Watch Cardinal Copia Become Papa Emeritus IV In Ghost’s New Video For “Life Eternal”

Ghost have premiered a new video for their song “Life Eternal.” The clip was recorded one year ago today (March 3) during the final show of the “Prequelle“ touring cycle at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico. That concert notably featured the death of Papa Nihil and the promotion of Cardinal Copia to Papa Emeritus IV.

Ghost Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Released In March

Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Ghost’s “Opus Eponymous,” “Infestissumam,” “Meliora,” and “Prequelle.” They will be available on March 13 and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Ghost Share Unboxing Video For “Prequelle Exalted” Box Set

Ghost have shared an unboxing video for the limited edition deluxe box set edition of their latest album “Prequelle.“ The set, which is called “Prequelle Exalted,” will be released on September 27 and it will feature the album on transparent orange with black smoke colored vinyl, the band’s “Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic” release, a 60-page arena tour photo book, etc. More info can be found HERE.

Ghost To Release Limited Edition “Prequelle” Deluxe Box Set

Ghost will be releasing a deluxe box set edition of their latest album “Prequelle“ on September 27. The set, which is called “Prequelle Exalted,” will be limited to 5,000 copies and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s all the contents:

  • Prequelle Limited Edition Transparent Orange with Black Smoke Colored Vinyl
  • 60-page arena tour photo book, hardbound and wrapped in black gator skin
  • Exclusive die-cut Prequelle artwork with a 12-page booklet featuring brand-new, mind-blowing illustrations
  • Four 12″ X 12″ live photo prints
  • Bonus 7″ with two Ghost rarities
  • Ghost 7″ vinyl adapter

A press release also provided more info on the books and artwork:

“For the arena tour hardbound photo book and the exquisite, suitable-for-framing 12″ X 12″ prints, Ryan Chang photographed Ghost on tour over the course of a year, documenting the band’s live performances throughout Europe, the UK, Canada, and the United States, including the Special Guest spots on Metallica European ‘WorldWired‘ Stadium tour this summer.

The 12-page booklet of new prints was created by Ghost‘s longtime visual collaborator Zbigniew M. Bielak, offering 10 stunning illustrations, each one a visual representation of the 10 songs on Prequelle.”

Furthermore, it is assumed that the two rarities included in the set will be “Kiss The Go-Goat” and “Mary On A Cross.“ A leaked product listing previously suggested that the tracks will also be available as a standalone 7” on September 27 as well.

Are Ghost Planning To Release A New Two-Song 7″ Single In September?

It looks like Ghost may be releasing a new two-song 7″ single on September 13. Product listings for the EP recently surfaced on HMV and FYE. The effort is expected to include the following tracks: “Kiss The Go-Goat” and “Mary On A Cross.” Furthermore, another product listing seemed to suggest that a deluxe version of the band’s latest album “Prequelle” will be released on the same day.

Ghost Premiere “Faith” Lyric Video

Ghost have premiered a lyric video for their song “Faith.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Prequelle.” It’s worth noting that “Faith” recently claimed the No. 10 spot on Active Rock Radio. The song follows “Rats” and “Dance Macabre,” both of which claimed the No. 1 spot.

Ghost Premiere “Faith” Live Video

Ghost have premiered a new live video for their song “Faith.” The clip, which was shot during the band’s “A Pale Tour Named Death” North American tour, was directed by Bill Yukich and it includes photography by Ryan Chang. The track is from the band’s latest album “Prequelle.“

Ghost, At The Gates, The Night Flight Orchestra, Etc. Nominated For Swedish Grammis

The nominees have been revealed for The Grammis Awards in Sweden. A ceremony will take place in Stockholm on February 7 and the following bands have been nominated in the hard rock/metal release category:

  • At The Gates – “To Drink From The Night Itself“
  • Ghost – “Prequelle“
  • Hardcore Superstar – “You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll“
  • The Night Flight Orchestra – “Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough“
  • Tribulation– “Down Below“

[via The PRP]

Metal Anarchy’s Top 20 Albums Of 2018

I have put together a list of my top 20 albums of 2018. You can check that out below. This is just for fun, and I know I probably left out some your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

20. Beartooth – “Disease”

“Disease” is a good album that pretty much has all the elements a Beartooth fan could want. It has a mix of styles, but the best tracks are the ones that are more heavy and melodic. A highlight from this one is “Enemy.”

19. Shinedown – “Attention Attention”

Shinedown have continued to evolve with every release and “Attention Attention” is no exception. The band’s latest music is as fresh as ever and it was catchy enough to score them their 13th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. A highlight from this one is “Devil.”

18. Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest”

Considering what a masterpiece Behemoth’s 2014 album “The Satanist” was, fans have been dying for a follow-up and “I Loved You At Your Darkest” was born. Though it did not necessarily top “The Satanist,” it is still a dark and dynamic album that will keep the listener engaged. A highlight from this one is “Bartzabel.”

