Square Hammer

"Square Hammer" is a song by the Swedish rock band Ghost. The track was released as the lead single from the group's second studio EP Popestar. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in January 2017, making the band the first Swedish band to top the chart.[2] "Square Hammer" was one of the official theme songs for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio.[3]

"Square Hammer"
Cover art for the CD single
Single by Ghost
from the album Popestar
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)
FormatCD, 7"
GenreHeavy metal[1]
LabelLoma Vista, Spinefarm
Songwriter(s)Tobias Forge
Producer(s)Tom Dalgety
Ghost singles chronology
"Square Hammer"

Track listing

CD single

1."Square Hammer"3:59

7" single

Side A
1."Square Hammer"3:59
Side B
1."He Is" (radio edit)3:31

Music video

The camera travels through a green-lit city. Papa Emeritus III takes a paper from a hawker. He reads about a Mysterious Spectre who has seized power. He also reads about his role as in the first ever moving picture. The picture "Square Hammer" is set to premiere at the Meliora Grand that very night. He exits the limo and waves to his fans. He and his Nameless Ghouls enter the theatre. They greet fans and take their seats in the front row.

The silent film starts with a man holding a torch amidst a dark and stormy landscape. He finds a tunnel. A portcullis raises, revealing Papa Emeritus III as a mysterious spectre. He conducts the man inside, showing him a stone coffin, which starts to open. Papa Emeritus III appears surprised about this part. The projector starts to spark. A squared hammer surrounded by electric arcs is revealed. The intertitle refers to it as the "Square Hammer". The man picks it up as the mysterious spectre makes mystic passes. The Hammer glows and emits lightning.

Suddenly, the mysterious spectre puts his hand through the screen. It arcs with power. Papa Emeritus III sees it, but the others appear unconcerned. Then the mysterious spectre bows and becomes a cloud of bats, which chase everyone except Papa Emeritus III and the ghouls outside the theatre. An afterimage of the mysterious spectre glows blue on the screen.

Outside, the bats ascend into the night sky and congeal into a giant spectre, silhouetted against the full moon. Inside the theatre, the projector sparks even more violently and shows an image of a red Cardinal on top of a cross before the film melts. Papa Emeritus III has had enough and leaves. Outside, the blue image of the spectre glows against the sky. A spotlight passes over it and its left eye glows. Papa Emeritus III's left eye begins to glow before the cut.


  • Director - Zev Deans
  • VFE Director - Madeline Quinn
  • Starring Brendan McGowan


A limited edition square shaped 7" vinyl picture disc record was released as well. It was only available at the merchandise table exclusively for the Popestar Tour.


MetalSucks gave the video a positive review.[4] Metal Injection gave the song a positive review.[5]

Loudwire named "Square Hammer" the best metal song of 2016[1] and awarded the video as Best Metal Video in their 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards in 2017,[6] leading the vote with 39.27% over videos such as Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage" and Slayer's "You Against You".[7]

Chart Performance

Chart (2017) Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 1

See also


  1. "20 Best Metal Songs of 2016". Loudwire.
  2. Kevin Rutherford (January 19, 2017). "Ghost Floats to First Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 With 'Square Hammer'". Billboard. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. "Get the music of NXT TakeOver: San Antonio". WWE. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  4. Emperor Rhombus (September 16, 2016). "Ghost's "Square Hammer" Video is a Masterpiece". MetalSucks. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. Robert Pasbani (September 12, 2016). "New GHOST Song, "Square Hammer" Revealed & It Will Get Stuck In Your Head". Metal Injection. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. "6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards: Complete Winners List". Loudwire.
  7. "Best Metal Video - 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards [Vote]". Loudwire.
  8. "Ghost Chart History". Billboard Magazine. 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
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