GHOST Releases Live Album Digitally; Physical Version Out In January
December 8, 2017
Swedish band GHOST has surprise released the digital edition of a live album called "Ceremony And Devotion", just hours after posting a video teaser for the set online. It is available for streaming at all premium outlets and for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The official cover artwork for the disc was revealed in the latest issue of Sweden Rock Magazine. The band has also streamed the song "Absolution" from the set.
"Ceremony And Devotion" was produced and mixed by Tom Dalgety and features fan favorites spanning the band's entire catalog from "Opus Eponymous" (2010) to "Infestissumam" (2013) to "Meliora" (2015) to the "Popestar" EP (2016). The album will be available physically on double CD and double LP on January 19, 2018. Exclusive, limited edition "translucent tigers eye" colored vinyl and bundles including a lenticular poster, limited-edition 8-track, and t-shirt, will be available exclusively in the GHOST shop.
"Ceremony And Devotion" track listing:
01. Square Hammer 02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit 03. Con Clavi Con Dio 04. Per Aspera Ad Inferi 05. Body And Blood 06. Devil Church 07. Cirice 08. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen 09. Year Zero 10. Spoksonat 11. He Is 12. Mummy Dust 13. Absolution 14. Ritual 15. Monstrance Clock
Frontman Tobias Forge — who does all the band's interviews anonymously as a Nameless Ghoul — told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he's always looking to expand GHOST's live performances. "The idea has always been, ever since we started, to have a very theatrical show," he said. "We basically want to be an arena band where you can bring a lot of production and a show where you go through different phases and, you know, a lot of costume changes and more magical tricks and more bombs and more fire and smoke and...more Disney On Ice, in a way."
The last-ever GHOST concert to allegedly feature Forge's onstage persona, Papa Emeritus III, took place on September 30 in Gothenburg, Sweden and ended with the singer apparently being forcibly removed from the stage. A very elderly man wearing a white and gold version of Papa's robes and his signature make-up took the stage and addressed the crowd, saying in Italian, "I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now."
Of course, this is all part of the joke: the band supposedly dismisses the old Papa and recruits a new one on every LP, but they are all Forge, who will no doubt perform as a new Papa Emeritus on the next album cycle.
Forge has been working on the group's fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015's "Meliora", which featured the Grammy-winning hit "Cirice", and last year's "Popestar" EP, which included the chart-topping "Square Hammer".
Four former members of GHOST sued Forge earlier this year, accusing him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the group's profits. Forge countered that they were hired hands and that the band was essentially his project.
The singer hired an all-new lineup of musicians for touring purposes in the first half of 2017, all of whom performed anonymously as Nameless Ghouls.