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Ghost’s Mastermind Reveals Cardinal Copia May One Day Become Papa IV


If you’re an ardent follower of Ghost‘s mythology, you’ll know that the original Papa bloodline in Ghost has pretty much come to an end, with the past frontmen having been murdered and put on display. Of course there’s still Papa Nihil, but even he is reaching the end of his term. This latest album cycle has seen Cardinal Copia step up to the vocal role, breaking with the band’s tradition.

According to the group’s mastermind Tobias Forge however, we could eventually see Cardinal Copia grow into the fourth Papa. Speaking in a personal unmasked interview with Revolver, Forge commented:

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“The Cardinal is not the boss. He’s just the toastmaster. A cardinal is junior to a pope figure. We still have Papa Emeritus [Zero, a.k.a. Papa Nihil] but he’s passing on. He needs to teach the Cardinal to become a pope, to earn his skull paint.”

He continued:

“…There was gonna be a moment in time where you have to sort of chew through a little bit of an underdog person that you might not like. So we end up with this character that I’m not even fond of myself. He’s new and he is an imposter and he hasn’t proven himself yet. But if he does, he will become Papa IV.”

Ghost will release their new album “Prequelle” this Friday, June 01st.

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