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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Swedish metal band was produced by Tom Dalgety.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. 90
    Every Ghost album thus far has had a very distinct identity, and its hard to pick a favorite, but it’s safe to say that Prequelle is their most accomplished work yet.
  2. 90
    There’s a surprisingly thoughtful plague-themed concept running throughout, which, if you care to dig deep enough, equates the sins of the medieval church with today’s societal ills. All this elevates Ghost above the herd, placing them in the sacred company of Blue Öyster Cult and Marilyn Manson.
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    90
    Prequelle is particularly special. It subverts metal clichés; it has a strong sense of history, but at the same time it searches for new ideas within that framework. Underneath the catchy melodies and snazzy artwork, Forge and his band have created one of the cleverest heavy metal records in recent memory.
  4. Kerrang!
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    From gritty social commentary to '80s metal cheese and retro-futuristic space rock, this is an album that sees Ghost spreading their dark wings. [2 Jun 2018, p.53]
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 1, 2018
    80
    It's all quite ridiculous and lots of fun. [Jul 2018, p.111]
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    70
    There's a maturity (and a lightness) to the music that's more sophisticated than the usual dreck that their radio competition pumps out.
  7. Jun 7, 2018
    61
    “Rats” and “Witch Image” get their strength from smoldering licks and stacked harmonies plucked from the Ozzy Osbourne playbook, providing metalheads with a welcome break from all the mid-tempo durdling. Given the unremarkable tracks that follow it--particularly “Helvetesfönster,” an ostentatious, baroque instrumental reminiscent of Medieval Times muzak--the latter might as well be the record’s closer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    This an is an absolute masterpiece. Although Prequelle deviates from their previous sound, Ghost has come to be a band that does not stand toThis an is an absolute masterpiece. Although Prequelle deviates from their previous sound, Ghost has come to be a band that does not stand to be defined by just one style. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2018
    10
    ghost is back again with an album that proves that their one of the best metal bands out there right now
  3. Jun 2, 2018
    10
    A strong addition to the Ghost collection. This is an album built for live performances - almost every song is something you'll want to singA strong addition to the Ghost collection. This is an album built for live performances - almost every song is something you'll want to sing along with in a live setting when it's loud enough to vibrate in your chest. I first saw Ghost live opening for Iron Maiden and it reminds me of Maiden's songs that thousands of new fans and old can join in on together. The style defies a single descriptor - but whether you want to call them metal or not, it's fun to listen to. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    9
    The perfect sequel to Ghost's legacy. Heavy and catchy, modern and ancient.
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    9
    It may be at first difficult to swallow the slow and pseudo-calm songs, but having the concept of the album in mind makes perfect sense. DeathIt may be at first difficult to swallow the slow and pseudo-calm songs, but having the concept of the album in mind makes perfect sense. Death and Survival, Medieval ages. It fits perfectly.
    The only thing I miss is one more heavy song because the album kinda feels short, but the rhythm is perfectly measured . The album is the storm and the calm all at once.
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  6. Jun 2, 2018
    9
    Prequelle is the fourth album by Tobias Forge's project Ghost, and is a band I have a bit of a connection with. Their song "Square Hammer" wasPrequelle is the fourth album by Tobias Forge's project Ghost, and is a band I have a bit of a connection with. Their song "Square Hammer" was my gateway into the world of Metal, and for that I am eternally grateful. That being said, I was incredibly excited when Prequelle was announced. Finally I'd be able to see one of my favourite bands release an album, finally I'd be able to take part in the hype. The question is now, did it deliver?

    Prequelle is heavy in theme and light in sound. I will say that right off the bat, this is less metal and more hard rock. Too many metal elitists have been ripping this album to shreds for not being heavy enough. They aren't wrong, it is light, but Prequelle was never supposed to be heavy. The lyrics are dark and haunting,as expected from Ghost, but it sounds very light, energetic and big. This is not Opus Eponymous 2.

    So, how is it for a lighter album? It's an achievement, and one I suggest all of you listen to. For one, I have no faults with the instrumentation. It is on point throughout the entire album. Faith has one of the most killer instrumental bridges, Miasma is entirely instrumental and is one of my favourite songs, which is rare as usually I skip anything that lacks vocals. Witch Image is another example of excellent guitar work. Not one instrument feels out of place.

    Lyrically, the album nearly matches the instruments, but not quite. What lyrics there are are excellent. Life Eternal's in particular are filled with sorrow emotional. They are also incredibly heavy, which allows for a lovely bit of contrast. Witch Image in particular has some of the best and darkest lyrics on the album, mixed with upbeat rifts that go together perfectly.

    So where does Prequelle falter? Primarily in repetition. Pro Memoria is the worst offender, repeating a fairly unimpressive chorus 7 times. An album of this caliber deserves more fleshed out lyrics in order to achieve a perfect 10.

    But dammit, Prequelle comes close.

    It's an energetic celebration not necessarily of death, but overcoming death, and it achieves this to near perfection, although trips simply by making a hook or two stick around for too long. It's a ride you're sure to love.

    9/10 - Incredible!

    Who should listen: Everyone who loves Rock and Roll / Metal, or hopes to get into such genres.

    Who should avoid: Metal elitists or people hoping for this to sound like Ghost's older records (Opus in particular).
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  7. Jun 5, 2018
    3
    I'm a huge fan of Ghost and was excited when Rats was released. Sure, it was different, but it's good. Unfortunately, it's the best song onI'm a huge fan of Ghost and was excited when Rats was released. Sure, it was different, but it's good. Unfortunately, it's the best song on the album & really the only one you'll put in playlists or on repeat (apparently I'm old & don't like to stream).
    As a themed album, it is good - the plague vs. the church. The lyrics are dark & the music is light. My biggest issue is this is a largely forgettable album. With the exception of one or possibly two songs, the rest will not get another listen.
    To clarify, this album isn't terrible by any means, it's just not as powerful as past Ghost albums. And no, I'm not a metal-purist looking for Opus 2.0. However, another fast-paced song (not even heavy) would've helped this album out tremendously. As it stands, I'll listen to the album in full a couple more times & then it will get left behind. Rats will be the only song making it to other playlists, including my ultimate Ghost playlist, Hail Satin! (spelled on purpose due to his pronunciation in Year Zero).
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