Tobias Forge Has ‘Maybe 50 Ideas’ For New Ghost Album
Tobias Forge has already said that Ghost will begin working on the follow-up to 2018's Prequelle in January of next year, but it looks like some of the early groundwork has already been laid out. The mastermind admitted he has "maybe 50 ideas" for songs already.
"I'm still yet to start the real process," Forge told Guitar World in a recent interview. He reaffirmed that the "real process" starts up in January, noting his work schedule is a strict Monday through Friday routine.
"I've only recorded, so far, a demo of one track, just to get my rocks off and feel that I've started doing something," he explained of the progress thus far. "So one track is sort of listenable and then I have maybe 50 ideas for tracks, but generally, in order to make a song, you need about three ideas to be put together into a song," he went on, looking ahead when he said, "So I feel that four months from now, [there will be a] pile of ideas — riffs, vignettes, lyric ideas, and all these different things."
For Forge, the writing process for a song can begin anywhere as he noted that the Meliora track "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" was conceived on bass, while "Death Knell" off the Opus Eponymous debut began with a drum idea.
"But now, knowing that I have one song I can listen to and the pile of ideas, I feel very confident that [I can get a new album done] from January to September [of next year], expressed a confident Forge. "That's the production window," he clarified, outlining, "January is starting and September is mastering, basically. I feel as prepared now as I have going in to make any of the previous albums."
Forge also confirmed that Ghost's two "newest" songs "Kiss the Go-Goat" and "Mary on a Cross" (they are, as the story goes, actually 50-year-old songs from when Papa Nihil was singing for the band) are not indicative of the sonic direction the group will embark on next.
Catch Ghost out on the road now with special guests Nothing More at the stops listed below. Get tickets here.
Ghost + Nothing More 2019 Tour Dates
Sep. 21 - Penticton, British Columbia @ So. Okanagan Events Centre
Sep. 23 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
Sep. 24 - Calgary, Alberta @ The Corral
Sep. 26 - Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Sep. 27 - Boise, Idaho @ Taco Bell Arena
Sep. 28 - West Valley City, Utah @ Maverik Center*
Sep. 30 - Loveland, Colo. @ Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch
Oct. 01 - Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Broadmoor World Arena
Oct. 03 - Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Oct. 04 - Fargo, N.D. @ Scheels Arena*
Oct. 05 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory
Oct. 07 - Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center
Oct. 08 - Moline, Ill. @ TaxSlayer Centre
Oct. 10 - Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
Oct. 11 - Huntington, W. Va. @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Oct. 12 - Manchester, Tenn. @ Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 14 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ DeltaPlex Arena
Oct. 15 - Toledo, Ohio @ Huntington Center
Oct. 17 - Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre
Oct. 18 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Richcraft Tire Center
Oct. 19 - Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Arena
Oct. 21 - Worcester, Mass. @ DCU Center
Oct. 22 - Syracuse, N.Y. @ The Oncenter
Oct. 24 - Hershey, Pa. @ GIANT Center
Oct. 25 - Trenton, N.J. @ Cure Insurance Arena
Oct. 26 - Glens Falls, N.Y. @ Cool Insuring Arena
* without Nothing More
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