Remember way back to the middle of last year when Ghost mainman Tobias Forge said he’d already begun thinking about the band’s next album but didn’t want to release it until after the U.S. presidential election? “It’s not the best time to release new material when people’s minds are focused on other things,” he said. Time flies — even if pandemics slow things down — but according to a new interview, Forge is still eyeing that winter 2020/2021 release for the follow-up to Prequelle.
Speaking to Swedish publication VK, Forge said that while the band’s March 2021 tour has already been postponed to next autumn, he still plans to forge ahead (pun intended) with a new album release “this winter.” When asked about whether the pandemic would factor into the new album lyrically, he replied (translated from Swedish using Google Translate):
“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.’
On whether he would take Ghost out on the road with a smaller stage show if pandemic restrictions aren’t lifted yet, he replied in the negative:
“We have played with the idea of perhaps playing in a smaller context if it is an alternative. 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.”
Ghost received The Music Export Prize from the Swedish government, beating out Robyn, Håkan Hardenberger, Smith & Thell and Snoh Aalegra. The award is given “every year to Swedes who have achieved international success and contributed to a positive image of Sweden abroad.”