Swedish heavy metal band Ghost are on the road once again, bringing their theatrical rock show all over the US. On Monday night, they brought it to Boston’s House of Blues where local metalheads packed in for a night of heavy riffs and a stage show that won’t soon be matched.
Before the band even took the stage, the began setting the atmosphere with choir music playing over the PA during the set change, right up until the band came onstage. Having recently released their third studio album “Meloria” the group has developed a significant amount of material to choose from for their live show.
The set would prove heavy on new material, something most fans of the band were happy to receive. Standouts from the new album included “From the Pinnacle to the Pit,” “Majesty,” and “Cirice.” Though now five years removed from their debut album Opus Eponymous, the group found a few places in their set to revisit the album. Another standout moment in the set was the band covering their adopted theme song “If You Have Ghosts” by Roky Erickson.
The night was filled with an incredible stage show, the presence of the frontman character Papa Emeritus III seamlessly blended musicianship and acting skills to create a captivating force on stage. Ghost’s stage show is almost that of a rock opera, centering on the theme of a Satanic Mass all the way through, the members of the band do a superb job in their roles to keep the show in theme for the whole night.
Opening the show was English psych rock band Purson, a female fronted rock outfit with a vintage 70’s rock sound. Vocalist Rosalie Cunningham put on an excellent performance with her guitar skills and howling vocals.