Published Jan 17, 2013Much mystery surrounds the membership of Swedish metal act Ghost, but there's at least one familiar face embedded between the cloaked crew of ghouls on an upcoming cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette": Dave Grohl.
The band revealed that Grohl both produced and hits the skins on the number, which appears on the flip of Ghost's upcoming "Secular Haze" single. It arrives on 10-inch wax and CD on April 17 via Loma Vista Recordings, ahead of the band's Infestissumam LP.
"We are Swedish, and ABBA has always been a very, very strong part of our modern musical heritage. We all grew up with their music very present," the band had previously told Decibel of the tributary track. "Not only that — ABBA basically took a few hundred years of traditional Swedish music and made it into pop songs. I'm talking about folk music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Anybody outside Scandinavia probably isn't familiar with those tones or musical language. But one of the reasons ABBA broke through so enormously first in Sweden was probably because of their folk music influences. I think anyone from Scandinavia is easily infatuated with that sort of music, so ABBA has a deeper meaning to us, I think."
You can catch a live clip of Ghost tackling the ABBA track, as well as the symphonically spooky original, down below.
As for Grohl, it appears the guest appearance is just another in a long string of recent activities from the always-on-the-go Foo Fighters leader. In recent months, we've seen him jamming with his old Nirvana bandmates and Paul McCartney as part of his Sound City project, and commit to drumming duties on the next Queens of the Stone Age LP.