Lawsuit from Hell? Metal band members sue ‘satanic’ lead singer, revealing identities to the world

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Many people who have been through the experience of a lawsuit might describe the experience as “hell.” But for one particular lawsuit, that description takes on a whole new meaning.

Several former members of the Swedish doom metal band Ghost have filed a lawsuit against the group’s lead singer, arguing that the “unabashed dishonest, greed, and darkness” of the group wasn’t just confined to their dark, heavy music.

The group Ghost performs entirely in costume with the lead singer, known publicly as Papa Emeritus, in the garb of a satanic priest. The other band members – known only as “Nameless Ghouls,” dressed in costumes and mouthless, horned masks.

Part of the bands mystique was that their true identities were completely hidden from the public. Completely hidden, that is, until a lawsuit filed by some of the Nameless Ghouls revealed their identities to the world.

The litigious Ghouls contend that frontman Papa Emeritus, whose real name is Tobias Forge, “forced them to clean his musty costumes, clashed with them while on tour and financially shortchanged them.”

Forge contends that the Ghouls were only musicians for hire, and thus were never a crucial part of the band.

The Ghouls are seeking unpaid compensation of $22,000.

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