Ghost's album cycles have a certain degree of predictability to them at this point – they'll release a full-length and then a covers EP to tide everyone over until the next release. Except now frontman Tobias Forge is heavily hinting at Ghost already having recorded a new EP (we assume) for 2019 that consists of exactly zero cover songs.
I say "we assume" because Forge says the band's intention is "not to release just another EP of covers. There might be something else coming out next year." So who knows what "something" is actually is. Forge also tells 100.5 The KATT that Ghost is aiming to do a live film and it sounds like the band already has a plan on how to accomplish that.
"My intention is not to release just another EP of covers. There might be something else coming out next year, maybe, that might have been recorded already, that won't be covers. If the production on the live front gets to the point where I want it to be, and if we happen to play two dates at a venue that caters to the full production and it's somewhere geographically where there's an audience who is very, very, very avid and very lively, I would love to record a film — a live, visual capture. The problem is that you don't wing that – you need to do it in a venue where you're playing two nights in a row; it needs to be sold out; it needs to be huge; and it needs to be a very, very vivid crowd that's fun to film and fun to look at. Sometimes, it kind of rules out certain cities."
"People can be super-passionate, but they can be very, very still. Certain countries just have a way to sort of appreciate things very noddingly — they're nodding and they're applauding and they have a drink in their hands, whereas if you go to Buenos Aires, they will fuckin' trash the place, which is so much more fun to look at from a video point of view. Depending on those things, it's definitely on my to-do list. I definitely want to do our statement sort of video capturing of our live show, but that requires a lot of stars to align, so we'll see if that happens on this cycle or the next cycle."
It's also worth noting that Ghost surprise released their 2016 EP Popestar. So who knows when this new release will be coming out and how extensive it'll be?