Hear that? Those are the agonized groans of the Blocland metal establishment over this post. But I won’t be deterred. I have a soft spot for Ghost’s brand of goofy pop-metal and commitment to their absurd and campy shtick.

And so I present to you the band’s new single, “Rats.” It’s what you’d expect from Papa Emeritus and the ghoul gang, a a straight-forward rocker about, presumably, an apocalyptic rodent infestation: “This devastation left your cities to be burned / never to return … Them filthy rodents are still coming for your souls / Never to let go.” Jeepers! I despise rats and all other burrito-sized rodents, so this is startlingly effective. Also, the chorus kinda reminds me of the Flash Gordon theme song.

While Panopticon’s The Scars of Man… might be my favorite metal album of the year, I occasionally need a break from the intensity and melancholy with something that’s unapologetically silly. Ghost scratches that itch while writing damn good tunes.

Their fourth album, Prequelle, is out on June 1.

  • DFrye

    I’ve been round and round with these guys and now I’m back for more. Crawling out of the cellar to invade your privacy. It’s what I wanted, man.

    • DFrye

      I upvote myself. That’s a masturbation analogy.

      • Black Antlers

        Well they don’t let you choke your chicken at the ‘gum.

        • Cooolin

          Fascists.

  • Black Antlers

    I think someone’s put, what I presume is a tribute, to Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X in the centre of the artwork. Who says we don’t do high culture at Blocland?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ec1746500e693e792a732103ca0a27b25a9de394e97a5dee9f999a7c6636e05.jpg

    • Cooolin

      Hey, that’s nifty! Now come join us for afternoon wine, cheese, and looking at Renaissance paintings of babies in the conference room.

  • lobster man

    You do you, boo boo

    • Cooolin

      Only Doris is allowed to call me that.

  • Blochead4real

    I like to think of Lucy pulling the ball out from under Charlie Brown’s feet when this song plays

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