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Infestissumam
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on 29 April 2013
If you're a fan of 70's doom/rock this is for you,amazing band,great songs and well worth every penny. Not claiming to be a "metal band" but will appeal to anyone into Sabbath or merciful fate.
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on 13 August 2014
Lots of lyrical hokum but fantastically dynamic and exciting musically. The combination of choir and big guitar riffs is particularly effective. Plenty of melody too in the quieter moments. Not one track I would skip.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2013
Having liked the band since Opus came out I was looking forward to this release with mixed emotions. Would the major label and 'buzz band' status ruin it all? Mostly the answer is no although I don't think this release is as good as, or will have the longevity of Opus it has an immediate and very self aware commercial sound drenched in keyboards with a lot more pop sensibility than I would have expected. There are some very strong tracks here with some really nice retro touches and a nod towards the lush sounds and songwriting of many classic rock (and pop) bands. Opus was a lean, clean, simple rock album with absolutely no filler which certainly can't be said of Infestissumam. There is a major dip in the latter half (especially Body and Blood / Idolatrine) and some songs outstay their welcome just a little too long and are little too repetitive. On the whole it's a great listen but one which I can't see myself returning to as much as I did with Opus.

And now to my main gripe and the reason I've decided to write this review - the mastering. I've only heard the CD version which I own (UK version) and I have to say that on decent headphones this thing is practically unlistenable. It would seem that Ghost are another victim of the ridiculous loudness war which sees many modern releases destroyed by being pushed too far at the mastering stage. This one isn't as bad as the notorious Death Magnetic with much less clipping audible but the lower frequencies are pushed to the point of almost booming distortion at points. I won't listen to this on headphones again and as that's how I listen to most of my music it's a shame (I couldn't even get though the whole album with phones). This CD will now live in the glovebox of my car where the horrible mastering won't be as evident. A real shame because I think Ghost probably recorded a great sounding record before it was committed to CD - hopefully a remaster will appear down the line...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
I suspect any poor reviews on Amazon would focus around Ghost's sound straying away from the traditional ingredients of the heavy metal genre, but to those who are disappointed about Ghost's lack of actual heavy metal, I say this: Ghost is not, and has never been a heavy metal band. Doubtless too, the listener will find constant references to Blue Oyster Cult or Mercyful Fate, but Ghost musically has far more in common with The Beatles and harmonies of The Beach Boys, combined with the theatrical zeal of KISS; 'Infestissumam' straight up is a great - nay astounding - good time stadium-esque rock and roll(er coaster) from start to finish.

Ghost's literal interpretation of Orthodox Satanism (their words, not mine) kicks off unsurprisingly with a choir arrangement for the album's title track through to the soaring chorus of 'Per Aspera Ad Inferi'. Ghost's first single 'Secular Haze' follows, and in the context of the album is a much stronger song and compliments the previous track and The Beatles-esque 'Jigolo Har Megiddo'. The album's standout track 'Ghuleh/Zombie Queen' follows - a slow, beautiful, measured ghoulish ballad that draws the listener into a false sense of security before the completely unexpected highlight of the album: a ripping psychobilly/surf number that sounds somewhere between The Stray Cats or even The Dwarves backing an excellent show stopping chorus the crescendo ending in a riff that's as heavy and weighty as the final stretch of Metallica's 'Call of Cthulu'. Not to be outdone, 'the second single Year Zero' rumbles in with a gravitas all of its own, and could be considered the one track that epitomises Ghost's transformation into one of the most successful rock acts of the decade with its huge 'O Fortuna' choir chorus. Both 'Body and Blood' and 'Idolotrine' are both upbeat tunes with the spooky twist with the addition of the keyboard, which was in danger of being overwhelming during 'Secular Haze'. The final two tracks of the standard edition continue Ghost's penchant for huge chorus', 'Depth of Satan's Eyes' and 'Monstrance Clock', the latter wouldn't be out of place on one of Turbonegro's classic era albums like Apocaplypse Dudes or Scandinavian Leather.

Infestissumam is unashamedly huge, bombastic and cements Sweden's well deserved reputation for top notch music. This roller coaster of an album will divide opinion, but for those with an open mind, Ghost continues to infect the listener with its ghoulish pop n' roll: the songs get under your skin, and they refuge to budge. This band truly deserves the acclaim heaped upon them.

Parting shot: If you really wanted to spread the word of Satan, then big hooks and bigger choruses with the over the top theatrics is pretty much the way to go.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2013
The songs and performances are fantastic, well worthy of 5 stars. I think the band has evolved in a good way since the (awesome) Opus Eponymous album. Vocals, songwriting and playing has all improved here, in my opinion.
I only gave it three stars because the CD production/mastering is pretty poor, like many other releases this suffers from clipping and digital distortion because its been made to sound so darn loud.

I'm guessing the over-loud master is nothing to do with Ghost themselves, Such a shame, the songs are absolutely superb though.
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on 31 August 2014
delicately insane, nice release, with a good sense of black humour.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
If you are a fan of Ghost's last album, then this is most definately for you, yes their lyrics are based on religion and Satan, but the songs are very well written, and lets be honest what a great subject matter this is, even old school rock fans will love this! Ghost or Ghost B.C as they are now called, at present are a force to be reckoned with, forget the costumes and unknown identities, just listen to this amazing record, a must have in any rock/metal fans collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
Some good stuff, but..... the 1st grew on me, particularly after experiencing the live show. It just needs a few more riffs from the ghouls and a bit less from Papa E.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2013
I can't tell you how much I wanted to love this album as much as I did their debut from a couple of years ago, and it has grown on me after 4 or 5 complete runs through but sadly I think this album and me will never be more than just good friends. When a band has such a defined image with their costumes and cool logo there is always that nagging feeling that no matter how fantastic the music is, they have too much of an eye on shifting merch and becoming massive. The music on this album is so watered down that if this had been the first record it would never have appeared in any metal mags. The first thing I thought of when listening to this album wasn't another metal band but an episode of 30 Rock and Tracey Jordans novelty song 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' (look it up on YouTube). Overall the album feels hollow and cynical and I fully expect to see the Ghost logo appearing on the lunch boxes and pencil cases of the all the local school kids.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2013
Excellent follow-up to the debut, expanding the Ghost sound into new areas and still with incredible tunes in praise of the unholy. One gripe about the CD packaging, having checked out the Pitchfork advance stream, I expected the full lyrics and excellent complementary blasphemous artwork but the CD is a flimsy card gatefold with no inserts.
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