Mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST has announced that it will embark on its first ever North American headlining tour in January, 2012. GHOST cult leader "Papa Emeritus" (who takes the stage in the form of "a satanic pope") and his anonymous ghouls will team up with doom rockers BLOOD CEREMONY and ANCIENT VVISDOM for a two week trek dubbed the "13 Dates of Doom" tour that will launch on January 18 in New York City. GHOST continues to tour in support of its debut album Opus Eponymous, which has been called "amazing" by Stereogum and "a primer on the creation of melodic hard rock" by The Big Takeover.
GHOST floored music fans with its first U.S. shows earlier this year and served notice that it is not only a "band to watch" but a force to be reckoned with for years to come. In its live review of GHOST's NYC show, the Village Voice called the group's performance "lurching and menacing", saying "Ghost's sound is like heavy metal trapped in a state of suspended animation since 1973".
"It is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America," states GHOST's Papa Emeritus. "In the name of Satan, we will conduct thirteen rituals in thirteen different cities throughout the United States and Canada and now we are summoning all of our devotees to partake in these blasphemous eves of black magic."
GHOST's Opus Eponymous is a daringly fascinating combination of satanic rock music merged with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility. Enveloped in a shroud of mystery and standing anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes which their sect demand, the GHOST deliver litanies of pulsating heavy rock and stimulating lyrics which "glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious". The music and philosophies of GHOST specifically target "individuals who have a void in their life perhaps caused by some form of emotional trauma or upset" (research suggests these are most likely adolescents); this dearth can then be alluringly filled by GHOST's music and philosophies. LA WEEKLY recently tagged the band as part of a hot list of "Bands Bringing Rock Back To Metal" calling GHOST "incredibly catchy dark-rock" with "Hooks and melodies that stay with you for days".
The itinerary for the GHOST / BLOOD CEREMONY / ANCIENT VVISDOM winter North American tour is as follows:
January 18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
January 19 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
January 20 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)
January 21 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
January 22 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
January 24 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
January 25 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
January 27 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
January 28 Salt Lake City, UT The Vertigo (The Complex)
January 30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
January 31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
February 1 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
February 2 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy