A bit of the mask has been pulled off Ghost this week, with one of the band's Nameless Ghouls revealing his identity.
Martin Persner -- aka Omega and Quintessence -- has become the first Ghoul to reveal himself publicly, with an online video clip, saying, "Hi, my name is Martin, and I've been part of the rock band Ghost for seven years.Since July of last year -- 2016, that is -- I'm no longer a part of Ghost, as some of you have noticed. The reasons why we'll take at another date, not today. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to everyone that has supported us, and me, and having come to the shows and all the tours and everything. I'm very, very happy and humbled for having been able to do this, and I'd like to say a massive thanks to every one of you from the bottom of my heart."
Video revealing 'M. Persner' as one of the Nameless Ghouls from the rockband Ghost. Produced by Artax Film in February of 2017. Information about MCC can be found here: Website: www.mcc-official.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/MCCmagnacartacartel/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0AW5EtfwciGJ4nl7u57NFP
It's been rumored that Ghost frontman Papa Emeritus -- thought to be Swedish musician Tobias Forge -- has cleaned house of all the Nameless Ghouls and is recording Ghost's next album with an entirely new band.
Persner, meanwhile, has reactivated his new band, Magna Carta Cartel, which has released a new song and video called "Sway" that will come out as a limited edition vinyl single on April 20.
MCC [Magna Carta Cartel]: We are MCC from Sweden. We play magical rock music. MCC writes and performs "Radio-edited movie themes, for daily life and death".
Ghost, meanwhile, is working on a new album that's expected out before the end of the year. It will follow last year's EP Popestar, and a Nameless Ghoul who may or may not still be part of Ghost told us that new material is piling up:
"I'm usually piling stuff up, and then by the time it comes to pre-production that's when you sort of start going through it and see, then all of a sudden a new song comes...When you start recording the demos and all that I usually get very inspired and work a lot faster. I think that we have a pretty good idea of what we're doing next."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.