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A huge leap forward,
This review is from: Infestissumam (Audio CD)
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.