--- Country of Origin: Sweden ---
--- Active Years: 2008-present ---
--- Record Label: Loma Vista Recordings ---
--- Genres: Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Doom Metal, Progressive Rock, Occult Rock, Stoner Rock ---
--- Similar Artists: SubVision, Mercyful Fate, Repugnant, Witchcraft, Graveyard, In Solitude ---
--- Lyrical Themes: Satanism ---
Ghost (also known as Ghost B.C. in the U.S.) is a Swedish heavy metal band, formed in Linköping in 2008. In 2010 they released a 3-track demo, followed by a 7" vinyl titled "Elizabeth", and eventually their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The Grammis-nominated album was widely-praised and increased their popularity significantly.
Ghost are easily recognizable due to their eccentric on-stage presence, five of the group's six members wear hooded robes, while the vocalist appears in a skull mask and a cardinal outfit, and highly secretive nature of their identities, with the members being referred to as "Nameless Ghouls". Musically, the band is often compared to groups such as Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Mercyful Fate, and Witchfinder General.
On October 18, 2010, Ghost released their first studio album, Opus Eponymous. The album was very well-received and was nominated for the 2011 Grammis Award (the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Award) for "Best Hard Rock" album.
Ghost supported gothic metal band Paradise Lost on their "Draconian Times MMXI" tour in April 2011. On May 29, Ghost made their United States debut as the final band to perform at the Maryland Deathfest. The band played at the annual Download Festival in the United Kingdom on the Pepsi Max Stage on June 11. Following their performance, Phil Anselmo, lead singer of the band Down, performed wearing a Ghost t-shirt and invited three of Ghost's members to join him on the main stage. Down closed their set with both guitars and drums being played by members of Ghost. Phil changed the song title "Bury Me in Smoke" to "Bury Me in Ghost", prior to Ghost taking the stage.
Ghost took part in the Defenders of The Faith III tour with Trivium, In Flames and Rise to Remain for a string of UK and Europe dates. The band then embarked on their first ever United States tour, from January 18, 2012 in New York to February 2 in Los Angeles. Ghost joined Mastodon and Opeth as the opening act on the Heritage Hunter Tour throughout North America during April and May 2012. In an interview in early 2012, a Nameless Ghoul announced that the band is done writing their second album. In March, a cover of ABBA's song "I'm a Marionette" was stated to be included on the new album.
On December 15, 2012, Ghost performed a special show in their hometown of Linköping. There they debuted the new song that was released online for free earlier that day, entitled "Secular Haze", as well as premiering the band's cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette". The same show debuted the successor to the band's frontman, Papa Emeritus, known as Papa Emeritus II; believed to be the same person simply playing a new character. On December 20, 2012, the band announced their second album, Infestissumam, will be released in spring 2013.
On February 5, 2013, the band announced their name change to "Ghost B.C." in the United States due to legal reasons.
On March 12, 2013, Ghost released a new song online entitled "Year Zero."
Infestissumam (2013) -- "Year Zero"
2010 -- Demo 2010 (Demo)
2010 -- Elizabeth (Single)
2010 -- Opvs Eponymovs (Full-length)
2013 -- Secular Haze (Single)
2013 -- Infestissumam (Full-length)
2013 -- Year Zero (Single)