During a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, Tobias Forge offered an update on the new Ghost album. So far, the frontman has recorded one demo track for the effort and he is planning to start the “real process” in January.
Forge said the following:
“I’m still yet to start the real process. The real process being: in January, I go into the studio, Monday through Friday, every week, just finishing tracks. That’s how it works.
So up until then, I don’t know, there might be a song in my head but it’s not finished until it’s recorded. I’ve only recorded, so far, a demo of one track, just to get my rocks off and feel that I’ve started doing something.
So one track is sort of listenable and then I have maybe 50 ideas for tracks but generally, in order to make a song, you need about three ideas to be put together into a song. So I feel that four months from now, the pile of ideas – riffs, vignettes, lyric ideas, and all these different things.
‘From the Pinnacle to the Pit’ [from Ghost’s third album, 2015’s ‘Meliora’] was written on bass. That’s why it sounds like that. Some are written as a drum idea, like ‘Death Knell’ [from Ghost’s 2010 debut ‘Opus Eponymous’] was written as a drum idea. So there are so many different angles that the songs can start from.
But now, knowing that I have one song I can listen to and the pile of ideas, I feel very confident that [I can get a new album done] from January to September  – that’s the production window – January is starting and September is mastering, basically. I feel as prepared now as I have going in to make any of the previous albums.”
He also added the following when asked if “Kiss The Go-Goat” and “Mary On A Cross” are any indication of the band’s new material:
“Well, they were recorded 50 years ago so they have nothing to do with the new record.”