Ghost (Tobias Forge) @ Grammis 2023 - Årets hårdrock/metal

GHOST walked away victorious after winning the “Best Hard Rock/Metal” category at this year’s edition of the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which took place Wednesday night (May 3) at Annexet in Stockholm

The “Best Hard Rock/Metal” nominees were as follows:

AMON AMARTH – “The Great Heathen Army
ARCH ENEMY – “Deceivers
GHOST – “Impera
THE HALO EFFECT – “Days Of The Lost
WATAIN – “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain

GHOST was also nominated in the “Album Of The Year” and “Artist Of The Year” categories, yet failed to secure a win for either category.

GHOST mainman Tobias Forge, who hails from Sweden, accepted the award in person, telling the audience at the event (translated from Swedish): “For some reason I thought this would happen earlier in the evening. When I realized it would happen a bit later… as you know, it takes a lot of teamwork to make a record, everything from getting the record together sonically to getting it out in physical form.

“I’ve worked with a lot of people and halfway through this evening, I realized, ‘Fuck we haven’t been mentioned yet. Our category hasn’t been mentioned! I’m gonna be way too drunk!’ So I told Klas — Klas Åhlund, producer of our record — that if we win anything, we should get up here together because it would be difficult to remember everyone that’s been part of it. So, some of the people who have helped us: Klas ÅhlundSalem Al FakirVincent PontareMax Grahn… and a whole lot of other people. Everyone from UniversalNicholasChristianBMGLive Nation has been there and helped us so much. Thank you very much everyone who has been involved.”

This is GHOST‘s fourth overall Grammis award win. You can watch the footage below.

GHOST has announced the upcoming release of “Phantomime”, a five-song covers EP intended from the start to follow last year’s international chart-topping opus “Impera”.

A diverse and spellbinding sampling of the Grammy Award-winning band’s musical DNA, “Phantomime” is comprised of covers of classics and deep cuts by TELEVISION, GENESIS, THE STRANGLERS, IRON MAIDEN and Tina Turner. “Phantomime” pays tribute in equal measure to every one of these unlikely bedfellow, influences while stamping them all with GHOST‘s undeniable sonic signature.

The announcement of “Phantomime“‘s impending release also solves the mystery of GHOST‘s recent “Jesus Is Coming” campaign, as referenced in the Good Friday premiere of the newest installment of the band’s long-running webisode series, “Chapter 17: Nap Time”. “Phantomime“‘s May 18 release via Loma Vista Recordings is heralded by GHOST‘s interpretation of GENESIS’s 1992 satirical stab at televangelists “Jesus He Knows Me“, available now to stream and download.

This second coming of “Jesus He Knows Me” is accompanied by an Alex Ross Perry-directed video that will surely make the case that one person’s beauty is another’s blasphemy. Culminating in a climactic ritual that must be seen to be believed, GHOST‘s visual interpretation of “Jesus He Knows Me” rises to the occasion in unholy fashion — and then some. You can watch the music video below.

GHOST “Phantomime” track listing:

  1. See No Evil (TELEVISION)
  2. Jesus He Knows Me (GENESIS)
  3. Hanging Around (THE STRANGLERS)
  4. Phantom Of The Opera (IRON MAIDEN)
  5. We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) (Tina Turner)

GHOST are also set to hit the road for their upcoming “Re-Imperatour” summer 2023 U.S. tour with special guest AMON AMARTH.