Who here is anxiously waiting to get their hands on the new album by Ghost B.C. titled Infestissumam? I sure as hell am, and I know Phil Anselmo from DOWN is definitely looking forward to it, but sad news is Infestissumam has been pushed back a week from the original release date.
Apparently, the Swedish doom-metallers have gone beyond the boundaries on earth, and stretched the limit too far with the artwork on the deluxe version of the new album (pictured below). According to Spin Magazine, four different disc manufacturers in North America have refused to print the artwork, forcing the ghouls from hell to dismiss the artwork completely, and as a solution, move forward with the standard edition CD art instead.
“We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” a source close to the band told SPIN. The NSFW illustration, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy, but it’s the religious iconography at the top that convinced manufacturers to turn off the printing press. Even though the Infestissumam booklets had all been printed, the band struggled to find anyone in the States to print the CD for them. “They weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'” the source said. “The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”
If you’re a metaller in Europe, or plan to buy the vinyl version of Infestissumam, then guess what? You’ll get the sacrilegious imagery as is, and won’t have to worry about it being replaced with the art from the standard edition.
Infestissumam Track Listing:
2. “Per Aspera ad Inferi”
3. “Secular Haze”
4. “Jiggalo Har Megiddo”
5. “Ghuleh/ Queen”
6. “Year Zero”
8. “Body and Blood”
9. “Depth of Satan’s Eyes”
10. “Monstrance Clock”
Infestissumam is now slated for release on April 16, 2013. Until then, you can listen to the killer single “Year Zero.”