During a recent interview with KLAQ, Ghost’s Tobias Forge revealed the concept behind the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort will focus on “the rise and ultimately the unescapable fails and falls of empires.”
Forge said the following:
“The album that I have been working on, I came up with that concept years ago. We played in Seattle in 2013, 2014 — something like that — we played at Showbox At The Market. I remember that day I came up with the idea for this record, this upcoming record. Because I got a book called ‘The Rule Of Empires‘ [full title: ‘The Rule Of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, And Why They Always Fall‘.] So, basically, I wanted to make a record about the rise and ultimately the unescapable fails and falls of empires. And an idea like that can take — at least me — quite far.
So once you get that idea of, like, ‘Oh, now I know what the pile is gonna look like. I know now what not to put in there.’ And it was the same thing with ‘Prequelle‘; it was gonna be about the great death, a medieval, primordial threat of annihilation which was, I guess I wouldn’t say carnal but maybe a tiny tad more spiritual and philosophical death, with the ever presence of actual termination. Whereas this record about the empires was gonna be a little bit more practical, I guess; a little bit more, I don’t wanna say political. So it wasn’t really hard to be inspired by the last couple of years.”