Ghost frontman Tobias Forge has spoken before about his strong feelings regarding ex-United States Vice President Mike Pence. In a conversation with Kerrang! some time back, Forge talked about a song on the band’s upcoming new album Impera that is much about Pence and ex-United States President Donald Trump. Per Forge, he said:
“[‘Grift Wood’]’s about him and anyone like him who’s willing to soil everything they’ve worked for. They definitely qualify for a front-row ticket to Hell. Which is so ironic, because that’s what they believe in. [People like that] completely demean themselves, and just eat shit out of someone’s ass in order to achieve whatever they’re trying to achieve.
“Again, he stands as a symbol for people of all times, where the end game is wrapped with some sort of religious [thing]. He’s known as this sort of Bible thumper, believing that he has strong faith, and he’s just this awful, awful person in any way. He tries to tell the world that he serves God, that he’s part of the good side. Whereas at the end of the day, the only thing he wants is power. But it doesn’t have to necessarily be all about him. It’s about people like him: a lot of politicians, lot of preachers, a lot of clergymen throughout the history of time.”
Now, as reported by Blabbermouth, in a more recent conversation with Rolling Stone, the Ghost frontman has made additional comments about the song “Griftwood” and how it relates to both Pence and Trump.
“Let’s just say that it can be about someone like him who is ready to serve his entire life’s work in pursuit of power, and then justify it by claiming some sort of a religious connection. He’s a great example of someone like that. Every basement he has reached, he miraculously finds a new one. It’s one of the most evil things I’ve ever seen — tricking people into believing that they’re on their side.”
Words by: Michael Pementel