Meliora

Ghost - Meliora
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #48 / 772
User Score
Based on 294 ratings
2015 Ratings: #26
August 21, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

What holds it all together is solid writing that sticks close to stock pop/rock methodology.

90
The Needle Drop
Ghost is back with an album that adequately depicts their dark, melodic, and occult musical world.
86
Sputnikmusic

The intentionality behind Meliora's accessibility -- namely with the progressive-pop-doom hybrid that Ghost have crafted on Meliora, with the occult aesthetic running in parallel to the music -- is a resounding victory for the Swedish sextet and is assuredly the band's strongest album to date.

80
Exclaim!

Ghost isn't for everyone; they are deliberately, deliciously over the top and unapologetically dramatic, but if you dig their smoke and mirrors, then Meliora is just the indulgence you've been craving.

80
The Guardian

Led by the eerily detached proclamations of third vocal incumbent Papa Emeritus III, Meliora strikes a shrewd balance between its two predecessors, snappier song structures moderating the intrusive impact of the band’s most unhinged ideas.

80
PopMatters

It’s hard to imagine having more fun with a metal album than with Meliora.

80
PopMatters

After something of a sophomore album slump, Ghost have come roaring back to sing the praises of Lucifer and remind us that classic heavy metal is still alive and well.

80
Northern Transmissions

Meliora is not so different from the band’s previous releases, 2010’s Opus Eponymous and 2013’s Infestissumam, but is infinitely more streamlined and thunderous in comparison.

75
Spectrum Culture

Meliora positions Ghost as a pop-metal band, of the class that emerged in the ’80s as a friendly contrast to the more extreme movements that bubbled up at the end of the previous decade.

62
Pitchfork

It's far and away a more engaging record than Infestissumam, but still, you have to wonder if Ghost should be metal's new chief representative.

MinatoArisato
35
I don't seem to get the appeal of this record, I didn't enjoy it, I felt that it was boring for a metal album and just bland. Something about this album feels really condensed.

Best Track: Deus In Absentia
Worst Track: He Is
cfreemon
93
Ghost is really good at getting the most out of the inherent silliness of metal, classic rock a la Led Zeppelin and edgy lyricism. Rather than getting bogged down in repetitive and incessant noise, Ghost takes classic and prog rock and apply them to their own ghoulish sound. The rhythms read more like hard rock but retain a a cutting edge only attainable by metal. The riffs are heavy, the lyrics are dark and occult, and everything is very agressive. This translates into catchy song after catchy ... read more
ElectricMess
83
I don't care if they're not "real metal," this album is a blast of over-the-top and heavy rock music with a cult-like and macabre aesthetic that gives it a ton of personality. It's not anything ground-breaking, but it's extremely enjoyable.

Favorite Tracks: Absolution, He Is, Spirit, Cirice, Deus In Absentia
95
The muscial equivalent of the word yes.
Farlov
82
"Meliora" is a tightly crafted and played, album filled with doomy hard-rock bangers from start to end. The dark yet tongue-in-cheek atmosphere is delivered with enough prowess in songwriting and playing to just feel like a gimmick.

"Mummy Dust" and "Majesty" are a bit weak compared to the rest, but they are still pretty good tracks.
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Track List

  1. Spirit
  2. From the Pinnacle To the Pit
  3. Cirice
  4. Spöksonat
  5. He Is
  6. Mummy Dust
  7. Majesty
  8. Devil Church
  9. Absolution
  10. Deus In Absentia
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