Swedish occult rockers Ghost have completed work on a new EP that will be released this fall and will consist primarily of cover songs. Asked on the No Brown M&MSpodcast why they decided to do a covers EP instead of start work on a new album, A Nameless Ghoul explained, “If you hear the EP, don’t think that, ‘Oh, the next album is gonna sound exactly like this,’ but that is a good way for us to sneak in elements that are, like, you might hear a synth sound like this on the next record, but not as evident.”

Ghost released a covers EP called If You Have Ghost in 2013 which included covers of songs by Abba and Depeche Mode among others. The Ghoul said, “If You Have Ghost was definitely a new dimension of pop-rock that we hadn’t really done before. I mean, it’s sort of closer to R.E.M. than it is Black Sabbath. We’re not doing the same thing this time, but we’re doing something else in order to get people to feel comfortable with (the direction of the next album).”

  • Ghost will also embark on another round of touring this fall to support the EP and the Ghoul indicated that there are plans to bring out a bigger show, He remarked, “I’m not gonna throw stones at the show that we’re doing right now, but this was definitely a baby format of what I had in mind . . . I felt that we really need another chance to show what we can do if we have a bigger production on this cycle.”
  • A Nameless Ghoul told us that Ghost loves to come back to America as often as they can: [“We always love touring America, it’s always fun. Touring Europe and North America is very, very different. It helps that it’s the same language everywhere. You can stop anywhere and just go out on the street and talk to anybody. America’s always treated us very well too. It is truly a, it’s a wild place, and you guys like rock ‘n’ roll.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . like rock ‘n’ roll.)
  • Ghost has been touring behind its third album, Meliora, which came out last August.
  • The disc features the Top 10 rock radio hits “Cirice” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit,” the former of which won the Grammy Award earlier this year for Best Metal Performance.

SIDE NOTES: Asked why Ghost chose to release another EP instead of beginning work on a new album, the Nameless Ghoul said on No Brown M&Ms, “When we do a new record, we need a new Papa and then we’re gonna change eras.” In a parody of the Catholic Church’s tradition of papal succession, Ghost singer Papa Emeritus is purportedly replaced by a new Papa for each album — although it’s a badly kept secret that it’s been the same person all along.

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

DA Braverman wrote: “I will be curious to see what songs they pick to cover. As for a bigger stage production, Ghost is designed to be a big production band.”

Wayne Quirion wrote: “The new stage show is set to be from the mold of big Maiden and Priest stage shows. This will put Ghost on a new level live.”

Justin Seibert wrote: “Just saw them at Rock on the Range for the second time and they were great. Next time I hope they get more than 40 minutes.”

Luis Carlos wrote: “Another crap band that has more money invested in their make up than in music…these f**kers are stealing space from real bands.”

Brian Gray wrote: “Yeah, it is a gimmick. It’s goofy and it’s silly. But it’s also f**king great. I love this band.”