Ghost's Tobias Forge Has '50 To 60 ideas' For Next Album

William Lee | 10-21-2019

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Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge says that he has "maybe 50 to 60 ideas" that he will consider for the group's next studio album and he says that he has very high hopes for the record.

Forge made the comments during a recent appearance on the popular Talking Metal podcast. He said, "At this point, essentially, as of right now, I only have one song demoed that you can listen to from start to finish, because I've been touring so much.

"I just went into the studio this summer to basically get my rocks off a little. I just needed to record something in order to feel like I've started. That song was based out of three ideas that I had. That's usually what it takes for me to go into a studio and start hammering it out.

"I have maybe 50 to 60 ideas lying around, which means that if I just invest two or three days on piling together three ideas a time... it's almost mathematical. If you take that, split it into threes and there you have it - that's how many songs I can basically get out of that.

"As soon as I start working on material, it usually goes pretty fast. However, this time around, I've been very adamant about folding quite a lot of time for the pre-production - being in a smaller studio from Monday to Friday just making songs. I'm going to do that from January until May.

"It's five months of writing. I guess five months might seem excessive, but I'm also trying to combine. This is essentially going to happen very near to my home. I've been either touring or recording out of nine years in a row. I have two kids and I have a wife, so I need to spend time with them.

"This writing is essentially going to be in Stockholm, very near to my home, so I also have to pace it out with breaks. It's actually back to quite normal working hours - Monday through Friday, 9 o'clock to 5 o'clock - but I have a record in mind that needs to be of a certain.

"I have very high hopes for this record. I have very high demands on this record, and I want to give time, because one thing that I haven't really had making the other records - none of the other records, really - was time, except for the first record, because most of it was actually written between 2006 and 2008, when I had all the time in the world.

"The actual recording of the record is basically June 1 until the end of the summer. It feels good to be able to sort of clear out time to really sit with the material, make sure it's good and make sure that it's balanced.

"Obviously, we're in a different era now where making this record will be very different from making the last record in terms of outside disturbance."

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