5 new bands to listen to if you love Ghost

Sonja, Ghost and Spell
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Ghost are one of the biggest success stories in metal over the last 10 years. Their unholy combination of occult rock, pop hooks, eye-catching theatrics and sly blasphemy has turned them into bona fide festival headliners. But what if you want to go beyond Tobias Forge and co and check out new music that is coming from the same place? Luckily for you, we’re here to help – here are five new bands every Ghost fan should listen to.

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Much like Tobias, Melissa Moore rose through the extreme metal underbelly then made her best music in a more melodic, nostalgic project. The Sonja frontwoman released 2022 debut album Loud Arriver, after being dismissed from black metal band Absu when she came out as trans. The album is eight songs of sexy and empowered goth/glam: rockers like Nylon Nights and Fuck Then Die exude confidence through a swaggering pace, no-nonsense songwriting and heaps of Judas Priest hooks.

Listen to: Nylon Nights


While Ghost push the influence of Blue Öyster Cult and Candlemass into a catchily blasphemous direction, Canadian duo Spell cast that sound towards magic, witchcraft and folklore. Their latest album Tragic Magic is the perfect entry point, mixing dark art of occult rock with such majestic choruses on Fever Dream, Ultraviolet and the sublimely mythical Hades Embrace. The fact that these two haven’t supported Tobias and co. yet seems ludicrous.

Listen to: Fever Dream


Like Ghost, enigmatic one-man project Sermon deal in great spiralling swathes of noise, grand atmospherics and an undercurrent of unsettling weirdness. But Him – the anonymous mastermind behind it all – has swapped retro influences for a pounding barrage of prog metal-adjacent energy. If the epic tunes on new album Of Goldern Verse don’t hook in fans of Tobias and co, then the mask undoutbedly will.

Listen to: The Great Marsh

The Abbey

It feels like Finland’s The Abbey emerged fully formed out of a portal from hell. Their cerebral, progressive doom is more complicated and their vocals are more multi-layered than Ghost’s but, but they share a religious fixation with Tobias. The Abbey’s songs are about Thelema and Pagan gods “claiming back their territory” from Christianity, while their debut album is called Word Of Sin.

Listen to: Starless

Dead Quiet

Do you like the doomy grandeur of Ghost but wish they were louder and shoutier? Dead Quiet do the opposite of what they say on the tin. Mixing stoner jams, hard rock, hulking metal and some retro organ playing, the Canadians’ rambunctious tracks sound like Tobias hopped on a Harley and wrote some riffs with Tony Iommi.

Listen to: Of Sound & Fury

Matt Mills

Louder’s resident Cult Of Luna obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.