Powerhouse metal singer and New York City personality Militia Vox has just released her covers EP Bait. To celebrate, Ghost Cult is proud to premiere her video, for her powerful rendition of Tina Turner’s 80’s rock classic ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)’, the hit theme song to the film Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome. .
See the video here:
Best known as the front woman of several bands such as Judas Priestess (the world’s only all-woman tribute to the metal gods, Judas Priest), Swear On Your Life, and Disciples of Astaroth. She is a well known talent as a multi-instrumentalist was well. (vocals, songwriter, arranger, keys/synth, rhythm guitar)
Militia Vox has lent her vocals to legends such as Dee Snider, Cyndi Lauperand Living Colour, and was a VJ and music/style expert for networks like FUSE, Much Music USA, MTV2, andVH1(“Heavy Metal Makeover,” “Soundtrack For Your Life,” “Tastemaker,” “A Night With…”).
The waiting is over, and Ghost Cult Magazine is delighted to announce that our official Album of the Year for 2014 is Behemoth‘s modern day classic The Satanist (Metal Blade / Nuclear Blast).
Released on 3rd February to immediate critical and fan acclaim, the bands tenth album progressed the blackened death metal sound that had formed the background of their successful career to date and propelled them to even greater heights.
Even back then writer James Conway predicted the album would do well in terms of our end of year list:
“It’s clear that a whole lot of thought and talent has gone into the crafting of The Satanist. The songwriting is clear and consistent, the band sound tight and utterly in control and the album feels like a glorious declaration of victory. Far from rehashing old ideas, Nergal and his cohorts have crafted a concoction of songs with a stunning level of variety, power and bite. This is their best album to date and an early contender for album of the year. Welcome back and fuck cancer!” You can read the 9/10 review in full here
Speaking to Senior Editor Ross Baker, main man Nergal said at the time:
“The fact that I am healthy and I have the deadliest weapon that Behemoth has ever created in my hands makes my life complete. When people listen to The Satanist, it will stimulate them in many different ways.”
It isn’t just the fact that Adam “Nergal” Darski had successfully recovered from leukemia, this is no award given out of sympathy, but a celebration of an excellent record. In an age of good, The Satanist is great, an album of significance. Starting out with the writhing ‘Blow Your Trumpets, Gabriel’ through to the epic closer ‘O Father O Satan O Sun’, not just the best track Behemoth have ever produced but one of the best extreme metal songs of the modern age, The Satanist is a dark, complex, aggressive, challenging and intriguing record that ticks every Extreme Metal box imaginable.
No hyperbole, a truly great album, worthy of the title of Album of the Year 2014.
Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd vows he will be behind the drumkit when they tour the world in 2015. He is currently on bail after being charged with threatening to kill and possession of drugs in November, and faces a jail term of up to seven years if he is found guilty.
He has claimed that the charges are “ludicrous” and adds:
“Everyone listens to the wrong people. They should listen to me. I’m a good guy – and a pretty good drummer, by the way. Ask Angus; he’ll tell you.”
He says of his current predicament:
“This has just been a big ball of cheese, and all the rats are gathering and having a piece. That’s just life. But that’s not who I am.”
“I’m going back to work with AC/DC – and I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t.”
Angus Young has said last month how Rudd had been difficult during the recording of their 17th album Rock Or Bust, and then failed to appear for a video and photo shoot in London in October. He was replaced on screen by Bob Richards of Welsh blues outfit Buck & Evans.
The Devil Wears Prada is headlining a spring tour of North America with Born Of Osiris, The Word Alive and Secrets taking part on the “Zombie 5 Tour.” TDWP will be performing their Zombie EP in its entirety each night.
Prior to the tour, The Devil Wears Prada will be headlining The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on January 19, 2015 for the Ernie Ball BOTB finals.
Jan 19: The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 15: Rocketown – Nashville, TN
Mar 17: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Mar 18: Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 20: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 21: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Mar 22: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar 24: Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 25: Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 27: The Door – Dallas, TX
Mar 28: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
Mar 29: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Mar 31: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 01: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr 03: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Apr 04: Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
Apr 06: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Apr 07: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 08: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr 09: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 10: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr 11: Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Apr 13: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Apr 14: Anthology – Rochester, NY
Apr 15: Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 16: House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Circuits Of Suns will self-release a new, self titled album in early 2015. The band features current and former members of Through The Eyes Of The Dead, My Bitter End and We Are The Romans. Check out a teaser video here, and several songs are streamed here.
