Ghost frontman Tobias Forge was interviewed by Guitar World and opened up about how Metallica lead singer James Hetfield contributed a lot to Ghost’s popularity and commercial success.

As you probably know, Metallica began their The WorldWired Tour on February 6, 2016, in San Francisco to support their tenth studio album entitled ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.’ Different bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira, and Ghost with many more joined Metallica for the opening act.

According to Tobias Forge, Ghost’s opening for Metallica in their tour’s European leg was a turning point for them. Ghost collaborated with the band once again for ‘The Metallica Black List’ with their ‘Enter Sandman’ cover. Their performance received very positive reviews from metalheads.

In a recent interview, Forge drew attention to Hetfield’s support for Ghost since the band was founded by defining it as the key element. During their tours, Metallica frontman, who has preserved his fame and success for years, became their sensei and guided Ghost to help them pursue a successful musical career.

In Forge’s words, he said:

Their support has been key. Ever since James started pushing the band about 10 years ago, from that moment on we definitely rose to bigger fame. We performed at their festival Orion Music + More, and we also did some touring together with them when they were doing Sonisphere.

Eventually, they asked us to support them on an entire tour. So I’d say that we have had a mentor/student sort of relationship. It feels, you know, like the most Miyagi of dojos – you get the hand of the sensei on you.

You can check out their cover below.