The 2018 Album of the Year

Ghost, Prequelle (Loma Vista) The potential for Ghost to metamorphose into a major headlining rock/metal act was always there, which is why Loma Vista signed the Swedes to a lucrative deal in 2012. Since the 2010 cult favorite Opus Eponymous it’s been a slow build, but over time more and more curious listeners have been […]

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The 2018 Track of the Year

Ghost, “Dance Macabre” Lurking sneakily on side two of Ghost’s revelatory fourth album, “Dance Macabre” is not only a raucous depiction of dancing the night away in the face of impeding doom, but a pitch-perfect celebration of classic pop metal from the 1980s. Fitting somewhere between Also Nova’s “Fantasy” and Blue Öyster Cult’s “Dancing in […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #7

7. Ghost, “Square Hammer” Coming on the heels of the superb 2015 album Meliora, which cemented Ghost’s status as one of the best heavy metal bands in the world right now,the Swedes continued that positive momentum with Popestar, a very fun five-track EP featuring four creative covers and an inspired original track called “Square Hammer”. […]

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The Best Metal Albums of 2015

2015 will go down as a terrible year for the music writing racket – I don’t know any fellow writer who had a good year, and personally it’s been so brutal I’m looking to exit full-time freelancing altogether – but when it comes to metal music the past year will go down as one of […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2013

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Altar Of Plagues, Teethed Glory and Injury: Nobody had any idea this would be the final album by the genre-bending Irish band, but what a note to go out on, as they took their black metal/post-metal influences and turned that sound on its ear with a surreal, […]

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