Metal Spotlight - "Cirice" by Ghost
Ghost have really defied the odds over the past few years. Their rise in popularity was kind of a surprise to me considering their subject matter. This band knows how to write a damn catchy tune without losing an ounce of integrity. They're poppy in the best most '70s cult-rock kinda way.
'Cirice' is the lead single off of their latest album, 'Meliora', which came out towards the tail-end of the summer last year. The album is in my eyes is pretty much a masterpiece, so if you enjoy this tune, it's highly likely you'll find much to love on the rest of the album.
I absolutely love this song and have listened to it many, many times since its release. It's a great fist-pumper, with a beautiful chorus that's very easy to get lost within. The slow build at the beginning starts with an effective acoustic guitar that intensifies slowly until the stadium-worthy main riff is unleashed. This song is impossible not to head-bang too, seriously, it should come with a whiplash warning.
The chorus is ethereal, somewhat creepy and absolutely beautiful. To think that this track was almost an instrumental is kind of scary, the chorus is that good, probably Ghost's best to date. We have producer Klas Ahlund to thank for that as he saw more potential in the track. The bridge is also phenomenal, with some stellar guitar and keyboard work. We then get one last play of the chorus, which the band wisely adds little melodic alterations to. This helps differentiate it from the first and second versions of the chorus. The final chorus is the best and most epic version of the three. Vocalist Papa Emeritus III pushes his voice the farthest hear and it's all the better for it.
If you haven't already checked this band out, this is the place to start. I had heard Ghost before, but this song was what really hooked me on them. Comment below and tell me your thoughts on 'Cirice' and Ghost!
Written by Rhys Paine on 8/4/2016