A preview of what appears to be Ghost‘s new single, “Rats,” has emerged online ahead of the track’s official debut.
The 26-second excerpt comes just days before the full song’s rumored arrival on Thursday evening (April 12th) or Friday morning (April 13th). “Rats” is taken from the Swedish band’s upcoming fourth album, for which more details are also said to be arriving at the end of this week.
Ghost frontman Tobias Forge told Loudwire about “Rats,” “When I was a kid, there was a concert called the Moscow Peace Festival . . . Ozzy Osbourne opened with ‘I Don’t Know,’ and it’s such a f**king great opening track. This was in front of like 80,000 people, who went nuts. I wanted to have that feel with ‘Rats.’ It’s supposed to feel like that sort of opening track. A song that could get 80,000 people to jump. If you ever want to play bigger places, you need to have records that sound like you’re playing in big places.”
Forge, a.k.a. Papa Emeritus and Cardinal Copia, said about the group’s new LP, “Essentially, it’s a record about survival, even though it’s a record totally drenched with the threat of death. But for me, it is pure, very honest, very real, and for lack of a better phrase, very sincere.”
Cardinal Copia is the replacement for Papa Emeritus III and made his live debut last week at a private, three-song acoustic performance in Chicago.