Infestissumam - Ghost B.C.
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    If the Devil really does have all the best tunes, he's loaned a few of them to Ghost B.C. [6 Apr 2013, p.55]
  2. Apr 23, 2013
    80
    No new ground is being broken here, of course, but Ghost's atavistic glee results in as refreshing a sound as can be heard in 2013.
  3. May 7, 2013
    70
    While Ghost B.C. could certainly use a little added variety, both musically and lyrically (maybe Satan could sit out as lyricist for like five songs on their next record), there’s plenty here to admire.
  4. 70
    All the elements that make Ghost who they are in place on Infestissumam; they're just surrounded by the sound of the band trying new things, some of which work better than others.
  5. Apr 18, 2013
    70
    The classic heavy metal and surf rock elements that made their debut so appealing are intact, with some additional psychedelia and more driving, intense guitar riffs.
  6. Apr 18, 2013
    70
    Whatever Ghost's intentions, they've definitely managed to carve out a niche within the increasingly fragmented world of heavy metal, and while purists may revile them for their insolence, it's their insubordination that ultimately earns them a place in the genre.
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    60
    The results are intricately plotted, if not as instantly bewitching.
  8. Apr 18, 2013
    60
    Though not nearly as stunning as its predecessor, Infestissumam still has excellent moments, many courtesy of the rhythm section.
  9. Apr 18, 2013
    60
    Even though Infestissumam isn’t a masterpiece by any means, this infernal troupe has written an interesting if not immediate record that while lacking the translucent hooks of its eponymous predecessor, shows that the shrouded conjurers of Ghost B.C. have plenty of tricks left under their black robes.
  10. Apr 18, 2013
    58
    [Producer Nick] Raskulinecz brightens the band until the mystery and suspense disappear, turning these evil thoughts into baubles that sound safe enough for big money and rock radio.
  11. 50
    Ghost’s sophomore effort, however, is more of a lateral movement than an improvement, and for a band whose songs rely on falsetto and choruses, the absence of memorable melodies on Infestissumam is an eternal sin.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 3, 2013
    7
    Ghost if proof that people will ignore sound if it looks cool; The band is getting sooo much hype as if it's the second comming (religious pun intended). I was led to listen to them because it's getting lot of praise on the metal scene. Well, at least Papa Emeritus has a distinct vocal style and he doesn't scream like you would spect. Seeing some live videos, he uses backtracks since all his parts are multi-layered vocals. That kinda sucks. But again, he has his own style. Musicianship tough is very sub-par, sounding sometimes like a garage band and there's no guitar solos (not any memorable at least). I am giving this an 7 out of 10 because the songs are catchy and it has great potential, and it's maybe the best new faces we're seeing. But listen to Mercyful Fate if you want pure evil ass-kicking. "he was born on a cemetery, under the sign of the moon...." m/ Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2013
    10
    This is in my opinion album of the year. You will not find more catchy rock tunes anywhere. Pretty darker than dark lyrics, but that has its charm when combined with those sweet melodies. Full Review »
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    10
    Fantastic sophomore album by the worlds most compelling, new metal band. Many will expect opus eponymous dues, but ghost has managed to please their fa base with something different but with the same quality of their debut. Full Review »