Ghost: ‘We Are Never Ever Ever Ever Ever Ever Gonna Call Ourselves Ghost B.C.’
Due to recent legal issues, Satanic Swedish heavy metal band Ghost have been forced to adopt the moniker Ghost B.C. for albums and merch sold in the United States. Despite the change, one of the band's nameless ghouls borrows a line from country-pop starlet Taylor Swift by declaring in a new interview that Ghost will "never ever ever ever ever ever" call themselves Ghost B.C. through speech.
Ghost's sophomore album, 'Infestissumam,' was originally slated to arrive today (April 9), but due to the band's inability to find a North American manufacturer that would print the "16th century illustration of an orgy" disc artwork which also contains religious imagery, the album will drop on April 16.
Regarding the band's partial name change, one of Ghost's nameless ghouls offered some interesting insight via Soundsblog.it on how the band views the addition of 'B.C.':
B.C. is obviously a pun on 'Before Christ', but it's just an amendment. In our world, we're just gonna be called Ghost, and when we refer to our records, it's gonna be the Scandinavian version, saying Ghost only, and we are never ever ever ever ever ever gonna call ourselves Ghost B.C. in any way. It's like saying 'I'm going out and buy a Ferrari STE' — you don't do that, you just say, 'I'm gonna buy a Ferrari.' The B.C. is silent, and as soon as we can, it's gonna be taken away forever.
The nameless ghoul also spoke about Ghost's touring plans:
I know that some people complain about us not playing with other doom bands, but that's because we don't look at ourselves as a doom-only band. We are not looking to be just a band that plays doom festivals, because we are not only a doom band. We love a lot of doom — a lot of our music style comes from Candlemass, St. Vitus and Pentagram and Death SS or bands like that — but we cannot choose just to play with bands like that, because our agenda is to become a band that has a huge production, a big-theater band, and if we wanna become a big-theater band, we cannot limit ourselves to play 200-capacity clubs — that would be suicide. We could not achieve our goals that way. In that sense, we are lucky to be able to now play with bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and Mastodon, a lot of bands that we do like and that we feel we have very much in common with.
In other Ghost news, Pitchfork has just launched a full stream of 'Infestissumam.' Click on the button below to listen to the whole album. Believe us, 'Infestissumam' is more than worthy of your attention.
Ghost: Interview with a Nameless Ghoul