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Ghost Recruited Opeth Guitarist Fredrik Åkesson For Their Upcoming New Album “Impera”


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Despite the revolving cast, Ghost have often been seen as a singular entity molded around the vision and songwriting of the band’s mastermind Tobias Forge. Backed by an ever-shifting lineup of unidentified musicians inhabiting the roles of Nameless Ghoul‘s, Forge has seemingly rarely sought out help from any high profile musicians, sans an exception here or there.

It would appear that isn’t the case on Ghost‘s forthcoming album “Impera” (due out March 11th.) The theatrical Swedish metal outfit were aided by the guitar heroics of Opeth‘s Fredrik Åkesson on that forthcoming affair. Åkesson was enlisted to tackle some of the studio guitar work for that record, adding his own flair to parts originally written by Forge.

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Speaking recently with Loudwire about that and his creative process, Forge offered:

“…I’m a little bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to actual playing. I’m an able drummer, a bass player, an able guitar player, but I’m not a virtuoso.

This time around, I actually had another guitar player coming in, mounting the massive work of actually redoing everything. I’ve played guitar all my life, but, unlike most guitar players who are in successful bands, they play as they tour. I am doing a whole slew of other things, so, it almost feels like every time I saw start writing again, and demoing and doing pre-production, I quickly have to go up to par again.

On, tour for example, I mostly play drums, actually, in a rehearsal room in the back that we usually do as a warm up. Part of my daily exercises, I play drums for an hour, but I tend to forget to play guitar. When making this record, the demos dictates what to play — you can always figure that out and there’s always ways to redo, undo and piece things together.

But when it came to actually performing, I had a friend of mine, Fredrik Åkesson, the guitar player from Opeth. He’s the sort of person who plays five hours every day. He’s so amazingly talented. He can play circles around anything that I put on tape and he can do it with flair.”

Ghost‘s co-headlining tour with Volbeat will launch tonight (January 25th) in Reno, NV with Twin Temple opening.

01/25 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
01/27 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
01/28 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
01/29 Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
01/31 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
02/02 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
02/04 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
02/05 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
02/07 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
02/08 Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
02/10 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
02/11 Worcester, MA – DCU Center
02/12 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
02/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
02/15 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
02/16 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
02/18 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
02/19 Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
02/20 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
02/21 St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
02/23 Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
02/25 Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
02/26 Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum
02/28 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
03/01 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
03/03 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

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