GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus III joined fellow Swedes CANDLEMASS on stage earlier today (Saturday, July 16) at the Gefle Metal Festival in Gävle, Sweden to perform the CANDLEMASS classic "Well Of Souls". Video footage and photos of his appearance can be seen below.
Earlier this year, one of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST told Weld that CANDLEMASS was an example of a Swedish band that spends an extraordinary amount of time coming up with music that is extremely dark yet very memorable and unique. He said: "[That's] very meticulous, very thought-out songwriting. Not just the sound; it was definitely very thought out.
"When you listen to a lot of American bands, be it punk rock or emo, as soon as they go into melody, their melodies just fall in a certain scale for some reason. When I hear Avril Lavigne, it's the same melodic language as many, many, many metal bands from the U.S., whereas in Northern Europe, especially Scandinavia — Sweden and Norway — we have a very old folk tradition which goes back hundred and hundreds and hundreds of years. It's very melancholy music. It's very sad. There's no blues in that at all. It's very sad, very sorrow-filled. It has more to do with classical music. Melancholic waves."
CANDLEMASS released a special 30th-anniversary EP titled "Death Thy Lover" on June 3 via Napalm. The four-track effort — which features Mats Levén on vocals — was recorded during September/October 2015 and was made available as a four-page digipack, one-LP gatefold edition and one-LP gatefold webstore edition and old-school "skull-and-cross" slipmat. The cover artwork for the EP was created by Erik Rovanperä.
GHOST's upcoming EP, which consists primarily of covers, was helmed by English producer Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with ROYAL BLOOD and KILLING JOKE, among others. More details about the effort will be made available soon.