FORGE VS. VODKA MAKERS Friday May 15 2020, 1:22 AM

The makers of   Ghost , the hand-crafted British ultra-premium vodka, have slammed   GHOST   leader   Tobias Forge   for allegedly initiating a legal dispute over the sale of their product.

The vodka brand, which was launched in June 2015, first revealed the existence of a conflict via a   Facebook   post on Saturday (May 9). The post consisted of a manipulated photo of the Swedish band at the 2016   Grammy Awards , where the group was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category, with   Forge   holding a   Ghost   vodka bottle instead of a   Grammy .

After   BLABBERMOUTH.NET   reported on the alleged legal claim on Tuesday,   Ry Leon , the sales director for   Ghost Drinks Ltd. , provided further information on the dispute in an effort to "clear up a few rumours going around."

Ghost Drinks Ltd. 's full statement to   BLABBERMOUTH.NET   reads as follows:

"Small-batch British drinks brand   Ghost Vodka   are the subject of a legal dispute brought about by the Swedish rock band,   GHOST .

"The band take umbrage to   Ghost Vodka   (trading since 2015) being allowed to title their brand as such, feeling they should have exclusive use of the word 'ghost' across a multitude of different sectors. This is despite their primary business and income deriving from music and not having a competing product in this sector.

" Ghost Vodka   was conceived in 2013 and we launched in June 2015 at Fortnum & Mason in London. Hardly going for the rock metal crowd here. Since then we have nurtured our business to have a presence in 36 countries. At the time of launching we had never heard of the band or   Tobias Forge .

"Since we went public with this there have been a few rumours appearing in various comment sections which we would like to put to rest.

* We are being sued purely because we are called ' Ghost ' vodka. There are no other factors at play here.

* Prior to the meme we posted this week, at no point have we ever used an image of the band to promote our product.

* Fans of the band and fans of rock metal as a whole have never been our target market for this brand.

* Legal documents submitted by the band indicate they have known of the vodka brand since 2016, posing the question why they waited so long until finding an issue with it.

"They are trying to schedule a court case for June in Stockholm, despite the current lockdown and travel ban yet to be lifted on the UK and much of Europe. The band seems determined to take advantage of this, knowing full well that we cannot attend the hearing.

"Our thoughts on the matter? We believe   Tobias Forge   needs the money having recently settled another case out of court. Having observed us since 2016 he now feels that we might have the funds available to provide him with a decent sized settlement. The money made from selling their gin is negligible, the volumes just aren't there. He should stick to what he's good at.

"Until the end of last year we had never heard of   Tobias Forge . Having looked into his background, this is all entirely within character. If he can screw over his own bandmates, he will have now qualms in coming after a small, independent business.

"We respect his success and we can understand how hard he has worked to get where he is, however, there is no excuse for this kind of shitty behaviour on his part."

In April 2017, four former members of   GHOST   sued   Forge   after being dismissed by the group's founder the previous December. They accused the singer of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the band's album releases and world tours.

In 2015,   GHOST   collaborated with Sweden's   Nils Oscar Brewery   on two beers:   Grale   and   Lincopia .

Forge   performed as a "new"   Papa Emeritus   on each of   GHOST 's first three LPs, with each version of   Papa   replacing the one that came before it.   Papa Emeritus III   was retired in favor of   Cardinal Copia   before the release of 2018's   "Prequelle"   album.

Last October,   Forge   confirmed to U.K.'s   Kerrang!   magazine that there would be a new character fronting   GHOST   by the time the group's next LP sees the light of day.

"Prequelle"   debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the chart-topping singles   "Rats"   and   "Dance Macabre" .

In December 2018,   GHOST   nabbed two more   Grammy   nominations, "Best Rock Album" for   "Prequelle"   and "Best Rock Song" for   "Rats" .

Via Blabbermouth


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