In case Infestissumam just wasn’t enough Ghost to satisfy you in 2013, dig this: according to The PRP and Metal Insider, on November 20 the Swedish ghouls will release a covers EP, If You Have Ghost, as a 12? vinyl and a bonus CD on a new super-duper deluxe edition the aforementioned Infestissumam.
Furthermore, the covers were all recorded Dave Grohl, presumably as part of the sessions which produced Ghost’s version of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette,” which served as an Infestissumam B-side.
Further furthermore (furthermorer?), the EP’s de facto title track — a cover of Roky Erickson’s “If You Have Ghosts” — has now leaked online.
In addition to these two tracks, the EP will feature covers of Depeche Mode’s “Waiting for the Night” (pretty much every metal musician I’ve ever met has a secret or not-so-secret love of Depeche Mode) and Army of Lovers’ “Crucified,” as well as a live recording of “Secular Haze.”
I think Ghost are one of those bands that usually do covers right — they make the songs their own, and don’t just record rote re-creations. Combine that with Grohl’s involvement, and, well, yeah, I’m pretty darn to curious to hear this thing… particularly the Army of Lovers cover, because the original is so incredibly un-metal that it just begs for a total overhaul. Fingers crossed that this ends up being really cool!