“Monstrance Clock”, the new video from Swedish occult rockers GHOST, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Rob Semmer and was shot on location at the El Rey in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York City. The song comes of GHOST‘s sophomore album, “Infestissumam”, which sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The CD topped the official chart in the group’s home country after selling nearly five times as many copies as the No. 2 album, MISS LI‘s “Wolves”.
The release date of “Infestissumam” was reportedly pushed back a week to April 16 after four compact disc manufacturers allegedly refused to print a piece of artwork that was meant for the deluxe version of the new CD. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, which showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy. The controversial art can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the “Infestissuman” CD.
GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”
Hailing from Linköping, Sweden, GHOST formed in in 2008. They released their heralded debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, in 2010. In 2011,GHOST performed at the annual Download festival in the United Kingdom. The band’s fanbase began to swell and not long after added some of hard rock’s finest to this group. Additionally that year, GHOST took part in the“Defenders Of Faith III” tour with TRIVIUM, IN FLAMES and RISE TO REMAIN. In early 2012, they embarked on their first tour of the United States and later that year shared the stage with MASTODON and OPETHon their “Heritage Hunter Tour” in North America. That summer the band was invited by METALLICA‘s James Hetfield to perform on the main stage of METALLICA‘s first annual Orion Music + More festival.