Watch Ghost’s Cardinal Copia Cover Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” With Candlemass

Metallica were honored with the Polar Music Prize during a ceremony at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden today (June 14) and during the event Ghost’s Cardinal Copia performed a special cover of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” with Candlemass and Vargas & Lagolawas. You can see footage of that below. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo accepted the award from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and the group are planning to donate the million Swedish krona ($125,000 USD) it comes with to their All Within My Hands Foundation.

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Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Has Talked About Collaborating With Nergal (Behemoth) & Tobias Forge (Ghost)

During a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) said he has talked about doing some collaborations with Nergal (Behemoth) and Tobias Forge (Ghost). He said the following:

“Nergal [from Behemoth] and I are possibly doing a collaboration. I was in the dressing room with Tobias [Forge] from Ghost, and we talked about collaborative opportunities too. It’s fun for musicians to step into each other’s world. It’s like different football teams — it’s the same game but a different play. I’m just very curious to see where my voice can fit in.”

This news comes after Halford previously said he would like to work with Nergal.

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Says Cardinal Copia May Become Papa IV One Day

During a recent interview with Revolver, Ghost’s Tobias Forge talked a bit about what the future may hold for Cardinal Copia, who has taken over following the deaths of Papa Emeritus I, II, and III. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Cardinal is not the boss. He’s just the toastmaster. A cardinal is junior to a pope figure. We still have Papa Emeritus [Zero, a.k.a. Papa Nihil] but he’s passing on. He needs to teach the Cardinal to become a pope, to earn his skull paint.”

He continued:

“…There was gonna be a moment in time where you have to sort of chew through a little bit of an underdog person that you might not like. So we end up with this character that I’m not even fond of myself. He’s new and he is an imposter and he hasn’t proven himself yet. But if he does, he will become Papa IV.”

Ghost will release their new album “Prequelle” on Friday (June 1).

Ghost’s Tobias Forge To Guest On 10 Inch Vinyl Version Of Candlemass’ “House Of Doom”

Candlemass have revealed that Ghost’s Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia, Papa Emeritus) will appear on their special nine and a half minute long version of “House Of Doom.” That version of the track will only be available on the 10 inch etched vinyl version of the band’s new EP of the same name. That effort will be released on May 25.

Tobias Forge On Ghost’s “Prequelle”: “This Is A Record About Survival, But Through Somewhat Troubled Times”

During an interview at Los Angeles’s Grammy Museum on May 1, Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emeritus) offered even more insight into Ghost’s new album “Prequelle” (out June 1). According to him, the effort “is a record about survival, but through somewhat troubled times”

Forge said the following:

“Over these last couple years, or last year especially, you had a lot of Cold War situations between, obviously, your guy [referring to U.S. President Donald Trump] and his equal over in Russia. What happens without going too political is the populations of all these countries become the children when the parents are fighting. It obviously affects everything — it affects the stock market, it affects the general well-being — so there’s this sort of pre-apocalyptic aura in our thinking. I think in the midst all these threats — either in the deeds of potential terrorists, to actual nations sending bombs overseas — you feel like you’re being attacked, or potentially could become attacked by anyone. If it’s not a warfare situation, it’s someone hijacking your identity.

“I think that the end of the world has already happened many times. If you bumped into someone in Berlin in March 1945, he’d probably think that we’re done. It’s over. Same thing if you go to Aleppo, [Syria], you’d probably feel [that] that sort of Armageddon is happening right here. I think that especially if you think about the plague, the Black Death. When it hit Europe in the mid-1300s, it wiped out half of the population. That’s not every other person — it wiped out complete villages, and maybe that one peasant who was a bit too far off or a little bit too secluded, that was the only person that survived. Then you had other villages that miraculously lived, but that created a lot of shifts. After the plague faded out, it also led to a resurgence, and a lot of bloom, basically.

“[In] the scene that I spent my adolescence in — death and black metal — obviously the whole theme of black/death has been done to death, but usually it’s focusing on the idea of the half of the population that died, whereas I wanted to make a record that sort of shone the light on surviving through a turmoil like that. This is a record about survival, but through somewhat troubled times.”

This news comes after Forge previously said the album is also partially inspired by the deaths of Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, etc.

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Tobias Forge Says Deaths Of Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Etc. Affected Ghost’s New Album

During an interview for Metal Hammer‘s cover story, Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emeritus) revealed that Ghost’s new album “Prequelle” (out June 1) was partly influenced by the deaths of various musicians in recent years. He said the following about that:

“There were a few things that I wanted to get in ‘Prequelle‘ that I don’t think had been fleshed out yet, and had very little to do with what came before. This is a record themed with death and the impending end – even if it might just be our own – and in recent years we have seen the passing of many of our elder idols.

Ronnie James Dio was one, but I think that, especially when Lemmy [Kilmister, of Motörhead] passed away, and [David] Bowie and Prince so close to that, it affected me a lot. It feels like our parents are passing.

I think we took people like Lemmy for granted – he was going to sit at our table forever, but now, there is a chair that is loudly empty. It’s definitely affected me way more than I thought it would.

It’s made me want to be a little bit more attentive when it comes to trying to make sure that you’re making the best of the opportunities that you have with your seniors. That is something that has affected me and this record a lot.”

Tobias Forge On New Ghost Album: “It Is Loosely Themed Around The Concept Of Death And Doom”

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus) recently talked to Revolver for his first unmasked interview in the U.S. During the chat, he discussed the group’s upcoming album, which they mixed with Andy Wallace last month. The effort is “loosely themed around the concept of death and doom,” and it will feature tracks with titles such as “Rats,” “Life Eternal,” “Faith,” and “Dance Macabre.”

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Forge said the following about the album’s theme:

“It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms. In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s Life of Brian: “Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!” Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

Forge also commented on unmasking himself, which he officially did on Swedish radio last year, following the lawsuit former members filed against him:

“The original idea of being anonymous — it was a great, naïve idea on paper in 2008, not knowing to what degree we’d be touring or to what extent this was going to be a professional operation. That regimen is very hard to live by. What I hadn’t foreseen was the fans and their willingness to embrace that and play along. [Laughs] I guess that’s the whole thing with showbiz and magic tricks: It’s like you have a silent agreement with your audience.

Now, I feel like this has already become more of an entity on its own. As long as I don’t go onstage completely normal and then jump into character onstage, I assume that most fans would be able to accept me as the creator. I can comment on the work the same way a director would on his movie.”

He was then asked if he would consider changing the band’s image, and he replied with the following:

“No, no, no. The exact opposite, actually. The plan is for it to be even more theatrical and even more dressed up.”

Head to Revolver to read more about specific songs, etc. You can also read more in a seperate Metal Hammer interview as well.

Ghost’s new album is expected to be released during spring/summer.