Ghost Bring Their Ritual To Webster Hall

Swedish buzz band Ghost bring their tour to a very sold out Webster Hall

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Swedish buzz band Ghost bring their tour to a very sold out Webster Hall. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Three piece California based band Ides of Gemini opened the show and set the tone of a dark atmosphere. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ides of Gemini's bassist and lead vocalist Sera Timms. The group has dim lighting which served their music well. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rounding out the group is drummer Kelly Johnston. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Before Ghost went on, their crew pumped the stage (and the entire venue) with an insane amount of fog. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ghost's vocalist Papa Emeritus II walks out and greets the crowd. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Anonymity is a key component of the band, and all the other members are known as Nameless Ghouls and identified only by symbols. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Due to legal issues, the band had to change their name to Ghost B.C. in the United States, however they've insisted that the B.C. is silent and will only refer to themselves as Ghost. Photos by Michel Dussack
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A Nameless Ghoul playing bass while hidden behind a hooded robe and mask. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Papa Emeritus II proved to be a rather charismatic frontman who frequently reached out to grab the audiences' outstretched hands, all while staying in character. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Overall, there are five Nameless Ghouls on stage. Pictured here is one of two guitarists for the band. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Musically, the band recalls early metal and rock groups such as Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. Photos by Michel Dussack
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A Nameless Ghoul playing keyboards and synthesizers made to sound like an organ. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ghost played a 14 song set that drew from both of their studio albums about equally. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Early on, the band's first single "Elizabeth" set the crowd into a frenzy, and newer single "Secular Haze" continued the energy. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The last of the Nameless Ghouls, this one the drummer for the group. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ghost have received support and acclaim from several high profile musicians including Metallica's James Hetfield and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, the latter of which played drums on one of the bonus tracks on Ghost's latest album "Infestissumam." Photos by Michel Dussack
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Adding to the ambiance of the show was the backdrop behind the band that looked like a church and incense burning all around the stage. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Ghost closed out their main set with single "Year Zero" and "Ritual", but quickly returned to the stage for a one song encore. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The last song of the night was "Monstrance Clock", which features a singalong chorus of "Come together, together as one," and from that it's easy to come to the conclusion that although the band has a polarizing affect on people, they're just doing what every other band does - uniting people through their music. Photos by Michel Dussack
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