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Ghost B.C. cast a Secular Haze over SF

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Written by: Josh Kutras
Photos: Jeff Longo

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Standing amongst the unwashed masses at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco Thursday evening, amidst Swedish occult-rock band Ghost B.C.‘s backdrop of stained glass cathedral windows featuring lewd imagery, one couldn’t help but wonder; “Am I about to take part in a Satanic ritual?” The answer- a resounding yes, with songs like ‘Satan Prayer’ & ‘Depth of Satans eyes’ Ghost B.C. leaves little to the imagination regarding their choice in deity.

As each Nameless Ghoul took his (or her) place in the dark Sanctuary, the mixed SF crowd of dirty metal heads, and college hipsters stopped exchanging dirty looks and began cheering in unison for their favorite diabolical clergy. Front man Papa Emeritus II took the stage to the Gregorian style chants of Infestissumam, the title track opener, and began acknowledging the crowd like a priest during Sunday morning mass waving and clasping his hands together while nodding his head gently.

Rocking through a mixed set of tracks from their debut Opus Eponymous, & their latest release Infestissumam, Ghost BC were loud, precise, and tight like seasoned pros on top of their game. Often times bands with theater production, and costumes can put the quality of their music on the back burner, such is not the case with Ghost BC as displayed during their instrumental track Genesis.


The Nameless Ghouls tore through the piece sans Papa patrolling the sanctuary, keeping the crowds attention with their gifted chops. The members clearly understand how to mix rock and theater, evoking thoughts of Brian de Palmas rock opera classic Phantom of the Paradise, Alice Cooper, and Mercyful Fate all at once.

To look around the Regency Ballroom midway through the show you couldn’t help but notice a smile on every ones faces, though dark and evil in content, the delivery has tongue planted firmly in cheek making it an interactive horror experience akin to a walk through a haunted house on Halloween.

Ghost BC inspires great fervor for both their fans, and detractors there is no middle ground here; love them or hate them it seems they are here to stay for a while. My advice, have some fun in this short life and enjoy some sinister sombre rock theater via Ghost BC, if you dare…

Ghost B.C. formed in Sweden and exploded on to the metal scene with their debut album “Opus Eponymous”, Their much anticipated followup Infestissumam debuted at #28 on The Billboard 200 chart selling over 14,000 in the U.S. in its first week. For more info click here.

Setlist-

Infestissumam
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Con Clavi Con Dio
Prime Mover
Depth of Satan’s Eyes
Elizabeth
Secular Haze
Stand by Him
Death Knell
Satan Prayer
Genesis
Year Zero
Ritual
Encore-
Monstrance Clock


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