Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore, 09/22/2015
In a few short years, Sweden’s Ghost has risen to the heights of international acclaim from both critics and audiences. With each band member adorned in matching costumes that present an image true to their moniker, vocalist Papa Emeritus III being the most distinguished with a prosthetic skull face that has been described as a form of “demonic anti-Pope,” it would be easy to dismiss Ghost as all style and no substance… that is, until one hears the band’s vicious and decidedly blasphemous brand of doom-laden Satanic gothic/metal. Ghost has performed around the world at such festivals as Download, the Maryland Deathfest, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, touring and sharing the stage with the likes of Alice in Chains, Deftones, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Iron Maiden, Slayer, and Mastadon, to name but a few. The group’s third album, 2015’s Meliora heralded Ghost’s greatest success yet, with the track “Cirice” receiving a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2016. AmbientEye Photographer Katherine Gaines was fortunate enough to catch the band on the Black to the Future tour of the United States, with the September 22 appearance at Silver Spring’s Fillmore being the very first stop. Having graciously submitted a selection of her photos for ReGen and its readers, Gaines offers us but a mere visual glimpse into Ghost’s demonic world, one that is not simply seen or heard… as this gallery shows, a Ghost show is an experience not to be missed if you have the opportunity!
All photos by Katherine Gaines – courtesy of AmbientEye Photography.