Ghost, a band headed by master mind Tobias Forge, is a musical force hard to identify. Their sound evolves with each album introducing varying influences from across the rock and metal spectrum. On their most recent release, the two-song single, “Seven Inches of Satanic Panic”, their sound falls definitively under 60s-styled pop-rock that is as smooth on the ears as it is catchy.
Employing theatrics such as skeletal face paint and satanic clerical outfits, and introducing new characters as the bands lead singer on multiple releases, Ghost creates their own world and writes a story through each of their performances, music videos and albums. For example, on “Seven Inches of Satanic Panic”, Ghost rewinds time to when the band was just a fledgling rock outfit beginning their careers amidst the 60s music scene. This two-song single marked their “first release” and has now been “re-released” on September 13 this year for us to listen to on its 50th anniversary. This sort of fabricated lore and writing of their own history is what gives the band a mysterious and engaging edge as they write and release new material. It begs questions of “what else lies in their ‘past’ discography?” and “what pieces of the story are we still missing?”
The sound of the new single is on exactly point with the purported era it came from. “Seven Inches of Satanic Panic”oozes an energy from the glory days of rock and roll, mixes it with light psychedelia, and fills it with