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Two things that I've covered extensively over the years are Ghosbusters and the band Ghost. Now, aside from the name and some creepy overtones, the two don't really have much in common, though there was a pretty fantastic crossover parody image done for a "No Ghosts Logos" art show back in 2015. But what would happen if Tobias and the crew from the band Ghost did a cover of Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme? Watt White just answered that question with a fantastic cover/mashup/parody that gives us a clear picture of what "Papa" and the gang would sound like rockin' the theme with a bonus verse from Bobby Brown's Ghostbusters II jam, "On Our Own." Check it out...

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As I sit here in my office at Rock Father HQ, there's a few bottles of Robinson's Iron Maiden Trooper Beer - regular, the sold-out "Trooper 666," and the new "Red 'N' Black" Porter (which I haven't tried yet) in the cooler nearby. Is it wrong to want a sip at 8:30am? That's sorta where I'm at right now as news just hit my inbox that IRON MAIDEN is bringing The Book Of Souls World Tour back to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. After kicking off a string of 14 sold-out shows in the U.S. and Canada last February, the tour spawned a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe. Now, the tour returns - and with one of my favorite current bands in direct support: GHOST.

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By now it should be little secret to readers of this site that GHOST is one of my favorite current bands. After three fantastic albums and an EP, the band has just-announced that their POPESTAR EP will hit the streets this Friday, September 16, 2016. Consisting of four cover songs and one new original track, a new installment of "The Summoning" has been issued to serve as a preview of this week's release...

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As I sit in my office working tonight, I can hear the GRAMMY telecast faintly emitting from the TV in the family room. I have no idea what's happening, but I do know that the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences got two things right tonight - GHOST took home their first GRAMMY, winning "Best Metal Performance" with "Cirice"; and Tim Kubart snagged his first statue as well, winning "Best Children's Album" with HOME. Sure, it's two completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but they're the ones I ride most! On one hand, you have a host of Sprout's SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW, and on the other... the act that's brought The Dark Lord back to the pop charts in a way we haven't seen in years. It's a win-win.

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When it comes to spooky music that's perfect for Halloween, but not really intended for Halloween, I have a bunch of go-to bands for the season.  SLAYER is a big Fall favorite, as are THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE, ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER, etc. They're bands that have a certain "vibe" about them that fits - and they're all completely different from one another, yet still utterly perfect. The latest to fill that niche is one of my favorite contemporary acts, GHOST. This Swedish act seemingly rose from nowhere to become an increasingly recognized name - with a "Satanic" image both creepy and nonthreatening at the same time, putting forth three albums of excellence over the course of the past five years. Fronted by the Pope-esque Papa Emeritus on OPUS EPONYMOUS (2010), Papa Emeritus II on INFESTISSUMAM (2013) and the current Papa Emeritus III on 2015's MELIORA, GHOST, their mainstream infiltration found them debuting at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 last month with the release of their latest album. Indeed, an audience is listening... and if you're not, it's time to start. GHOST secures a place here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.

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Tuesday, September 22 2015 09:40

Listen to a GHOST Bonus Track called "Zenith"

It's not secret that GHOST's MELIORA is one of my favorite albums of 2015, and today I'm sharing a bonus track that's new to me, and possibly new to you (despite appearing on YouTube last month). "Zenith" is available on select vinyl releases of MELIORA, and thus far has not received an official digital release. There's several videos and streams floating around out there, many of which claim to be "better" quality, but from what I can tell based on some of the trademark vinyl "hiss" and "pop" present in all of them - they seem to come from the same source. To me, the analog vibe adds to the mystic of this one - a track that sounds both vintage and modern at once. Have a listen...

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