What about the Satanism? That wasn't the problem. That's exactly what the record is about. Neither does Europe. On December 14, , the website SecularHaze. The website contained a sound clip of a new Ghost song without vocals. On the page was a clock ticking backwards and five candles, each playing one element of the new song when the user hovered over it with the mouse.
After this concert, SecularHaze. Four days later, the band announced the title of their second album, Infestissumam , along with the webpage Infestissumam. On choosing "Secular Haze" as the first single, a Ghoul said "we wanted to present a song from the new record that sort of stood on its own but without being too far off from the first record".
So do you want to do something? On March 12, , Ghost began providing fans with a free streaming of "Year Zero" if they promoted the band on Facebook , by endorsing its frontman to be elected the next Pope of the Catholic Church. A music video for the song, again directed by Amir Chamdin, was unveiled on March The song "Monstrance Clock" was offered for free streaming on April 8. It was directed by Rob Semmer, filmed at Ghost's shows at the El Rey Theatre and Webster Hall , and opens with footage of fans praising the band in a mock-confessional.
Infestissumam received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 67, which indicates "generally favorable reviews," based on 11 reviews. In a less positive review, Jon Hadusek of Consequence of Sound described the album as "pretty tame" and said that "for a band whose songs rely on falsetto and choruses, the absence of memorable melodies on Infestissumam is an eternal sin.
Infestissumam debuted at number one on Sweden's Sverigetopplistan chart, selling nearly five times as many copies as the number two album, Wolves by Miss Li.
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The title track of 'Infestissumam' immediately transports the listener into a black mass, as Ghost, along with a breathtaking choir, begin the Satanic rite with an unnerving beauty.
Another theme found throughout 'Infestissumam' is the practice of vocal progressions which refuse to resolve, creating an uneasy feel within tracks such as 'Jigolo Har Megiddo,' 'Body and Blood' and the demon-chanting 'Year Zero,' which arguably serves as the album's standout track.
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