Welcome back to the Metal Detector, Muso’s Guide home of heavy metal.
‘Call Me Little Sunshine’
Impera is out now on Vertigo Records
Sweden’s satanic majesties of metal and melody are back. Ghost have a new album out and, if this single were anything to go by, it would be a demonic joyride. This is definitely the highlight of Impera and has shades of The Cult about it. The record, as a whole, is shot through with stadium rock sounds, from gated snares to reverb heavy guitars. Some of the lyrics suggest it's a self-aware send-up on that type of music but no ampount of clever satire could make me want to expose myself too it on a regular basis. That said, "Call Me Little Sunshine" stuck in my head and it's a cracker of a tune.
‘A Signal in the Noise’
If you can’t get enough of Ghost, you can catch some former Nameless Ghouls on tour soon. Priest play gothic, EBM-influenced electro, and this tune brings to mind the Sisters of Mercy and Cabaret Voltaire. They're playing the Grand Social in Dublin, in a couple of weeks with our friends in Lugosi supporting.. Tickets here.
You wait 10 years for an album, then two come along in quick succession. Rammstein have unexpectedly announced a new album and this is the title track. After taking nearly a decade to write their last album, the global pandemic interrupted their promotional tour and they have kept themselves busy recording a follow-up already. Put the Belfast show back on, Please!