Watch Tobias Forge Sing, Play Guitar in His Death Metal Band Before Ghost

Tobias Forge: © / CC-BY-SA-3.0 (,, Wikimedia Commons / "Repugnant - Draped in Cerecloth | Live @ Nosturi, Helsinki. September 11th, 2010": s_g, YouTube
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While nowadays he is busy fronting one of the biggest names in rock, Ghost singer Tobias Forge used to front a death metal band called Repugnant.

The band formed in 1998 and played together until 2004; they then reunited for a couple of festival performances from 2010 to 2011.

Repugnant’s particular brand of death metal makes for a sonic blend of Morbid Angel meets Entombed, making for a blistering display of grinding and thrashing extremity. While fronting the band, Forge played guitar and sang (a la death metal growls).

It might be tough to imagine Forge shredding on guitar and dropping sick-ass gutturals, considering how drastically different Ghost sounds in comparison to that. However, not only is it true that the Ghost mastermind used to play such music, but he also sounded pretty incredible while doing so.

In the video below (uploaded onto YouTube by s_g), Forge is seen among his fellow Repugnant bandmates at a 2010 performance. Talking to the crowd, Forge shares that the band is about to play their song “Draped in Cerecloth.” What then comes next from the frontman is jaw-dropping.

While he and the rest of his band deliver exhilarating death metal instrumentation, Forge unleashes a kick-ass and haunting-sounding vocal performance.

If you’ve ever been curious to know what Forge might sound like fronting a death metal band, this video will give you a very solid idea as to how amazing he’d sound.

Although Forge has a lot on his hands with Ghost at the moment, we think it would be pretty amazing if he ever brought back Repugnant.

What do you think, should Forge bring his death metal band back?

Video of Tobias Forge singing and playing guitar in his old death metal band, Repugnant

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