GHOST reign from Sweden and are about to take the metal underground by storm. I just bought their album "Opus Eponymous" out on Metal Blade and Rise Above Records last week and can't stop listening to it. It's nothing new musically but holy shit (pun intended) is it catchy! They no doubtfully preach about their love for Satan and I sometimes find their lyrics silly but hey. At least they're passionate.
Enveloped in a shroud of mystery and standing anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes which their sect demand, the six nameless ghouls of GHOST deliver litanies of pulsating heavy rock and stimulating lyrics which "glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious". The music and philosophies of GHOST specifically target "individuals who have a void in their life perhaps caused by some form of emotional trauma or upset" (research suggests these are most likely adolescents); this dearth can then be alluringly filled by GHOST's music and philosophies, "so that in time the easily manipulated will come to share the views and goals of the Coven's ministry and can prepare their own plans for the downfall of humanity."
The previous paragraph was taken from their Metal Blade page and I think that it speaks for itself quite plainly. Before actually hearing GHOST's music I for some reason thought that they would sound dark and heavy in a Portal kind of way. But at first sound I was taken aback by how poppy they sounded. When you see a band that portrays an image of mystique, evil and darkness you hope for the latter when it comes to the sound of their music. Most bands that are shrouded in secrecy leave the listener to create their own fantasy. When I hear GHOST
I think of the KISS persona but obviously a lot less cheese-ball. For one, only your parents thought that KISS were satanic and the sheer contrast between GHOST and KISS is that GHOST aren't fucking around when it comes to their message. It's hard to pigeon-hole GHOST
into any particular genre and I'm not interested in any of that so I would just highly recommend that you check them out for yourself. in the meantime I'll leave you with a quote from the band.
"Our mission is not as much about conversion as it is about underlining which path you all have chosen to go, and where it will ultimately lead you," declared GHOST in a rare communiqué. "We are the file playing back in your digital earpiece while you are carelessly approaching the end."