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

01. Ashes
02. Rats
03. Faith
04. See The Light
05. Miasma
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
09. Helvetesfönster
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.

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Ray Morse

Filmmaker. Podcaster. Writer. Geek. "A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." Raised in the wastelands of New Jersey, Ray Morse is a passionate film enthusiast/maker and aspiring creative. When he is not embodying the essence of the Mungus on his weekly live podcast or consuming mass amounts of cinema/television, he can be found re-writing his Dead Entertainment bio, avoiding general responsibility, and talking at length about the things he plans to do instead of doing them.

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