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Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge has revealed to Finland’s Kaaos TV that he will record one new song in January before getting to work on the band’s fifth album.

He explained, “After New Year’s, I’m gonna go into the studio. First, I’m gonna record one song that’s gonna be part of something that we will know of in the year from now. So that’s the first thing . . . that’s gonna be the first or second week in January — after that, I’m just gonna start full time, Monday through Friday, being in the studio writing.”

Forge did not reveal where the standalone song will surface, but he added that he”ll continue writing through May, with plans to enter the studio on June 1st. He remarked, “Hopefully then we’re gonna start recording the drums for all these 15 songs — something like that — I’m gonna write. Some of them are written, some of them are in bits and pieces, and some of them I don’t know yet.”

The musician, who plays most instruments on Ghost’s albums except drums, added that he wants to create songs meant to be played in large venues, saying, “Making a new fifth album means that I’m gonna continue writing songs that will sound great on (an arena stage).”

The new Ghost album will be out in early 2021 and will follow up 2018’s Prequelle, which contained the rock radio hits “Rats” and “Dance Macabre.”