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The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as "the Andrew Lloyd Webber of rock," is Ghost's creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band's four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows. Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock - Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden, and Foreigner. He's a hardcore music junkie.
Ghost's music began as being much heavier, harder and "more metal," but over the band's recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a more catchy, rock/pop sound. Five of the band's songs have hit Billboard's Top 5 Rock chart - "Cirice" claimed the #4 spot in 2015, "From The Pinnacle to the Pit" went to #5 in 2016, and "Square Hammer" (2017), "Rats" (2018), and "Dance Macabre" (2018). All held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. Ghost has received two Grammy nominations: "Best Metal Performance" in 2016 for "Rats," which they won and "Best Rock Album" in 2019.