Totally brilliant album and every bit as good as Opus Eponymous if not better. Almost every song here is a future classic taking in even broader influences from the amazing Doors tinged Secular Haze (the first single) to Jigolo Har Megiddo which has a riff very similar to Pumpkins' Marquis de Spades! Every song is well crafted and written for maximum affect. Other highlights are the gothic Latin opening hymnal Infestissumam which sets the grand opulent theme for the album and launches into the Sabbathy Per Aspera Ad Inferi which has a cool singalong chorus. Elsewhere there is the semi ballad Ghuleh/Zombie Queen another dark and hummable number. Second single Year Zero offers more tongue in cheek pseudo- Satanism; the video is hilarious too with women stripping off and donning the cloaked attire of the band! Monstrance Clock is what this band do best; tongue in cheek black theatre sending up Lucifer in the best/worst possible taste depending on your convictions - I am not a Satanist nor have dealings with black magic. To me Ghost are pure theatre and entertainment like watching a classic horror flick; they are not to everyones taste and the Satanic theme puts people off, but if you can see the black humour there (they are taking the piss!) the music is highly rewarding classic melodic doom metal with broad influences. They have brought much needed laughter into my life. Can't wait for the next album i'm sure they will surprise again.
ps. Album aside, my only gripe is All Your Music sent me the digipak version with minimal content, ie no booklet just basic gatefold picture of the band and credits. I only paid £6 which is fair enough but i had to wait more than 3 weeks. If i had known it was a digipak i would have downloaded it from Amazon or iTunes.