HALESTORM‘s Lzzy Hale recently sat down with U.K.’s Rock Sound and discussed her love of the band GHOST and it’s frontman, Tobias Forge.
Lzzy said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “This new [GHOST] album [‘Impera‘] I’ve listened to about 20 times now, and I’m obsessed with it.
“I love just the idea that you can have this heavy music that’s almost religious satire and it has this comedic aspect to it and a smile, but also if you’ve ever been to a GHOST concert, there are people that legit think they’re worshipping Satan… I just love all of those things together, in a nice little package, with this band.”
Lzzy also praised GHOST mainman Tobias Forge, calling him “a genius. He’s such a smart man,” she said. “And if you get to have a conversation [with him], he’s the most interesting person, I think, that I’ve ever met — very well spoken.
“What I admire about him… I don’t think I know any other band that does this, but Tobias always has a plan — he’s thinking about five years ahead, where he needs to be with this band and this project,” she explained. “I remember talking with Nick Raskulinecz, the same producer that just did our last record; he also did an album with GHOST. I remember him talking to me about how Tobias would show him all of these songs that were not meant for this specific record; they were meant for two records down the line. ‘Cause he has a timeline and he has the story already figured out and all of the production already figured out. And [Nick] was, like, ‘Oh, these are such great songs. We should record them.’ And Tobias was, like, ‘No. The world isn’t ready yet.’ [Laughs]”
She continued: “[Tobias has] done the same thing with me in the past where he’s shown me some production drawings and little things that he’s gonna be doing a couple of years from now. And then a couple of years would go by and we would go and see [GHOST in concert], [and we would be,] like, ‘Oh, yeah. That was that thing he was talking about. That’s amazing.’ So just to be able to think like that I really admire, as far as just a career plan and a mission statement. Because I am completely not like that. I’ve tried the five-year-plan thing. And every time I make plans, we finally get to that point and something has changed, so I have to pivot and do something different. So I’m more of a living-in-the-now person. [Laughs] So we’re the complete opposite, me and Tobias, in that aspect, but I definitely admire him for the way that he is.”
GHOST are continuing to tour in support of their latest studio album “Impera“.