Fresh off their second U.S. tour of the year, most recently with Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, North America is finally become familiar with the occult-rock tones of Ghost B.C. (or Ghost if you’re not a stuck up legal nut), and the Swedish papal-parody metal outfit have teamed up with Dave Grohl to release their much-anticipated If You Have Ghost EP, which is a short-but-sweet covers EP.
Kicking it off with a cover of Rory Erickson’s “If You Have Ghosts,” the sound is true to the legacy of Ghost and is all-too-fitting for the band to perform.
Not straying too far from the original version of the song, Ghost are basically making a statement that if you have them, you have everything you could possibly need and it’s an entertaining cover that shows the fun side of Ghost.
Next up we have a cover of ABBA’s “I’m a Marionette,” which the band has been covering at select live events for some time now so it just makes sense that they’d put it on a studio recording and follows suite with Halestorm of covering a song by a band you wouldn’t expect a metal band to cover but yet is you can’t help but love.
Being from Sweden, it makes sense Ghost would cover a song by a Swedish band and they do so with an ironic cover of the Army of Lovers track, “Crucified,” which talks about the crucifixion of Christ and isn’t as random as it seems on the surface as it fits everything Ghost stands for- poking fun at the Christian Church and God himself in every way imaginable. It’s probably the stand out track of the EP as well.
Closing out the covers portion of the EP we’ve got a revamp of Depeche Mode’s “Waiting for the Night,” which, much like most of Ghost’s music, adds an eerie element to the cover and gives you chills just listening to it. Also, what is it with occult/rebellious bands covering Depeche Mode? First, Marilyn Manson covers “Personal Jesus” and now Ghost takes on “Waiting for the Night?” It’s perfect and beautiful at the same time, much like the rest of the EP.
To top it all off, we’ve got a live version of “Secular Haze,” the band’s biggest hit in the U.S. so far, and recorded at Music Hall Of Williamsburg In Brooklyn, New York and is the best way to end this recording as many fans of Ghost haven’t had the chance to see them live yet.