Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit that Ghost‘s rise over the past decade has been straight-up meteoric. The Swedish band have gone from underground occult rock act to arena headliners in a short period of time, all while playing music that adamantly praises the Devil. Now, the band have released a new video for their track “Life Eternal,” and this time around they’ve decided to pay homage to some people they’re missing: their fans.
The video’s footage is taken from the band’s Prequelle tour, specifically from the closing show at the Palacio de los Deported in Mexico City on March 3rd, 2020. The show was Ghost’s last before the COVID pandemic, and also marked the official retirement of frontman persona Cardinal Copia and the emergence of their new character, Papa Nihil. But most importantly, the majority of the footage here focuses on Ghost’s fans, who come out in droves and put their all into their love of the band. Between little kids dressed in satanic mitres and couples doing dance routines from the “Danse Macabre” video, it’s a very sweet collage of footage that shows how much Tobias Forge is probably missing his adoring public.
Check out the new video for “Life Eternal” below:
Whether or not Ghost will release a new album in 2021 remains to be seen. Swedish publication VK (and translated via Google Translate) wrote, “The idea was that Ghost would hit the road again in March next year. Those plans have been postponed until the autumn of 2021, but a new album will be released this winter.”
Forge also discussed the possibility of Ghost continuing their live shows, which have become such an important part of their persona and worldwide renown.
“We have played with the idea of perhaps playing in a smaller context if it is an alternative. But my purpose in playing live with Ghost is not to do it at any price, because that’s not what people want to see. People want to see a show, he says. It’s not just that I show up and it’s done, quite the opposite.”
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Words by Chris Krovatin