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Ghost B.C. at Lollapalooza 2013

Starting Lollapalooza 2013 with Ghost B.C. is a bit like starting a relationship with serious bondage–it’s not for the faint of heart. Booking Ghost B.C. at all is a giant plus in my opinion, but there’s no reason for a Satanistic metal band to perform during normal business hours. So the weather compensated–or was conjured–by bringing some rain to darken the mood a little.

The entire band entered in front of a slightly average-looking (ie no serious goth kids) crowd with sweet guitar riffs and no lead singer (conjurer of the dark arts? He does have a sweet staff.). “Good day Lollapalooza.” Melodic metal. Melodic metal. Melodic metal. When you’re a metal band, no one really cares about the lead singer unless you make them. Ghost B.C. compensates with serious costumes, props and makeup. Seeing it live increases the appreciation for the noise that blares from my headphones Monday through Friday, but honesty, they’re pretty perfect in terms of reproducing their album sound

The performance is over the top and epic in a way that makes the two o’clock spot inadequate, but I would still rather see them in a closed venue where my brain will shake as opposed to a field of bros. I still can’t wrap my head around Papa Emeritus saying “thank you” to a crowd, but in the grand scheme of things I’m not gonna bitch because FUCKING GHOST B.C.

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