A three-hour drive brought me to New Haven for the first time in almost exactly a year. I had gone down for a GWAR show back then as well. I remember being excited about having Iron Reagan on the bill. This was only my second time going to the venue and it was strange to be back in the last place that we had seen Dave (Brockie) before he passed away just three months later I didn’t remember it being so packed, especially not with so many bro’s and wannabe thugs. It was a weird crowd and there were a lot of fights throughout the evening.
Openers American Sharks took the stage first. I had no idea who they were before the show but I was pleasantly surprised. Stoner metal from Texas, I dug it. If you like groups like The Sword or Red Fang, you’ll likely enjoy them as well. I was only able to catch about the last third or so of their set due to medical emergencies involving police and pizza. Hopefully they’ll come back around with a date somewhere in MA next time.
Corrosion of Conformity were in the middle of the action and opened their set with ‘Seven Days’ before transitioning into ‘Brand New Sleep’ off of their last album; IX (Candlelight Records). I had expected more of a plug of newer material to promote their latest release but I was wrong. We got a decent mix of things including ‘Vote with a Bullet’, ‘Psychic Vampire’, and personal favorite of mine in ‘Deliverance’. CoC always puts on a great show and they had every head moving in the building.
Third time seeing GWAR since Dave’s passing, second stop on the current tour, and, somehow, it never gets old. Just like last time, the set opened with ‘Fly Now’ accompanied by Oderus Urungus on a screen. I understand that they are paying tribute to the fallen but it still makes me uncomfortable. Kill all of the babies, politicians, and celebrities that you want but this just hits too close to home. I still can’t get over how great it is to have Michael Bishop back in the swing of things. Whether you like Blothar or not, the man is a top notch performer and I love his digs at Beefcake the Mighty(Jamison Land). All in all, the Scumdogs gave us a nineteen song set including staples like ‘The Private Pain of Sawborg Destructo’ and ‘Hate Love Songs’. A tribute was paid to their fallen brothers in the form of a moment of violence in which every was encourage to let out a war cry. My voice cracked from one too many Jager Bombs, but damn, did it feel good. The last few songs of the performance consisted of the band’s renditions of ‘West End Girls’ by Pet Shop Boys and ‘People Who Died’ by The Jim Carroll Band, the combination ofwhich went on to win this year’s A.V. Undercover competition.
I held myself together far better than the last two times I saw the band. I blame it on them not having played ‘Gor-Gor’ this time around, but it’s okay, I didn’t mind. Like most, I managed to save my tears for ‘The Road Behind’, which makes slightly more sense than getting emotional over a song about a zombie T-Rex. I can’t say what will happen in the future, but, we’ve got one tour behind us and things are starting to look up.
Early in 2013 Scandinavian rockers Audrey Horne put the cat well and truly among the rock pigeons, with a stand-out third album Youngblood. Eighteen months further on and follow-up Pure Heavy is cooling in the racks and the band are back doing what they do best, bringing their brand of rock n’fuckin’ roll to the live stage… In the second part of our feature, Ghost Cult was delighted to catch up with live wire front man Toschie Rod and take thechance to reflect on 2014, shoot the breeze over the music scene and discuss Christmas shopping for the kids.
Moving on to other things now; apart from your own album, what’s been the best record you’ve heard this year?
Right now 24 Carat Gold (Reprise) by Stevie Nicks is utterly amazing; she is such a great singer and a great songwriter; it’s just a mind-blowingly great record. When I hear it I was (*makes jaw dropping expression*): just wow. I love the last Mastodon album (Once More Round the Sun – Reprise) – they always manage to be interesting. I love Against Me! and their last album (Transgender Dysphoria Blues –Total Treble/Xtra Mile) had great songs and she sings tremendously well; the way they are so honest about everything makes it, for me, a better record; I know that people say that it’s just the music that should do the talking and I appreciate that point of view but, here, the honesty about their journey as a band makes the record even more compelling. The other record I have been listening to a lot is Phosphorescent Harvest (Silver Arrow) by the Chris Robinson Brotherhood; he is a singer that I really admire and it’s a record that stuck in my head. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with the YOB (album- that is a brilliant record too. Jesus, there have been so many amazing records this year….
Once this tour is over, will you be heading back to Norway for Christmas?
Yes, absolutely. We will all be going back to our families. It will be nice to spend time at home just having a nice quite time with the family, the kids and some nice food and fine wine.
What do you want for Christmas?
You know, it’s funny. People often ask me what I want for Christmas and I don’t need a lot so I don’t ask for a lot. Some new vinyls would be nice and if you’re offering I can give you a list! Seriously, though, this is all about spending time with the family and having a nice time.
Have you decided what you’re getting the kids?
