What better way to spend Valentine’s day than with the thunderous sounds of Ghost and Volbeat. The crowd at the Peterson Events Center was treated to an evening of great music and stunning visuals.
The evening started out with the husband-and-wife duo who make up the band Twin Temple. The self-proclaimed satanic doo-wop got the crowd going and set the tone for the evening.
Billed as a co-headlining tour Volbeat took the stage first and delivered a rocking 80-minute set. The band hailing from Denmark is supporting their latest release Servant of the Mind”. Much like the band Social Distortion their studio material transforms into something much more intense live. Sounding like a cross between Jonny Cash and Metallica, Michael Poulsen and crew tore up the stage with standouts “Seal the Deal”, “Lola Montez”, “Wait a Minute My Girl”, which featured a piano and saxophonist joining the band, and of course the song “Doc Holiday”.
After a lengthy stage switch the lights dimmed and the incense started burning. Ghost took the stage with the track “Kaisarion” which is from their forthcoming album Impera, (due March 11th). Papa Emeritus IV (front man Tobias Forge) and the nameless ghouls too the stage to thunderous cheers. Dressed in a jacket and pants and not the usual priest’s garb the latest Forge commanded the stage. Backed by the nameless ghouls – now with steampunk inspired masks – he led the crowd through “Rats”, “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” and of course the ever crowd pleasing “Cirice”. The only other song from the new album they played was the great “Hunter’s Moon”, which was also featured in last summers movie Halloween Kills.
Ghost has come a long way and they keep getting bigger. The new album is already promising to be a huge hit. The tour continues through the spring, but I’m sure they will hit a new tour cycle when the new album drops.