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Swedish heavy rock band GHOST returns to the US for "13 Dates of Doom"
GHOST is pleased to announce their return to the States for their "13 Dates of Doom" tour featuring direct support from Toronto, Ontario witch rockers Blood Ceremony with Austin TX death rockers Ancient VVisdom opening the tour. The "13 Dates of Doom" tour marks the Ghouls' first return to the States since their now infamous stops at Maryland Death Fest and The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC after some last minute complications with the Ghouls' visas prevented the band from performing on the recent Enslaved tour.
The Ghoul with No Name comments "It is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America. 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 cult leader "The Ghoul with No Name" and his anonymous ghouls will be touring in support of the band's debut album Opus Eponymous, which has been called "must have stuff" by Blistering adding that "Ritual is one of the best classic metal songs in recent memory," while Alarm Press calls out the album as "wildly catchy and full of melodic twists." Read below to see what else press has had to say about GHOST's debut full-length Opus Eponymous.
Go HERE to check out the band performing the song "Satan Prayer" as part of its May 29 headlining set at the 2011 Maryland Deathfest shot by Rev Aaron of ReturnToThePit.com.
GHOST "13 Dates of Doom" Tour featuring Blood Ceremony & Ancient VVisdom
Wed/Jan-18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu/Jan-19 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Fri/Jan-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Sat/Jan-21 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Sun/Jan-22 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
Tue/Jan-24 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Wed/Jan-25 Minneapolis, MN Station Four
Fri/Jan-27 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Sat/Jan-28 Salt Lake City, UT The Vertigo
Mon/Jan-30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue/Jan-31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Wed/Feb-01 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu/Feb-02 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
In addition to "The Ghoul with No Name," GHOST is: Guitar - ???, Bass - ???, Drums - ???, Keyboards - ???, Chants - ???.
"the semi-anonymous Swedes compel on pretty much every sensory level…it's only when half the room sings along to set-closer 'Ritual' that you realize just how shockingly universal their appeal is." Decibel Magazine
"I'm in their fan club. [Laughs] I had no idea what they looked like until I saw the video. I heard the music first and I thought it was very great — very unique, very melodic and a breath of fresh air for metal. It reminded me a bit of '70s kind of rock that I liked as well. So yeah, I love the band." James Hetfield, Metallica
"the best new live act in the underground scene. Not only was the band super tight and the tunes rock-solid, the Nameless Ghoul proved to be a natural frontman; he has more charisma and swagger than anyone out there!" GuitarWorld.com
"All fans of true cult heavy metal should go apeshit over this. Sometimes you just have to admit that the devil has the best tunes." Verbicide
"A roaring debut that gives psychedelic rock a kick in the pants with a heavy sound and lyrics that will piss off the ultra-religious." About.com
"GHOST is Swedish, heavy, and tasked with slicing your soul to bits--or at least your ears." Village Voice
•Catchy melodies supported by harmonious guitars and a vocalist with fantastic range.
•Band's love of psychedelic rock comes through in each note played.
•Crisp production highlights the skills of each musician.
"There isn't a weak song to be found. Every muscular riff, delicate yet charismatic vocal line, and guitar solo is absolutely pristine. Most importantly, GHOST captures the spirit and quality of classic metal" Apeshit.org
"wow, is this one a monster…This is one of those rare albums that reminds you why you listen to rock and metal in the first place…undeniable, infectious charm" TheMetalRegister.com
"If spiritual leanings aren't an issue for you, you'll find Opus Eponymous a primer on the creation of melodic hard rock." BigTakeover.com
"Opus Anonymous is a potent cocktail of early metal like Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, '60s psychedelic atmosphere reminiscent of Pink Floyd, with riffs and melodies clearly inspired by devil-rockers like Mercyful Fate." Fearnet.com
"Opus Eponymous has spread through the music world like a zombie plague, its catchy songwriting infecting the hearts of hard rock and pop fans almost as often as legitimate metalheads." The Washington Times
"Now I've usually got a pretty low threshold for shtick, but dammit, GHOST's debut Opus Anonymous totally gets it right. Combining NWOBM sensibilities with psychedelia and stoner riffs, GHOST has the musical chops to back up the theatrics." Metal-Rules.com
"Opus Eponymous is an extraordinary debut that slowly peels back surprise after surprise as you delve into its 35 minutes of music. Sure, the style is old-school, but it's musically very rich, often more subtle than riff-oriented, and as closing instrumental Genesis proves, capable of moments of disarming beauty." PopMatters.com
"Probably the top true metal effort of 2010. Invoking the musty atmosphere of Angel Witch, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, Witchfynde and early Mercyful Fate, this is an arcane occult feast". Metal Hammer (9/10 points)