Sunday is an odd day to choose for song premieres. But for a band whose rise to prominence has been as meteoric as Ghost B.C.‘s, I guess it doesn’t really matter — word of a new song will spread regardless of it coming out on one of the sleepiest days of the week. And yes, yesterday Ghost B.C. released a new song, named “Cirice“.
The song will appear on the band’s new album Meliora, which is now scheduled for release on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings. The new song and the new album feature a new front person, anointed Papa Emeritus III and described as the “three-month-younger brother” of the band’s last Papa Emeritus. What’s more, the song comes with its own cover art — and it’s available for free download, here:
This is the artwork for Meliora:
I guess it’s fair to say that Ghost B.C. have become a lightning rod within metal circles. They’ve become so popular, and so popular among non-metal-lovers, that it’s inevitable they would come in for dismissive criticism among the horn-headed faithful. I’ve written about this phenomenon before, so won’t repeat it here. I happen to be among those within the circles of hell who are fans of the band. And I’m also a fan of this new song.
Vocally, the new Papa is in the same vein vocally as his predecessors. I’ll also venture to say that the song has a closer affinity to heavy metal than I was expecting it might have, and of course, since it’s Ghost B.C., it’s got a catchy-as-hell melodic hook and a cool little guitar solo that really sinks it home. It won’t convert any of the band’s haters, but it will please the band’s adherents. Listen below.
Your comments, of course, are welcome, even the ones that tell me I’m full of shit.
(thanks to eiterorm for the tip on this)