RIP Melina Dellamarggio ghostcultmag

Ghost Cult Magazine is morning the loss of our dear friend and photographer Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography, who passed away this weekend at age 29. Known for her keen photographic eye, artistic passion, and caring demeanor; Melina won over fans, friends, peers and legendary artists alike. She only worked with Ghost Cult for a year and a half, but she was an invaluable member of our staff, covering huge national tours, festivals, underground acts, and music industry events. Her concert photography and writing was also featured in Loudwire, The Phoenix New Times, as well as local and national television outlets and magazines. Melina was also an award winning nature photographer, a talented visual artist, and started shooting sporting events such as NASCAR, and motocross in the last year. She was devoted to several causes such as animal rescue relief, and was also a mentor and a leader among the concert photography community. She touched many people’s lives and she was loved by many. According to her family, a memorial will be planed for the Phoenix, AZ area at a later date. We will continue to keep her light alive through her work and will honor her forever in these pages. You can see some samples of her work below: 

 

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

 

 Chad Smith, by Melina D Photography

Chad Smith, by Melina D Photography

 

 Judas Priest, by Melina D Photography

Judas Priest, by Melina D Photography

 

Mastodon, by Melina D Photography

Mastodon, by Melina D Photography

 

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

 

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

Slipknot, by Melina D Photography

 

Primus, by Melina D Photography

Primus, by Melina D Photography

 

Puscifer, by Melina D Photography

Puscifer, by Melina D Photography

 

Puscifer, by Melina D Photography

Puscifer, by Melina D Photography

 

Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs, by Melina D Photography

Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs, by Melina D Photography

 

Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) at The NAMM Show 2016, by Melina D Photography

Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) at The NAMM Show 2016, by Melina D Photography

 

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Eight Bells, by Melina D Photography

Eight Bells, by Melina D Photography

 

Ghost, by Melina D Photography

Ghost, by Melina D Photography

 

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Adam Wakeman has been on stage and behind the scenes with some of the greats of all time in his various roles with Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, and as the keybordist/backup guitarist for Black Sabbath, plus his own band of prog rock masters Headspace. We chatted with Adam recently about playing the final dates with Sabbath on “The End” tour, the health of Tony Iommi, his future with Ozzy, and how he feels on the occasion of the final year of tours.

 

Are you starting to get sentimental about these final dates, or you won’t get there until later in the next year maybe?

I think I would like to say that I would be thinking about that later towards the end of the tour, but it’s very hard not to feel that it’s something quite special at the beginning, because, no pun intended, it’s the beginning of the end. It’s pretty final, which is quite sad. At the same time, just to be a part of it is amazing. The first ever show I did was 2014 I think … I’m sorry, 2004. It was quite some years ago, and to be honest, I thought that might be my last tour, because you never know from one year to the next, things change. I try not to get too sentimental about it, but it is hard not to feel that you’re part of something special, that’s for sure.

Everybody understands that this is certainly not the end of the career for anybody involved in Black Sabbath. Ozzy is planning solo work, as is Tony. I’m sure you’ll be involved in more solo tours.

That’s the plan. He (Ozzy) knows, you can understand that they, after some 44 odd years, it has to come a time … The touring schedule … I get quite tired sometimes. I’m 41 years old, so when you’re in your late 60s, it has to be harder as well. You can totally understand where they are coming from, and I think that it’s great that they’re doing it on such a great level.


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Especially for Tony, who obviously despite his very public health struggles, has a clean bill of health at the moment. Everybody worries about him and certainly you can only do so much.

Of course. I can only speak from my … If I was in a position like that, I not even sure if I would be doing a final tour. He’s really well, and he’s experienced something that a lot of people unfortunately don’t have the good fortune to be able to experience. He’s had successful treatment, and he’s really well. It’s amazing how they get on with it really. Yeah, it’s a great thing to be a part of.

 

KEITH CHACHKES

 

 

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Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, iconic frontman of Motörhead has been immortalized in a life-sized statue at his favorite hangout, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Lemmy Statue at The Rainbow Bar and Grill

Los Angeles-based artist Travis Moore was selected to create a realistic likeness of Lemmy for the life-size cast bronze statue, which stands at just over six feet tall and will be permanently housed in a special shrine that was constructed in the patio bar area at the Rainbow.

A native of Texas, Travis did his part for free, but there were considerable costs associated with the actual process that ultimately made the statute a reality. A funding campaign was launched by Katon De Pena from classic underground thrash-metal band Hirax, who raised about $23,000 to support the building of the statue.

Lemmy, photo credit Robert John

Lemmy, photo credit Robert John

In an interview recently Moore discussed the making of the statue

“I know they were searching for that hat-coat combo. Photographer Robert John had taken so many good pictures of him and I think that was about the time that they were at the Grammys and ‘Ace Of Spades’ was re-charting. There was really a resurgence for him and you can see that it was a happy time and he looks healthy and good.

