Concert Review: Ghost B.C.

House of Blues, April 25

Skull-faced, pope-frocked metal crooner Papa Emeritus and his band of nameless ghoul musicians were in supernatural form. Playing tunes from debut CD Opus Eponymous (2011) and follow-up Infestissumam (2013), Sweden’s Ghost B.C. brought the packed crowd to satanic bliss. Every incense-clouded moment was delivered with weird passion and spot-on precision—from the hypnotic synth outro of “Death Knell” to a minor-chord cover of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” to Eucharist-bashing ballad “Body and Blood.” Backup vocals were computer-triggered, especially in Gregorian chant-powered “Year Zero.” But overall the band’s live intensity was solid. A disturbing number of fans seemed to sincerely join their voices with Papa’s in celebrating perversity, bloodshed and Lucifer. Still, Ghost B.C. neatly fills the sonic void between melodic Blue Öyster Cult and the theatrical King Diamond. I bought a shirt on my way out, happy to drop a few bucks into the offering plate of this blasphemous yet musically blessed rock group.★★★★✩

Photos by Alexander Zayas

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