Metal Hammer (UK) - - Editor’s Letter -

first time I heard of Ghost. I was work­ing at an­other mag­a­zine back in 2010, and there were mur­mur­ings of a bunch of lads in corpse­paint and rit­u­al­is­tic robes caus­ing a ker­fuf­fle deep in the metal un­der­ground. Hardly news in our world, right? Ex­treme metal bands have been stir­ring up shit for decades. Ex­cept these guys were dif­fer­ent. Un­der­neath the fear­some, oc­cult-chan­nelling im­agery, the end­less ru­mour-mon­ger­ing about their mem­bers and the the­ory that some fella from a Swedish death metal band was in­volved, the most shock­ing thing about this band was that they weren’t very ex­treme at all. Even more than that, they were kinda…

We know what hap­pened next. In 2018, I was granted a rare op­por­tu­nity to talk to To­bias Forge, the man who has al­most sin­gle­hand­edly mas­ter­minded the rise of one of the most beloved, hated and de­bated rock bands of the 21st cen­tury. Back then, he had the mark of a man con­fi­dent about his vi­sion, but well aware that he was sit­ting on an al­bum so lu­di­crous and bom­bas­tic it could make or break ev­ery­thing he had worked so hard for.

Al­most a year later, I caught up with To­bias to find out if he’s happy with how things have gone since, what comes next, and how he deals with be­ing the Most Hated Man In Metal. Oh, and it all hap­pened in Paris.

How ro­man­tic.


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