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Ghost B.C., Ides of Gemini

9 pm, Friday April 26 | $18 advance, $20 day of show
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St.

[POP METAL FOR THE DEVIL] Faux-Satanism isn't a new concept in metal. As far back as Black Sabbath, bands have pretended to run with the devil. At least Sweden's Ghost B.C. is pretty up-front about the fact that they're just fucking around. With a singer who dresses like a demonic pope and “honors” Satan with melodies more sugar-sweet than a lot of power-pop groups, the band is too silly to be genuinely frightening. But faking it is pretty much the entire point. Its whole schtick—including its sound, a throwback to '80s British metal, with psychedelic accents, established on 2010's Opus Eponymous and continued on recent follow-up Infestissumam—seems like a commentary on the extremism of modern metal. It's easy to see where a generation of fans raised on black metal's flayed-alive screams and bludgeoning attack would find the band weak. At its core, though, Ghost resurrects an idea lost in the stern-faced, eviler-than-thou attitude of today's heavy music: Being wicked is meant to be fun.

Where: Wonder Ballroom
Phone: 284-8686
Address: 128 NE Russell St.


Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR
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