It’s the last Satanic Sunday before Halloween. So if you’re looking for that sweet spot where dressing up in costumes and Satan meet, you’re likely to land in the Swedish city of Linköping, in the laps of Father Emeritus II and the anonymous Nameless Ghouls of Ghost.
Ghost have received a lot of criticism from some folks in the metal community. Well, of course. But I don’t care. I like what I like, and I like Ghost. They’re the first band in forever to make devil worshiping fun again. They write instantly catchy, tightly composed and immaculately performed tunes all about the Dark Lord with the intent of drawing the innocent into the web of Satan’s machinations. They may or may not be serious about their theological stance, but ultimately, who cares? There’s room for sing-along-able Mercyful Fate-esque pronouncements of blasphemy in my world as well as the more serious approach of bands like Watain, Ofermod, In Solitude and Arckanum.
Anyway, I cut together the video below. I decided to edit Kenneth Anger’s seminal occult underground short film Lucifer Rising to Ghost’s rendition of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” I thought it matched well, playing off the “sun / son” pun implied in Ghost’s decision to cover the song, and tying it to the “sun / Morning Star / Lightbringer” symbology of Lucifer. I’ve posted it before, but what the hey.
Happy Sunday, kids.