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Ghost's Tobias Forge Is "Allergic to Anything That Suggests Nu-Metal"

Papa Emeritus — but not Papa Roach
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Ghost's Tobias Forge
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Ghost fans beware: your loyal leader, Tobias Forge (A.K.A. Papa Emeritus IV), has an allergy, so be careful about wearing Korn shirts, rocking JNCO Jeans and letting out stray "oo-ah-ah-ah-ah's" at his shows. In a new interview with Metal Injection, the Ghost frontman opened up about the very specific era of metal that he appreciates, and the type of metal that he very much doesn't, saying that he's "allergic to anything that suggests nu-metal."

"A band that I don't think gets mentioned a lot that's definitely up my sleeve in terms of what I like would be Negative Plane," Forge said, referring to the Florida black-metal group who popped up in the mid-2000s. "Obviously an old band that sort of went a little bit through a resurgence a few years ago was Gorguts. Their Colored Sands record was really cool."

Old-school death and black-metal definitely seem to be his vibe, but once bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit come on the speakers, that's when Forge runs for the hills. 

"My taste is very old school," he said. "Ever since like '94 when nu-metal started to really show its face, I've been allergic to anything that suggests nu-metal and unfortunately that has been like the everlasting genre from like '94 to today.

"The bands that I like are usually bands that sound like an '87 sort of death metal band. Unfortunately. I hate to be negative. But I like a lot of other music. I like a lot of different rock. I'm more open when it comes to that. But when it comes to extreme metal I sort of cap it at '93 and '94. After that, everything else is just shit."

So now you know that if you ever get the opportunity to play Forge a song from your demo, don't even bother if it sounds anything like Slipknot or Linkin Park.