Ghost BC could well have been a one-shot wonder, but with Infestissumam they’ve managed to remain interesting and even enigmatic.
Well, first off, there is no indication that Papa Emeritus and his nameless Ghouls have felt the need to commercialise their sound. In fact, if you're looking for something as immediately hummable as, say, Ritual or Stand By Him, you're going to be disappointed. Instead, Infestissumam has a darker off-kilter feel thanks to a widely expanded sonic palette. From the vaudeville organ of Secular Haze through to the melancholy darkness of the epic Ghuleh/Zombie Queen – or even the '70s schlock rock of Monstrance Clock – Infestissumam offers up some surprising musical twists. Don't worry though, the great riffs are still there in spades, and the signature vocals of Papa Emeritus along with the straightforward hooks of Year Zero and Body And Blood offer comforting echoes of Opus Eponymous' familiar sound.
Ghost BC could well have been a one-shot wonder, but with Infestissumam they've managed to remain interesting and even enigmatic. All that remains to be seen is if they can reach an even wider audience.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.