The Swedish satanic pranksters have done it again! It seems that the anonymous members of Ghost have a fondness of classic pop tunes. Previously they covered The Beatles‘ “Here Comes The Sun” in a frankly, genius and hilarious way. Seeing them play that song live is a true sight to behold!
Ghost have attempted to recapture the magic by releasing a new cover of a classic ABBA track “I’m a Marionette“. Now, readers may not know this, but I’m actually a huge fan of classic pop (when pop musicians still cared about their music and wrote their own songs). This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who are aware of ABBA’s meteoric popularity in Sweden, with even famed metal musicians from that region citing the predominantly disco group as an important influence in their own music.
Despite what some of you hardcore metalheads may realize; ABBA have some truly great material and I’ve always had a soft spot for this particular song. As such, while I appreciate Ghost bringing their methodical doomy-ness and The Cardinal’s pleasant crooning voice, I have to say that it pales in comparison to the original. The Ghost vibe has a strong gothic, creepy edge to it, which is certainly in contrast to the original. It works, but when you put it up against the frantic ABBA version it feels like a lot is lost in translation. When it gets to the epic ABBA chorus I can truly picture all of these marionettes having their strings tugged violently and frantically around. It may be strange to think that the group famous for “Mamma Mia” could be considered as creating more frantic music than a metal band, but there you go.
Here are both versions of the song, my preference for ABBA could well be do to my own musical tastes, so see what you make of it! The Ghost version features special guest Dave Grohl behind the drumkit!
Ghost’s second album, Infestissumam is due for release this spring via Metal Blade and Rise Above Records
Honestly, between this and the other song released from the album “Secular Haze”, my expectations have been tempered somewhat for this release. It’s not bad music by any stretch of the imagination, it just seems to focus more on the keyboards and less on the hard hitting, great riffs Opus Eponymous was built on. Hopefully I’m wrong.