Enlarge Ghost at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London, November 22, 2019. Photo Credit: Stewart Marsden for MetalSucks

Ghost are “Working On Several Big Things” For 2021


All the way back in 2019, Ghost mainman Tobias Forge famously prognosticated that it’d be best to hold off on releasing the band’s next album until after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, surmising that folks would be too distracted by politics to pay new music the attention it deserves. The plan had been to spend 2020 writing and recording a new album and release it late in the year or early in 2021, but Covid-19 had other ideas, of course, pushing that time window back by an entire year (Forge is also now on record as saying he won’t release an album until the band can tour).

Now, in a new message posted to the band’s Facebook page, one of the band’s Nameless Ghouls (presumably Forge himself) has given an update including the promise that the band “are working diligently on several big things for next year” and that news pertaining to those efforts will be unveiled in the coming months.

The message — which begins with the band’s trademark intro, “[A Message From The Clergy]” — reads as follows:

“I hope this message finds you relatively well and hopeful for the future. Needless to say, we have all experienced a strange year -some of us an absolutely devastating year with loved ones passing, loneliness and a very somber outlook for the future. Yet there is some distance to go before we are somewhat back to where we’d regard life as normal again.

“With this, I want you all to know that we are working diligently on several big things for next year, so please do not confuse our silence with inactivity. And I confess, I wanted to reach out to let you all know we miss you, eternally.

“News pertaining to 2021 will be rolled out throughout the new year, so I ask for nothing but your patience.

“In the interim, focus on taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. Have hope and strive for a better and more optimistic future, because it’s all within reach. We are almost there.

“Let’s end this year with the knowledge that the roaring TWENTIES will begin in 2021!”

In 2019, Forge alluded to a film that was in the works at the time, some kind of combination of dramatic acting and live performance.

In keeping with tradition when each album’s touring cycle concludes, Ghost unveiled their “new” frontman, Papa Emeritus IV, at a gig in Mexico City last March right before the world shut down.

Ghost recently lost a lawsuit against British spirits maker Ghost Vodka in which the band sought to keep the company from using the word “Ghost” to market their product.

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