Ghost B.C. Album Delayed Due to Offensive Artwork

Four CD manufacturers have refused to print their new album because the drawing of a 16th century orgy could offend Christians.

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Ghost B.C. might seem like relative newcomers to the international metal scene, but they're already causing controversy with their new album artwork - and it hasn't even been release yet.

Their second album "Infestissumam" is due on April 9, but they've been unable to find a CD manufacturer who is happy to print the Christian orgy on the CD label.

Now the release date has been forced back to April 16 to give the band more time to print and release the album properly.

"We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy," a source close to the band told Spin.

Apparantly it wasn't the orgy that means four different CD manufacturers rejected their album, but the upside-down image of Jesus Christ on the cross that caused offence.

"They weren't surprised. The comment was 'Well, I thought this would have happened sooner,'" added the source. "The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it's been one obstacle after another."

To prevent further delays, the CD version of the album will now use the album cover, but the band still plan for it to appear on their deluxe album packaging. It seems the only people who really had a problem with the art were CD manufacturers, because the vinyl version has already been printed.

"Vinyl manufacturers don't have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe," said the source.

Are you offended by the Ghost B.C. artwork for their new album "Infestissumam"? Let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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    I refuse to call Ghost 'Ghost BC'.
    Why are they calling themselves this now, again?
    Copyright issue in the US, I think. They're still officially referred to as Ghost in Europe, though.
    A band from here in Chicago named Lazarus A.D. had to change their name to Lazarus.
    What? Surely CD manufacturers would be used to Antichristian imagery in music by 2013... ...unless this is some more April Fool's nonsense again.
    Damn shame too, the artwork is mint. Should be seeing it on vinyl though
    Funny thing is that the upside down crucifix isn't even anti Christian imagery, I'm pretty sure it's the symbol of John the Baptist because when the Romans crucified him he said he wasn't worthy to die the same way as Jesus so they put him upside down, it's the ****ing symbol on the popes chair for gods sake.
    What? The band sings pretty much only about Satan and the frontman dresses up as a zombified version of the Pope. Yet the Christians are offended at the artwork? The artwork that isn't even on the same level of Cannibal Corpse or pretty much every other death metal band? Funny joke UG.
    Americans take religions too seriously... Its actually funny how people still get butthurt about this kind of things
    No, not Americans. American conservatives who worship the book as if it were God himself.
    I hardly think that's the issue. What, really, is the issue is that most people really don't want to see an orgy in album cover form.
    Haha, as an atheist, this cover still is a little inappropriate. The girl fingering herself is exhibit A...I dont mind it much, but still.
    SniperWolf80mm · Apr 01, 2013 12:07 PM
    It's not as offensive as they're making it out to be. Many black metal bands use satanic symbols on their artwork.
    I don't think you're getting it. The satanic symbols aren't the issue. The fact that it's basically a representation of an orgy is the issue. If you were a store that sold CDs, would you want to sell this? No, because you'd have parents complaining that their kid saw it. Their label is smart enough to recognize that fact. And, yes, I know the article says that the orgy wasn't the basically is...
    The other album's artwork was way better. This one seems like it has the upside down cross just because some people like the band just because they are satanists. The other album's art was nice and creepy and plain, leaving it up to the listener to decide if they wanted to try the album or not. This one says "if you hate christions you will like this". I dont hate any religion so it just seems to me they are trying to sell cd's with the shock factor.
    Eclectic Lizard
    This isn't the cover, the thing that people will seebefore buying it is just Papa Emeritus and some Satan baby or something.
    Sadly this isn't a joke. But they said all this stuff about the delay and changing the cover and band name is only for the US. They're still called Ghost everywhere else, and the album will get this cover and will be released when it was supposed to be everywhere but in the US, as far as I know.
    Here's my stance: I'm a Christian, but if I made a CD I would have no desire to put anti-atheistic or pro-Christian messages on it, simply because atheism and non-Christian religion doesn't offend or affect me at all. Then again, I'm not really that much into metal or hardcore. And for some odd reason I would have never thought to put an orgy on it, either.
    Anyone who believes in any of the Father, Son, or Holy Smokes is a rectum
    Attaboy, way to show that you are more open minded and tolerant than fanatical religious people.
    Hey, I'm all for the average person living for religion if it fulfills them and truly makes them happy. But I don't feel any burden to be tolerant of intolerance. Your beliefs are your beliefs, but if they start infringing on the rights of others (i.e anti gay marriage, anti-abortion rights), there's absolutely no need to be tolerant of that. This isn't Nazi Germany where ideas are truly repressed; you give your views, and people will react accordingly. There will always be 'tolerance' in that free speech exists, but that doesn't mean your opinions or views are safe from ridicule. You can have 'intolerable' views, but the second you talk about forming laws based on said views or infringing on others, then there's absolutely no burden to tolerate that, especially not in the name of appearing objective.
    It's barely even "santanic". The upside down cross symbolizing "no god" doesnt have to be about Satan. It's just art. Should I refuse to print an album photo because its relevance to God and Holiness offends my atheistic stance? I still religion is ignorant, but NO.
    wut, didn't Belphegor release a similar album cover? The one with the orgy of nuns around Satan? If that passed, then this sould too
    And if its due 9 april, shouldnt it have been printed already? Also I thought the release date already was the 16th, not sure though. I call bullshits on this one
    I'm more offended by the mainstream and their lack of imagination! This is nothing, major labels for you though!