Friday, May 5, 2023

Ghost win Swedish Grammis Award for Impera

Ghost won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at the Swedish Grammis Awards on May 3 at Annexet in Stockholm.

The band was honored for their 2022 album, “Impera”, ahead of fellow nominees Amon Amarth (“The Greatest Heathen Army”), Arch Enemy (“Deceivers”), The Halo Effect (“Days Of The Lost”), and Watain (“The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain”).

"For some reason I thought this would happen earlier in the evening,” Ghost leader Tobias Forge said while accepting the award (translated from Swedish). “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, 'F**k 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 Åhlund, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare, Max Grahn... and a whole lot of other people. Everyone from Universal, Nicholas, Christian, BMG, Live Nation has been there and helped us so much. Thank you very much everyone who has been involved!"

“Impera” topped the Swedish charts last year to deliver Ghost its fourth straight No. 1 album in their homeland, joining 2013’s “Infestissumam”, 2015’s “Meliora”, and 2018’s “Prequelle.”

The Swedish rockers will release a covers EP, “Phantomime”, on May 18; recently previewed with a version of the 1991 Genesis track, “Jesus He Knows Me”, the five-track project features songs originally recorded by Iron Maiden, Tina Turner, The Stranglers and Television.

“Phantomime” will arrive in sync with Ghost’s first live dates of the year, beginning with a spring series of European festival and headline dates that will open on May 21 in Rouen, France.

Pick up your copy of “Impera” here.

See also:

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