On January 26, Swedish rockers GHOST will release a new version of their song “spill” with a guest appearance by DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott.
“spill” is taken away GHOST‘s fifth album, “rules”which was released in March 2022.
Last year, GHOST main man Tobias Forge told Metal Hammer magazine that he thought DEF LEPPARD was “amazing” and added that “going into (‘imperial’), I thought I’d see if I could make it a little more like DEF LEPPARD did it.”
For his part, Elliott told Metal Hammer in April 2022 that he was introduced to GHOST‘s music through DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. “He said, ‘Here, have you heard of this band.’ GHOST? It’s like this kind of Scando goth metal, but with brilliant melodies.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s an oxymoron, because it’s normal (making unintelligible singing noises like someone throwing up in a bucket).’ But he played me something – a few minutes each of a few songs. I was really intrigued so I asked him Dropbox me the new album. I listened to the whole thing and I thought it was absolutely fantastic. It’s like a whole new genre of music – it’s much more TOTO than death metal or something. It’s like the song ‘waste roads’. It starts like that ‘Hold the line’ by TOTO or ‘Jane’ by JEFFERSON STARSHIP — one of those classic ’70s songs that starts on the piano before these big, fat chords come in.”
At the time, Joe Told you “rules” had been his “go-to album” for at least a few weeks. I’ve downloaded it to my Apple Watch so I can march away and listen to it. I only have a few albums in there and GHOST is one of them.”
Asked if he had been contacted by GHOST for a collaboration, Joe said, “Not yet. Maybe they will. We have (country singer) Alison Krauss on our new album we did things with Taylor Swift 10 years ago. We’re not afraid to partner with anyone.”
“rules” sold 70,000 equivalent album units in the US in its first week of release to land at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marked the third top 10 album – and fifth top 40 chart set – for the Swedish act. The 12-song effort was produced by Class Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.
“rules” landed at No. 1 in Germany and Sweden, No. 2 in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Norway, No. 3 in Australia, No. 5 in France and Ireland and No. 20 in Italy.
Forge the work with the follow-up to the 2018s “Prequel” with Åhlund and Swedish co-authors Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontarewhose credits include Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Tobias told Metal hammer magazine about “spill”: “This is an elegy for the darkness that most people have inside. When you have a dam, the drains are the drains so the dam doesn’t overflow. The darkness inside us has to find a way out.”