Ghost has shared a new three-minute video titled “Introducing The Cardinal.” In the clip, the band’s “new” leader meets an aged Papa Emeritus Zero and Sister Imperator after arriving from behind a door, bathed in red light.
The new Papa is named Cardinal Copia and apparently isn’t a part of the Papa Emeritus bloodline at all. He sports a thin mustache and has heterochromia iridum, a condition where the iris of one eye is a different color than the iris of the other eye.
Ghost also gave a private, three-song acoustic performance on Friday night in Chicago, where Cardinal Copia made his live debut and the band also delivered a live version of “Rats,” the upcoming first single from the Swedish band’s fourth studio LP.
The last Papa, Papa Emeritus III, was forcibly taken from the stage during the final show of the band’s Meliora tour cycle last fall. Papa Zero arrived to announce the beginning of “the Middle Ages.” Of course, all the Papas — except the elder Zero — are the same man, Ghost founder and vocalist Tobias Forge.
The “Rats On The Road” trek, as it’s called, will be in support of the group’s fourth album, which is tentatively due in June. “Rats” is expected to arrive later this month.