Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Ghost

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Ghost for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. Papa Emeritus IV will appear in the game as part of a special “Mascarade Diabolique” event, which will run from October 13 to November 12.

A press release offered more details:

“The game’s Mascarade Diabolique event is an ode to both bands’ lore taking its broad themes from the cover of Iron Maiden’s 2003 album “Dance of Death” and the video for Ghost’s 2018 song, ‘Dance Macabre,’. In this new storyline, Eddie and Papa Emeritus IV are both invited to a mysterious party in Transylvania (taken from the intro to A Dance Macabre & also surely a nod to the first Maiden instrumental track of the same name on their debut album!)

They soon discover that things are getting out of hand, even faster than usual, as a sinister force has mastered the power to mimic the un-bindable will of the sentient powers of free will and individuality, in an effort to bind them to its control. Together they must fight through the hordes of mind-controlled revelers to confront the corrupted mimic, Cardinal Immortus, an evil clone of Papa Emeritus.”

Ghost’s Tobias Forge added:

“I’m happy to see that my creature is being led into [Maiden’s] world. That is a cool thing, both very humbling and flattering.”

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Spent “Most Of This Year” Working On The Band’s New Album

During a recent interview with Minneapolis’ 93X, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge discussed how he spent his coronavirus downtime. He said the following:

“Obviously, most of this year has been working in the studio with a [new] record that we’re not talking about [right now]. But the year before, which forced most people [to stay home], staying domestic was actually a quite nice recuperation for me. I’d been on tour for pretty much a decade, [so] just being home and just being with my family and all that, which I feel very invigored by. [Touring] is great. It’s fun as hell, and I miss that as well. But sometimes you need to go back to harbor and just remember why you’re out there pirateering. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Discusses The Band’s Latest Single “Hunter’s Moon”

During a recent interview with Spotify’s Volume Sweden, Ghost’s Tobias Forge discussed the band’s latest single “Hunter’s Moon.” As previously reported, that track was written for the soundtrack of the new “Halloween” film, “Halloween Kills,” which is set to hit theaters on October 15.

Forge said the following:

“The background to this song, specifically this song being associated with the film ‘Halloween Kills’, was that Ryan Turek, who is one of the producers of the film, asked me if I was interested in writing a song for a film and specifically this film. I said that I already have a few songs that might work, and specifically one song that I think could work very well within the concepts of the film.

The seed for that song that I had in mind was originally [just the] title [‘Hunter’s Moon’]. Years ago, I was looking up the meaning of ‘Harvest Moon’, as in the Neil Young record, and within the context of ‘Harvest Moon’, which is essentially… It was, I guess, an article about farming and the moon cycles of farming. And in September, there’s ‘Harvest Moon,’ and in October, after Harvest Moon, around Halloween, it’s ‘Hunter’s Moon.’ And immediately upon seeing that, I thought that, well, if I were to ever write a song about Halloween, as you must do as a gothic rock band, I’m gonna use that title.

When I knew that there was gonna be a song called ‘Hunter’s Moon’ in a ‘Halloween’ film, it was pretty easy to come up with a theme that would simplify the lyrical content. So I wanted the lyrics to be sort of nostalgic, longing back but also semi-romantic and also have a slight sort of ‘siblings love’, ‘friendship love’ question mark. So that is what I wrote.

Sometimes when you write songs, especially if it’s meant to be in a bigger, broader sort of album format, sometimes you can get locked into details, and you’re writing too much into each song — it has to have too much of a purpose — whereas this was pretty simple; it was gonna go hand in hand with ‘Halloween’.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Ghost’s Tobias Forge Cover The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” With The Hellacopters On Swedish TV

Ghost frontman Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus IV) and The Hellacopters recently teamed up for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil“ on SVT‘s “På Spåret.” You can see footage of that below:

Ghost Are Now Planning To Release Their New Album In Late 2021

It was recently reported that Ghost were planning to release their new album this winter, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. During a new interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, Tobias Forge clarified that he is planning to record the effort in January and release it in late 2021. The frontman said the following:

“The idea is for the album to be recorded in January. The actual recording will last around six weeks and then there’s two to three weeks of mixing and mastering. So sometime in March the record should be finished, but it won’t be released until after the summer. As it looks now, knock on wood, we will then go on tour. We won’t release an album until we know that we are actually going on tour. The album release will coincide with the start of a tour. Of course, we could announce an album release date and then, for some reason, it might not be possible to tour, but that’s a whole other matter.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ghost Still Planning To Release Their New Album This Winter

During an interview with VK, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge confirmed that the band are still planning to release their new album this winter. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are not expected to return to the road until fall 2021. Forge also added the following when asked if the pandemic has influenced the new material:

“I have already made a record about God’s wrath and doomsday, even if ‘Prequelle‘ was not about just infection from a medical perspective. But I have a feeling that there will be plenty of doomsday and quarantine-confirming records in the future [from other bands], and I think I might not participate in it.”

[via MetalSucks]

Ghost To Record New Song In January

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ghost’s Tobias Forge To Receive STIM’s Platinum Award

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ghost’s Tobias Forge Explains Why Touring Members Don’t Play On The Band’s Albums

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]”

[via MetalSucks]

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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.”