While a busy year on the road looms, Ghost is holed up in Sweden working on its fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2015's Grammy Award-winning Meliora.
In an interview with Full Metal Jackie, one of Ghost's Nameless Ghouls says that, thematically, the set will be "a continuation of 'Meliora,' but it's sort of a response. I've used the world pre-apocalyptic' on 'Meliora.' It's sort of the hide of civilization...Obviously there has to be an end to that. So there will be call and response. The next will be the response to that. So if there was an absence of a God (on 'Meliora'), there might be a return of a deity, which usually comes in horrible forms. So it will be a darker album."
A Nameless Ghoul -- possibly the same one (one never knows, right) -- recently told us that coming up with new material is never a problem for the band:
"I'm usually piling stuff up, and then by the time it comes to pre-production that's when you sort of start going through it and see, then all of a sudden a new song comes...When you start recording the demos and all that I usually get very inspired and work a lot faster. I think that we have a pretty good idea of what we're doing next."
Ghost doesn't hit the road again until it begins a European tour on March 24 in the U.K. The group has a couple of South American dates in May as well before starting a North American run opening for Iron Maiden on June 3 in Bristow, Va.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.