Ghost frontman Tobias Forge spoke in an interview with News Review and revealed that how satanism affected heavy metal and black metal.

He said that ‘heavy metal, black metal, all that is based upon that cultural satanism’. Interviewer asked if he is a satanist, Forge responded:

“From a strictly Christian point of view, if that means believing in a physical, half man, half-ram living in the underground, no, I don’t believe there is such a thing. I’m not the opposite either.

And you know, I’m sure in the eyes of the beholder, if I was put in front of true god-fearing bible thumpers, I would probably be regarded as a Satanist … just because I’m not a god-fearing bible thumper.

But the concept of Satanism has many, many forms… In the last 50 years now, ever since [Anton] LaVey and pop-cultural Satanism, when that rose in the latter of the part of ’60s with the Church of Satan, and Black Sabbath and Black Widow and Coven and that sort of hippie Satanism, which at the end of the day, heavy metal, black metal, all that is based upon that cultural Satanism. I grew up with that.

So from that point of view, I would definitely say that culturally, I am definitely, for lack of better way of putting it, I’m a devil-liking kind of guy. But … I wouldn’t sacrifice a baby to a half-ram that I believe to be living in the underground. … And I would never ever encourage anyone to do that.

Click here to entire interview.

Ghost’s latest album “Prequelle” was released on June 1, 2018. Tobias said that new Ghost album might be arrive next year.

A week ago during the recent interview with Cameron Buchholtz, Tobias Forge explained what we should expect from the band in the near future. Click here.