Meliora by Ghost
Also known as Ghost B. C., this is a progressive rock/metal band from the wonderful metal land of Sweden. A very young metal band indeed, but very highly respected in the metal community as of now. So far they have only released three albums, including this one, and they can also be noted as one of those “anonomys bands” that seem to be very common now in days, kind of like Lordi. I myself am not a fan yet but let’s see what I think of this album.
Clocking in at only 41 minutes long, this is a fairly short album. It contains only 10 tracks on an average of around 4-6 minutes for each track so I could consider this a gateway for progressive music. It has two great singles, The Pinnacle and the Pit and Cirice, each with very defining things about each track and already set up the album right from the get-go. The rest of the album is great as well, a universally loved track here is the one titled “He Is” which is more of a rock opera ballad of a sort. A nice change of pace from the rest of the album if I do say so myself. Every track here is very well crafted to be a masterpiece and maybe even after enough listens be lodged in your head for a while. I’m honestly surprised they don’t appear on the radio, at least where I live, they would probably fit in well with even the commoners like Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin and Halestorm despite the darker and admittedly more underground style to them. While they aren’t incredibly heavy in the slightest, I have found other progressive metal bands with much softer instrumentation like Pain of Salvation who come from the same country. I could see this reaching my Top 10 albums of 2015, I will listen to this again when I get a chance. It’s a bit weird to describe everything that goes on here though, not really my problem though, I’m sure they have always been like that.
I give this a 9.5/10. I am the Grim Reaper, signing off.