GHOST’s ‘Infestissumam’ Certified Gold In Sweden

"Infestissumam", the sophomore album from Swedish occult rockers GHOST, has been certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000. "Infestissumam" sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. A Nameless Ghoul from GHOST told Jägermeister about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to 2013's "Infestissumam" and the covers EP "If You Have Ghost": "Obviously, we have plans for pretty much everything. We are a very strictly planning band in that sense, that we have contingencies for basically everything. But I can say as much as there is a plan for everything, but at this point, there's still a long way to go." He continued: "We are obviously very much in the process of making the next album, and we have come a long way with that. And we know what it's about, we know what it is, we know what the songs are, we know what the concepts are. The EP was very much a sort of a sideways step for us a little bit, with all the covers and all that, but it was a very deliberate thing to do. And it centers, obviously, around the session with Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA] and the time we spent with him at [his] Studio 606 [in California]. And we did a lot of different stuff there for us, whereas the next step is gonna be back to full-on, more traditional-type GHOST stuff. "We're kind of finishing up the writing, actually. The conceptual stuff has been finished for a long, long time, so we know, basically, what we're gonna do with the next album and quite some time after that as well. So we have a very deliberate plan of doing things. But the actual album in terms of material and imagery and stage plots and everything is basically finished." GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for "legal reasons."

GHOST Shrugs Off NERGAL’s PAPA Photo ‘Leak’: ‘At Some Point It’s Bound To Happen’

Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who go to great lengths to keep the identities of their bandmembers a secret, have commented on the recent release of a photo that appeared to show the band's frontman Papa Emeritus II (believed to be Swedish musician Tobias Forge of MAGNA CARTA CARTEL, REPUGNANT and SUBVISION) without his trademark makeup posing backstage at a Dutch festival with BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski. Speaking to Jägermeister at this weekend's Sonisphere festival in the U.K., one of the Nameless Ghouls from GHOST said (see video below): "Adam from BEHEMOTH [who posted the photo in question on his Instagram account] is a really, really nice guy; we only have good things to say about him, and we hope [he feels] the same way [about us]." He continued: "I mean, it's… We don't really know what to say about that except for we keep our identities as secret as we possibly can, of course, but at some point it's bound to happen, some things that are not really optimal for us, of course. But the identity part is always gonna be, for as long as can take it, it's gonna be a hassle in many ways, and I think we have managed to keep it below the radar, for the most part, at least."


**UPDATE**: Nergal has now removed the photo in question from his Instagram account. The original article follows below. BEHEMOTH's Adam "Nergal" Darski recently posted a photo on Instagram of him hanging out backstage at the FortaRock festival in The Netherlands with Swedish musician Tobias Forge — believed to be none other than Papa Emeritus II, the frontman of Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who go to great lengths to keep the identities of their bandmembers a secret. The photo was accompanied by the caption "If you have ghosts... U have everything;)", a line from the ROKY ERICKSON song "If You Have Ghosts", which was covered by GHOST on their EP "If You Have Ghost", released in November 2013. BEHEMOTH and GHOST shared the stage at FortaRock, which took place on May 31 in Nijmegen. Besides singing for MAGNA CARTA CARTEL, an experimental rock outfirt, Forge has also spent time in hard rock and metal acts REPUGNANT and SUBVISION. In an early 2012 interview with Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show, one of the "Nameless Ghouls" from GHOST was asked whether he can foresee a day when the members of GHOST won't be anonymous anymore. He said, "I think there is a difference between being anonymous and unmasked. Where SLIPKNOT actually wear masks still, while KISS during their unmasked days didn't. Obviously, it's a thing of the times. "What we're trying to do, it's very hard to maintain. If the actual goal was to not be known, we try to maintain that, but in the long run, we can't really expect that to be something everlasting. Most of our fans are actually quite keen on not knowing, which works to our favor, but I think there is a difference between people knowing who is behind the mask or being unmasked. "We can't really see ourselves going up on stage and afterwards just dropping the masks saying, 'Oh, it's me, it's me, actually. Can you see?' No, no, no… We don't want that. We don't want to spoil it. That's the whole reason why we are anonymous and we try not to show ourselves. We try to eliminate, not the human aspects, but the humane aspects, if you want. We want to put Papa Emeritus in the limelight. He's supposed to be the living character, even though rigor mortis has basically set in in his poor old body. But that's the face of the band. He's the person, everybody else are just puppets." In a separate 2012 intervie with, one of the "Nameless Ghouls" from GHOST said: "The initial thought of doing this anonymously was because we didn't wanna sort of have any personality and we didn't want to have faces interfere with the reaction and the overall mindframe that we wanted for the crowd to be in, and ourselves to be in, in a GHOST context. Whereas I really don't think that any of us could have understood that the anonymous thing would be such a turn-off. So when we actually really go at length to be anonymous just to focus on the music, now there are a lot of people focusing on the fact that we're anonymous, and it sucks. On the other hand, I think that being a band with the ambition of taking what you're doing to someplace else and levitate, I think that now with a bit of hindsight we see that what goes around when you're in a band that's sort of semi-successful, I think that being anonymous really helps you focus on what really matters. Putting on a good show, etc. "There are a lot of bands out there, especially young bands, they seem to forget about why they're actually at the place they're at. Because there are so many other things that you can dive into when you're a band on the road, doing festivals, etc, there are a lot of other things that can occupy your time. "It can be hard to be in a band when nobody recognizes you. But it has its benefits, especially when you're on tour with other bands and you see how they're approached by other people, what's expected of them. Whenever there's a crowd outside a venue, waiting for the bands to hang out, we pass as roadies." nergaltobias2014nstagram_638

