Opus Eponymous (Rise Above / Metal Blade)



Opus Eponymous (Metal Blade/Rise Above)

Satan-happy Swedes led by demon pope the Ghoul with No Name debut a delicate masterwork. The opening church recital turns into an organ-broiled power chord and bass pile driver with Catholic school harmonies, some demon seed of late-1960s swinging London: Syd Barrett leading members of Deep Purple and the Zombies. Psych-pop jewel "Ritual" imagines a Summer of Love Def Leppard, while "Stand by Him" and its monastic chorus ("It's the night of the witch") would've been the follow-up hit.


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