Tobias Forge has responded to Ghost being called “not metal enough” by naysayers in the metal community. The Ghost mastermind also reacted to those who use homophobic slurs to describe his band’s evolution, declaring he’s glad those types of people don’t listen to Ghost.
With their last two albums, Prequelle and Impera, Ghost have undoubtedly evolved away from their traditional heavy metal sound, creating music more within the hard rock space. Impera has even been described as a rock opera or like ABBA, both by fans of the band and by Ghost haters.
While speaking with Swedish TV channel SVT for their Hård Rock På Export series, Forge commented on some of the backlash Ghost have received.
“Ever since we released the first album there was always someone for and against the band. The music and my singing style have almost always been the same,” Forge says. [Translation via YouTube CC] “Either they liked it or it was ‘gay.’ Or not metal enough. Then it has usually been called ‘homosexual.’ If they use it negatively like that, I’m perfectly fine with them not liking us. I take it as a badge of honor. I’m happy they don’t listen to us.”
The interviewer proceeded to read a comment on one of Ghost’s Youtube videos, which reads, “Lyrics: Satan. Stage show: Satan. Sounds like: ABBA.”
“I love ABBA, so I’m not mad,” Forge replied.