Having formed in 2008, the ‘70s-inspired Swedish stalwarts
Ghost barely scrape their way onto this list.
Their position here at number ten is secured by their sheer success.
The Satanic six-piece are a sensation all over the metal-loving world, their
decade-long career already heralding more crowd-popping hits and festival
headline slots than anyone could count.
It all comes thanks to their simple yet genius music and
appearance. Ghost possess enthralling tunes that mix the old-school heaviness
of Blue Öyster Cult with the subversive tint of metal and the melodies of modern
radio rock. Their look, meanwhile, is in a league of its theatrical own: their vibrant
and antitheistic “devil church” gimmick is bolstered by an undying dedication
to the weird and wacky, resulting in gigs and music videos that captivate the eye
just as much as the ear.
The end result speaks for itself. Three albums in and with
many, many more surely on the way, Ghost feel unstoppable. They’re that perfect
mix of charmingly simple and unpredictably forward-thinking, and, as a result,
have found the affection of both hardened rock ‘n’ roll traditionalists and
young, hungry metalheads. Bombastic and constantly creative, they’re a true
treat for all of the senses.