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.”