Ghost began as a gothic, Satanic metal experiment. They grew to include more pop and more humour, and while it hasn’t all been good, most of it has. In 2019, Papa Nihil and his merry band of Nameless Ghouls have returned with the kitschy single “Kiss the Go-Goat” / “Mary on a Cross”. It’s not much of a departure from their last album, the excellent Prequelle.
Look at the subtitle on the A-side of the label. “The long-lost remastered 1969 single.” That Ghost humour again.
“Kiss the Go-Goat” has a driving organ/guitar riff that is the kind of stuff recent Ghost glory has been based on. The corny chorus of “Satan, Lucifer…” is far removed from the old orthodox days of “Satan Prayer” and ante-nicean creeds. But it rocks, solidly and without embarrassment. A track this good could easily have been on Prequelle. “Mary on a Cross” doesn’t have the same impact, but is not an also-ran. It’s a little darker but the recurring organ part is perfectly piquant.
If not for the worrisome possibility (probability?) that these two songs will show up on some kind of future deluxe edition, this single would be an absolute must for all boys & girls, far & wide. In fact, it has shown up on a very very expensive edition of called Prequelle Exalted, in a disc called Seven Inches of Satanic Panic. Unless you plan on spending that kind of dough, maybe buying this single is a good option after all.