Ghost’s new album, Prequelle, due June 1st via Spinefarm Records draws inspiration from the deaths of Motorhead’s late front man Lemmy Kilmister along with Prince and David Bowie. In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, the voice of Ghost, who we now know as Tobias Forge had this to say:
“There were a few things that I wanted to get in Prequelle that I don’t think had been fleshed out yet, and had very little to do with what came before. This is a record themed with death and the impending end – even if it might just be our own – and in recent years we have seen the passing of many of our elder idols. Ronnie James Dio was one, but I think that, especially when Lemmy passed away, and Bowie and Prince so close to that, it affected me a lot. It feels like our parents are passing. I think we took people like Lemmy for granted – he was going to sit at our table forever, but now, there is a chair that is loudly empty. It’s definitely affected me way more than I thought it would. It’s made me want to be a little bit more attentive when it comes to trying to make sure that you’re making the best of the opportunities that you have with your seniors. That is something that has affected me and this record a lot.”
Definitely shaping up to be an interesting concept to go along with the album. Ghost will surely have their hands full this year with the album release and a North American tour to follow. As we announced yesterday, they’ll be playing their first headlining arena shows in the States later this year as well.
[via Louder Sound]