Heavy Metal Band Ghost Releases Music Video for “Rats,” Announces New Album
The new album "Prequelle" will be released in just over a month.
By Ray Morse
The Grammy Award-winning, Swedish heavy metal act have once again made their return to the genre they took by storm nearly decade ago and marked the occasion with the release of “Rats,” the first single and music video off of their upcoming fourth studio record “Prequelle.” The track listing follows:
"Prequelle" by Ghost
04. See The Light
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
10. Life Eternal
The Papa is dead; let us pray. The curtain has closed on the former lead-singer of Ghost, Papa Emeritus III, and with his ousting from power a new dawn is upon us. The era of Cardinal Copia has begun. Copia, which is the new alter-ego of the recently-revealed Ghost founder and front-man Tobias Forge, is the fourth incarnation of the character he’s been playing since the band’s formation in 2006.
His predecessor, Papa Emeritus III, was “accosted” mid-performance during the final show of the “Meliora” tour and removed from his position (and apparently later “killed”). Ghost is no stranger to using theatricality in just about every aspect of their persona and presentation, especially when it comes to bridging the gap between albums to offer a connective story which helps usher in each new era for the band.
Recently, Forge spoke with Revolver and offered a bit of insight on what fans could expect from “Prequelle”:
It's a themed album around medieval times, but it's definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.
“Prequelle” is set to be released on June 1st via Loma Vista Recordings. The album is currently up for pre-order with bundles available which include CD, cassette, vinyl, and 8-track options. Of course, the record is also available digitally through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.