Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band, formed in Stockholm 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 album has received mostly positive reviews and has since increased their popularity significantly.
Ghost are easily recognizable due to their eccentric on-stage presence (five of the group’s six members wear dark hooded robes, while the vocalist appears in a skull mask and a cardinal outfit), heavily satanic-based lyrics, 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.
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, a Nameless Ghoul announced that the band is done writing their second album, stating it will be released in late 2012. In March, a cover of ABBA’s song “I’m a Marionette” was stated to be included on the new album.