2015: A Year In Metal - The Preacher and The Straight-Shooter
Papa has spread Ghost’s teachings further than ever
A new year for Ghost brought an ace and chart-denting new album in Meliora and, so we were told, a brand new Papa (although he really does look frighteningly similar to his predecessors close up).
That said, the mission of total global domination remained the same, and as 2015 draws to a close, the mysterious Swedes can take stock of how far their message has travelled.
“Personally, it has been overwhelming,” asserts A Nameless Ghoul (who really does sound frighteningly similar to the new Pap— oh, never mind). “It’s been very productive, obviously, very fruitful. We found ourselves with a very strong album!”
As the Ghoul notes, however, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. “This particular cycle was supposed to start with the album recording and then a break before touring,” he reveals. “Unfortunately, the album took so long that we were straight into touring and promo. So, that has been tiring, but now we are into it I can look back and think that we have done something good.”
‘Something good’ meaning more converts into the cult of Ghost than ever?
“We have made more friends, for sure,” he agrees. “We’ve been to America, and we can see the difference. There you will reach out to more people and a broader audience, and we are booked to do TV now! But this band has always been about pushing everything that we do as far as we can. Whatever it is we do, it will be taken to the furthest level. That is the point of this experiment.”
Five Finger Death Punch’s chaotic year has armed Zoltan for the future
Five Finger Death Punch have had a hella busy year, from sparking rumours of their demise with that controversial onstage bust-up in Memphis in May, to smashing Download’s main stage in June, releasing acclaimed album Got Your Six in September, and headlining London’s Wembley Arena in November. For Zoltan Bathory, it’s been a rollercoaster ride that’s left him in a somewhat philosophical mood.