The guitars of Metallica, the melodies of Abba, the make-up of the devil, and the miter of the pope: had the Swedish group Ghost does not need to be a Grammy to redeem, the albumtop to storm and soon Graspop to repent. ‘Are you ready to swear right here right now before the devil?
It goes badly with Papa Emeritus. The mysterious mastermind behind the metal band Ghost was last year exposed as Tobias Forge. Not that the 37-year-old Swede made it to his heart. On the contrary, …
It goes badly with Papa Emeritus. The mysterious mastermind behind the metal band Ghost was last year exposed as Tobias Forge. Not that the 37-year-old Swede made it to his heart. On the contrary, since then climbs he with still more conviction on festival stages to mass ontkerstenen with doodshoofdschmink, a miter, and at his side masked Nameless Ghouls (grafschenners) on guitars, organs and drums.
The disguise had Forge for years to anonymously his musical ceremony to tinker with, both live and in the audience horrorclips on Youtube. With success. In the meantime, he can Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to his fans to count, the Grammy for Best Metal Performance (for the song ‘Cirice’) on his altar and he has a flock of apostles behind his fourth album, Prequelle the past weeks prompt at 4 in the Flemish albumtop got. On the (back)cover of that album: a painting with skeletons as just judges and Papa Emeritus as the ” Lamb of God.
Or better: Cardinal Copia, as we nowadays should call it, because after each plate, peel the antipaus in a new character. After his downfall in real life – his Nameless Ghouls demanded royalties in a lawsuit, his name had to disclose – he will be Papa Emeritus I, II and III on his tour to rest in a coffin. Gefundenes Instagramfressen for selfie-horny fans out there a vipticket of a few hundred euro.
But Forge knew his downfall in another way to turn his hand: let him in interviews, until then very rare, personally. He told how a few hours after the very first songs of the Ghost online, in march 2010, his older brother died. “Since then, it is hard not to see it as a share exchange transaction with the universe”, he said recently to Revolver Magazine. ‘Like my brother me a push in the back gave, and the only uphill went.’
With clever marketing we would have the music itself is almost forgotten. Who was at that gedweep with satanism think of heavy riffs, doom, sludge or black metal, is it for the effort. The metalpaus believe in smooth guitars and rousing, meezingbare melodies with a crystal clear voice. Betting that the meadow again soon complexloos the koorgezangen from ‘Monstrance clock’ takes over: ‘Come together, together as one, come together for Lucifer’s son”. All true metalfans might from a distance look at that glamrocktheater, like the four (4!) earlier passages of Ghost at Graspop.
It will be the Daddy holy water being. Not without irony, he named his previous ep in 2016 all ‘Popestar’ and he expressed the ambition to be as big as a Queen to be. With so many followers should, by the way a Biblical miracle that he this summer on a metalfestival as Graspop. Bet that he next time a mainstreamfestival like Pukkelpop or Werchter flat plays?
Now we put, we may have our first sentence, something to refine: it goes badly with Papa Emeritus, but it is going to be better than ever with Ghost.
Ghost, Thursday, 20.50 pm, Mainstage 2