Ghost set to give Newcastle a dose of doom-metal

Ghost will be bringing their doom-metal to the O2 Academy tomorrow night.
Ghost will be bringing their doom-metal to the O2 Academy tomorrow night.

One of the fastest-rising heavy metal bands around will play in the North East this week as part of their first headline tour.

Ghost, whose sound was described by Rolling Stone as "somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica", will play the O2 Academy in Newcastle tomorrow.

Its visually where they are most impressive, however. Five of the group's six members wear silver masks with horns, and the vocalist appears wearing skull face paint and is dressed as a "demonic anti-Pope".

The band's members keep their identities secret and their names have not been publicly disclosed; the vocalist calls himself Papa Emeritus and the musicians are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls.

Following their headline performances on The Pit Stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals, Ghost are playing their first UK headline shows.

They were formed in Sweden in 2008, and released their third studio album Meliora this year, to critical acclaim.

It went straight to No 1 in both Sweden and Finland, made No 8 in the United States, and gave them their first Top 30 placing in the UK.