Tobias Forge says Ghost’s next album will be another ‘wave’

Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has said that their next album will have a different “vibe” than previous ones.

The Swedish heavy metal titans released their fifth album, “Impera”, earlier this year, but according to Forge, a follow-up is already in the works.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, he confirmed that there are “a lot of things in my head that I think I want to explore” with the sixth album.

“I’ve never finished production on an album without feeling like there are things I’d like to do differently next time,” he continued, “Little by little and steadily, you try to complete it.”

He added that “there’s a big difference between recording in your hometown and recording on a tropical island. And neither is better than the other; they’re just two different things.”

“So now, I’m more aware of vibrations,” said Forge. “I’m trying to build a new vibe to write this record now, just to make sure it doesn’t happen again. You like it.”

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Ghost will perform at Download 2023, alongside groups such as Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot.

Speaking to NME recently, Download boss Andy Copping pointed to Ghost as a future headliner. “The bands that are coming up now. Ghost, Architects and Parkway Drive all have good spots on this year’s Download, but they have a chance to take the next step and be headliners. I want that to happen too . Then you have a band like Enter Shikari, who headlined the Download Pilot in 2021, there’s no doubt they’ve made a real Download headliner.”

Copping continued: “You can’t just rely on traditional artists. Download fans are much more willing to give opportunities to new artists than they were 10 or 15 years ago. We can’t sit there and expect the same headlines year after year. We have to try to freshen it up a bit.”

Download Festival 2023 will take place from 8-11 June at Donington Park. Tickets are on sale now.

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