Ghost Brings The Devil In The Details To Loveland, Colorado [Review + Photos]

 

The devil was in the details Monday night when Swedish metaler’s Ghost brought a mighty two-hour performance – also known as “the ritual” – to the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO. Whether is was the makeshift “sanctuary” stage, nefarious outfits or the not-so-subtle religious undertones that run through nearly every song, it’s clear the band was out to deliver one wicked show. And then some.

Vocalist Tobias Forge has taken on multiple incarnations over the past decade. This time around the ever-evolving frontman traded out his wayward Pope ensemble for something a little more understated. But no less commanding. Part religious dignitary, part pimped-out cavalier, Cardinal Copia was a man on the move. Packing back and forth across the stage. Dramatically gesturing. And ultimately engaging his “congregation” to sing along every chance they got. The crowd responded in kind, and the result was an energetic chorus that persisted throughout the evening.

Flanked on both sides by the trademark ‘Ghouls’ and ‘Ghoulettes’, the Cardinal wasted little time getting things off and running. “Rats” was first on deck. Followed by a mix of cuts from various albums including “Mary on a Cross,” “Cirice,” “From the Pinnacle to the Pit” and “He Is.” Ghost then capped off their 20 song set with the fitting fist-pounder that is “Square Hammer.”