Ghost B.C.'s Album Delayed After CD Manufacturers Refuse to Print Blasphemous Art

One piece of 'Infestissumam' artwork deemed too sacrilegious [from Spin]

Swedish doom-metallers Ghost B.C. are no strangers to controversy thanks to their papal costumes and blasphemous musical content (and ABBA covers). However, Papa Emeritus II and the band of Nameless Ghouls might have finally pushed the envelope too far. The band's upcoming album Infestissumam — one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013 — was scheduled to come out April 9th, but instead it has been pushed back a week to April 16th. The reason for the delay: Four — four! — compact disc manufacturers have refused to print a piece of artwork that was destined for the deluxe version of the new album. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, forcing Ghost B.C. to quickly come up with an alternate plan.

"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."

In order to avoid delaying the album release any longer, Ghost B.C. opted to reuse the CD art found on the standard edition of their album. The artwork, a collaboration between Polish artist Zbignew Bielak II and a Nameless Ghoul, is key to an elaborate deluxe package that features each song's lyrics accompanied by a illustration to form a narrative within the music. The controversial art can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the Infestissuman CD. "Vinyl manufacturers don't have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe." facturers don't have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe."

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