Ghost’s Nameless Ghoul Says The Band Have Had 10 Lineup Changes

It was previously announced that Ghost have reportedly undergone a full lineup change leaving Papa Emertius (rumored to be Tobias Forge) as the only member. Now in a new interview with Merkur, a Nameless Ghoul (also believed to be Forge in disguise) has revealed that the band have actually gone through ten lineup changes since forming.

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The Ghoul said the following:

“This is actually a problem with this project. For many musicians this is not satisfactory. That is why we had many changes. Ten in the meantime. On the other hand, one can get out of one’s own artist’s role and look a little more objectively. You never see yourself as the others see you. And you always see only how you want to be. This is a problem for many.”

He also added:

“I’ve created the whole project. I’ve been working for six years, composing, designing stage shows, giving interviews. I feel recognized. This is more difficult for others.”

This news comes after Magna Carta Cartel’s Martin Persner revealed himself to be the band’s former guitarist Omega.

Swedish Musician Reveals That He Is Former Ghost Guitarist Omega

Ghost have pretty much kept their identities a secret, but the band’s former guitarist Omega has revealed himself. He is Swedish musician Martin Persner, who is planning to reform his old band Magna Carta Cartel. That group saw him performing with Tobias Forge, who has long been rumored to be Papa Emertius. This news comes after Emertius reportedly replaced all the members of Ghost.

You can check out Magna Carta Cartel’s new single “Sway” below:

Ghost Win Swedish Grammi Award For “Popestar”

Ghost’s “Popestar” EP has won in the best hard rock/metal release category at the Swedish Grammis (Swedish version of the Grammys). This is their third Grammi win.

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The band commented:

“We wish to inform you that tonight Ghost won a Swedish Grammis Award in the category Hard Rock/Metal Act Of The Year. This is band’s third Grammis win.

Thank you!”

Other Grammi Nominees:

Amaranthe – “Maximalism”
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – “Mariner”
Dark Tranquillity – “Atoma”
In Flames – “Battles”

Ghost Plan To Officially Start The Recording Process For Their New Album In August

It looks like Ghost won’t officially start recording their new album until August. A Nameless Ghoul revealed the news to Metal Wani in the below video:

He said the following:

“The ideas for the new record will be quote-unquote darker, because it’s thematically set in a different… in a darker setting. ‘Meliora’ was supposed to reflect some sort of utopia/dystopia in the modern society, whereas this new one is gonna be a little bit more apocalyptic, a little bit more back to the medieval times, which, obviously, is associated with darkness.”

“Obviously, in metal, in extreme metal, you have a myriad of records that are thematically in the Middle Ages, but the idea for this new album is to combine… So where [other] records [covering similar lyrical themes are] drowned and surrounded and drenched in death, it’s gonna be a record about survival. So that constantly working with those polar, sort of, elements is also a difference, I guess, between… If you find a black metal record that is about the Plague and the death, you will have only death — everything is just black and everything just ends black. Whereas one of my driving forces writing a record like that is to write a record about the survival of that and the prosperity.”

“Yeah, it’s gonna be a darker record. Is it gonna be all through and through heavier? I don’t know, obviously. But we do have melody and we do have songs that are not so heavy. From my point of view, from where I’m sitting, knowing a little bit of the material coming in, it’s gonna be both. It’s gonna have everything from heavy, crushing metal to big, ballady anthems.”

“Right now we’re in the writing phase. As most modern music acts, you tend to record as you write. And we have never been a band that goes into a room and stands in a ring and just jams things; it’s more of a… you go into a room and record songs, and when you record it, it sort of comes back and you listen to it and then you do it again. So we’re in that phase right now. I’m not done with the record. It’s not gonna be recorded until… We’re gonna start for real in August. As soon as we come home from the American tour, it’s gonna start.”

In other news, the band may have a new lineup as well. The Nameless Ghoul added the following about that:

“From a practical point of view, you’re interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress. I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don’t necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps.”

“It’s always a blessing and a curse when you have some of these classic bands over the course of rock and roll history, where in order for them to sound like that exact band, you need those four individuals, and if one is missing, it does not sound like that, and fortunately, we don’t have that problem. Because performing Ghost and recording Ghost has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don’t have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good. Queens Of The Stone Age is the same thing. Everything goes through Josh’s [Homme] hands, and therefore it sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age, regardless of who he brings in and out of the band, which is, I guess, a similar situation.”

[via Blabbermouth)

Ghost Announce 2017 European/UK Tour

Ghost have announced a full European/UK tour. Check out the dates below.

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Tour Dates:

03/24 Norwich, UK – UEA
03/25 Cardiff, UK – Great Hall
03/26 London, UK – Forum
03/28 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
03/29 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
03/31 Manchester, UK – Apollo
04/01 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
04/02 Brighton, UK – Dome
04/04 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal Club
04/05 Cologne, GER – E-Werk
04/06 Amsterdam, NET – HMH
04/08 Hamburg, GER – Docks
04/09 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
04/10 Brussels, BEL – AB
04/11 Paris, FRA – Olympia
04/13 Barcelona, SPA – St. Jorid Club
04/14 Madrid, SPA – Barclaycard Center
04/15 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo @ MEO Arena
04/16 Bilbao, SPA – BEC
04/18 Zurich, SWI – Volkshaus
04/19 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
04/20 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
04/21 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
04/23 Munich, GER – Kesselhaus
04/25 Berlin, AUS – Huxleys
04/26 Copenhagen, DEN – Valby Hallen
04/27 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
04/28 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
04/30 Helsinki, FIN – ICE Hall