Ghost mastermind Papa Emeritus got a bit more personal in a recent Elpais interview, saying:
“I am a father who tries to make a living to feed his family, that is my job and I could not be happier.[metalwani_content_ad]
“To my 8-year-old daughter, when we were going to release ‘Meliora,’ I asked her what she wanted the single to be and it was she who chose ‘Cirice.'”
The musician added:
“[International success] is not my goal, my goal is to make our music listen and make people happy, not to cancel concerts.[metalwani_content_ad]
“The problem comes when you become a mass product. As long as your blasphemy is reduced to a minority scene you will not be persecuted, but when you have commercial success, such as Judas Priest in the ’80s or Marilyn Manson in the ’90s, you get the attention and comes the censorship of religious groups.
“It is very hard to argue with stupidity because our lyrics are not about Satan and God, but about humanity and its relationship with a Satan and a God.”