“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.”
“I look at many fifth albums as a guide as to the urgency for what that record will need to be, with [IRON MAIDEN‘s] ‘Powerslave’ being a great example,” he said. “By the fifth album, you’re at a point in your career where you have this momentum built up, and you have the expectancy of people depending on you, so you have to put something special in those many spotlights. You need to step up and make a record that’s worth it and justifies all of these things.”
When asked if the new character will be fronting the band during next album’s circle, Tobias responded: “I just know that person will have the name Papa Emeritus IV. It will be the fourth Papa Emeritus. But who that is, we don’t know yet.”