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Ghost has finished working on there latest new EP that is set to be released via Loma Vista, according to Blabbermouth. The new work is a cover based album and is produced by English producer, Tom Dalgety. Working with bands such as Killing Joke and Royal Blood, Dalgety is not stranger to the game.
Nameless Ghoul sat down with a KATT Rock 100.5 podcast called “No Brown M&Ms” and talked about the new EP. He was asked the reasoning that the group decided to follow up Meliora, which was their last full length album. He had this to say.
Because when we do a new record, we need a new Papa [Editor’s note: In a parody of the Catholic Church’s tradition of papal succession, GHOST singer Papa Emeritus is purportedly replaced by a new Papa for each GHOST album.] and then we’re gonna change eras. We needed more time to… Because this era, especially visually, I think that… I’m not gonna throw stones at the show that we’re doing right now, but this was definitely a baby format of what I had in mind. On an ideal night, at a big theater, it looks okay; I mean, it’s cool [and] it maximizes the thing that we’re doing. But I felt that we really need another chance to show what we can do if we have a bigger production on this cycle. Obviously, we’re still a band [that is] growing… Fortunately, sometimes it’s a growing pain of not… As far as we know, we haven’t really peaked yet, and this tour is bigger than the previous tour in many ways, and the tour that we’re gonna do in the fall that we haven’t announced, so we can’t say it yet, but it’s gonna be even bigger — bigger venues, more dates and all over the place. So it’s useful when you’re growing during an album cycle to sort of put in an extra gear into it, with a new EP and sort of revamp the whole thing, still being thematically the same thing.
Then Nameless Ghoul was asked why Ghost wanted to repeat a record of covers after their 2013 work, If You Have Ghost, and he had this to say.
It’s just a good way to… It’s a little bit recreational in a way. It’s also a good way for us to incorporate elements… I think it was, in a way, more important when we did ‘If You Have Ghost’, because at that point we just had almost two albums done, and we wanted more different types of seasoning to be put into our dish in order to make it interesting. It’s also now… It sort of serves a little bit like… Yeah, if you hear the EP, don’t think that, ‘Oh, the next album is gonna sound exactly like this,’ but that is a good way for us to sneak in elements that are, like, you might hear a synth sound like this on the next record, but not as evident. So where ‘If You Have Ghosts’ [the Roky Erickson cover which was included on ‘If You have Ghost’] was definitely a new dimension of pop-rock that we hadn’t really done before. I mean, it’s sort of closer to R.E.M. than it is BLACK SABBATH. We’re not doing the same thing this time, but we’re doing something else in order to get people to feel comfortable with.
Ghost is a highly successful metal based band out of Sweden most recognizable by their highly unique stage performance and attire but most notable for their musical talents. The group just recently won a Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” and had one of their singles, “Cirice,” reach the top 10 at rock radio.