Ghost - Meliora
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Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #52 / 887
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Based on 341 ratings
2015 Ratings: #32
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August 21, 2015 / Release Date
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Loma Vista / Label
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What holds it all together is solid writing that sticks close to stock pop/rock methodology.

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

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.


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.

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.


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


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.

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.

Metal Hammer
Satanic Swedes invoke ecclesiastical ecstasy.
Classic Rock
Occult rockers conjure up devilishly fine third album.
Devilish, masked Swedes get their mojo back, and skillfully unveil their finest sermon yet.
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.


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.

The muscial equivalent of the word yes.
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
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
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
I originally got very interested in Ghost because of the music video for "Cirice" which I must say is both an amazing song and an amazing video. I then proceeded to check out "Square Hammer" (which is on the deluxe version of this album) and it is also an amazing song & video. Being as impressed as I was, I decided I would check out one of their live performances on YouTube. I was immediately captivated by the incredibly mysterious and interesting costumes which all ... read more
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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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Added on: May 31, 2015