Tri-State Review

Ghost – College Street Music Hall – New Haven

It was the first time that we saw the band Ghost and I have to say…. WOW!

What a band, they really know how to put on a great show, from the sound to the lighting and of course the music. I have to admit I didn’t know much about the band until a friend mentioned them to me; everything he was talking about was right up my alley.

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For those that don’t know of the band here’s a quick behind the Music !.

Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. In 2010, they released a 3-track demo followed by a 7″ vinyl titled “Elizabeth”, and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammis-nominated album was widely praised and increased their popularity significantly.

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Their second album and major label debut Infestissumam was released in 2013, debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album. The band released their third studio album, Meliora, in 2015, to much critical acclaim and high record sales, reaching number one in their home country of Sweden and number eight in the United States. Its lead single, “Cirice”, earned them the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

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Ghost is easily recognizable because of its eccentric on-stage presence. Five of the group’s six members wear virtually identical, face-concealing costumes. The most distinguishable member is the vocalist, who wears a prosthetic face with skull face paint, appearing as what can be described as a “demonic anti-Pope”. Each album cycle has brought about a change in the band’s appearance.

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The vocalist is always portrayed as the same archetype character, but has slight appearance changes and even personality traits are altered from former versions. The band members’ true identities are kept anonymous, as their actual names have not been publicly disclosed. The vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus, and the musicians are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls.

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Papa Emeritus

The group’s vocalist portrays the band’s mascot character, a satanic priest known as Papa Emeritus. There have been three different characters taking the name Papa Emeritus, each younger than the last. The first welcomed the second Papa Emeritus on December 12, 2012 in Linköping. On June 3, 2015, the second Papa Emeritus welcomed his younger brother as the new Papa Emeritus in Linköping after being “fired” due to not performing his duty in overthrowing governments and churches. Papa Emeritus II and Papa Emeritus III were stated to only have a 3-month difference in age It is believed that all versions of Papa Emeritus are actually portrayed by the same.

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When the boys are in your town for service – make sure to attend and show praise to the new Metal Gods of Wrath !.

 

http://ghost-official.com

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