Monstrance Clock

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About Monstrance Clock

The monstrance clock, or mirror clock, is a type of clock that was developed during the Renaissance (1300AD – 1600AD). It is cross-shaped and typically either gold or silver in colour but can feature both colours. They used to play an important part in a church ritual and often incorporated sacred figures as part of the design. The clock made use of a rotating ball at the top or in the base to indicate the time of day. Monstrance clocks and crucifix clocks remained fashionable until the eighteenth century. Pop culture references include the song "Monstrance Clock" by the band Ghost. The song itself has themes of satanic ritual, rather than Renaissance-age Catholicism. 


Year:
2013
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To the sound of the monstrance clock
Air is cleansed, assembled flock
Black candles burn, all minds aligned

To the sound of the monstrance clock
Air is cleansed, assembled flock
Black candles burn, all minds aligned

As the parish sighs in smoke
Enters lady revealed of cloak
To the haunting sound of the monstrance clock
Singing

Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer's son

To the sound of the end of day
Mesmerized, the assembled sway
Black candles burn, all minds aligned

Hypnotizing horns of ram
Paralyzing pentagram
And the eerie sound of the monstrance clock
Singing

Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer's son
Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer's son
Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer's son
Come together, together as a one
Come together for Lucifer's son

Come together, together as one
Come together for Lucifer's son
Come together (come together), together as one
Come together (come together) for Lucifer's son (for Lucifer's son)
Come together (come together), together as one
Come together (come together) for Lucifer's son (for Lucifer's son)
Come together (come together), together as one
Come together (come together), forever as one (forever as one)

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Ghost

In folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghostlore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance. The belief in the existence of an afterlife, as well as manifestations of the spirits of the dead, is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and … more »

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Written by: A Ghoul Writer, Indio Marcato

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Genre Classification
"Monstrance Clock" is categorized under the genres Haunting Rock and Heavy Metal.
Release information
The song is a part of Ghost's sophomore studio album titled "Infestissumam", which was released in the year 2013.
Band Line-up Information
At the time of the song’s recording, the band Ghost was fronted by Tobias Forge under the pseudonym Papa Emeritus II.
Lyrical Theme
The song "Monstrance Clock" is heavily laced with religious and occult imagery and themes, following the general thematic direction of the band.
Song Meaning
The song deals with the theme of female empowerment through the metaphor of a ritual. It encourages unity and the concept of 'time' in its lyrics, symbolized by the "monstrance clock".
Song Length
Online sources report the studio version of the song to be 5 minutes and 53 seconds long.
Song Structure
"Monstrance Clock" employs a unique song construction, utilizing choir-like background vocals to elevate its occult theme.
Live Performance Fact
"Monstrance Clock" is a staple in Ghost's live performances. It has been typically used as a closing act in their concerts giving an eerie and haunting ending to their sets.
Cultural Impact
The song stands out as an icon of the band's identity to their fans and serves as a cult anthem in the rock and metal genres.
Album Success
"Monstrance Clock" contributed to the success of the "Infestissumam" album. The album reached #1 on the Swedish national record charts, which was a first in the history of hard/heavy rock in Sweden.
Popularity
Despite its controversial themes, "Monstrance Clock" remains one of Ghost's most popular and well-received songs, gaining international recognition.
Sing-along Tradition
During live performances, Ghost has been known to get the audience to join in singing the chorus of "Monstrance Clock". It's become part of their established concert traditions.
Music Style
Unlike typical metal bands, Ghost's performance style for "Monstrance Clock" and other tracks eschews aggressive looks for a more theatrical, aesthetic appearance, aligning with the song's religious and spiritual themes.
Awards
The album "Infestissumam", which includes "Monstrance Clock", won the prestigious Grammis (Swedish Grammy) under the category of 'Best Hard Rock' in 2014.

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