Ghost will spend the majority of 2020 in the studio working on a new album that will be fronted by Papa Emeritus IV. In an interview with 1428 Elm, vocalist Tobias Forge says the new album will have "slightly more riffage" than the 2018 album Prequelle. Which is great, because that record was a real mixed bag with some tracks that might work well live, but really hold the album down. Lookin' at you, "Pro Memoria".
"I always say that each new album is like a reaction to each of the previous so since Prequelle is not a hard rock or heavy, heavy metal album, the natural reaction to that will be to write something that isn't — I don't want to use the word 'soft.' It will be different from Prequelle, the same way Prequelle was different from Meliora, etc. I'll write a record that we don't have yet, because otherwise what's the point? But I definitely have an album in mind with slightly more riffage."
In the question prior to this one, Forge also says he'd love to do a full instrumental Ghost album, but seems to back the question up to be about instrumental tracks rather than an album.
Absolutely. I love instrumental music. I always entertain having instrumental tracks. In the future, it may be 1 out of 10 but it’s always nice.
Forge also recently spoke about not having his live musicians play on any Ghost records, saying he's either going to have everyone or nobody from his live band with him in the studio.
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