band’s sound is very similar to Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Witchfinder General, and Mercyful Fate.

CS593201-01B-BIGThe first track on the album is actually an intro called Deus Culpa and it reminds me of walking into a Sunday mass to hear the sermon with the organs playing before it kicks into the next track. Con Clavi Con Dios starts with a very cool bass riff before the track becomes suspensful and chaotic at the same time with a very eerie sounding verse and just when you think things are a little calm, it becomes chaotic again. The track Ritual is very different from the last one where you see them flex their musical abilities channelling B.O.C and Sabbath. Elizabeth is a very straight up metal song with vocal harmonizing and strong organ playing in the chorus. The song has a very seventies metal feel to it especially in the guitar solo (which is pretty good). Stand By Him starts off with a drum beat that is very similar to Starry Eyes by Mötley Crüe, but other than that it is one of my favorite tracks on the whole album. The guitar riff is very chunky and bad ass and even though I am not a Satanist, his lyrics are very fitting for the song. Believe in Ghost, you will be head-banging  just not as hard as you would at a Pantera concert. Satan Prayer is doom metal at it’s best and it would make Sabbath very proud. Death Knell is very much the same style as the last, but more sludge metal pace with its very gloomy and creepy lyrics and singing style. Prime Mover starts off rocking and then it gets funky for a bit with the bass before it rocks again. I really love this bands technique of going pretty smooth with the verse before it goes chaotic like a cherry bomb that just exploded in your stereo. If you had the American release then Genesis was the last track on the album where the organist gets to flex his muscles before the band comes in like a freight train coming in at a 1000 MPH. The song reminds me of the technique a lot of NWOBHM used when they were writing songs like Iron Maiden with it’s epic guitar playing for example. It’s one of my other favorite tracks because it’s an instrumental. 

opuseponymous-clearbluewhitevinylNow if you were lucky to get your hands on the Japanese release of this album then you had a bonus track on the album. They do an amazing cover of the Beatles track Here Comes The Sun which was written by George Harrison. They make the song very evil and doom sounding which is right up my alley and it sounds like a track that was released 40 years ago. They do a terrefic job and I know that because a friend of mine is a Beatles aficionado and he doesn’t like a lot of Beatles covers and he enjoyed this one. This album overall was amazing and they were clearly the band of the year in 2010 and 2011 and I cannot wait to hear the new release entitled Infestissumam which is due out in April of this year. As far as this release is concerned I am giving it a 4.5 stars out of five. You should definitely check this album out before you divulge yourself in the new one.