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Swedish Metal Band Ghost Changes Name to Historically Inaccurate ‘Ghost B.C.’

ghost b.c., papa emeritus II

Swedish metal band Ghost must henceforth be referred to as Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. in the U.S. because of “legal reasons.”

In an official statement announcing the name change (via Blabbermouth), the mysterious six-piece writes, “Make no mistake though. The rituals still demand the same reverence and praise, fortified through a delivery of sweetly satanic melodies, snaking distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards.” The reasoning behind the additional “B.C.” isn’t clear, but we suspect it has something to do with the other Ghost, the Japanese psych-rock band. (Also, not to split hairs, but as our own Christopher R. Weingarten pointed out on Twitter, if your lead singer dresses like the Pope, having “B.C.” in your name makes no sense.)

Ghost B.C.’s announcement also confirmed that their second album, Infestissumam (Latin for “hostile”), will emerge on April 9 via Loma Vista Recordings. Frontman Papa Emeritus II (formerly known just as Papa Emeritus) and his backing band of Nameless Ghouls have also revealed plans for a 24-date North American tour, starting with a Coachella performance on April 14. After that, the Dave Grohl-collaborators will stop by several cities in the U.S. and Canada, and wrap things up on May 19 at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival.

Scroll down to watch Ghost B.C. perform their new single, “Secular Haze,” and head down further for Infestissumam’s track list and Ghost B.C.’s upcoming tour dates.

Infestissumam track list:

1. “Infestissumam”
2. “Per Aspera Ad Inferi”
3. “Secular Haze”
4. “Jigolo Har Megiddo”
5. “Ghuleh/Zombie Queen”
6. “Year Zero”
7. “Idolatrine”
8. “Body and Blood”
9. “Depth of Satan’s Eyes”
10. “Monstrance Clock”

Ghost B.C. North American 2013 tour dates:

April 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
April 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Grand
April 26 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
April 29 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 30 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
May 1 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
May 3 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
May 6 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 7 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
May 8 – Quebec City, QC @ Theatre Petit Champlain
May 10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
May 11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
May 13 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
May 17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
May 19 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range