While they’ve done a short U.S. tour before, Ghost was set to make their true North American debut by playing almost a month’s worth of dates with Enslaved and Alcest. Unfortunately, that’s not to be, as the band just announced that they’ll miss the tour due to last-minute complications with visas. Here’s the band’s statement from their Facebook page.
Everybody, Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour. We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, Enslaved and Alcest. And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans. This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you. Our most malicious of wishes /A Nameless Ghoul
First of all, that’s a real bummer. Their debut album, Opus Eponymous, is a great album that appears to have picked up steam since its release. When you’ve got both James Hetfield and Philip Anselmo wearing your shirts, it’s a pretty good indication that your band is gaining popularity. But at the same time, OF COURSE you’re going to run into visa problems. “Of course Nameless Ghoul is my real name. No, no I don’t have a home address, I’m a ghoul. Body scan? No, I’m not taking this cloak off.”
And despite the loss of Ghost, Enslaved and Alcest alone is a pretty enticing package. We’re not sure if there will be any additions to the tour, but we’re psyched for the New York show, which will feature Brooklyn symphonic doom metal band Fin’amor.