Even though 2020 has been truly unpredictable and weird for al of us, Ghost fans have something to look forward to.
Tobias Forge confirmed that Ghost’s next album is arriving sooner than you think. As well, fans shouldn’t expect the next record to be influenced by the ongoing world events.
Back in March 2019, Forge shared a few secrets about Ghost’s plans for a follow up to 2018’s Prequelle. At first, he teased that they could be doing something they’ve never done before by bringing Cardinal Copia back for another album.
“I have a vague idea of what’s in store,” he said. “It’s gonna change over the years, to whatever extent we’ll be around. Right now, if everything goes according to plan, we’re hoping for Cardi to be strong enough and cool enough to possibly do something that none of the previous ones have done, and that’s basically to do two cycles.”
Despite the plans, Forge told fans to not expect the new album anytime soon. The reason? Well, Ghost had a lot of touring to do in 2019. As well, Forge also said he didn’t want to release an album until after the U.S. presidential election.
Then, Ghost entered the studio at the beginning of 2020 to begin recording their next album. It wasn’t until March, however, that fans realized Ghost’s plans for their next album had changed.
The Swedish band played their only show of 2020 in Mexico City. The performance also marked the end of the Prequelle album cycle. However, it was confirmed that Forge’s persona Cardinal Copia isn’t returning for the next album. During the performance, Cardinal Copia was anointed as Papa Emeritus IV, marking a new era in Ghost’s career.
Following the show, Ghost’s plans continued to change due to the coronavirus pandemic. Along with many other artists, Ghost postponed their tour dates from March 2021 to next autumn. This delay caused fans to believe that new music wouldn’t be arriving until late next year.
Now, Forge has confirmed that Ghost plan to put out their next album “this winter.” Given the ongoing world events, many fans thought the current pandemic would be prime inspiration for the new album.
Forge tells Sweden’s VK, however, that fans shouldn’t expect the new release to be anything about the ongoing pandemic. This is mostly because Forge didn’t actually write any of the new songs during the global pandemic. As well, Ghost already have a record about doomsday.
“I have already made a record about God’s wrath and doomsday, even if Prequelle was not about just infection from a medical perspective,” Forge says. “But I have a feeling that there will be plenty of doomsday and quarantine-confirming records in the future, and I think I might not participate in it.”
Forge also says Ghost are looking into alternative ways to bring live shows to fans during the pandemic.
“We have played with the idea of perhaps playing in a smaller context if it is an alternative,” he says. “But my purpose in playing live with Ghost is not to do it at any price, because that’s not what people want to see. People want to see a show. It’s not just that I show up and it’s done, quite the opposite.”
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