Ghost release new song "Secular Haze"
Track from forthcoming second album available as free download
It goes without saying that the follow-up to Ghost’s outstanding 2010 debut album Opus Eponymous will be one of the most anticipated metal albums of 2013, especially seeing how the band signed a very lucrative deal with Loma Vista Recordings, the new record label formed by former Warner Bros. Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley, and enlisted producer Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Rush) to helm the as-of-yet untitled album.
Just in time for the holidays, the Satan-loving Swedes have served up a song from that record as a teaser. With its twisted cabaret organ melody and riff nicked from King Diamond’s “Welcome Home”, “Secular Haze” is a distinct change in direction, more of a mood piece compared to the very hook-oriented Opus Eponymous. It’s a decent track, but the fact that it was chosen as the first song for the public to hear feels troubling. Ghost and Loma Vista have a lot riding on the new album, and if this is its main “focus track”, then it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the record. But I remain stubbornly optimistic, and will reserve judgment until I hear the entire thing.