It was only a matter of time before we featured GosT on the website. As readers are likely familiar by now, I have a deep love and passion for the synthwave scene (if you’re a new reader and aren’t familiar with synthwave then click here), and GosT is one of the biggest names in that scene.
As an individual, GosT exudes mystery. Performing behind a skull mask and interviewing only with a distorted, warped voice, not much is known about the man behind the music. I personally love the theatricality which comes with such mystery, it adds another dimension to the music beyond the records themselves. This theatricality is carried over to GosT’s concerts, more of which you can read about in this week’s review.
Sonically, GosT sits on the heavier end of the spectrum, with deep bass and pulsing high-pitched tones helping to shape the framework of his sound. GosT is actually quite new to the scene, with his debut having been released only 4 years ago in 2013. Since then, GosT has been churning out music; after having released several shorter EPs he dropped the short albums Skull and GosT. At this stage, GosT’s music was far more melodic, and slightly less heavy than his current output. Check out ‘Cursed’ from Skull down below.
GosT’s official debut LP Behemoth was released in 2015, and has fast become one of the classic records in the genre. Behemoth is still dripping in melody, but features a harder edge that isn’t really seen in GosT’s earlier material: it’s a great mix of the super-heavy (‘Behemoth’) and the slower, more play full tracks (‘Without A Trace’). Check out ‘Night Crawler’ down below.
After just a year, GosT released another record, Non Paradisi, a concept album inspired by Paradise Lost which focuses on the fall of the angel Lucifer. The album is heavier still than Behemoth, and clearly shows GosT’s metal influences. Check out the incredible music video for ‘Arise’ down below.
GosT are our featured artist all this week on Good Music Matters. I had the pleasure of seeing GosT perform at the Electrowerkz in London last week, a review of which you can read here. Additionally, I was blessed to be able to speak to GosT about his music, inspirations and future as a musician. You can read that interview here.
Until next time, enjoy the – satanic heavy synthwave – music.