WHO SAW THIS COMING?
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.