Fans have come along for the ride for years, not knowing for certain who was behind the anonymous band… that is, until Tobias Forge recently revealed himself as the man behind Ghost. Each album is more like a film release than a record release. In addition to serving as director, Forge conceives the role of every character, and oversees everything from the screenplay to video to wardrobe design to artwork to cinematography to soundtrack.
In an interesting twist in Ghost’s saga, Cardinal Copia has been appointed to take over vocal duties for the forthcoming psalm.
Meet him here:
Lyrically,Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.
Ghost today also shared Prequelle’s lead single Rats with an accompanying music video directed by Roboshobo.
Watch the video for Rats here:
Rats is available to stream and download now HERE. Fans who pre-order Prequelle will receive an instant download of the track.
Prequellefollows Ghost’s third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. In The US, Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their US network television debut performing the album’s lead single Cirice on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock Radio chart topper with Square Hammer.
Next month, Ghost will embark on a US tour that will kick off on May 5, 2018.
PREQUELLE TRACK LISTING:
04. See the Light
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
10. Life Eternal
Adelaide’s duo, The Hard Aches unveil new single, Happy. Happy is the follow up to title-track, Mess taken from their upcoming sophomore album, Mess out April 13 via Anchorhead and will see them tour in April nationally with special guests.
“I remember the writing of this song more vividly than probably any other song on the record. Struggling with identity, struggling with finding where you belong in your own little world and who you want to be in your own little world but also finding that light in times where its hard to see passed the dark. “hoping like hell we can find our way out of this mess”. Saying “hey I’m not doing to well” but also asking “hey, are you doing ok?”. Featuring guest vocals by my best friend Georgia Maq (Camp Cope), someone who for me has been a huge light and influence over the years. This tracks sets the mood and theme for the new record Mess, something we are all so proud of and excited to share with you all”, explains Ben David.
Listen to brand new single, Happy here:
The Hard Aches teamed up with Melbourne producer Sam Johnson at this studio Holes & Corners, having admired his work over the last few years on records with Camp Cope, The Smith Street Band, and The Bennies. After 3 long weeks and many late nights, the team had crafted 12 new tracks. Following some deliberation, the reigns were handed to grammy award winning engineer William Bowden, who imparted his mastering expertise on the record.
Messis a collection of songs inspired by the people around Ben and Alex and the experiences they’ve shared together or apart. The album was written with a focus on mental health in a hopeful and positive light.
Mess features guest vocal parts from Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq, The Bennies’ Craig Selak, and Long Island’s own Jeff Rosenstock, who happened to be in the country for Melbourne’s yearly punk rock festival, the Poison City Weekender.
Andrew W.K. is excited to release his newest anthem, Music Is Worth Living For, the debut single from his upcoming album, You’re Not Alone, due out March 2nd, 2018 via Sony Music Australia. You’re Not Aloneis Andrew’s first collection of brand new rock songs since 2009.
The new song, Music Is Worth Living For, features Andrew’s characteristically full-blown style, cranked up to an even higher level of emotional intensity. Surging layers of sweeping melody carry across every section of the song, and Andrew’s powerful lyrical declarations are punctuated by a choral refrain of the title, professed to the doubters and true believers alike – it’s a mass of rock music maximalism worth living for.
About the new track, Andrew says, “‘Music Is Worth Living For’ is an exaltation of my love for music itself. It’s also me pleading with myself to recognize music’s eternal power and glory, in the face of hardship and pain. The song is an effort to remind myself that life is worth living, if for no other reason than because of the beauty music conveys. Music is a mysterious phenomenon – it seems both to magically overwhelm and sublimate our suffering, but also to starkly dignify the struggles of our daily life. The physical power of music must be coming from some sort of unshakable truth, sent from the primal core of all being. It’s so effortless and elegant in its intensity. I truly believe that listening to music can transform you into a better person. In that way, all my songs have been me just trying to get better, trying to cheer myself up, trying to convince myself that there is hope and joy in the world no matter how dark it may seem. And the lyrics of this song, especially in the verses, are me calling out my own interior negative forces – the lowest and darkest impulses inside me, that wish to hold me down in despair – and I’m telling those malevolent urges once and for all that they won’t break me. I will persevere. And when I triumph, somehow, someday, it will be because of music. This song is a celebration of that essential and divine life-force that music is both emanating from and emitting to us. This song is about how good music makes it feel to not be dead. As the last line of the chorus proclaims, ‘Music makes me want to stay alive.’ That’s probably the truest lyric I’ve ever written.”
Listen to Music Is Worth Living For here:
It’s safe to say, nobody has partied harder, longer, or more fervently than the undisputed King of Partying himself, Andrew W.K.. A one-man music machine possessed of a single-minded, monomaniacal focus to spread a singular message: That to party is to exist. And that to exist is to party.
On You’re Not Alone, the party is more epic than ever, delivering everything one would want and expect from an Andrew W.K. record, and more — high octane, rock ’n’ roll powered by buoyant, infectious, and jubilant melodies. His new music, always a music of extremes, is relentlessly upbeat and celebratory, while also exploring contradiction and confusion with ultimately enraptured results.
Watch Boris, Julie & Andrew discuss the project and passion for painting here:
YOU’RE NOT ALONE TRACK LISTING:
01. The Power of Partying
02. Music Is Worth Living For
03. Ever Again
04. I Don’t Know Anything
05. The Feeling of Being Alive
06. Party Mindset
07. The Party Never Dies
08. Give Up On You
09. Keep On Going
10. In Your Darkest Moments
11. The Devil’s On Your Side
12. Break The Curse
13. Total Freedom
14. Beyond Oblivion
15. Confusion and Clarity
16. You’re Not Alone