GHOST: ‘Secular Haze’ Pro-Shot Performance Clip From New York City

Professionally filmed video footage of Swedish occult rockers GHOST performing the song "Secular Haze" live on May 11 at Webster Hall in New York City can be seen below. A nameless ghoul stated: "Playing in New York will always feel very special for us, since it was the first city in the U.S. that embraced us. Every time we play there, it marks another step up for us — going from filling up the basement at Webster Hall, to filling up the Bowery to finally play at sold-out Webster Hall. We simply love New York." GHOST's sophomore album, "Infestissumam", 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". In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, a nameless ghoul from GHOST said about "Infestissumam": "It feels way more theatrical and bombastic. In many ways, 'Infestissumam' is thematically a continuation of where [the debut album] 'Opus Eponymous' began. Whereas a lot of the thematic ideas we have in mind for upcoming albums might differ a little bit and will go in another direction. That's not to say we won't sing about the things we do and not have makeup. I'm just saying it will evolve into other things in the future. On this record, I feel like we're doing a lot of things we intended to do on the first naïvely being we could pull off a show like that at that point — which we couldn't. Now, we have a little bit more muscle. The attendance is probably more in accordance with being able to present a show like that." Regarding the lyrical themes covered "Infestissumam", the nameless ghoul said: "Thematically we knew the major difference between the first and the second albums as much as we do between the second and the third. It's a bit ironic now. Jumping up to the contemporary controversy with our album artwork and the refusal of printers to print the art is funny because the whole record is about the presence of the devil. Obviously, it's about how mankind relate to the presence of the devil. Historically, it's always been the female body that has taken the fall for that, which is what happened in this case. The problem was a vagina in the art not the inverted crosses."

GHOST: ‘To Go Further As A Band Doesn’t Run Parallel With Being Anonymous’

Joe Bosso of conducted an interview with one of the nameless ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST prior to the band's July 28 concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. How did the band's makeup and presentation — the whole aesthetic — begin and evolve? Nameless Ghoul: The very unsexy start was that GHOST was a project, just a few songs and a vocal. Very early, when it was that embryonic, the few of us that were into the project knew that it wouldn't fly if it was going to be just a band. What I viewed for the presentation was big and bombastic, this huge fucking thing. [laughs] But that wouldn't work if you're just standing there in a shirt, being a dude. At that point, we were like, "Let's get it together and build it." We needed to jump over some of the steps that everybody else was doing. We managed to get a record deal and a fan base — this was back in the days of MySpace

Ghost (B.C.)

For those of you that don’t know them, Ghost is an occult rock/heavy metal band formed in 2008 in Sweden’s Linköping. It is definitely one of the top names in rock/ metal communion the last years and certainly one of the most discussed.