Funko announced a bunch of new music-related Pop! vinyl figures earlier today (January 20) as part of this year’s London Toy Fair. They include new figures inspired by Slipknot, Slayer, Ghost, Motörhead, ZZ Top, Weezer, Eazy-E, and Willie Nelson.
Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Ghost’s “Opus Eponymous,” “Infestissumam,” “Meliora,” and “Prequelle.” They will be available on March 13 and pre-orders can be found HERE.
Ghost aren’t planning to release their new album until 2021, but we may end up getting some new music before that. During a recent interview with Kaaos TV, frontman Tobias Forge confirmed that the band are going to record a new song in January.
Forge said the following:
“I have been in the studio a couple of days to record a few demos. I started that already in the summer, just to feel that, ‘Okay. I’ve started.’ After New Year’s, I’m gonna go into the studio. First, I’m gonna record one song that’s gonna be part of something that we will know of in the year from now. So that’s the first thing. And that’s basically one singular song for something, and that’s gonna be just to sort of get the rocks off a little. Because that way, you can go into a new studio, maybe — you can try something like that.
You can try that new amp that you wanted to try, and that’s more like an experiment. So, as soon as I’m done with that in January — that’s gonna be the first or second week in January — after that, I’m just gonna start full time, Monday through Friday, being in the studio writing. And that’s what I do up until May last. And June 1st, I’m gonna be in some other studio with preferrably the drummer that I’ve been using for the last 10 years for most of my recordings, and hopefully then we’re gonna start recording the drums for all these 15 songs — something like that — I’m gonna write. Some of them are written, some of them are in bits and pieces, and some of them I don’t know yet.”
Ghost frontman Tobias Forge is set to receive the STIM Platinum Guitar for “his exceptional success as a music creator.” That award was created in 2004 to honor “authors who have experienced exceptional success over the year.” Forge said the following:
“Artistry usually involves performing works on stage. But since the songwriting is ultimately the very essence of the business, such a fine award is fantastically meaningful to get as a songwriting artist.”
During Ghost’s October 24 show at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA, some of the band’s Nameless Ghouls rocked a partial instrumental cover of Pantera‘s “Walk.” You can see footage of that at the 6:42 mark in the below video:
[via The PRP]
As you are probably aware of by now, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge is in control of every aspect of the band. This includes studio albums, which are written and recorded without the help of touring members. Forge recently discussed his reasoning for that during an interview on the Talking Metal podcast.
Forge said the following:
“I have never in the history of Ghost ever had… There was never any demands or expectancies for the people touring to play on the records for several reasons.
One is that I’ve always had a favorite drummer that I always wanted to play on the records who’s never been in the band. He’s never been in the touring band. He and I work very well together. He’s perfect for the studio requirements — he does that really well — and I have a favorite keyboard player, who is extremely good at translating the things that I want him to play.
During the writing, I always play everything anyways, so if you start involving people — which I have done from time to time, just to be nice, basically, just because I wanted to give them an incentive — you end up in a situation where you have to tell them to exactly replicate what I just did, just symbolically.
In my efforts to try to be nice to people, that has also turned out to be not so cool. I’ve learned a lot from that. Besides, if I’m not going to ask everyone to do their part, then what’s the point? I don’t want to segregate people. I don’t want to favor people. If I’m not asking everyone, then I don’t want to ask anyone.
Basically, all of the people that are in my band are doing other things — they have solo careers; they have other bands — so I want to give them time off, or time away from Ghost to do their things, because I know, come 2021, when the new record comes out and there’s this 18 months of touring coming up, they will come back having gotten their rocks off.
They will be ready to do my thing, whereas a lot of other bands where you have that demands, where you have people in the studio and half the band just sits around waiting for the record to be done, you end up having a lot of maybe not-so-good feelings when you start a tour, so the touring becomes way more heavy because you’re already tired of each other and you’re already at odds about this, that or the other. You just fuel a lot of potential negativity into touring.
I am very determined to make records — I don’t need necessarily other people to make those records, except for the ones that I choose myself — and I am a very determined tour artist, and I want the tours to be very good as well. That’s the short answer. [Laughs]”
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.”