Ghost frontman Tobias Forge spoke in an interview with Albuquerque Journal and revealed his guitarist selection criteria for Ghost.

He said that he prefers old-school guitar players instead of shredders who plays a million notes a minute. Here’s the statement:

“If you are a guitar player in this band, it’s very old school, it’s very much old rock style. I am an old-school guitar player. I’m not an ’80s-’90s sort of shredder who plays a million notes a minute. I am way more ’60s-’70s kind of style, and I write very ’60s-’70s.

If you come in like a typical modern drummer who is used to playing only with tricks and double kick and, like, big, big, big, fast roles but you can’t play a swinging shuffle, then you can’t play in Ghost whatsoever.

You need to have spent your time from playing Top 40 pop rock in order to know how to play a song like ‘Ritual’, a song like ‘Absolution’ or ‘Idolatrine’. You need to know your classic drumming and your classic guitar.

You can’t have people in the band who’s like only metal, either, but if you don’t know metal, you can’t play Ghost anyway because there are elements in my guitar playing that are very, very, very based on me having played death metal, like ’80s death metal, so you would have to play a Slayer riff as well.

You need to be sort of equally familiar with Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple as you are with the more extreme forms of metal, generally. So it’s not for everyone.”

Ghost’s recent album “Prequelle” was released on June 1, 2018 via Loma Vista. The album  sold 66,000 copies in its first week, with 61,000 of those being “traditional” album sales.

Click here to entire interview.