Ghost’s Tobias Forge acquired some skilled criticism after lawsuits had been filed in opposition to him in 2017. Despite anonymity being considered one of Ghost’s largest themes, Forge’s identification as Papa Emeritus was revealed following a lawsuit in April 2017 by former Ghost members over a royalties dispute. They additionally claimed he was attempting to remodel Ghost “from a band right into a solo challenge with employed musicians” in an “underhanded and shameless method”.
Forge has disputed this, claiming that Ghost “was at all times type of… I suppose a Bathory type of band, the place there was individuals taking part in dwell, and the individuals taking part in dwell [were] not essentially the identical that performed on the data.” Forge claimed that “no authorized partnership” ever existed between the opposite members and himself; they had been paid a hard and fast wage to carry out and execute the band’s picture as he instructed as “musicians for rent.”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich although praised Forge as nice to be round in a brand new Kerrang! interview. Ghost will open for Metallica at reveals this 12 months.
“To me, Tobias [Forge] is a super-cool dude,” Lars stated. “I actually like his power and being round him. Everybody in our band is a large fan of Ghost. It looks like the followers of our band love them too. With help bands, we at all times attempt to take out individuals we wish to be round and get together with. We’re wanting ahead to our entire jaunt with them.
“And Bokassa [who are also opening for Metallica] are extremely fucking good,” he continued. “The songs they write, their entire power and vibe is such a breath of recent air. When I heard their music a 12 months in the past, they blew my head off. Getting an opportunity to introduce them to a wider viewers goes to be tremendous cool.”