Ghost

Telia Parken, Copenhagen - 2019

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

There’s no denying Ghost has made a successful run, straight from the release of the debut album, Opus Eponymous, back in 2010. So much in fact, that I can’t really tell if playing a support gig, even for a band like Metallica, is a step forward, sideways, or even backwards?
Still, I guess the opportunity is quite fun and appealing - if I were in a band, I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes, that’s for sure. Yet, seeing the band out and about like this, in full sunshine and with a limited stage dressing, it felt a little odd.

“Do you want your asses wobbled her in Copenhagen?!”
- Cardinal Copia (vocals)


Even though the stage dressing was limited, it was still hell’a good looking, but then again, I’ve always been partial to Ghost’s visual side - much more so than the music, actually.
And let’s be fair here, the music wasn’t exactly helped along by the HORRIBLE sound coming out of the speakers! The guitars were very low in the mix, and in general the sound was all muddy and indistinguishable. I’ve heard horror stories about the sound here in Telia Parken, but have been blessed from living through it myself. Now I feared it might come sneaking up on me…
But was the arena really to blame? Bokassa had had a good mix when playing before Ghost, and later Metallica would go on to having an astonishing sound.
Either way, the band had a lot of musical output. Except for the cardinal, there were two guitarists, with an optional third which came in during a few select songs and helped them out, a drummer and a bassist, and two female ghouls who primarily worked the keyboards, except for when they weren’t, and instead was swinging a tambourine or something resembling maracas. There was even an old Papa (not sure which one in line), who played the saxophone in the instrumental track Miasma.

Something that came across fairly early on, was that Ghost really didn’t have to try very hard, in order to gain the crowd’s affection. And thus they didn’t, I’m compelled to say in jest, but the truth sadly wasn’t far off either.
Sure, the cardinal made a few jokes along the way, although hardly anything tied especially to this gig, but most of the time while not singing, he just up and left the stage to his ghouls.
On their hand, I was the most impressed with Nameless Ghoul who played the white guitar, the one standing on the right hand side (as seen from the audience) that was, and the Nameless Ghoul who played the bass. Both of them were very active and engaging in their performances, as well as having a good connection going with the crowd. The thinner, taller female Nameless Ghoul also gave it a good shot, regardless of which instrument she was using; although, her turn with the keytar in Mummy Dust was hard to beat.

As I said though, the growing crowd was exceedingly pleased with what they got from Ghost, and that’s fine. This show didn’t really move me in one direction or the other in regards to the band. They still have a few songs that are catchy as hell, and when they were played, I was on board with the fun, and outside that, well, not so much. That’s all.
But they should really take a good look, or listen, to that sound though…

Setlist:

Rats
Absolution
Ritual
From The Pinnacle To The Pit
Faith
Cirice
Miasma
Year Zero
Mummy Dust
Dance Macabre
Square Hammer

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