Ghost, also formerly known as Ghost B.C. in the United States, is a Swedish rock band that was formed in Linköping in 2006. In 2010, they released a three-track demo followed by a 7-inch vinyl titled “Elizabeth”, and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The song Ritual was chosen by Kerrang! as one of “The 50 Most Evil Songs Ever.” The Grammys-nominated album was widely praised and significantly increased its popularity. Their second album and major-label debut, Infestissumam, was released in 2013, debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammy 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. The band released their fourth studio album, Prequelle, in 2018. In March 2020, at the final show of A Pale Tour Named Death, Forge once again assumed the mantle of Papa Emeritus. Here are all of Ghost’s albums ranked.
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4. Prequelle (2018)
“All the tracks on here have seriously grown on me. “Rats” has one of the coolest hooks I’ve heard plus the way he says RATS then leads into it has such an epic feel. While the topics might be pretty dark and maybe even uncomfortable to people who aren’t used to metal but like the more rock sound here, I find them quite fitting for the sampling, album art, and overall presentation of the band. Despite some songs having longer instrumental segments/being full instrumental tracks I never found myself bored or wanting to skip to the next power ballad style song. “Dance Macabre” and “See the Light” are seriously some of the best songs in this style done in the last decade. I also really appreciate that they aren’t scared to go full into some awesome metal riffs, given their reputation. Recommended to basically any rock/metal fan.”
3. Infestissumam (2013)
“As far as satanism goes, I think black metal is getting a little stale (my opinion of course), and Ghost offers something different to the table. They have a really catchy sound, which I think fits satanism better than black metal anyway. I feel like if Satan were to come to the Earth, he would want something catchy to lure people in, and that is exactly what Ghost does. It is really well done and I enjoyed almost the whole record (I couldn’t get into Idola trine though). I look forward to their next full length album. Favorite Songs – Per aspera ad inferi, Secular Haze, Monstrance Clock”
2. Meliora (2015)
“This album started Ghost’s foray into the mainstream, but still kept what made them great in the first place. With the occult themes and the masterfully poppy vocals, alongside the haunting and dissonant instrumentals, this album is a ride from front to back.”
1. Opus Eponymous (2010)
“Ritual is one of the best Heavy Metal songs I have ever heard EVER, any period, any band, any era. It literally makes you want to throw devil horns to the sky and scream along in a paean to the Unholy Metal Gods….it’s that damn good. There should be laws against combining this damn much catchiness and heaviness in one song. And the rest of the album kills just about as bad. You gotta hear this!”