17. Scars On Broadway – “Dictator”

Fans are still waiting for a new System Of A Down album, but the odds of that ever happening are still very slim. However, people still got some new music from Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway with the release of “Dictator,” an album that is similar enough to System Of Down to help tide some of them over. A highlight from this one is “Lives.”

16. Breaking Benjamin – “Ember”

When Breaking Benjamin returned with “Dark Before Dawn,” fans were ecstatic to see that the band could still bring it after all that time and everyone was hoping “Ember” could keep up the pace. The effort did just that by presenting a heavier side of the group, both musically and lyrically, making for what some may see as one their best works to date. A highlight from this one is “Tourniquet.”

15. Black Stone Cherry – “Family Tree”

“Family Tree” is everything a Black Stone Cherry fan could want. It’s a bluesy, soulful, southern rock record with killer tracks all the way through. A highlight from this one is “Bad Habit.”

14. All That Remains – “Victim Of The New Disease”

“Victim Of The New Disease” sees All That Remains returning to their heavy and aggressive roots, much to the delight of fans. Sadly, it will be the group’s last album with the late Oli Herbert, but it is perfect gift to remember him by. A highlight from this one is “Fuck Love.”

13. Underoath – “Erase Me”

“Erase Me” is Underoath’s first album in eight years and it showcases a more mature band. The group have removed the Christian label, while taking on a new approach to create powerful, honest, and heartfelt songs. A highlight from this one is “On My Teeth.”

12. Godsmack – “When Legends Rise”

“When Legends Rise” provides fans with the dose of hard rock they would expect from Godsmack. Though not as heavy as earlier material, it still packs a punch while showcasing tracks that are perfect for contemporary active rock radio. A highlight from this one is “Take It To The Edge.”

11. Diamante – “Coming In Hot”

You may not have heard of Diamante yet, but you will. Her debut album “Coming In Hot” is a straight forward rocker that is a pretty fun listen all the way through. A highlight from this one is “Haunted.”

10. Nonpoint – “X”

Nonpoint seem to have tapped into a whole new level of energy with “X.” It’s heavy and catchy and proves the band still have a lot to say. A highlight from this one is “Chaos And Earthquakes.”

09. Judas Priest – “Firepower”

Judas Priest’s “Firepower” has everything a fan of old-school metal could ask for. The effort is solid all the way through and it will definitely be considered a classic in the years to come. A highlight from this one is “Lightning Strike.”

08. Amaranthe – “Helix”

Amaranthe are among the masters when it comes to pop metal and “Helix” drives that point even further. The effort has a dancey vibe, mixed with heaviness and fresh new vocals from new singer Nils Molin (Dynazty), who does a good job at complementing Elize Ryd’s angelic voice and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s growls. A highlight from this one is “Countdown.”

07. Sevendust – “All I See Is War”

Sevendust have continued to crank out quality material for more than 20 years and “All I See Is War” only adds to their legacy. It’s a solid rock album with great musicianship and big choruses that hook the listener from the beginning. A higlight from this one is “Dirty.”

06. Bad Wolves – “Disobey”

Bad Wolves broke it big with their hit cover Of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, which Dolores O’Riordan was supposed to sing on before her tragic death, but their debut album “Disobey” has so much more to offer than that track. It runs the gamut from hard rock to melodic metal making it something that a fan of any subgenre may enjoy. A highlight from this one is “No Masters.”

05. Chelsea Grin – “Eternal Nightmare”

“Eternal Nightmare” is Chelsea Grin at the top of their game. New vocalist Tom Barber (ex-Lorna Shore) breathed new life into the band and helped them create the best album of their career. A highlight from this one is “Hostage.”

04. Zeal & Ardor – “Stranger Fruit”

When Zeal & Ardor released “Devil Is Fine” their unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals took the metal world by storm and they were able to keep the momentum going with “Stranger Fruit.” It’s a soulful, heavy masterpiece that managed to top the first album and prove that the band aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A highlight from this one is “Row Row.”

03. Bullet For My Valentine – “Gravity”

Admittedly, Bullet For My Valentine’s “Gravity” did not sit well with a lot of fans due to the changes in the band’s sound, but when you listen to it at face value without comparing it to older material, it is actually really good. Sometimes bands need to adapt and evolve to survive, and Bullet For My Valentine did just that while putting out what may be the most personal record frontman Matt Tuck has ever written. A highlight from this one is “Letting You Go.”

02. Halestorm – “Vicious”

With “Vicious”, Halestorm have continued to be a powerful force in the music world. It is hard-hitting rock and roll at its finest and it proves once again that Lzzy Hale is one of the best frontwomen in the business. A highlight from this one is “Uncomfortable.”

01. Ghost – “Prequelle”

With “Prequelle”, Ghost proved once again why they deserve to continue rising the ranks in the rock/metal world. The effort has some heavy elements mixed with catchy 80’s sounding hooks that make it hard not to listen to it over and over again. A highlight from this one is “Dance Macabre.”