Ghost to 'Replace' Papa Emeritus Again, Says Ghoul

Member claims current frontman is "real asshole" - and considers Conchita Wurst collaboration on third album.

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Mysterious Swedish outfit Ghost are preparing to replace frontman Papa Emeritus II, claims one of the Nameless Ghouls (via Classic Rock).

And he alleges they're considering a collaboration with bearded drag act and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

The original lead character was exchanged ahead of the launch of second album Infestissumam, launched last year – although it's widely believed the same person remained under a new outfit.

Last night an unidentified band member told TeamRock at Sonisphere Finland: "There will definitely be a third; we're looking into the options right now. We're trying to work out who's the best candidate.

"Number II is a real asshole so we're looking for someone with a different approach to things. He still has to be an entertainer, but we're narrowing down the contenders."

On a more serious note, the Ghoul said some groundwork has been done on their next studio project. "We have some track title figures out, and we know the album title too, as well as thematically where we're heading.

"Expect some more obscure covers – obviously that's become part of our schtick. We've decided which ones already too."

And he joked: "Perhaps something collaborative with Conchita Wurst might be interesting. It's not like you'd notice her beard, being cloaked and all!"

The Finnish edition of the Sonisphere festival took place yesterday in Helsinki, featuring Slayer, Danzig, Mastodon and Gojira. The UK edition will be held at Knebworth Park on July 4-6, headlined by Metallica, Iron Maiden and the Prodigy.

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    I love this band's sense of humor
    Exhibit A:
    I absolutely love this band and their grassroots, anti-hero, we-aren't-gonna-tell-you-anything attitude. They have fantastic music, fantastic attitude, and an incredibly subversive mentality. It's great.
    Wasn't a fan at first but they've grown on me. I love how they're serious about not being serious with the whole satanic image. I'm a metal head but we have a reputation for being way too serious, and these guys kinda satirize that sort of thing.
    Scott O
    "Number II is a real a$$hole" Did they steal that from an Austin Powers movie?
    I love this band. They make great music and they're hilarious and mysterious.
    Didn't you reed the UG poll? Your opinion is wrong. Jeez... nubcakes deez dayz. Dave Growl to front Ghost? OmgWtfBbqFtw boom.
    Why Is this band considered metal? I don't get it. I do like them though
    because not all metal is "extreme metal", if you don't understand this concept you have no business claiming what is and isn't metal.
    They try so hard to look like King Diamond, it's not even funny. And... they try so hard to sound like Blue Oyster Cult, it's not even funny. That being said, I like them.
    I will be so crushed if Papa leaves before I can see or meet him. Its my dream! I even got him tatted. I LOVE YOU PAPA!!
    I hope you realize it's the same a different outfit. They just claim they are changing front-man...kinda like how the Vatican changes Popes.
    I am pretty sure they're being sarcastic, in fact, I think the whole article is. I'm not trying to be an *******, but it's a pretty common being overly sarcastic in Scandinavia (I'm danish myself).
    Can this band just go away? They're all gimmicks. '60s-inspired music full with gimmicks as their main crowd draw.
    I've said it before; what's wrong with having a stage show? I'm all for it as long as it matches the music, which in this case it surely does.
    or you could just not comment on things you don;t like... how about that?!
    Yes, you're correct. And the problem is?
    There's a revival for that 60's inspired hard rock heavy metal. Rival Sons, Black Spiders, and Black Country Communion. Ghost are giving us a great show along with the music and it shows that they have fun with it.
    I just can't get into this band. Every time I try to listen I say the same thing "this shit is boring as ****".