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Ghost’s Tobias Forge Shares New Album Details In Unmasked Interview


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Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus) has given his first unmasked U.S. interview to Revolver. There’s a lot to be learned regarding the band’s as-yet untitled forthcoming album, which they were mixing last month with Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Slayer). The group once again worked with producer Tom Dalgety (Opeth, Royal Blood) during the recording sessions. Speaking on what to expect from the album, Forge offered:

“It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms. In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s Life of Brian: “Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!” Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

Speaking of stepping out from behind the mask—thanks in part to lawsuit from past members, he offered:

“The original idea of being anonymous — it was a great, naïve idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we’d be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn’t foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along. [Laughs] I guess that’s the whole thing with showbiz and magic tricks: It’s like you have a silent agreement with your audience.

Now, I feel like this has already become more of an entity on its own. As long as I don’t go onstage completely normal and then jump into character onstage, I assume that most fans would be able to accept me as the creator. I can comment on the work the same way a director would on his movie.”

He also revealed some tentative song titles during the interview:

Rats
Life Eternal
Faith
Dance Macabre

For more about some specific songs, etc., head to Revolver. Forge also gave a new interview to Metal Hammer as well regarding the new album and spoke of the expanded live experience he has planned for the touring behind it:

“…I can say that the presentation is going to be more theatrical. We’re making a lot of changes to the live show. There’s going to be a bit of an extension of personnel, affecting how everything is going to be performed live from now on. Not just the new songs but how we play everything — Ritual, Prime Mover, everything. There will be tons of costumes, tons of props…it’s getting to be a very theatrical production and I dare say that for anybody who’s ever seen Ghost before, this is going to be better. More of everything.”

Currently a spring/summer release date is expected with more info to come.

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