Origin: Sweden
Genres: Traditional Metal


Ghost seemingly came out of nowhere in 2010 with Opus Eponymous, kind of 70's influenced, occult-rock-infused metal album, with one Papa Emeritus on vocals and with five Nameless Ghouls backing him (more on those identities in a bit). The music, the mystery surrounding the members, the Satanic overtones, they've all help to make Ghost a buzzworthy band. But while the band deservedly has many supporters, there are more than a few detractors out there, many of whom point out that Ghost is either a cheap Mercyful Fate knockoff or a Blue Oyster Cult clone. About that -- neither description is accurate by itself, but there's something to both statements, as some of the riffs on Opus do harken back to the Fate of old, and the vocal lines are quite plainly reminiscient of the Cult, though on successive albums the similarities to both bands (particularly MF) have lessened as the band pushes to define its own style. Really, describing Ghost as a MF/BOC cross doesn't do the band justice, even if it's not terribly off the mark. Apparently the official band name (at least for the US market) is Ghost BC due to name conflict/trademark issues.

Almost from the start, there was speculation about who played in the band, and in particular the identity of Papa Emeritus was strongly rumored to be one Tobias Forge. Those rumors turned out to be true, as Forge has finally owned up to the claim, and has also recently stated that Ghost has always been more of a solo project than a proper band, with countless Ghouls in the past ranks. Many of those names (as well as the current lineup) have not been revealed, but a few have, one being a guitarist who chose to name himself after his departure from the band, and four others who are currently involved in a lawsuit with Forge over past earnings.

Current Members

Papa Emeritus (Tobias Forge)


Former Members/Guests

Nameless Ghoul (Martin Persner)


Nameless Ghoul (Simon Söderberg)

Nameless Ghoul (Mauro Rubino)

Nameless Ghoul (Henrik Palm)

(Inborn Suffering, ex-In Solitude, Sonic Ritual)

Nameless Ghoul (Martin Hjertstedt)


Opus Eponymous 
2010 Rise Above
  1. Deus Culpa
  2. Con Clavi Con Dio
  3. Ritual
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Stand by Him
  6. Satan Prayer
  7. Death Knell
  8. Prime Mover
  9. Genesis
2010 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Review  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Brave Words  Angry Metal Guy  Teeth Of The Divine  Metal Storm  Metal Storm 

2013 Loma Vista
  1. Infestissumam
  2. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
  3. Secular Haze
  4. Jigolo Har Megiddo
  5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
  6. Year Zero
  7. Idolatrine
  8. Body And Blood
  9. Depth Of Satans Eyes
  10. Monstrance Clock
2013 BNR Top Ten album

Reviews:   Brave Words  Angry Metal Guy  Teeth Of The Divine  Metal Storm 

(EP) If You Have Ghost 
2013 Sonet
  1. If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover)
  2. I'm a Marionette (ABBA cover)
  3. Crucified (Army of Lovers cover)
  4. Waiting for the Night (Depeche Mode cover)
  5. Secular Haze (live)

2015 Loma Vista
  1. Spirit
  2. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
  3. Cirice
  4. Spöksonat
  5. He Is
  6. Mummy Dust
  7. Majesty
  8. Devil Church
  9. Absolution
  10. Deus In Absentia
2015 BNR and Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Observer  New Noise Magazine  Angry Metal Guy  Teeth Of The Divine  Metal Storm 

(EP) Popestar 
  1. Square Hammer
  2. Nocturnal Me
  3. I Believe
  4. Missionary Man
  5. Bible


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