Friday, January 21, 2011

Album Review: Ghost - Opus Eponymous

Ever wondered what Heavy Metal would sound like with the ambiance of Doom Metal and the lyrical themes of Black Metal? Well look no further, Ghost's Opus Eponymous is just that, a refreshing take on the Heavy Metal genre that fuses the previously mentioned subgenres to create a wholly unique sound. I haven't heard a band that sounds anything like Ghost in my many years of listening to metal, there's just something about them that makes their sound eerier than most bands donning corpse paint and sacrificing animals on stage.
Perhaps the secret the Ghost's unique sound lies behind their harmonies. On most of the tracks on Opus Eponymous, the vocals seem to clash with the guitars in the best way possible, creating classic and creepy harmonies that hark back to the days of old monster movies. Ghost's sound is entirely new to the scene, yet they take influence from classic mainstays of horror film scores to create said unique sound, and it almost never gets old. Almost.
The only problem I could find behind this release was that there are not enough fast songs. The opening track (after the obligatory eerie organ intro), "Con Clavi Con Dio," is the fastest one on the album and is also one of my favorites, which is why it's a shame to see the momentum only go down from then on. Other tracks on the album, such as "Elizabeth" and "Genesis" don't fail to pack a punch, but it just seems that almost all of the band's energy is spent after the first couple songs.
Other than this one qualm though, Opus Eponymous is a great release from a fairly new band on the scene, and if you're looking for a great Heavy Metal release guaranteed to send shivers down your spine then you've come to the right place.
This article can also be found on breakthrough review site Critic Hammer.

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