Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has had plans laid out for the band's continuing narrative for a while, and fresh off last year's breakthrough album Prequelle, he's already working on music for its follow-up and eyeing up 2020 for its release. In the past, each LP has brought with it a new Ghost frontman — specifically, Papa Emeritus I, II and III, and most recently Cardinal Copia — but Forge has revealed that the band's current singer, whom he refers to as "Cardi," is likely stick around longer than his predecessors did.
Talking to Australia's "The Music" podcast (listen below), Forge said, "I have a vague idea of what's in store [for Copia]. It's gonna change over the years, to whatever extent we'll be around.
"Right now, if everything goes according to plan, we're hoping for Cardi to be strong enough and cool enough to possibly do something that none of the previous ones have done, and that's basically to do two cycles," he continued, as reported by Blabbermouth. "Which I just find interesting, because each of the other ones you've sort of met when they've already accomplished their thing — they're already accomplished, there's no story — whereas this time around he's presented very al dente, a little bit of chewing resistance. Not even I liked him to begin with. But now I can't wait to see him hopefully accomplish these things and I really look forward to possibly seeing him in the skull paint and real papal attire."
Ghost are set to join Metallica on the thrash OGs' summer 2019 WorldWired European Stadium tour, which kicks off May 1st in Lisbon, Portugal — see tour dates here.