MoL : After three albums and two EP’s, which were all critically acclaimed, a live album was inevitable. And so Ghost releases the album ‘Ceremony And Devotion’, which was recorded during the Popestar tour. Everyone who has seen the band play live can affirm Ghost’s live shows are great. The sound is great every time and the setting has grown with the bands popularity.
On the other hand I got to say that I am a bit suspicious when it comes to live albums. Studio versions are a lot better when one wants to give a song a good listen. Also, you will not be bothered with the mandatory ‘come on [random city name]’ and that kind of things. The most annoying when it comes to live albums are the strategically placed cheers from the audience. All this can be found on ‘Ceremony And Devotion’ which obviously makes listening to it less enjoyable. The tracklist is a good collection of eighteen songs of the three albums with ‘Square Hammer’ of the Popestar EP. In that sense a good way to get to know the band, but on the other hand, there are plenty of ways to listen to the studio versions. So you do not have to buy the record for that. ‘Ceremony And Devotion’ therefor is most interesting for fans of Ghost who want to get their hands on every release. For the rest it is better to spend their hard-earned cash on a concert ticket and to experience a great live show of Ghost.