Ghost – Seven Inches of Satanic Panic (2019)

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According to the lore of Ghost, the band played their first ever show at the Whiskey A Go Go in 1969.  Fronted by Papa Nihil at the time, it was the launch show for the bands first EP, Seven Inches of Satanic Panic.

The EP was shelved for reasons, but now in 2019, it is finally seeing the light of day – now available on streaming services, with physical copies to follow on September 27th.

Featuring two tracks, first single Kiss The Go-Goat and Mary On A Cross, Seven Inches of Satanic Panic comes at a time when Ghosts popularity is arguably at an all time high.  Hot on the trails of last years exceptional Prequelle album, these two tracks do have a retro quality that follows the “recorded in 1969” narrative, but also sound as if they would have fit within the confines of the aforementioned 2018 album.

Both tracks are basically pop music, but with a little bit of a Satanic twist.  Something that Ghost do very well.

By themselves, the tracks could be viewed as “leftovers” or “studio out-takes” easily enough, but watch the accompanying video for Kiss the Go-Goat for the backstory – within the greater storyline, the material shines.

7/10

Review by Shayne McGowan.

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