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.”
“I have always pushed myself to write the songs that we don’t have instead of going back – it maybe would’ve been a smart move to just try to replicate [Ghost’s 2010 debut album] ‘Opus [Eponymous].’ I can regurgitate. I grew up with metal. It’s in my DNA, so I can formulate death-metal lyrics easily. But I try not to repeat myself on that.
“I like to make the Metallica comparison – where ‘Kill ‘Em All’ is a little bit more crude, on ‘Ride the Lightning’ they started writing about more real things. It had more depth.
“I’m not going change everything and just talk about politics, but I believe that if you have people’s attention, you have a responsibility to weigh with your words a little. Sometimes that is hard. I find that harder than the musical challenges.”
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.