Skip to main content

Ghost debut new single, new masks and new Strats during the first show of their co-headline US tour with Volbeat

[L-R] Tobias Forge and a Nameless Ghoul
(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

It's only been a week since Ghost announced their fifth studio album Impera, and dropped a haunting new single, Call Me Little Sunshine. And now, Tobias Forge and co have debuted another new song on their current co-headline tour with Volbeat, Kaisarion.

The band opened with the fresh track during their set at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday (January 25), before playing a 16-track set including classics like Cirice, Dance Macabre and Square Hammer

The set also featured the live premieres of Hunter's Moon – the first single from Impera, which arrived in September – and the band's rendition of Metallica's Enter Sandman, which they submitted to the thrash icons' sprawling Metallica Blacklist compilation album last year.

During the set, Ghost's Nameless Ghouls donned fresh getups, swapping out their long-worn silver masks for new gas mask-style headgear. Additionally, the Ghoul handling lead guitar duties appears to have traded his Hagstrom Fantomen electric guitar for a modified Fender Stratocaster with single coil-sized rail humbucker pickups.

We're currently unsure if Kaisarion will be the album's official third single, following Call Me Little Sunshine and Hunter's Moon.

Ghost and Volbeat's joint US tour continues tonight (January 27) at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, and will span 26 dates in total, wrapping up at the Honda Center in Anaheim on March 3.

Check out Ghost's full setlist from the Reno Events Center below.

  1. Kaisarion (worldwide premiere)
  2. Rats
  3. From the Pinnacle to the Pit
  4. Mary on a Cross
  5. Devil Church
  6. Cirice
  7. Hunter's Moon (live premiere)
  8. Faith
  9. Helvetesfönster (abridged)
  10. Year Zero
  11. Ritual
  12. Mummy Dust
  13. Kiss the Go-Goat
  14. Enter Sandman (Metallica cover, live premiere)
  15. Dance Macabre
  16. Square Hammer

Ghost's fifth full-length, Impera, arrives March 11 via Loma Vista/Concord. According to the band, it will transport fans “hundreds of years forward from the 14th century Europe Black Plague era” of their previous album, 2018's Prequelle.

“The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon,” they explain. “Over the course of Impera's 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made...

“All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop, making Impera a listen like no other – yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.” 

Take a look at the album's tracklisting below.

  1. Imperium  
  2. Kaisarion  
  3. Spillways  
  4. Call Me Little Sunshine  
  5. Hunter’s Moon  
  6. Watcher In The Sky  
  7. Dominion  
  8. Twenties  
  9. Darkness At The Heart Of My Love  
  10. Grift Wood  
  11. Bite Of Passage  
  12. Respite On The Spital Fields  

Ghost Impera album cover

(Image credit: Ghost)

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.