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The Devil Has All The Best Tunes,
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This review is from: Infestissumam (Audio CD)
Coming a couple of years on from their magnificent Opus Eponymous, Ghost (the BC is silent) return with an arguably more rounded, well produced sophomore effort.
The smoother production and assured songwriting are evident from the off.
Some of my highlights are:
Comes across like the soundtrack to a Satanic Olympics highlight show. A majestically building instrumental, with added devilish choir.
Per Aspera Ad Inferi (to the stars through hell?):
"Unholy is the lust in your eyes
Blasphemous" would not suffice
Perverted are your wishes and dreams
Tanning in Lucifer's beams"
Ok, not the most subtle lyrics, but within the melody of the song, utterly captivating
Hypnotic, fairground ride. An amazing vocal performance, easily one of the most immediate songs off the cd
"Putrefaction, a scent that cursed be"
The way this song starts beautiful and when it switches into Zombie Queen it transforms perfectly into a, bravely executed piece of almost musical theatre. Great use of dynamics throughout and a strong contender for best song on the cd
"Belial, Behemoth, Beelzebub,
Asmodeus, Satanas, Lucifer"
Ok, so I'd feel pretty daft singing these lyrics out loud (still do though:), the atmospherics of the song and the menacingly, 70s horror vibe (Rosemary's Baby, The Omen) allow this to fester long in the mind. Immediate and catchy. Pop Satanism at it's most awe-inspiring
"Come together, together as one..."
This is by far my favourite song on the cd. The chorus is perfect, catchy, great lyrics and is added to at the close by a fantastic arrangement for the Satanic choir, who pop up all over this album. This song stayed in my head for days after I first heard it, the catchiness of the chorus and the spooky guitar riff through the verses. Great live version of this on youtube, which is well worth checking out.
All in all then, a couple of weaker tracks, but no fillers and some which I think I will need to take my time over (I'm looking at you Body and Blood), but a strong contender for album of the year. Not a joke band, clearly the songwriting belies nothing but talent and caring for the music. The image maybe not to everyone's taste and the criticism that it sometimes sounds like the soundtrack to an episode of Scooby Doo can't entirely be discounted, but with their strong image, great tunes and world domination beckoning, it truly does seem that the Devil has all the best songs.