GHOST: The Faces Behind The Masks

Who could have guessed what the Swedish band Ghost had in store for their fans! On the occasion of the recent announcement of their participation in Heavy By The Sea Festival in Athens, in June, Ghost had little chat with the Metalpaths team and a huge surprise for all of us. Having talked about everything that is going on in the Ghost campus these days, we eventually reached the very thing that has induced the hype that is going on about them; their appearance. Since 2008, from the beginning of their career, they chose to hide their true faces and names (and nature?)and became known as Papa Emeritus and the Nameless Ghouls. Six years later, seeing the impact they have on their fans and the response they got for "Opus Eponymus" and "Infestissumam", Ghost decided that it is finally time to reveal to all of us who they really are. They go by the Flake_Lorenznames Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter, more commonly known as the 90s boyband Backstreet Boys. They have also recruited Christian "Flake" Lorenz from Rammstein to handle the keyboard. Flake stated: ""At one point, it was too much for me. I couldn't continue with the beating and the burning and all this at the Rammstein shows. I needed a way out and Backstreet Boys offered it to me. I finally managed to keep a healthy balance. During the Ghost live shows i know I am not in danger of anything"" Nick Carter, or should we say Papa Emeritus, told us that in 2005, after the average reviews that "Never Gone" had received, they considered experimenting with their sound and effectively turned to occult rock. Not wanting to betray their loyal fans, Backstreet Boys created in 2008 Ghost and the rest is history. Up until now the five artists keep up with both projects, having released a total of 5 full-length albums. And while the success of Ghost is undeniable, the average reviews of the Backstreet Boys albums keep coming up. Now, we only have to wonder whether this revelation will have a negative impact on Ghost or whether the fans of Backstreet Boys will decide to give a chance to the harder sound that the boyband has adopted. backstreet-boys-4fe94c3a30161

Ghost Are Coming Back to Greece

Just a few minutes ago, Detox Events officially announced at their facebook page that Ghost are going to play in Athens at Heavy By the Sea Festival! Until now the confirmed bands for the fest are: Deftones, Nightstalker, Planet of Zeus and Tardive Dyskinesia. Stay tuned for further information about the concert.

GHOST’s PAPA EMERITUS II ‘Dresses Down’ For MUSIC FEEDS In-Studio Performance (Video)

Swedish occult rockers GHOST, who toured Australia recently with the Big Day Out, dropped by the Music Feeds studio in full clergymen attire to perform "Ritual", a cut from their debut full-length album, 2010's "Opus Eponymous"; "Year Zero", a song from their second full-length album, 2013's "Infestissumam"; and a cover of Roky Erickson's classic track "If You Have Ghosts". The latter song's progressive-rock undertones are emphasized by the strong vocals of GHOST frontman Papa Emeritus II, who dressed down slightly for the occasion. Check out the footage below. GHOST's covers EP, "If You Have Ghost", sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 87 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on November 19, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings, the five-track EP was recorded and produced by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA), and includes cover versions of songs by ROKY ERICKSON, ABBA, ARMY OF LOVERS and DEPECHE MODE, plus a live version of the GHOST offering "Secular Haze", recorded in Brooklyn earlier this year. Outside North America (with the exception of Scandinavia), Spinefarm Records is the new releasing partner for Loma Vista on all GHOST recordings, including the new EP and previous album. Spinefarm releases are distributed through Caroline/Universal in all territories, including the U.K., where the EP was made available on November 18, 2013. "If You Have Ghost" is available on CD, 12-inch vinyl and digitally. Those who pre-ordered the EP received an instant free download of "Secular Haze - Live". The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. If You Have Ghosts (ROKY ERICKSON cover) 02. I'm A Marionette (ABBA cover) 03. Crucified (ARMY OF LOVERS cover) 04. Waiting For The Night (DEPECHE MODE cover) 05. Secular Haze (live at Music Hall Of Williamsburg In Brooklyn, NY) GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for "legal reasons.

