Ghost - Infestissumam
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #613 / 972
User Score
Based on 142 ratings
2013 Ratings: #356
April 16, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Lorna Vista / Label
Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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Metal Injection

Infestissumam is a logical follow up not so much to the prior Ghost album, but rather as a spiritual successor to Ulver's charmingly faithful covers album, Childhood's End.

The Guardian
No new ground is being broken here, of course, but Ghost's atavistic glee results in as refreshing a sound as can be heard in 2013. Doubtless the Horned One will be delighted by his acolytes' efforts.
Metal Sucks

Infestissumam finds them comfortable enough in what they do to expand their already-adored sound to the cathedral ceilings.

Metal Hammer
What Ghost really represent is proof that old sounds can be recycled into something that sounds fresh, new and exciting, even if you think you’ve heard them all before.

They've definitely managed to carve out a niche within the increasingly fragmented world of heavy metal, and while purists may revile them for their insolence, it's their insubordination that ultimately earns them a place in the genre.

No Ripcord

While Ghost B.C. could certainly use a little added variety, both musically and lyrically (maybe Satan could sit out as lyricist for like five songs on their next record), there’s plenty here to admire.


The classic heavy metal and surf rock elements that made their debut so appealing are intact, with some additional psychedelia and more driving, intense guitar riffs.


Even though Infestissumam isn’t a masterpiece by any means, this infernal troupe has written an interesting if not immediate record that while lacking the translucent hooks of its eponymous predecessor, shows that the shrouded conjurers of Ghost B.C. have plenty of tricks left under their black robes.

Rolling Stone
The songs are knotty and complicated; the multivalenced "Jigolo Har Megiddo" feels like it's set not in hell but in Kansas. The results are intricately plotted, if not as instantly bewitching.

This is a pop-rock record underwritten with childlike Anti-Christian sentiment; the tension between those underdeveloped directions-- surface-level darkness and near-translucent accessibility-- creates little but an insufferable stiffness.

Consequence of Sound

They could certainly use some diversity there, as Infestissumam suffers from repetitive lyrics (they manage to have too much “hail Satan”) in addition to a noticeable lack of hooks. 

The Needle Drop
Sweden's Ghost returns with a new full-length that's loaded with glitzy production, more details, and longer tracks. It's the tunes that end up getting lost in translation much of the time.
Very good

Best Tracks: Year Zero, Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
Infestissumam isn't a bad album, but it isn't all that good neither.
There are some really good songs on here - and when I say really good, I mean REALLY good. Year Zero and Monstrance Clock in particular stand out as truly amazing tracks that really show just what Ghost are capable of creating. However, the down points on this album are much more prominent. SECULAR HAZE and Idolatrine stand out as especially bad. They're just boring and just bring the overall score down.
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rated a 63 only because i loved body and blood and monstrance clock so much. the rest was meh
Hail satan
Infestissumam - 75
Per Aspera Ad Inferi - 75
Secular Haze - 75
Jigolo Har Megiddo - 70
Ghuleh / Zombie Queen - 75
Year Zero - 80
Body And Blood - 70
Idolatrine - 70
Depth Of Satan's Eyes - 75
Monstrance Clock - 75
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Added on: April 9, 2013