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Ghost Vocalist Compares Band to Kevin Spacey

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Ghost cult leader, who is known as The Ghoul With No Name, takes the stage in the form of a satanic pope. Ghost’s mantra is to remain as anonymous as possible so that their satanic rock mixed with a knack for pop is the most important element. With theatrical Satanic rock and metal is often born of cold, dark, bitter Scandinavian winters, Ghoul finds that Americans are the ones who open their minds the most to what Ghost doles out on stage. The band will embark on its debut American tour this September and they plan to remain as anonymous as ever.

“Americans are generally a bit more willing to be a bit more entertained, more so than others,” Ghoul told Noisecreep in an exclusive interview. “In some parts of Europe, there is a cultural scene that judges everything before letting themselves be entertained.”

The band goes out of its way to entertain by shrouding itself in the comforting cloak of anonymity at all times, which certainly isn’t easy. “It makes things hard,” Ghoul acknowledged. “It would be simpler if we were three fat dudes in t-shirts, playing punk rock. If we wanted to get away easy, that would be the way to do it, I guess. It’s always fun but we have to plan a lot, especially when we get to a venue or festival, in advance on how not to ruin what we do.”

Not ruining what they do consists of not doing line checks or soundchecks, which would blow their cover. “Most of the time, the members of the band never see the stage until we’re on it,” Ghoul admitted. “We rely on the crew. Doing line checks would mean we are not anonymous anymore.”

The anonymity factor does make casual blackened and extreme metal fans curious but Ghost remain in the shadows, handing over extreme metal that some elitists have dubbed too poppy. We don’t know about you, but “poppy” music is as much about the entertainer as it is the music and that’s not what Ghost do.

Watch ‘Ritual’ from Ghost live from Webster Hall, NYC

“We don’t want to pollute anything,” Ghoul said. “We want to put you inside the blackest mass possible and in order to do that, we have to vaporize the faces that come with it, along with the personal contact.” He likened what the band does to a good actor, like Kevin Spacey in ‘Seven.’ Ghoul explained, “He was good at playing sociopath when he was more unknown. If he did it now, it wouldn’t be the same. We keep everything faceless in order to expand the real expression with music and not ourselves as personalities.”

Catch a black mass this September. You may not get to know Ghost on any sort of personal level but you will be entertained.

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