Ghost, Prequelle, Limited Edition Tangerine Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Loma Vista, 2023

“Prequelle” is the fourth studio album by the Swedish rock band Ghost, released on June 1, 2018. The record showcases the band’s signature blend of heavy metal and hard rock, with elements of pop and classic rock influences. The album is conceptual in nature, delving into themes of death, plague, and the downfall of society.

“Prequelle” features a diverse range of musical styles, from catchy and anthemic tracks like “Rats” and “Dance Macabre” to more atmospheric and melodic songs like “Faith” and “Life Eternal.” The album incorporates haunting and theatrical instrumentations, including powerful guitar riffs, melodic keyboards, and the distinctive and enigmatic vocals of frontman Tobias Forge, known as “Papa Emeritus” or “Cardinal Copia.”

Lyrically, the album explores mortality and the concept of the Black Death in a metaphorical and symbolic way. It presents a narrative that centers around the rise of the plague and its impact on society, drawing parallels to contemporary issues.

“Prequelle” was met with critical acclaim upon its release, praised for its infectious melodies, dynamic songwriting, and thematic depth. It achieved commercial success, reaching high chart positions in several countries. The album solidified Ghost’s status as one of the most captivating and innovative bands in the modern rock and metal scene.