Mike Bax of Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with Swedish occult rockers GHOST on May 6 at The Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
GHOST‘s sophomore album, “Infestissumam”, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The CD topped the official chart in the group’s home country after selling nearly five times as many copies as the No. 2 album, MISS LI‘s “Wolves”.
The release date of “Infestissumam” was reportedly pushed back a week to April 16 after four compact disc manufacturers allegedly refused to print a piece of artwork that was meant for the deluxe version of the new CD. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, which showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy.
“We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” a source close to the band told SPIN.com. “[The bandmembers] weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner.’ The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”
The controversial art can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the “Infestissuman” CD. “Vinyl manufacturers don’t have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe,” the source told SPIN.com.
GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”
Hailing from Linköping, Sweden, GHOST formed in in 2008. They released their heralded debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, in 2010. In 2011, GHOST performed at the annual Download festival in the United Kingdom. The band’s fanbase began to swell and not long after added some of hard rock’s finest to this group. Additionally that year, GHOST took part in the “Defenders Of Faith III” tour with TRIVIUM, IN FLAMES and RISE TO REMAIN. In early 2012, they embarked on their first tour of the United States and later that year shared the stage with MASTODON and OPETH on their “Heritage Hunter Tour” in North America. That summer the band was invited by METALLICA‘s James Hetfield to perform on the main stage of METALLICA‘s first annual Orion Music + More festival.
Performance (May 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota):