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While IT’S be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for any band that wear masks and adopts pseu­do­nyms to re­main truly anony­mous in the age of the in­ter­net, there have al­ways been strong the­o­ries be­hind the mu­si­cians play­ing in Swedish oc­cult rock­ers Ghost. Most namely, the man at the helm of it all, Papa emer­i­tus; and while cred­its would have us think the front­man gets re­placed on ev­ery al­bum, many be­lieve it to be one­time Repug­nant singer To­bias Forge.

Now some of his ex-band­mates, of­fi­cially known only as Name­less Ghouls, have ini­ti­ated le­gal pro­ceed­ings over their dis­missal and rights to the name. which, let’s not for­get, the sex­tet were legally forced to amend to Ghost B.C. in Amer­ica from 2013, ul­ti­mately re­vert­ing back some two years later.

On a pub­lic Face­book post by self-con­firmed ex-gui­tarist Simon Söder­berg that was also sent to Blab­ber­mouth, four of the ex-mem­bers are now su­ing their ring­leader af­ter be­ing cut out of the project and re­placed as Name­less Ghouls. it cer­tainly ver­i­fies the­o­ries that Papa had com­pletely re­newed the band’s line-up from the end of last year – most ev­i­dent when only one mem­ber picked up their Swedish Gram­mis award – though in­ter­est­ingly enough, Martin Per­sner, the first ex-name­less Ghoul to pub­licly out him­self, is not listed on the court doc­u­ments.

The state­ment reads: “as of yes­ter­day, we, four sig­na­to­ries from the band Ghost, have filed a law­suit with the linköping Dis­trict Court.we are su­ing To­bias Forge (‘Papa emer­i­tus’) – the band’s lead singer who has also been re­spon­si­ble for the fi­nances of the band since its found­ of the fil­ing of this law­suit we are re­quest­ing that the court, un­der penalty, oblige To­bias Forge to de­clare the in­comes as well as ex­penses of the band con­cern­ing the years be­tween 2011 and 2016.”

Per­haps most damn­ing of all was the con­clud­ing para­graph stat­ing “the ac­tions… amount to noth­ing less than un­abashed dis­hon­esty, greed, and dark­ness. Not the dark­ness of which Ghost sings, but a dark­ness that pushes a per­son to be­tray his best friends when fame and for­tune ap­pear within reach. We are ter­ri­bly sorry that this af­flicts the fans of the band as well, and that they too should suf­fer be­cause of this be­trayal and greed.”

it puts a big ques­tion mark over Ghost’s fu­ture. Papa emer­i­tus and his sin­is­ter min­is­ters be­came one of the most suc­cess­ful new bands in rock over re­cent years, and while there’s never been any doubts over their main fig­ure­head, the plain­tiffs are ar­gu­ing that their “vo­cal­ist and for­mer friend is now at­tempt­ing to, in an un­der­handed and shame­less way, trans­form Ghost from a band into a solo project with hired mu­si­cians,” adding, “nat­u­rally, this is not some­thing we can ac­cept.”

The court doc­u­men­ta­tion also con­firmed the ad­di­tion of bassist Me­gan Thomas from NYC trib­ute band lez Zep­pelin, though her con­tin­ued in­volve­ment is not spec­i­fied.the cur­rent tour­ing line-up is said to in­clude mem­bers of The Sis­ters Of Mercy, Pen­dragon, Blood­bath and ex-korn key­boardist Zac Baird ap­pear­ing as Name­less Ghouls. When asked about the law­suit by Swedish out­let Cor­ren, to­bias Forge ex­plained, “i can’t com­ment on it be­cause it is a le­gal process.the law­suit will be an­swered fairly soon by my le­gal coun­sel.”

For the record, we find this in­cred­i­bly de­press­ing.

Ghost: what’s go­ing on?

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