Cirice

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"Cirice"
Cirice (Ghost).jpg
Single by Ghost
from the album Meliora
ReleasedMay 30, 2015
RecordedJanuary 2015
Genre
Length6:02
Label Loma Vista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Klas Åhlund
Ghost singles chronology
"Year Zero"
(2013)
"Cirice"
(2015)
"From the Pinnacle to the Pit"
(2015)

"Cirice" ( /səˈrs/ sə-REES [1] ; Old English pronunciation:  [ˈtʃiritʃe] , 'church') is a song by the Swedish rock band Ghost. The track was released as the lead single from the group's third studio album Meliora . The song peaked at #4 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2016.

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Ghost (Swedish band) Swedish heavy metal band

Ghost is a Swedish rock band that was formed in Linköping, Sweden in 2006. In 2010, they released a 3-track demo followed by a 7" vinyl titled "Elizabeth", and later their debut full-length album Opus Eponymous. The song Ritual was chosen by Kerrang! as one of "The 50 Most Evil Songs Ever." Grammis-nominated album was widely praised and significantly increased their popularity. The song Their second album and major label debut Infestissumam was released in 2013, debuted at number one in Sweden, and won the Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album. The band released their third studio album, Meliora, in 2015, to much critical acclaim and high record sales, reaching number one in their home country of Sweden, and number eight in the United States. Its lead single, "Cirice", earned them the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The band released their fourth studio album, Prequelle, in 2018.

Contents

"Cirice" is featured in the video game Rock Band VR's setlist. [2]

Background and release

"Cirice" was originally conceived together with "Devil Church", which was its opening, as a very dark and doomy nine-minute instrumental without a chorus. With the assistance of producer Klas Åhlund, a chorus materialized and the two parts were split. [3]

Klas Frans Åhlund is a Swedish songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He is the founding member of the Swedish rock band Teddybears. As a songwriter and producer, he has worked with artists such as Robyn, Sugababes, Jordin Sparks, Teddybears, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Kesha, Kylie Minogue, Bo Kaspers Orkester, Britney Spears, Melody Club, Katy Perry, Madonna, and Ghost.

"Cirice" was released as a free download from the band's official website on May 30, 2015. It was first performed live at their June 3, 2015 concert in their hometown of Linköping. [4] A CD-single coupled with the B-side "Absolution" was released on July 31, 2015 exclusively in independent record stores in the United States. [5] Chad Childers of Loudwire noted the track as "building in tension and heaviness as it progresses." [6] The song was performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on October 31, 2015, marking the band's first appearance on American television. [7] [8]

Linköping Place in Östergötland, Sweden

Linköping is a city in southern Sweden, with 158,841 inhabitants as of 2018. It is the 7th largest city in Sweden. It is the seat of Linköping Municipality and the capital of Östergötland County. Linköping is also the episcopal see of the Diocese of Linköping and is well known for its cathedral. Linköping is the center of an old cultural region and celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1987. Dominating the city's skyline from afar is the steeple of the cathedral, Domkyrka.

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Music video

The song's music video, directed by Roboshobo, [9] was inspired by the 1976 film Carrie . [10] The video shows the band as schoolchildren performing the song at a school talent show, with a boy playing Papa Emeritus III. As he sings the song, he is focused on a girl in the crowd with the two sharing a psychic connection of some kind. As the song climaxes, the principal tries to remove the boy from stage. The girl angrily rises to her feet and reveals "Carrie-like" psychic powers by mentally forcing the principal to release the boy, and then using her powers at random on the rest of the crowd. People run from the auditorium screaming, while the girl continues to smile. Eventually the principal manages to unplug the band's amplifier and puts an end to the madness. After the song ends, a man and a woman, presumably the boy's parents, stand up and cheer for the band with glee.

<i>Carrie</i> (1976 film) American supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film directed by Brian De Palma from a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen, adapted from Stephen King's 1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a 16-year-old diffident teenager who is consistently mocked and bullied at school. Her peers are unaware that she possesses telekinetic powers. The film also featured Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt, P. J. Soles, Betty Buckley, and John Travolta in supporting roles.

Reception

"Cirice" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. [11] Loudwire ranked the song second on their list of the 20 Best Metal Songs of 2015. [12] "Cirice" and its music video were nominated for Best Metal Song and Best Metal Video in the 2015 Loudwire Music Awards. [13]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

<i>Loudwire</i> Online magazine

Loudwire is an American online magazine that covers hard rock and heavy metal music. It is owned by media and entertainment business Townsquare Media. Since its launch in August 2011, Loudwire has secured exclusive interviews with Slipknot, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Suicidal Tendencies and many others. Loudwire has also exclusively premiered new material from Judas Priest, Anthrax, Jane's Addiction, Stone Sour, Billie Eilish and many more of rock and metal's biggest acts.

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2016. [14] A member of the band said that when he got the text message informing him of the nomination, he assumed it was for a Grammis, which are considered the Swedish equivalent to the American awards and which Ghost has won in the past. [15]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Cirice"6:02
2."Absolution" (US CD version only)4:51

Charts

Chart (2015)Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [16] 4
US Rock Airplay (Billboard) [17] 27

Personnel

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