Ghost B.C. Bring Live ‘Ritual’ to New York City for Captivating Concert
It’s infinitely soul-nourishing to witness a live performance unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Iconic acts such as Iron Maiden deliver an elaborate set design with moving pieces, flames and a giant animatronic Eddie mascot, GWAR shoot blood and guts into the crowd while maiming various public figures, and basically everything brought onstage for Slipknot‘s stage setup could kill someone at any time. These bands are legendary for their live shows, and Swedish metal act Ghost (aka Ghost B.C.) are well on their way to ascending to those same heights.
Upon stepping foot into New York City’s Webster Hall, fans were greeted with a Satanic church-like backdrop, detailed with stained-glass windows depicting demonic figures. Along with touching the senses with sound and intense lighting, Ghost also burned incense to coat the entire venue with a distinct smokey scent before the ritual commenced.
We’ve been to a massive amount of live shows in our time, but the energy swirling throughout Webster Hall was completely unique. While waiting for Ghost to take the stage, grown men and women were consumed by childlike excitement. As the lights finally dimmed for Ghost’s arrival, the converted attendees unleashed a massive scream, inciting the nameless ghouls in black to take the stage.
Ghost began the ceremony with ‘Infestissumam / Per Aspera ad Inferi’ as leader Papa Emeritus II, whose shining eyes looked truly terrifying, slowly walked into his live sanctum. Although Ghost performed the entirety of their debut album, ‘Opus Eponymous,’ (sans intro track ‘Deus Culpa’), the biggest crowd roars of the night were equally loud for various psalms from ‘Infestissumam,’ including ‘Secular Haze’ and ‘Year Zero.’ Papa Emeritus II even addressed the crowd during breaks between clusters of songs, thanking them dearly for attending his NYC sermon.
Opening act Ides of Gemini were the sole group to perform before Ghost, delivering a set of hypnotic doom which set the mood for the coming of Ghost. The crowd gave a fairly warm response to Ides of Gemini, as it was hard not to feel entranced by the voice of Sera Timms.
Check out our exclusive photos of Ghost from the band’s May 11 show in New York City, and be sure to catch the demonic act in concert when they descend upon your place of shelter. See their full itinerary here.
Check out Photos of Ghost + Ides of Gemini Performing in New York City:
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