Origin: Sweden  
Genres: Traditional Metal, Occult Rock
Page online: March 31, 2015
Last update/review: June 8, 2023


Ghost seemingly came out of nowhere in 2010 with Opus Eponymous. What we have here is a band playing a kind of 70's influenced, occult-rock-infused metal, with one Papa Emeritus on vocals and with five Nameless Ghouls backing him (as of this writing, the members are still anonymous, though apparently the vocalist has all but been identified). The music, the mystery surrounding the members, the Satanic overtones, they've all help to make Ghost a buzzworthy band. But while the band deservedly has many supporters, there are more than a few detractors out there, many of whom point out that Ghost is either a cheap Mercyful Fate knockoff or a Blue Oyster Cult clone. About that -- neither description is accurate by itself, but there's something to both statements, as some of the riffs on Opus do harken back to the Fate of old, and the vocal lines are quite plainly reminiscient of the Cult, while on Infestissuman the similarities to both bands (especially MF) are lessened as the band is defining its own style. Really, describing Ghost as a MF/BOC cross doesn't do the band justice, even if it's not terribly off the mark. Apparently the official band name (at least for the US market) is Ghost BC due to name conflict/trademark issues.

Current Members

Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge)


Former Members/Guests

Nameless Ghoul (Martin Persner)


Nameless Ghoul (Simon Söderberg)


Nameless Ghoul (Henrik Palm)

guitars (ex-In Solitude, Sonic Ritual)

Chris Catalyst (guest)


Per Eriksson (guest)

guitars (ex-Bloodbath, ex-Katatonia)

Fredrik Åkesson (guest)

guitars (ex-Arch Enemy, Krux, Opeth, guest for White Stones)

Gustaf Lindström


Nameless Ghoul (Rickard Ottoson)


Benjamin Christodoulou (guest)


Nameless Ghoul (Mauro Rubino)


Zachary Baird (guest)


Salem Al Fakir (guest)


Steve Moore (guest)

keyboards (ex-Dungeon, ex-Earth)

Martin Hederos (guest)


Ludvig Kennberg (guest)


Nameless Ghoul (Aksel Holmgren)


Nameless Ghoul (Martin Hjertstedt)


Jan-Vincent Velazco (guest)


Hux Nettermalm (guest)



Opus Eponymous  
2010 Rise Above
  1. Deus Culpa
  2. Con Clavi Con Dio
  3. Ritual
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Stand by Him
  6. Satan Prayer
  7. Death Knell
  8. Prime Mover
  9. Genesis
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Gustaf Lindström
  • Ludvig Kennberg
2010 Readers' Album #45

2013 Loma Vista
  1. Infestissumam
  2. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
  3. Secular Haze
  4. Jigolo Har Megiddo
  5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
  6. Year Zero
  7. Idolatrine
  8. Body And Blood
  9. Depth Of Satans Eyes
  10. Monstrance Clock
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
2013 Readers' Album #12

If You Have Ghost  EP
2013 Sonet
  1. If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)
  2. I'm a Marionette (ABBA cover)
  3. Crucified (Army of Lovers cover)
  4. Waiting for the Night (Depeche Mode cover)
  5. Secular Haze (live)
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul

2015 Loma Vista
  1. Spirit
  2. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
  3. Cirice
  4. Spöksonat
  5. He Is
  6. Mummy Dust
  7. Majesty
  8. Devil Church
  9. Absolution
  10. Deus In Absentia
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Ludvig Kennberg
2015 Readers' Album #7

Popestar  EP
  1. Square Hammer
  2. Nocturnal Me
  3. I Believe
  4. Missionary Man
  5. Bible
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Nameless Ghoul
  • Nameless Ghoul
2016 Readers' Album #44

Ceremony And Devotion  LIVE
2017 Universal
  1. Square Hammer
  2. From the Pinnacle to the Pit
  3. Con Clavi con Dio
  4. Per Aspera ad Inferi
  5. Body and Blood
  6. Devil Church
  7. Cirice
  8. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
  9. Year Zero
  10. Spöksonat
  11. He Is
  12. Mummy Dust
  13. Absolution
  14. Ritual
  15. Monstrance Clock
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Chris Catalyst
  • Per Eriksson
  • Benjamin Christodoulou
  • Zachary Baird
  • Jan-Vincent Velazco
2017 Readers' Album #41

2018 Loma Vista
  1. Ashes
  2. Rats
  3. Faith
  4. See The Light
  5. Miasma
  6. Dance Macabre
  7. Pro Memoria
  8. Witch Image
  9. Helvetesfönster
  10. Life Eternal
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Salem Al Fakir
  • Steve Moore
  • Ludvig Kennberg
2018 Readers' Album #6

Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic  EP
2019 Loma Vista
  • Papa Emeritus

2022 Loma Vista
  1. Imperium
  2. Kaisarion
  3. Spillways
  4. Call Me Little Sunshine
  5. Hunter's Moon
  6. Watcher In The Sky
  7. Dominion
  8. Twenties
  9. Darkness At The Heart Of My Love
  10. Griftwood
  11. Bite Of Passage
  12. Respite On The Spital Fields
  • Papa Emeritus
  • Fredrik Åkesson
  • Martin Hederos
  • Hux Nettermalm

Phantomime  EP COVERS
2023 Loma Vista
  1. See No Evil (Television cover)
  2. Jesus, He Knows Me (Genesis cover)
  3. Hanging Around (The Stranglers cover)
  4. Phantom of the Opera (Iron Maiden cover)
  5. We Don't Need Another Hero (Tina Turner cover)

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