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Listen to 30 seconds of new Ghost song Rats

A brief 26-second snippet of a brand new Ghost song has been leaked on the internet.

Titled Rats, the song will appear on the Swedish band’s much-anticipated fourth album. According to frontman Tobias Forge, it is Ghost’s version of a stadium rock anthem.

“When I was a kid, there was a concert called the Moscow Peace Festival,” Forge told Loudwire. “It was broadcast on TV. Ozzy Osbourne opened with I Don't Know, and it's such a fucking great opening track. This was in front of, like, 80,000 people, who went nuts. I wanted to have that feel with Rats. It's supposed to feel like that sort of opening track. A song that could get 80,000 people to jump."

Rats features the first appearance of the band’s ‘new’ singer, Cardinal Copia, who was recently unveiled in a series of videos. The Cardinal made his live debut  at a low-key show in Chicago on April 6.

The new album’s title and release date are still to be confirmed, though Forge recently revealed that there would be a theme running through it.

“It’s themed around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging on to a lot of very current things,” he told Revolver magazine. “The Black Death is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil – and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit."

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.