David Ellefson Ghost

In a new interview with Argentina’s TMPlayMEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked which other artists he likes to listen to.

“The band I’ve kind of had a real affinity for in the last couple of years is GHOST,” he replied. “I realize they had many records out early on that I was not that familiar with, and I did not know what they sounded like based on their image.

“And then when I heard them, I went, ‘This is really good music.’ It’s very melodic. There’s even some of the ’70s classic rock guitar playing to it that I really like.

He continued: “And the bass playing is incredible — some really disctinctive lines; the bass really helps carry it a lot. And I also like that it’s very clean singing, because there became a trend with most everything [having] death metal vocals, and it was really fun to hear a new artist come out and have very clean vocals and also have really interesting melodies — something that I grew up on. Progressive guitar playing, progressive bass playing, but having very clean [vocals]. So, to me, GHOST kind of wraps it all together.”

GHOST mastermind Tobias Forge has confirmed that the band has started working on new album, with one song to be recorded in January.

“I have been in the studio a couple of days to record a few demos,” he told Finland’s Kaaos TV. “I started that already in the summer, just to feel that, ‘Okay. I’ve started.’ After New Year’s, I’m gonna go into the studio.

“First, I’m gonna record one song that’s gonna be part of something that we will know of in the year from now. So that’s the first thing,” he continued. “And that’s basically one singular song for something, and that’s gonna be just to sort of get the rocks off a little.

“Because that way, you can go into a new studio, maybe — you can try something like that. You can try that new amp that you wanted to try, and that’s more like an experiment. So, as soon as I’m done with that in January — that’s gonna be the first or second week in January — after that, I’m just gonna start full time, Monday through Friday, being in the studio writing. And that’s what I do up until May last.

“And June 1st, I’m gonna be in some other studio with preferrably the drummer that I’ve been using for the last 10 years for most of my recordings, and hopefully then we’re gonna start recording the drums for all these 15 songs — something like that — I’m gonna write,” Tobias added. “Some of them are written, some of them are in bits and pieces, and some of them I don’t know yet.”