Not many modern hard rock bands have been able to capture the attention of mainstream audiences the way Ghost has. Since winning the award for best metal performance in the 2016 Grammys for their hit song “Cirice,” Ghost has continued to captivate listeners with their unique sound and image. Ghost’s aesthetic is derived from their combined use of a classic rock sound and a lyrical narrative centered around the occult. At their concerts, Ghost uses codenames, costumes and set design to complement their music and create an eerie atmosphere.
On September 13, Ghost held a concert in Bakersfield, California, where they performed two new songs. Ghost spread out their two new songs throughout the concert. The first song, titled “Mary on a Cross” was performed very early on in their set; they played their second song “Kiss the Go-Goat” towards the end of the show. While Ghost’s sound has traditionally mirrored that of hard rock bands from the ‘70s and ‘80s, both of their new songs are heavily influenced by the 1960s.
According to Tobias Forge, the mastermind and front man behind Ghost, one of the band’s biggest inspirations came out of the ‘60s in the form of Alice Cooper. “What is shock-rock without Alice Cooper?” said Forge.
Ghost takes shock-rock to the next level by using their videos on YouTube to create an entire backstory and mythology behind the music. Regarding “Kiss the Go-Goat,” Ghost released a music video that included dialogue involving characters who gave exposition to the background of the song. This is a trend Ghost has been following for quite some time now, as they have established an entire lore to their music.
The two songs “Kiss the Go-Goat” and “Mary on a Cross” comprise their latest release titled, “Seven Inches of Satanic Panic,” which is available for streaming across all platforms.