TRACK I: ASHES
A short but subtlely appropriate little poem which I think we’ve all had accidentally memorized at some point or another. Fun fact, this is actually sung by Minou Forge, Lead singer Tobias’ daughter. Siiiiick.
TRACK III: FAITH
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Guys, between this track and the next one, are you ever in for some monsters. FAITH is somewhat more aggressive, with guitar triples ripping from side to side, highs during the chorus that I am still having trouble distinguishing from more synth it is so WELL SUNG. If (again) someone was to dig into this with any literalism, it stands anthemically out as the unseen dichotomy between accepted religion and what we may have lost along the way, or those barely practiced anymore because of the crushing hatred from “big” religions trying to stamp out anything that wasn’t puritanical. It didn’t kill them though, and that thrive is complicity of things like witches and magic in movies and television. It wasn’t that all long ago that we still tied girls to chairs and drowned them because either they would free themselves if they WERE a witch, or die, as acceptable loses of the hunt. Either way, FAITH is not only powerful, but it feels faithful (not a joke) to what GHOST is in essence, a church choir on meth. Some beaut bassy, gutteral-y, raspy-ness in this one too, but something that will be missed and is INSANELY IMPORTANT on this one, is at the very end of the song they foreshadow/reprise the theme which is also the core of the final song, LIFE ETERNAL.
TRACK V: MIASMA
You ever just want a combination of Vince Dicola’s 1990’s Transformers Soundtrack, Kenny G Saxophones, dual guitar harmonies, and just old fashion dance time with no expectations? Well here is the instrumental track for just that. I don’t what more to say about it, it shakes my butt.
TRACK VII: PRO MEMORIA
Perhaps a less soft way of saying “Momento Mori” (Remember you will die), PRO MEMORIA crawls in like like a snake from behind you. A constant reminder to check your heels for your actions, spoken or unspoken. This track reminds me of getting my first handjob, because if when it’s over you just say “cool”, you could probably live without it. I’m sure it will be somebodies favourite track off the whole thing, but if I had to pick the weakest track, this would honestly have to be it. It doesn’t show off or break any standard, it just exists as a complete entity that doesn’t do much, like a Walmart Greeter. THIS NEXT ONE THOUGH,
TRACK VIII: WITCH IMAGE
I missed the Halloween stalker synth sound that pops up in the background the first 2-3 times I listened to this track. Sung from the point of, well, Lucifer, he sings to a child, a young girl born of a witch-mother. He understands that she wants nothing to do with him, but what she does with her powers she can’t take back, the same thing that happened to her parents. When you make a contract things sure can get ruined by fine details, huh? And once pictured as a heathen, it’s quite a trial to remove that image from someone’s mind. Musically, this tambourine-slinging rock and roll beast is just sooo powerful. Tastes of Blue Oyster Cult run rampant, with minor chords in all the right places.
(Bell fades into next song)
TRACK IX: LIFE ETERNAL
Alright, Michael Bolton, calm down. . . to my house. Man, has Tobias ever got some innocently pure pipes on his person. Everyone hates songs about saying goodbye, so why not have one that begs to ask the question “What if”? Would you actually let that person know your soul LITERALLY forever? Are they worth every second? What if the day you day ISN’T your last day, and it isn’t subject to an omnipotent, singular creator? What if it’s just an eternity of what you have surrounded yourself with and how you’ve treated people? Could be more fun than waiting in a purgatory line right? This one is the strangest combinations of somber and hopeful I’ve ever come across, and that in itself is a benchmark for another unnameable standard.
Overall, this album will bring new fans rushing back to the ritual and cause new listeners to drop what they’re doing and join in the circle.
I’ve seen it myself.
Rating: 8.9 BELA LUGOSI MASKS / 10
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