Swedish enigmas Ghost are set to embark on their very first North American tour commencing tonight (Jan. 18) in New York City. Ghost have developed a cult following with their hypnotic hard rock and their odd stage show, which can be best described as an evil mass.

Ghost have proven themselves to be a band to pay close attention to, with their next full-length recently being added to Decibel magazine's 'Top 25 Most Anticipated Extreme Releases of 2012' list. The band will headline a 13-date tour with doom band Blood Ceremony and blackened neo-folk merchants Ancient VVisdom.

"It is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America," states Ghost's Papa Emeritus. "In the name of Satan, we will conduct thirteen rituals in thirteen different cities throughout the United States and Canada and now we are summoning all of our devotees to partake in these blasphemous eves of black magic."

Ghost have accomplished an incredible amount since their immaculate conception in 2008, signing to Metal Blade Records and securing an early 2011 North American release date for debut album 'Opus Eponymous.' The unholy ministry that is Ghost combine gloomy Satanic rock with an original and incredibly effective pop sensibility.

Watch Ghost's 'Con Clavi Con Dio' Live
Ghost 2012 North America Tour Dates:

January 18 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
January 19 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
January 20 - Boston, MA @ Middle East (downstairs)
January 21 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
January 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
January 24 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
January 25 - Saint Paul, @ MN Station 4
January 27 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
January 28 - Salt Lake City, @ UT The Vertigo (The Complex)
January 30 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
January 31 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
February 1 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
February 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy