September 17th, 2016
What an amazing release! I know I’m a bit late with this review, but it’s never too late to find great new music.
As if having Ghost release Square Hammer as their latest single wasn’t enough, the band are treating their fans with an additional 4 tracks for their Popestar EP. I love covers, especially when it’s from bands that I currently adore, whom are covering music that I grew up with. While I found their previous EP, If You Have Ghost, to be a bit lackluster (aside from the band’s brilliant cover of Depeche Mode’s “Waiting for the Night”), Popestar is full of every facet that makes the band the phenomenon they are.
In a recent interview, a nameless ghoul expressed his excitement about Square Hammer and the band’s current release. “We’re very proud of it. We’re obviously thrilled to be able to play something new. This is a short, to-the-point little gem right at the jugular.”
Ghost’s timing also couldn’t be better.
Even though only a 5 track release, Ghost poured 100% of their creativity into the release. Each of the 4 covers are familiar enough for those of us who grew up with the originals. Hearing Papa Emeritus’ unique voice on Eurythmics’ Missionary Man is akin to Marilyn Manson’s cover of the band’s classic Sweet Dreams (are made of this). The band’s cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Nocturnal Me was featured in the Netflix original series Stranger Things, and is just as eerie as the original.
Truly though, the crown jewel of the EP would be Bible. Ghost’s cover of Imperiet’s little known 1986 track is their most epic release to date. Though written 30 years ago, this is the track that could have easily been co-written by Imperiet and the nameless ghouls.