Oh, that’s done already. They are at the age when they want their own mobile phones so…I’m being a good dad and getting them mobile phones
Once the holiday season is out of the way, what are your plans for 2015?
We will definitely be doing some more touring. We are hoping to be announcing a big tour with a huge band for next year plus some headline tours of our own. Although we have made a lot of progress over the past few years, the best way to grow our band is to get out to as many people as possible so mixing it up by doing a big support slot as well as our own shows is probably the best way to grow our band. We have some new ideas for songs so we will spend some time writing as well. We haven’t decided whether to go into the studio or not at the moment but we probably will have enough stuff to put out an EP that can support one of the tours but its early days at the moment – you’ll have to be patient.
KISS has collaborated with Japanese pop group Momorio Clover Z on a new single called ‘Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina”, releasing on January 28, 2015. The song was written by KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics written by Yuho Iwasato.
The song will be released in two versions – “Momoclo Edition” and “KISS Edition” – via iTunes in 120 countries. A music video for the track, featuring both bands, has already been shot in Las Vegas. Both the “Momoclo Edition” and “KISS Edition” of “Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” will feature the title track and one same coupling song, but the “KISS Edition” will include the track titled “Samurai Son”, which was made using “Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina” as its base. It is sung by KISS while MOMORIO CLOVER Z members participate on vocals. The “Momoclo Edition” will come with a Blu-ray disc which contains the music video for the title track instead.
“Samurai Son” will also be made available on KISS’ upcoming Japanese compilation “Best Of KISS 40″, alongside 19 tracks spanning the band’s four-decade career and a DVD featuring three exclusive live performances.
MOMORIO CLOVER Z will open for KISS on March 3 at the Tokyo Dome.
Best Of KISS 40 track listing:
01. Samurai Son (U.S. mix) (KISS vs. MOMOIRO CLOVER Z)
02. Rock And Roll All Nite
03. Shout It Out Loud
05. Hard Luck Woman
06. Detroit Rock City
07. Calling Dr. Love
08. Christine Sixteen
09. Love Gun
10. I Was Made For Lovin’ You
12. I’m A Legend Tonight
13. Lick It Up
14. Heaven’s On Fire
15. Tears Are Falling
16. Crazy Nights
17. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
18. Psycho Circus
19. Modern Day Delilah
20. Hell Or Hallelujah
01. Psycho Circus
02. Shout It Out Loud
03. Hell Or Hallelujah
Former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derek Bonner has joined the yet-unnamed new band featuring former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover. Bonner parted ways in Scar The Martyr in April 2014 after recording one record.
Broderick appeared on SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin on Wednesday, December 17, 2014’s edition of Liquid Metal’s “666-LIVE” call-in show, and spoke about the new band:
“Through talking with Shawn Drover, we’ve talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, ‘Hey, why don’t we put the stuff out? Why don’t we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?’ So we formed a band, we’re working with a killer singer — he’s awesome — and we’ve got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we’re really excited about where that’s gonna go.”
Broderick spoke about the name of the new band:
“Here’s the funny thing: we have many names. But the problem today is that there are so many bands out there that the first thing we’ve gotta do is run them by trademark and make sure that we can get… We don’t wanna run into the ‘GHOST’ and the ‘GHOST B.C.’ issue, right?! So we’re looking into trademarks on the names, and I would love to tell you, but we wanna save some of it for our official press release, and we’ll talk about the singer then, and we’ll have the record label on board by then.”
About whether the musical ideas used in the new band were originally presented to Megadeth:
“Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I’d be, like, ‘Oh, this isn’t appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.’ I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I’ve gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it’s not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back.”
Japanese pop-metal outfit Babymetal will their DVD/Blu-Ray Live At Budokhan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse on January 7, 2015. A trailer for the DVD can be viewed here.
The DVD set consists of the band’s Nippon Budokhan performances from March 2014, when the three Babymetal singers/performers became the youngest artists to ever appear at the famed venue.
Live At Budokan: Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse will be made available in three formats: a DVD/Blu-ray box featuring both Nippon Budokan concerts (with the first dubbed “Red Night” and second “Black Night”); a CD titled Live At Budokan: Red Night containing an audio recording of the first Budokan show (the initial pressing of the CD will include the code to digitally download the new song “The One”, which is a collaboration between BABYMETAL’s production team and guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE); and a Limited Box exclusive to the BABYMETAL fan club members, “Live At Budokan ‘Budo-Can’ – The One – Limited Box”, a can-shaped package featuring the DVD/Blu-ray of both nights, plus the exclusive CD “Live At Budokan: Black Night” containing the audio recording of the second Budokhan concert.