Rock music has had a fallow period over the past decade with very few breakthrough acts, but Swedish band Ghost have proven to be the exception to the rule.
The group, which opened for Metallica at Slane in 2019 and is currently enjoying unexpected chart success with its track “Mary On A Cross”, has become the biggest rock band in the world against R&B. and dance music dominating the charts.
Speaking to Alabama outlet al.com ahead of a gig last week, frontman Tobias Forge said it was the backing of big bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses that helped establish the Ghost name. .
“There’s a lot of kudos and credit I have to give to Duff McKagan, James Hetfield, Phil Anselmo, Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Dave Grohl, of course – all of those guys took us on tour.”
“They brought up the band Ghost on their stages and put us in front of a lot of people. Without that, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Discussing Ghost’s unlikely success, Forge said there were a few factors at play.
“I think there are various reasons, and all of that combined in the roster, kind of created the sum of our careers.”
“I think our sound and our way of not writing the same record every time but always having a DNA signature in it helped. I think that helped, we constantly tried to bring a show to people .It defies logic for a lot of bands, I think, to try to grow beyond their means.”
“These days, especially when rock is not in fashion, I think it was incumbent on us to go against the grain,” he added.
Ghost burst onto the scene in 2010 with their debut album “Opus Eponymous”, but the group was at odds with the rock music trends of the time.
“When we were debutants, it was always like emo-core, and we stood out like a sore thumb,” Forge recalled.
“Somehow we were lucky that people started embracing us as well, even though we weren’t part of any major music movement. Maybe there was a whisper about of some underground occult rock thing that was going on at the time. a low level that wouldn’t have affected people in general.”
Ghost’s most recent album, “Impera”, was released in March to strong reviews and sales, with the album topping the charts in their native Sweden with number one slots in Germany, Spain and Finland. , number 2 slots in both the UK and the US, and a number 5 on the Irish charts, their highest ranking to date.
The band have become the latest rock band to see an old track hit the charts thanks to a viral TikTok trend, with their 2019 track ‘Mary On A Cross’ reaching the Irish top 40 this week.