Tobias Forge have responded to Ghost being called “not metal enough” by naysayers in the metal community. The Ghost mastermind also responded to those who use homophobic remarks to describe his band’s development, stating that he’s glad those types of people don’t listen to Ghost.
With their last two albums, Prequel and ImperaGhost have undoubtedly evolved away from their traditional heavy metal sound and created music more within the hard rock space. Impera has even been described as a rock opera or as ABBA, both by fans of the band and by Ghost haters.
While talking to the Swedish TV channel SVT for their Hard Rock On Export series, Forge commented on some of the backlash Ghost has received.
“Ever since we released the first album, there has always been someone for and against the band. The music and my singing style has almost always been the same,” says Forge. [Translation via YouTube CC] “Either they liked it or it was ‘gay’. Or not metal enough. Then it’s usually been called ‘gay.’ If they use it negatively like that, I’m fine with them not liking us . I take it as a badge of honor. I’m glad they don’t listen to us.”
The interviewer went on to read a comment on one of Ghost’s Youtube videos, which reads: “Lyrics: Satan. Stage show: Satan. Sounds like: ABBA.”
“I love ABBA so I’m not mad,” Forge replied.