Ghosts Tobias Forge – ‘I Want to Be What Metallica Was in the 80’s’

Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has never been shy about his love for Metallica. (Even the group’s cover of “Enter Sandman” – from the 2021s Metallica’s Blacklist tribute album – is lovingly imaginative.) During a recent chat with AL.comForge admitted that he doesn’t just admire the iconic thrash quartet creatively but also commercialespecially in their first decade.

Near the end of their conversation, interviewer Matt Wake and Forge began discussing Ghost’s atypically astronomical success. Specifically, Wake stated, “There aren’t many rock bands from your era as big as Ghost. Why was Ghost able to break through at a time when pop, R&B and rap acts dominate commercially?”

Forge candidly admitted that there are “various reasons”, such as the notions that they “don’t write the same record every time” and that they are “consistently [trying] to bring a show to the people.”

He added: “It defies logic for a lot of bands, I think, to try to expand beyond their capabilities.”

He then offered two specific examples of artists and albums he appreciated from decades ago: “Because I was so determined that yes, I want to be what Metallica was in the ’80s, on…And justice for all‘ trip. That kind of band or similarPower slave‘with Iron Maiden. The kind of f—ing theater and playgrounds.”

While he has “always been very, very influenced by Pink Floyd and The Rolling StonesForge continued, he can’t help but “have a huge adaptation and childhood love of big-ass arena rock.”

Finally, Forge offered “a lot of kudos and credit” to Metallica — as well Panther‘s Phil Anselmo, Alice in ChainsJerry Cantrell, Foo FightersDave Grohl and Guns ‘n’ Roses Duff McKagan – to take Ghost on previous trips.

“They lifted the band . . . onto their stages and put us in front of a lot of people. Without that, this wouldn’t have happened,” Forge concluded.

To his point, Ghost has been doing exceedingly well of late. In fact, their latest LP is from 2022 Impera – gave them their first No. 1 spot on Billboard 200. Plus, they’re in the middle of their North American IMPERATOUR (beside Mastodon and Spiritbox), which is said to consist of many career-enhancing pearls.

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When was Metallica’s ‘…And Justice For All’ really released?

It’s a question that needs a simple, quick answer, but figuring out when …And justice for all was actually released is a complicated conversation. Although Metallica’s team has definitively told us that Sept. 7, 1988, is that day that …And justice for all hits the streets, we still find it fascinating and a little confusing how many different release date theories are out there. While the gallery below isn’t comprehensive, it begins to capture just how complicated this conversation really is.

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