GHOST’s Collaboration With DAVE GROHL Was ‘Very Fun And Inspiring’

One of the Nameless Ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST was interviewed on the November 15-17 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to Full Metal Jackie: GHOST has a new covers EP [out] called "If You Have Ghosts". It was recorded and produced by Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA]. Who initiated working together — GHOST or Dave himself? Nameless Ghoul: I think it was… we bumped into him when we were doing festivals, and we just started talking about… I don't remember exactly what it was now, but we just got into the idea and the setup of possibly working together at some point, and this was late summer, last summer, and FOO FIGHTERS were just about to go on a little bit of a break and he just happened to have some time over. So, it was very quickly, sort of, decided that, well, we should do something very, very soon and very quick just in order to make it happen. Because if you do something and place it too far ahead, it might collide with something else. So, it was just a very, very playful project, very, yeah, very fun and inspiring. Full Metal Jackie: A pretty interesting choice of artists to cover on this covers EP: ABBA, DEPECHE MODE, ARMY OF LOVERS... What about a song sparks your interests? Nameless Ghoul: First and foremost, obviously, it has to be a good song. The criteria is, basically, there has to be something in the song that is an ingredient that you can change, you can alter it, you have to hear it like in an alternative version of the song. And secondly, lyrically, it needs to be sort of fitting with [GHOST frontman] Papa, 'cause obviously there are a whole, big selection of songs that you just want to find obscure songs, but it has to sort of fit into the concept in some way. Considering how extremely huge ABBA is, you know, "I'm a Marionette" is probably one of the songs that most people don't even know, so, it is always funnier to bring out a song that is not completely synonymous with the artist. As well as I think, you know, "Waiting For The Night" is not probably the most known DEPECHE MODE song. Full Metal Jackie: Who else is on your wish list of people you'd like to collaborate with? What puts someone on the GHOST radar that you would want to work together with? Nameless Ghoul: That's a good question. I mean, there's always, like, from an aesthetic point of view, there's so many cool, different sort of collaborations that you can partake in — either like a writing thing or purely an artist lending its talents to whatever you want to do, or it's a producer, or a mixer, or… there are so many things. There are so many people that are very, very skilled at what they do. But one thing that we've learned is that, you know, sometimes certain producers, certain people work very, very well together with certain bands, and vice versa. Whereas bringing someone on that is a name is not always a guarantee for success. So even though, from a personal standpoint, you have a lot of people that you would like to explore working with, I'm not entirely sure there are so many that we believe could do miracles with us, because it's a special, you know… As much as we try to find cool and funny songs to cover that will fit with Papa, it's the same thing if we want to bring someone onto our concept, and do like a feature thing. Which is definitely not out of the question, it really needs to be someone that fits in one way or another. Yeah, of course, we have ideas, but they are probably more… We try not to make them very predictable — you know, having some big lead singer from an old heavy metal band. That would not be very fun. I don't know. We'll see in the future. We have some ideas and we'll see if it works out.

Video: GHOST-Inspired Burger Generates Controversy

According to the Chicago Tribune, a burger inspired by the Swedish occult rock band GHOSThas been causing a lot of controversy since it was first introduced by the Chicago restaurantKuma's Corner. The "Ghost Burger" — a 10 ounce goat and beef patty made with a red wine reduction and topped with an unconsecrated communion wafer — has offended some people because they believe that it's in "poor taste" to have a communion wafer on a burger. "In the spirit of our undying reverence for the lord and all things holy, we give you the Ghostwhich we think is a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself," reads a post on the Kuma's Corner Facebook page. Luke Tobias, the director of operations for Kuma's Corner, admitted to the Chicago Tribunethat "people have been kind of upset" about the burger, but added: "The thing with this is, the communion wafer is unconsecrated, so until that happens, it's really just a cracker." "It's not a commentary on the state of religion or anything like that," Tobias added. "It's literally, 'We like this band; we think what they do is cool.'" The "Ghost Burger" costs $17 and is served on a pretzel bun and includes braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar cheese and Ghost chile aioli. Jeff Young, producer of the Catholic Foodie blog, told the Chicago Tribune: "It's not the Eucharist, but it's still symbolic. For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is more than a symbol, it's a sacrament. At the same time, it doesn't mean that symbols aren't important. … It is a mockery of something that is holy. The same thing could be said of the band itself." The members of GHOST dress in religious robes and wear skeleton face makeup. Check out a video report from NBC Chicago below.