LABEL: Loma Vista
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 1/27/2023
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2015
VARIANT: Deluxe Edition, Clear Yellow Vinyl 2LP
Ushering in the Satanic papacy of the dapper Papa Emeritus III, Ghost’s third LP, Meliora, is a concept album about the absence of God, but there’s plenty to worship on it. Standout cuts like “Cirice,” “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” and “He Is” mash up doomy, slow-burning metal with elements of psychedelia, goth, shock rock and shimmery pop to stunning effect. Having already won famous fans in James Hetfield and Dave Grohl, Ghost weren’t bona fide arena headliners yet, but they were well on their way.