Ghost’s ‘Dance Macabre’ gets Carpenter Brut remix

With 15 million streams worldwide, “Dance Macabre” already is one of the most popular tracks from “Prequelle,” the new album from Grammy Award-winning Swedish rock band Ghost.  But now, “Dance Macabre” is reborn with a remix by the eclectic and mysterious French synthwave band Carpenter-Brut.  You can check out the track and its companion animated visual below. 

“I’ve been a big fan of Ghost since their beginning,” said Carpenter Brut, “and when I had the opportunity to open for the band in 2016, I was super excited. Last April, I received an email from Tobias himself asking if I would remix ‘Dance Macabre,’ and of course I accepted. I wanted to bring a funky and disco touch, not just confine myself to the pure synthwave style that would have been expected, but to make this remix a disco rock song and bring out the pop side of the band that is always underlying in their music.”

The Carpenter Brut remix crosses Ghost into the realm of dance music by injecting an infectious energy into a song that stays true to the album’s overall theme of the Black Plague that took place in 14th century Europe. The plague spread rapidly, killing people within days of being infected. At the time, local inns, taverns and brothels thrived as the populace knew there was no tomorrow, so they danced and partied, celebrating the End of Days.

Tobias Forge, Ghost’s mastermind, is a longtime Carpenter Brut fan, having invited them to fill the support spot on Ghost’s fall 2016 tour. Forge always felt “Dance Macabre” was a song he wanted to do a remix of, and Carpenter Brut was his first choice.

The “Dance Macabre” Carpenter Brut remix comes on the heels of Ghost’s record-setting run at U.S. rock radio, where “Rats,” the lead single from “Prequelle,” just completed its ninth consecutive week at number one, the longest-running track to top that chart this year.

Ghost will headline a sold-out concert on Sept. 9 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, certainly on every musician’s bucket list. The bandthen will set off on its “A Pale Tour Named Death” fall North American tour that starts Oct. 25 in Dallas, Texas. The trek includes two headline arena shows, The Forum in Los Angeles and New York City’s Barclays Center. The complete itinerary is as follows

9    Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
25   The Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
26   Cox Business Center Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
29   Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY
30   Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
31   Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
1    Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
2    Peoria Civic Center – Theatre, Peoria, IL
3    The Sylvee, Madison, WI
4    Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
6    Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, NE
8    Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
9    Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso, TX
10   Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
12   Spreckels Theatre, San Diego, CA
13   Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, CA
15   City National Civic Center, San Jose, CA
16   The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
17   The Joint @ the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
19   Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, TX
20   Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
21   Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, LA
23   Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Walt Disney Theatre, Orlando, FL
24   The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach, FL
25   Ruth Eckert Hall, Clearwater, FL
27   North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
29   Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL
30   Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA
1    Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
2    Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
4    Dominion Energy Center, Richmond, VA
5    F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA
7    Place Bell, Laval, QC Canada (Montreal)
8    Sony Centre for the Performng Arts, Toronto, ON
10    The Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11    Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA (Philly)
13    Palace Theater, Albany, NY
14    Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
15    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Cardinal Copia and the Nameless Ghouls (photo by Mikael Eriksson)

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