"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.

Single by Ghost
from the album Meliora
ReleasedMay 30, 2015
RecordedJanuary 2015
LabelLoma Vista
Producer(s)Klas Åhlund
Ghost singles chronology
"Year Zero"
"From the Pinnacle to the Pit"

"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]

"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]

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.


"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]

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

2."Absolution" (US CD version only)4:51


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



  1. Nameless Ghoul of Ghost at the 2016 Carolina Rebellion (YouTube video). WXQR-FM. 16 February 2018. Event occurs at 17.00. Retrieved 29 July 2019. The proper pronunciation within the Ghost realm is /səˈriːs/, but that is not even […] going to a dictionary, it’s actually /ˈtʃɛrɪtʃ/, I think. […] It’s an Old English word
  2. Devore, Jordan. "See how Rock Band VR's set list is shaping up". Destructoid. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  3. "Ghost's Nameless Ghoul talks picking Papas, playing Gibson RD guitars and new album Meliora". MusicRadar. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  4. "Video: GHOST Performs New Songs At Swedish 'Warm-Up' Concert". Blabbermouth. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  5. "Ghost Release CD-Single For "Cirice", "Absolution" Also Featured". 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  6. Childers, Peter (May 31, 2015). "Ghost Unveil Heavy New Song 'Cirice'". Loudwire. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  7. Helman, Peter (October 31, 2015). "Watch Ghost Perform "Cirice" On Colbert". Stereogum. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  8. "Watch GHOST Perform "Cirice" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Metal Injection. October 31, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  9. "Cirice (Official Music Video) - Ghost B.C." VEVO. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  10. Geslani, Michelle (June 8, 2015). "Ghost shares scary Carrie-inspired video for "Cirice"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  11. "Ghost - Chart history". Billboard.
  12. "20 Best Metal Songs of 2015". Loudwire. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  13. "5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards: Complete Winners List". Loudwire. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  14. "Ghost Win 2016 Best Metal Performance Grammy for 'Cirice'". Loudwire. February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  15. "My First GRAMMY Nomination: Ghost". February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  16. "Ghost Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  17. "Chart Search". Billboard Rock Airplay for Ghost. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
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