It’s official, Ghost have won Best Metal Performance at the 2016 Grammys.  The win comes for the single, “Cirice” off their latest album, Meliora.  There was definitely some serious competition from Slipknot to Lamb of God but they pulled through with the win.  It’s a shame that the win was not part of the publicized Grammy show, but I cannot say that I’m surprised.  It is the way the cookie crumbles as they say but I never lose hope that it will change.

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If you are wondering why Ghost won this award then you should definitely see them live.  It’s a different experience all together and many people come away with a different opinion of them.  They will embark on another US tour starting in April and participate in various festivals throughout the summer.

As with all things, there is a love/hate relationship with these mysterious guys from Sweden.  Some people think they are just a sideshow act with no real talent while others are completely devout.  I have had the good fortune of seeing and photographing Ghost live and for that I am extremely grateful.  Their energy is unparalleled and watching them play I always think of Franz Liszt’s, “Dante Symphony.”  A flurry of demons, swirling through the various levels of hell.  All of this led by a frontman with no shortage of charisma, wit, or showmanship.

I will say plainly I am a fan but my personality does not allow me to become starstruck nor feel the need to tattoo a grucifix on my person.  After all, at the end of the day, when they step off stage and remove their masks, they are just people.  But as a fellow artist, I respect what they do.

Of course, the mystery is intriguing, that is the point.  Having written thesis papers on the psychological aspects of the use of masks in art and music, I enjoy seeing it in the flesh so to speak.  I love seeing the effect if has on the public, both with the ones that love them and the ones filled with revulsion.  Like everything else, people fear what they do not understand and that in and of itself should be worth a long discussion for another day.

I do think what Ghost is doing is important.  Where it will go, I have no idea but I look forward to seeing what else they come up with.  They seem to have no shortage of ideas and seeing the evolution of the band is nothing short of intriguing.

 

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