If You Like Ghost’s Impera, Listen to These Albums
From heavy metal pioneers to modern metal innovators, these recommendations touch upon all of the elements that fans love about Ghost.
Ghost’s latest album was released in March 2022 and it quickly became one of the most collected metal albums of the year on Discogs. The band has become known for their provocative imagery and use of prosthetic masks, makeup, and hooded robes onstage. When you listen to Impera, you can hear a variety of influences that include the new wave of British heavy metal, doom metal, stoner rock, and arena rock of the ’70s and ’80s. Despite the controversial themes of their music and image, Ghost has crafted a metal record with enough pop sensibilities to attract the attention of all types of music fans across the globe. If you’re looking for more memorable metal, Ghost may inspire you to listen to bands like Iron Maiden, King Diamond, or Mastodon.
Mastodon’s progressive sound incorporates elements of different metal subgenres and their effective use of clean singing has helped their popularity grow substantially over the last several years. Their most recent albums are melodic masterpieces, but many Mastodon fans would recommend you start with Leviathan, a concept album based on Moby Dick. If you are looking for something a little more aggressive than Ghost, Leviathan might be the album for you.
by Iron Maiden
As pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden’s influence cannot be understated. Their 1984 album Powerslave has the operatic vocals, driving bass lines, and iconic twin-guitar attack that Iron Maiden is known for. However, it’s the epic 13-minute closer “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” that showed just how ambitious they could be. Once you’ve finished Powerslave, you may find yourself craving some Ghost.
by King Diamond
It’s hard to see photos of the members of Ghost and not think of King Diamond. With white and black face paint, a powerful vocal range, and elaborate stage setups, King Diamond can easily be viewed as a direct influence on Ghost. Early on, Ghost was often compared to King Diamond’s band Mercyful Fate. Even though King Diamond has dismissed the comparisons, those interested in the darker side of Ghost may find a new favorite album by listening to King Diamond’s Abigail.
by Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
The stoner rock swagger and vocal stylings found on Wasteland may be pleasing to the ear for Ghost fans, especially if you’ve been looking for something a little more stripped down. The doom metal riffs throughout the album and the doomier elements of Ghost’s songwriting contain a few sonic similarities. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats’ sound has evolved over time and their most recent efforts showcase some 1970s pop influences that may remind you of Ghost.
by Zeal & Ardor
Based on feedback from a 4chan thread, musician Manuel Gagneux was inspired to combine black metal and African-American spirituals in an attempt to expand his creativity. From this experiment, Zeal And Ardor was born. Gospel melodies and black metal shrieks make for a one-of-a-kind listen that is much more cohesive than it may sound. If you’re a Ghost fan that likes your metal soulful and unconventional, give Stranger Fruit a spin.
With the release of Desolation, Khemmis began to reach a wider audience with help from respected metal label Nuclear Blast. With clean vocals and a mix of doom, heavy metal, death metal, and black metal, the music of Khemmis has a broad appeal. Fans of Ghost may take to Khemmis’ evolution of the stoner doom sound and find themselves singing along after only a few listens.
About These Recommendations
The Discogs community is always searching for new music, especially songs that are similar to your favorite artists and albums – which is why Discogs is recommending albums to fans of 2022’s most purchased, most coveted, and most talked-about records.
These recommendations were selected through a unique combination of Discogs data, music charts, streaming numbers, algorithm proposals, and human curation to provide listeners like you with something new to explore.
Popular picks were determined by Discogs Wantlist and Collection additions, as well as commonly connected styles and artists in the Database. Eccentric picks were based on sonic similarity, artistic influences, and other music discovery tools. Select albums also include a personal recommendation from another related artist.