Tobias Forge Says Papa Emeritus IV Will Front Ghost On Their Next Album Cycle

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Ghost’s Tobias Forge confirmed that Papa Emeritus IV will be fronting the band on their next album cycle. However, it is still unclear if Cardinal Copia will be promoted or if a whole new character will be taking over.

Forge said the following when asked who will front the band:

“I just know that person will have the name Papa Emeritus IV. It will be the fourth Papa Emeritus. But who that is, we don’t know yet.”

The singer also added the following about the new record, which is expected to be released in 2021:

“I look at many fifth albums as a guide as to the urgency for what that record will need to be, with [Iron Maiden’s] ‘Powerslave‘ being a great example.

By the fifth album you’re at a point in your career where you have this momentum built up, and you have the expectancy of people depending on you, so you have to put something special in those many spotlights.

You need to step up and make a record that’s worth it and justifies all of these things.”

KnuckleBonz To Release Three New Ghost Statues

KnuckleBonz have announced that they will be releasing three new Ghost “Rock Iconz” statues this fall, including one of Papa Emeritus II and two of Cardinal Copia. Each figurine will be limited to 3,000 hand-crafted, individually numbered pieces. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

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]

Cardinal Copia (Ghost) Has His Own Unofficial Action Figure

A couple of artists have gotten together to create an unofficial action figure of Ghost’s Cardinal Copia, as well as retro comic book art featuring Papa Emeritus III. You can check those out below. However, it’s worth noting that the figurine is already sold out.

[via The PRP]

Tobias Forge Reveals What It Takes To Become One Of The Nameless Ghouls In Ghost

It’s no secret that Ghost have had their fair share of lineup changes, but it seems Tobias Forge won’t let just anyone become a Nameless Ghoul. During a recent interview with The Albuquerque Journal, the frontman revealed what he looks for when choosing his bandmates.

Forge said the following:

“You need to have certain metal chops. If you are a guitar player in this band, it’s very old school, it’s very much old rock style. I am an old school guitar player. I’m not an ’80s-’90s sort of shredder who plays a million notes a minute. I am way more ’60s-’70s kind of style, and I write very ’60s-’70s.

If you come in like a typical modern drummer who is used to playing only with tricks and double kick and, like, big, big, big, fast roles but you can’t play a swinging shuffle, then you can’t play in Ghost whatsoever. You need to have spent your time from playing Top 40 pop rock in order to know how to play a song like ‘Ritual,’ a song like ‘Absolution’ or ‘Idolatrine.’ You need to know your classic drumming and your classic guitar.

You can’t have people in the band who’s like only metal, either, but if you don’t know metal, you can’t play Ghost anyway because there are elements in my guitar playing that are very, very, very based on me having played death metal, like ’80s death metal, so you would have to play a Slayer riff as well. You need to be sort of equally familiar with Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple as you are with the more extreme forms of metal, generally. So it’s not for everyone.”

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Hints New Music May Be Coming Next Year

It looks like Ghost may be releasing more new music next year. During an interview with Rock 100.5 the KAAT, Tobias Forge hinted at the new material saying “there might be something else coming out next year, maybe, that might have been recorded already, that won’t be covers.”

Forge said the following:

“My intention is not to release just another EP of covers. There might be something else coming out next year, maybe, that might have been recorded already, that won’t be covers. If the production on the live front gets to the point where I want it to be, and if we happen to play two dates at a venue that caters to the full production and it’s somewhere geographically where there’s an audience who is very, very, very avid and very lively, I would love to record a film — a live, visual capture.

The problem is that you don’t wing that – you need to do it in a venue where you’re playing two nights in a row; it needs to be sold out; it needs to be huge; and it needs to be a very, very vivid crowd that’s fun to film and fun to look at. Sometimes, it kind of rules out certain cities. People can be super-passionate, but they can be very, very still.

Certain countries just have a way to sort of appreciate things very noddingly — they’re nodding and they’re applauding and they have a drink in their hands, whereas if you go to Buenos Aires, they will fuckin’ trash the place, which is so much more fun to look at from a video point of view. Depending on those things, it’s definitely on my to-do list. I definitely want to do our statement sort of video capturing of our live show, but that requires a lot of stars to align, so we’ll see if that happens on this cycle or the next cycle.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Emigrate (Rammstein) To Release New Album “A Million Degrees” In November

Emigrate, the project featuring Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, have announced that their new album “A Million Degrees” will be released on November 30. Kruspe started recording the effort in 2015, but he had to re-record it later on due to water damage in his studio. It was made in collaboration with Sky Van Hoff and Svante Vorsbäck and a video for the first single, “1234“ featuring Benjamin Kowalewicz (Billy Talent), can be found below. The clip was directed by Bill Yukich (Marilyn Manson, Korn) and it also includes appearances from Billy Talent‘s Ian D’sa, Combichrist‘s Joe Letz and Dirty Mary’s Margaux Bossieux.

“A Million Degrees” Track Listing:

01. “War”
02. “1234” (feat. Billy Talent’s Ben Kowalewicz)
03. “A Million Degrees”
04. “Lead On You” (feat. Dirty Mary’s Margaux Bossieux)
05. “You Are So Beautiful”
06. “Hide And Seek”
07. “We Are Together”
08. “Let’s Go” (feat. Rammstein’s Till Lindemann)
09. “I’m Not Afraid” (feat. Ghost’s Cardinal Copia)
10. “Spitfire”
11. “Eyes Fade Away”