But before then, I have one last ghoulish musical delight for you, courtesy of Sweden's Ghost B.C. (also known as Ghost). If you haven't heard of Ghost, they are a pretty awesome metal band whose members remain anonymous. The lead singer is known as Papa Emeritus II, and he dresses in kind of a demonic skeleton pope get-up. His face paint was the inspiration for one of my costumes this year (stay tuned for next week's Tuesday Top Ten about Halloween costumes). The other members of the band are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls, and they wear the same black robes and masks.
There was a mild controversy here in Chicago recently, as local metal-tinged burger joint Kuma's Corner named their burger of the month for October after Ghost, and the burger was topped with braised goat shoulder, a red wine reduction, an unblessed communion wafer, and ghost chili aioli. Of course, the Catholics shit a brick over it, but Kuma's rightly refused to take it off the menu.
Anyway, Ghost was one of the bands I most wanted to see at Lollapalooza this past August, and they did not disappoint. What I found hilarious is the contrast between their costumes and music –- both of which are dark and have various Satanic references –- to Papa Emeritus II's pleasant and polite banter with the crowd ("would it please you for us to sing another song?"). Their live show matched their music, and I would definitely recommend seeing them.
The videos below are their full set from Coachella earlier this year (broken into three videos) and, because I can, I also included their last song in their set at Lollapalooza, "Monstrance Clock."
Happy Halloween everyone!