Ghost’s Tobias Forge Says Cardinal Copia May Return For The Next Album Cycle

During an interview with The Music, Ghost’s Tobias Forge revealed that his latest alter ego Cardinal Copia will probably be sticking around for the band’s next album cycle. He also added that there is even a chance that Copia may be promoted so he can finally wear “skull paint and real papal attire.”

Forge said the following:

“I have a vague idea of what’s in store. It’s gonna change over the years, to whatever extent we’ll be around. Right now, if everything goes according to plan, we’re hoping for Cardi to be strong enough and cool enough to possibly do something that none of the previous ones have done, and that’s basically to do two cycles.

Which I just find interesting, because each of the other ones you’ve sort of met when they’ve already accomplished their thing—they’re already accomplished; there’s no story—whereas this time around he’s presented very al dente; a little bit of chewing resistance. Not even I liked him to begin with. But now I can’t wait to see him hopefully accomplish these things and I really look forward to possibly seeing him in the skull paint and real papal attire.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ghost, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, & Motörhead Action Figures In The Works

Super7 recently released an action figure of the minotaur from Slayer‘s “Show No Mercy“ cover and now it seems they have even more metal toys coming to their ReAction figures line. While at the North American Int’l. Toy Fair in New York, the company revealed that they are working on new figures of Ghost‘s Papa Emeritus, Megadeth‘s “Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?” era Vic Rattlehead, Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Bark At The Moon” werewolf, and Motörhead‘s War Pig.

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It's gonna be a super SPRING 2019 with Super7: Direct from @toyfair_ny we're happy to reveal the new releases that are coming out right after this awful Winter ends! First off, Masters of the Universe fans we'll be unleashing the latest 7-inch MOTU Classics Figures with the (OMG!!) William Stout Collection! Then we'll also have new additions to our 3.75-inch ReAction Figures with the classic 80’s movies Breakin' (!) and Teen Wolf and continue our Heavy Metal assortment with Ghost (Papa Emeritus III), Motörhead (War-Pig), Megadeth (Vic Rattlehead), and Ozzy Osbourne (Bark At The Moon).🤘🏻We’ll also be dropping Wave 5 of the Masters of the Universe ReAction series. Also coming out this Spring will be brand new 1.75-inch Keshi releases with a rad Toxic Crusaders Trash Can assortment and a Universal Monsters Keshi blind box assortment. Please note that some of the figures shown here are prototypes with placeholder packaging and don't represent what the final figures will look like. So don't freak out, okay? We will be formally announcing details about all of this new stuff in the next couple of months… but until then Spring cannot come soon enough, right!? If you’re at Toy Fair we’re in Booth 5382. #nytf2019 #nytf #newyorktoyfair #newreleases #ghostband #motorhead #ozzy #megadeth #breakdancing #toxiccrusaders #universalmonsters #keshi #reactionfigures #super7

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Ghost Score Third “Mainstream Rock Songs” No. 1 With “Dance Macabre”

According to Billboard, Ghost have scored their third consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with “Dance Macabre.” This track follows “Rats,” which topped the chart for seven weeks last year, and “Square Hammer,” which topped the chart for two weeks in 2017.

Appeals Court Rejects Former Ghost Members’ Conflict Of Interest Allegation

The lawsuit filed against Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emertius) by ex-members Simon Söderberg, Mauro Rubino, Henrik Palm, and Martin Hjertstedt was dismissed following a trial in the Linköping District Court in Linköping, Sweden back in October 2018, but the former members requested a new trial after claiming there was a conflict of interest due to Forge and Judge Henrik Ibold both having ties to the same branch of the Swedish Order Of Freemasons. Now, Corren.se are reporting that an appeals court has rejected that argument.

The court essentially said Forge and Ibold‘s membership did not influence the ruling and that they did not break any local laws. They went on to say the judge should have informed the parties involved of his membership after he found out Forge might be a member, but “his failure to do so is not in itself sufficient to warrant a disqualification.”

The former members originally filed the lawsuit after claiming they did not receive proper payment for their musical contributions and tours, and that they were not allowed to see any financial records from 2011-2016. They also claimed the band was a partnership despite the fact that Forge denied those claims repeatedly.

Once the case went to trial, testimony by various key witnesses was heard and the district court decided there was not enough convincing evidence to prove a partnership existed. They also ordered the former members to pay Forge‘s legal fees. Forge claimed over 2 million kronor in fees, but the court decided 1.3 million kronor (roughly $145,000 USD) was more reasonable.

Listen To Ghost Perform At BBC Radio 1’s Maida Vale Studios

Ghost recently recorded an in-studio session at BBC Radio 1’s Maida Vale Studios and it officially aired on BBC Radio 1‘s “Rock Show With Daniel P Carter” yesterday (February 10). The group performed “Rats“, “Dance Macabre“, “Life Eternal” and “Faith” during the session, which can be heard HERE.

Tobias Forge Says He’s Been Working On Ghost’s New Album For Months

During a recent interview with Billboard, Ghost’s Tobias Forge confirmed that he has been working on the band’s new album for months now and that he is planning to start the recording process early next year. This news comes after the frontman previously said he would probably enter the studio in spring 2020. He said the following about his progress:

“Luckily this time around I feel very certain as to what I want to do. I have tons of bits and pieces and stuff written, and I know that once I really start working that there’s going to be a record which feels very inspired. The dramaturgic nature of the records and the stories are getting more and more intertwined nowadays, which I like. It’s almost like working with a series, I guess; You have your characters and you can still fuck with them and add new things and take things away. You can do whatever you want, which is always enticing from a creative standpoint.”

Ghost Perform On French TV Show “Quotidien”, Tobias Forge Gives Fully Unmasked Interview

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge recently took part in a fully unmasked interview for the French TV show “Quotidien.” You can see footage of that, along with footage of the band performing “Dance Macabre” and “Life Eternal” on the show below:

[via The PRP]