Black mass in the town hall. 3,000 fans rocked out on the ”Impera Tour” of make-up and mask rockers Ghost.
Vienna. In March, the Swedish heavy metal rockers from Ghost stormed to the top of the Austria Top 40 with their CD “Impera”, a brutal concept album about the rise and inevitable fall of empires. On Wednesday they celebrated the chart triumph with 3,000 Fans – 95% of them dressed in black – in the Wiener Stadthalle. As a hard rock mass in front of a setting of oversized church windows and with terrifying disguises.
From the opener “Kaisarion”, which was only ignited after three clerical intros, to the finale “Square Hammer”, lead singer Tobias Forge, who now acts as Papa Emeritus IV and put a lot of Kiss-like make-up on his face, his with welding goggles and hoses, the mid(e)t musicians “Nameless Ghouls” masked with a driving mix of brutal hits, hellfire fountains, sprawling guitar solos and witty announcements, such as: “This is a song that starts small and harmless and then you’re totally in bites your ass!” to “ritual”
As a highlight, Forge dressed up as a rock high priest for “Call Me Little Sunshine”. Liturgical robe and bishop’s cap included. In addition there was dollar rain to “Mummy Dust”. For the finale, before the sing-along radio hit “Dance Macabre”, the Metallica cover “Enter Sandman” was also sung. A hell of a pleasure.