Young Papa Nihil is back in the new Ghost video for Mary On A Cross

Papa Nihil
(Image credit: Ghost / YouTube)

Ghost have been teasing us over the past couple of days with random Santa Claus appearances and mysterious references to the fictional 1969 gig that was the centre-piece of their Kiss The Go-Goat video, and now, in an official lyric video for viral smash hit Mary On A Cross, the band are indeed revisiting their 60s shenanigans. 

The video sees the return of a young Papa Nihil, the lovably grumpy patriarch of Ghost's world who fronted the original Kiss The Go-Goat video, singing the lyrics of Mary On A Cross as they are flashed across the screen. 

Watch the video below (and do feel free to have a singalong). 

While Mary On A Cross was originally the b-side for Kiss The Go-Goat upon the latter's release in 2019, it took on a life of its own in 2022 courtesy of its use in a TikTok trend that went viral. The song has since become Ghost's most-streamed single, three years after it was first made available.

Earlier this year, Ghost mainman Tobias Forge revealed to Metal Hammer that he first caught wind of Mary On A Cross going viral courtesy of his young daughter, who spotted the song blowing up on TikTok. "I think it was my daughter who spotted it first," Forge explained. "She said, 'I heard Mary On A Cross on TikTok.' She's done that before with other songs. Then I was summoned to a label meeting and they were like, 'Are you aware of what's going on?', and they started presenting stats."

Ghost's latest album, Impera, landed earlier this year to critical acclaim.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.