is one of those bands that draws attention wherever they go. Their stage presence is unbelievable and their music is somewhat surprising. By surprising I mean that it's great and all, but not what I expected when I first heard of them. Someone at a record store had built these guys up as being one of the craziest bands he had ever seen. He told me they were "brutal." His words, no joke. So, I went home and checked them out and I admit I was disappointed that they weren't exactly "brutal," but they were still pretty damn good. They're a great throwback to old school heavy metal.
After the introductory track (I normally hate those, but this one wasn't all that bad, tolerable to say the least), the album really kicks off with an excellent bass line into the song "Con Clavi Con Dio
", one of the best songs off the album. At first I was shocked by how mellow it was (after all, they were built up as being "crazy" and "brutal" to me), but I quickly got into it's style, and enjoyed the hell out of it. I think one of my bigger complaints about "Opus Eponymous
" though is that it's just not heavy enough for me, but that's just a personal preference and isn't necessarily a bad thing for the band. In fact, I honestly don't think they would work as well if they made themselves heavier. They feel just fine the way they are. All of their songs are great, some are much, much better than others, I admit. But even the songs that don't quite live up to the better ones still have a fun beat to them along with deliciously Satanic
's another thing I really love about Ghost
. It's their use of satanism in their lyrics. I absolutely love lyrics and reading them to my favorite bands and Ghost
's are very fun to listen to, so they score extra points just for that alone. They paint a brilliant portrait in your mind, especially in the song "Elizabeth
" which is about the "blood Countess
. They're complimented spectacularly by the music so much so that whenever I remember the very last song on the album, "Genesis," which is an awesome instrumental track, I always swear to myself that there are actual lyrics to the song. It just feels like there should be. That
's how well they blend together. Overall this band's sound is pretty groovy. Yeah, I think "groovy" is the perfect word to use here since it's very '70s-style influenced (judging by the sound of it alone). It's pretty refreshing to hear a modern band using this style again and doing it so damn well. They can prove that your metal band doesn't have to be "crazy" or "brutal" to be excellent. You just have to kick ass and truly love what you're doing and these guys just ooze with passion, and you can tell just by listening.
Another note: the vocalist. All of his vocals are clean and catchy. The choruses to all of the songs are top notch. I love the way his voice meshes with the evil sounding guitars and keyboards (as I've mentioned before). The more I listen to this album as a whole the better it gets. And
I think it works better as a whole than it does as individual songs. That
's not a bad thing, but sometimes it can be frustrating. After all, I think this is pretty awesome. Especially for a band that I had known nothing about before and was completely mislead into listening to. It's not often that surprises like this come about and I'm glad it was Ghost
. I'll be looking forward to their next release whenever that may be.
So why am I only giving this 17/20 and not anything higher if the only thing I complained about was (admittedly) a personal preference? Well, I've also come to realize that the replay value isn't as high as you would think it'd be. Every now and then I'd be in the mood to listen to them, but most of the time I'll forget their debut is even in my collection until I stumble upon it. But, whenever I do, I greatly enjoy what I hear and I tend to recommend them to people. They're definitely worth keeping around, but you may find yourself skipping over them from time to time whenever they appear on shuffle with your Ipod or MP3 player or whatever the hell you have. In conclusion, a fine, soft (by today's standards) metal album definitely worth checking out with catchy riffs, beats and choruses, fantastic lyrics, a brilliantly mysterious nature about the band members themselves, and an excellent sense of individuality. Thus I give "Opus Eponymous
" by Ghost
my final rating of 17/20. Check it out if you haven't already.