KIRK HAMMETT Says That GHOST Is A ‘Modern Equivalent’ Of BLACK SABBATH

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METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently shared a part of the conversation he recently had with GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge regarding all things horror.

The Fear Fest Evil interview talk included movies, music, as well as Kirk‘s explanation of why GHOST might be the modern-day equivalent of BLACK SABBATH.

Kirk said: “Can I just say one thing? What BLACK SABBATH was to that time era and to movies like ‘Black Sabbath’ and all those crazy Hammer and early ’70s horror films, I think the modern equivalent is GHOST and movies like ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘The Nun’ and ‘Annabelle.’

“I think GHOST is connected to all these great modern horror movies that are coming out. I might be just totally full of it, but that parallel that I’m drawing really is cool because I love this band, I love those movies and it’s a way of, like, bringing ’em all together and celebrating all I love which is, you know, the dark!”

Tobias chimed in: “I guess that would be very natural, and quite logical to think that. Going further, if we parallel-compare the horror genre with metal, not only are they alike, but they are also alike because you have the creators of what instigated the horror genre that eventually led to a myriad of filmmakers essentially paying tribute to a lot of those older films.

“Same way that metal was created by people originally playing blues and funk music who then stumbled into making metal, and then all the metal bands that came after that are in a way, unfortunately dogmatically, sometimes just paying tribute to other bands.

“I come from a death-metal underground, and it’s basically full of horror name dropping! I know that a lot of classic films made back in the ’60s and ’70s, especially in the ’70s, were inspired by previous horror/thriller makers. Obviously, Hitchcock influenced others, Terrance Fisher…”

You can read rest of the interview here.

In an interview with Ireland’s OverdriveForge has confirmed that he is planning on entering the studio in early 2020 to begin work on the follow-up to 2018’s Prequelle album.

He said: “I think about it all the time. But let me be very transparent here. I am indeed going into the studio where I will be beginning the work in January. We’re doing another American tour in September/October and then we’re gonna come back to Europe and that is gonna take us right up until Christmas, basically. So, after New Year’s, we are gonna have maybe one or two small things at the beginning of the year and then it’s gonna be all about the new album.

He continued: “People need to understand that I spend about five to six months in the studio. That’s not with red lights going or anything. [Laughs]. But it’s just being in that creative environment, you know? I also try to work ‘normal’ hours, because I have a family also, so, I try to work traditional hours. I like to come in on Monday morning at about 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and then I do normal stuff like have lunch and think about what’s going on, and then I wrap up for the day and head home and see my family.

“In order to make that record, it’s gonna take me about six months, and then that’s gonna take me to the summer, which we’ve already decided we’re gonna take a break a let the dust settle, and then hopefully by the end of the summer, the record will be finished.

“Unfortunately, or fortunately, depends on how you see it, the U.S. elections are happening, so bearing that in mind, it’s not the best time to release new material when people’s minds are focused on other things. I just want to make sure that when we release this new album, we have people’s attention.”

Forge added Forge that the “plan” is to complete the new album by the end of the summer of 2020, “but in the event that it’s not finished, it’s gonna be okay. I don’t want to stress the situation,” he said. “Every record I’ve done has been under some type of time restraint, even Opus Eponymous (2010); that album was on a very tight schedule. It was definitely last minute. [Laughs]. I just want to make sure that I have enough time to release the album that I’m thoroughly happy with.

When asked when he sees the new GHOST album finally being released, Forge said: “I would say by early 2021 you can expect the next chapter of the GHOST story.”

In a recent interview with Revolver Magazine, Forge talked about the musical direction he wants to pursue with the band’s next album.

The musician pointed out he is aiming to “make a different record” from the latest GHOST effort, 2018 Prequelle, which he described as “a little ballad heavy.” 

Tobias added: “I want it to feel different. If I dare to say ‘heavier,’ people think that it’s going to be MERCYFUL FATE all the way … but I definitely have a darker, heavier record in mind.”

GHOST‘s latest album, Prequelle, was released on 1 June 2018. The album marked the band’s strongest selling debut to date, landing at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 66,000 copies in its first week, with 61,000 of those being “traditional” album sales.