Ghosts Tobias Forge reveals concept for the band’s upcoming album

GHOST's TOBIAS FORGE reveals concept for the band's upcoming album

In a new interview with KLAQ radio station, GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge told about how the last few years’ extraordinary world events have served as inspiration for the band’s new material. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The album I worked on, I came up with that concept years ago. We played in Seattle in 2013, 2014 – something like that – we played on Showbox At The Market. [Editor’s note: The concert took place in April 2013.] I remember the day I got the idea for this record, this upcoming record. Because I got a book called ‘The Rule of Empires’. So basically I wanted to make a record of the rise of empires and ultimately the inevitable mistakes and falls. And such an idea can take – at least me – quite a long way. So once you get the idea of, ‘Oh, now I know what the pile is going to look like. I now know what does not to put in there. ‘ And it was the same with [2018’s] ‘Prequelle’ [album]; it was to be about the great death, a medieval, primordial threat of annihilation, which was, I guess, I would not say carnal, but perhaps a little more spiritual and philosophical death, with the constant presence of actual completion, whereas this record of the empire would be a little more practical, I think; a little more, I will not say politically. So it was not really difficult to be inspired by the last few years. “

The book Forge referenced is apparently “Kingdom of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall”, in which author Timothy Parsons gives a thorough account of the development of the empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent embodiment of the twentieth century. He explains what an empire constitutes and gives suggestions for what the empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment.

Last month, GHOST released a new single titled “The Hunter’s Moon” which is featured in the latest blockbuster edition of the legendary film franchise “Halloween kills”. That “Halloween kills” the soundtrack arrived on October 15 via Sacred Bones, where the film hits theaters (and Peacock) also the same day.

Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace, GHOST‘s “The Hunter’s Moon” plays as “Halloween kills” final text rolls, and will be released on January 21, 2022 as a seven-inch collectible Loma Vista Recordings. “The Hunter’s Moon” can be streamed, purchased and / or pre-ordered in its vinyl incarnation. The retail version of the seven-inch will have the special B-side “Halloween killer (main title)”, made, produced and constructed by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davis.

“The Hunter’s Moon” functions OPETH‘s Fredrik Åkesson on guitar and THE SOUND TRACK OF OUR LIFE founder Martin Hederos on the piano. Producer Max Grahn and “A mentally retarded author“is listed as the song’s composers and lyricists.

The official music video for the infectious first new track from GHOST since 2019 “Seven inches of satanic panic” was directed by Amanda Demme.

Last month, GHOST announced a 26-date co-headlining US arena tour with VOLBEAT and special guests DOUBLE TEMPLE, coming to cities including Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix.

In March 2020, at the final exhibition of GHOST‘s “Prequelle” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, officially introduced the band Papa emeritus IV, the new character that will front the act for its next LP phase.

Forge listed as a “new” Far emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Sheep replace the one that came before it. Pope Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of 2018 “Prequelle”.

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