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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Swedish Metal Sensation Ghost on Anonymity, the Coming Apocalypse, and Sounding Like a Million Bucks in 1978

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Another paradox is that while Ghost is growing in popularity, you're singing songs in praise to Satan and the coming apocalypse. The end of the world means the end of Ghost, too...

[Laughs] Well, if there world would end tomorrow, I guess the band would also end. But as opposed to a lot of intellectual black metal bands, we have no militant agenda. We are an entertainment group. Our mission is to put on a show. We want people to go into the experience the same way that you would lose yourself in a horror movie for an hour or two. Most black metal bands have intellectual demands on their listeners. I guess that differentiates us from a lot of the other bands. We don't demand that.

That is not to say we aren't saying anything, I'm just saying that what we do can be listened to from two different angles. One is the person who listens to us because they find us similar to Mercyful Fate and Blue Öyster Cult and finds that metal link between themselves and what we're doing. The other listeners may not even be remotely inclined to metal, but can like us for the experience of it. Obviously, having a metal underground background, I can definitely see why that could be an annoyance for anybody who treasures metal as something they can call their own and not a part of the mainstream. I understand that, but we have never set out to be an underground band.

At this point, have you already started recording your next record, or are you still in the writing process?

We're basically done with the writing process. We're ready to record. The record is thematically and philosophically and musically done. We know now what we're supposed to do.

Are you playing some of the newer material on this tour or are you still focusing on the first album?

We're sticking to the first album. As of right now, the next album is so far ahead in time. I mean, it's going to be out this year, but later this year. Nowadays you can't really play new material before the promotional period starts for the album, because once you play a song, it's on YouTube. It's everywhere. With the new album comes, not a new image, but a new show. Sort of like the next film [laughs]. So we're not going to incorporate any new material until the next album cycle starts. There's going to be a lot of changes, and the show is going to evolve drastically at that point. We're saving those goodies.

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