A Nameless Ghoul from Swedish act Ghost has revealed in a new interview with Merkur that the masked band, whose members are all anonymous, has had 10 different lineup changes since its formation in 2008. There has been increased attention lately on the musicians that comprise the group, following reports that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — fired the entire band at the end of Ghost’s fall 2016 North American tour.

In the interview, the Ghoul — also believed to be Forge, who does almost all the band’s interviews disguised as a Ghoul — admitted that the band’s anonymity has been an issue for some of its members. He explained, “For many musicians this is not satisfactory. That is why we had many changes. 10 in the meantime. On the other hand, one can get out of one’s own artist’s role and look a little more objectively. You never see yourself as the others see you. And you always see only how you want to be. This is a problem for many.”

  • The Ghoul added, “I’ve created the whole project. I’ve been working for six years, composing, designing stage shows, giving interviews. I feel recognized. This is more difficult for others.”
  • Fueling the reports that Forge dismissed the entire lineup of the band, a single Nameless Ghoul appeared recently at the Swedish Grammis Awards, while Swedish musician Martin Persner posted a video online revealing he was once the Nameless Ghoul guitarist known as Omega.
  • Rumors have been circulating that Ghost will debut an all-new lineup of Nameless Ghouls on its headlining European tour that begins later this month.
  • Ghost will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with Iron Maiden.