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  • Artist(s): Ghost
  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Swedish metal band was produced by Klas Åhlund.
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  • Record Label: Loma Vista Recordings
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop-Metal, Goth Metal, Symphonic Metal
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He Is
We're standing here by the abyss and the world is in flames. Two star-crossed lovers reaching out to the beast with many names. He is He's the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 21, 2015
    86
    With the progressive-pop-doom hybrid that Ghost have crafted on Meliora, with the occult aesthetic running in parallel to the music--is a resounding victory for the Swedish sextet and is assuredly the band's strongest album to date.
  2. Aug 21, 2015
    80
    Meliora jumps so quickly from classic hard rock to prog to glam metal it can be dizzying (and perhaps even dazzling) for listeners. What holds it all together is solid writing that sticks close to stock pop/rock methodology.
  3. 80
    Meliora is easily the sextet’s finest outing to date, a meticulously executed, artful collection of black-souled retro doom-pop, as heavy as Metallica, as melodically sophisticated as ABBA.
  4. Aug 21, 2015
    80
    Ghost isn't for everyone; they are deliberately, deliciously over the top and unapologetically dramatic, but if you dig their smoke and mirrors, then Meliora is just the indulgence you've been craving.
  5. Aug 28, 2015
    80
    It’s hard to imagine having more fun with a metal album than with Meliora.
  6. Sep 2, 2015
    80
    After something of a sophomore album slump, Ghost have come roaring back to sing the praises of Lucifer and remind us that classic heavy metal is still alive and well.
  7. Aug 21, 2015
    60
    Given the rigid stylistic direction of Meliora overall, Ghost seem to be writing for the expectations of the general metal community with songs like the stock metallic chugging of 'Absolution' and the AC/DC-baiting 'Majesty'. Such safe playing prevents Meliora from being something truly special.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 10, 2016
    10
    Amazing album with that recognizable old school sound done in Ghost style. Not a single subpar song on the album as it ends flawlessly withAmazing album with that recognizable old school sound done in Ghost style. Not a single subpar song on the album as it ends flawlessly with "Deus in Absentia" and the choir singing at the end. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2019
    10
    Very catchy hooks, superb production, and with the same cleverness that Opus Eponymous had back when Ghost was just starting out. Great albumVery catchy hooks, superb production, and with the same cleverness that Opus Eponymous had back when Ghost was just starting out. Great album and by far my favorite rock/metal band. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2015
    10
    Flawless album. Heavy lift after the tragedy that was Infestissumam. However yet far away from being Opus Eponymous.

    This album is
    Flawless album. Heavy lift after the tragedy that was Infestissumam. However yet far away from being Opus Eponymous.

    This album is fantastic, it really is. Each song have it's own tone, it's own feeling and sound. It's dark at the same time as it's melodic.
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  4. Sep 15, 2015
    9
    A lot of metal bands now have aggressive vocalists, this is not one of them. Ghost has an old school heavy metal sound. The have a unique lookA lot of metal bands now have aggressive vocalists, this is not one of them. Ghost has an old school heavy metal sound. The have a unique look and style. This I feel is their best album to date. Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2017
    9
    This album combines the accessibility and catchiness with the energy of metal resulting in a near perfect set of songs. Not really sure whyThis album combines the accessibility and catchiness with the energy of metal resulting in a near perfect set of songs. Not really sure why the critics rate it so lowly.
    Fav Tracks: "Spirit", "Cirice", "From The Pinnacle To The Pit" and "Absolution"
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  6. Jan 31, 2016
    9
    Heavy metal’s friendly satanic contingent checked in again this year with their third album, where it appears that Ghost has finallyHeavy metal’s friendly satanic contingent checked in again this year with their third album, where it appears that Ghost has finally solidified their sound. The previous two Ghost albums have been very good, but there was something about them that seemed trepidatious; as if a band that dresses in total disguise and writes metal hymnals to Satan could be holding anything back. But, after listening to “Meliora”, I’m confident that the group has now come into their own and is writing their best music. As far as influences are concerned, I’m picking up less famous doom metal acts and more traditional Catholic mass music. I feel like I’m back in church sometimes, but instead of a normal priest at the altar, there’s Papa Emeritus III commanding the congregation to sing joyful odes to The Dark One. It’s consistently heavy, awe-inspiring, theatrical, and, of course, tongue-in-cheek. Can’t wait to see what they do next. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2021
    4
    48/100

    i didnt really enjoy it. in my opinion most of the songs sounded the same. however i really liked : he is, mummy dust, square hammer

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