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Ghost w/ King Dude @ Emo’s Austin 5/1

February 13th, 2014
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Known for their extravagant stage appeal, Ghost, a Swedish heavy metal band, will rock Emo’s stage May 1. All group members wear hooded robes. Vocalist, Papa Emeritus, wears skull make-up and dresses as a Roman Catholic Cardinal. Band member identities are highly secretive and their individual names have not been publicly disclosed. Musicians in the group refer to themselves as ‘Nameless Ghouls.’ The group sets off a sort of Satanic vibe that brings up controversy. Ghost has been nominated for the Swedish Grammis Music Awards.

Image Credit: beardedgentlemenmusic.com

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Their first album, Opus Eponymous (2010), was written a few years prior to it’s release. The group created their Satanic theme based on the songs the group had written. One of the Ghouls stated, Very early on, when the material came together in the project phase before it was actually a band, when it was a logo and a couple of songs, it came together by itself because the material and the lyrics sort of screamed a over-the-top commitment to the dark side. It is hard to make that credible and really eerie. What we thought of when we heard the songs is basically a band that looks the way we do now.” Commenting on the creation of their style and their name, another Ghoul stated, “When we came up with the name Ghost, it seemed only natural to build on the foundation of this heavy imagery. Within that concept we were able to combine our love of horror films and, of course, the traditions of Scandinavian metal.” Their debut album, Opus Eponymous, made Sverigetopplistan Albums Top 60, peaking at spot 50 for 5 weeks. The album was also nominated for a 2011 “Best Hard Rock” Grammis Award. Sweden Rock Magazine named it “the third best album in the past decade” with the first two being The Final Frontier and A Matter of Life and Death by Iron Maiden. By 2013, Ghost had released its second album, Infesissumam, which was named Best Heavy Album of the year by multiple music publications.

The group’s appearance mimics the Roman Catholic Church, but with a reversed image worshiping Satan instead of the Holy Trinity. “The sort of Satanism, or devil-worship, that we want to portray in the confines of Ghost, is a very biblical version of goat worship…We’re playing with the idea of divinity, and we’re using the diabolical symbolisms to set a mindset,” said one of the Ghouls. The Ghoul describes the group’s first album as being ”the forthcoming arrival of the Devil, spoken very much in biblical terms, much like the church will say that doomsday is near.” The second album is described as “the presence of the Devil and the presence of the Antichrist.” When the band was in the process of recording, multiple churches denied the group’s request to have their respective choirs sing  lyrics on an album. As for album artwork, release dates have been pushed back due to nudity on their album covers. Manufactures denied to produce them. In the U.S. the band’s music is banned from multiple chain-stores, and the band has not been welcomed on any late-night television shows. Ghost’s music is not ‘radio friendly’ in the eyes of mainstream America.

Regardless of the controversy, Ghost will take the stage at Emo’s Austin and rock the night away.

Ghost w/ King Dude tickets: $20.

Thursday, May 1

Doors: 8PM

All Ages

By Emily Ferris Posted in Austin ,

Rock am Ring Announce 2014 Lineup Featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold and More

December 15th, 2013
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German Festive Rock am Ring announces its amazing 2014 line up.
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Sonisphere Norway Announce 2014 Lineup Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and More

December 15th, 2013
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Half of the bay area thrash scene’s big four are going to be there, do you really need to know more?
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Ghost B.C. – If You Have Ghost EP

December 9th, 2013
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Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they are known in the U.S.) are a band from Sweden that has become well known for their onstage theatrics and atmospheric music. With just a handful of releases to their name, the band has managed to share stages with acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth and Iron Maiden. Their success is warranted, however, as they are easily recognizable and possess a distinct sound of their own. Though best known for original music, they have never been strangers to covers. Their latest EP, If You Have Ghost, contains four cover songs and a live track. Read more…

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Sonisphere Hamburg Announces 2014 Lineup Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and More

December 6th, 2013
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Sonisphere is bringing the fury to Germany this summer with a lineup that promises great things for festival attendees.
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Sonisphere Knebworth Announce 2014 Lineup Featuring Iron Maiden, Metallica and More

December 2nd, 2013
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Thanks to England’s Sonisphere Festival next summer, Iron Maiden and Metallica will be playing a British festival together for the very first time. It’s fantastic news for fans, as well as Knebworth’s installation of the festival, which hopes to return to international glory after taking a two-year hiatus.
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Ghost B.C. – Infestissumam

April 19th, 2013

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Sweden is a country that has commonly known as home to some of the world’s most respected and influential metal acts. In 2008, Ghost (known in the U.S. as Ghost B.C.) formed in Sweden and dropped their debut, Opus Eponymous, in October 2010. Since then, they have taken the heavy metal world by storm, rising from a relatively unknown band to touring with bands like Iron Maiden, and have been the recipient of much praise, attention, and controversy.  Opus Eponymous has constantly been cited as being one of the most colossal albums to ever be recorded, and as such, fans were dubious as to whether their sophomore release would match this high standard. Infestissumam, their second album, is yet another masterpiece in the Ghost B.C. discography.
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Ghost Announces Spring 2013 Tour Dates

March 17th, 2013

Ghost promotes their sophomore album, Infestissuman, with their North American Tour.

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Listen: Ghost and Dave Grohl Release Cover of Abba’s “I’m A Marionette”

January 27th, 2013

Dave Grohl’s skills as a drummer has led him to produce and serve as the drummer with metal group, Ghost. Together, they produced a cover track of Abba’s classic, “I’m A Marionette.” Read on for more details and to listen to this great cover.

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Rock On The Range Announces 2013 Lineup Including Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Smashing Pumpkins and More

January 23rd, 2013

The newly expanded Rock On The Range has confirmed their 2013 lineup, including Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and The Smashing Pumpkins. Rock On The Range will be in Columbus, Ohio May 17-19.
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