“We just wanted to stay away from portraying him in a way that wouldn’t be proper, and he needed to be rocking, a tough-looking dude with a full face and that was the idea.

“There was initially some debate about would he be with a guitar? Would he be sitting at the bar? Would he have a bottle of booze? There were a lot of different options, and coincidentally, even the photo that Robert took, he’s standing there smoking a cigarette. We took that out, more of a liability reason, because someone could break that joker off or get caught on that.

“We don’t need lawsuits or anyone injured or definitely have the statue damaged on top of anything else. But there was a lot of consideration that went into this thing and everyone involved, their number one focus was honoring Lemmy.”

 

Meshuggah band 2016 photo credit Ollie Carlson

Meshuggah, photo credit Ollie Carlson

Meshuggah has released the first single from their highly anticipated new album. ‘Born In Disssonance’ comes off of the The Violent Sleep of Reason, due form Nuclear Blast on October 7th. You can hear the new song at this link or below:

 

In an interview about the track with Rolling Stone, drummer Tomas Haake remarked:

“It ties in with the Biblical Apocalypse, the idea of a deity coming back to undo it all and taking to heaven the ones who are righteous.It’s about a monster that’s coming for us, or maybe an asteroid hurtling towards the earth. It’s always been a weird conundrum for me how some people, even devout people, fear the Apocalypse whilst others welcome it. I’ve never understood that.”

 

Meshuggah -The Violent Sleep Of Reason album cover ghostcultmag

The album was produced by the band and was engineered by Tue Madsen of Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. The Artwork was created by Keerych Luminokaya who created the artwork for Koloss and The Ophidian Trek as well as the new images for each of the 7 albums and 3 EP’s featured in the 25 Years of Musical Deviance box set.

The Violent Sleep Of Reason will be available in the following formats:

Nuclear Blast UK Store:

– Mail-Order Exclusive Box Set*

Limited to 1,000 worldwide

Includes: Latex face mask, (2) stickers, (2) 1.25” buttons, poster flag, certificate of

authenticity

– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Gold Vinyl

– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Silver Vinyl

– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Light Blue/Orange Bi-Coloured Vinyl

Available here: http://nblast.de/MeshuggahNBUK

Recordstore.co.uk:

– Limited Edition Black Double LP

– Limited Edition Double Gatefold Picture Disc

– CD Digipack

Available here: http://nblast.de/MeshuggahRS

 

The Violent Sleep Of Reason track listing:

1. Clockworks

2. Born in Dissonance

3. MonstroCity

4. By the Ton

5. Violent Sleep of Reason

6. Ivory Tower

7. Stifled

8. Nostrum

9. Our Rage Won’t Die

10. Into Decay

 

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Everything is bigger in Texas,” the saying goes. Now, I don’t know about the size of the gentlemen of Texas outfit Die Young, but what I do know is that they are not messing around. As no-nonsense as their message, their newest effort No Illusions (Good Fight Music) starts off swinging a few fists. With their Bolt Thrower-like mix of hardcore and thrash, they take no prisoners.

Before reforming and dropping the record, the band released the single ‘Providence’. In an interview, vocalist Daniel Albaugh said that ‘Providence’ is about preferring a chaotic universe to a universe led by one – sadistic, according to the Old Testament and Albaugh – God. The rest of the record also points to a very anti-theistic message, from the title of the album (No Illusions) to songs like the very sarcastically titled ‘God’s Promises’.

The song Providence itself, in terms of sound, is very reminiscent of a young Hatebreed. Aggressive, no-nonsense, no fancy riffs, just honest hardcore. The slowed-down intro gets the listener amped up for the violence yet to come. With a commanding shout they kick the song into a higher gear, ready to fire up a mean mosh pit.

After ‘Providence’ the album barrels on like a semi-truck, floating between almost Slayer-like thrash and classic Knuckledust-, Blood For Blood-style hardcore. In some songs, like ‘I Repent’, they mix the thumping hardcore backing, with a warp-speed thrash metal shred solo. The two genres go together quite nicely, forming an audio barrage of pure aggression.

However, No Illusions does not really stand out for me. Most of the songs are quite interchangeable, and I have a feeling I’ve heard most of them before. It is a solid record, with solid riffs and a solid sound, but it does not manage to surprise the listener. The songs are good for throwing a beer or two and running into the pit, guns blazing, but it does not really have any memorable hooks or riffs.

6.0/10

SAM C.A. VAN DE LEUR

Summerland Tour 2016 Las Vegas ghostcultmag

 

The 1990s was a simpler time in the world. Before the internet was huge, and before everyone had a cell phone. Before apps, downloading, WiFi, and streaming. The rock music seemed a bit more genuine in the post Nirvana second half of the decade especially and even the bands with hits, didn’t have a hard time being sincere while making catchy rock music for the masses. For four years the annual Summerland Tour has been the traveling home to this party tour that still knows what you did last summer, and every time. Summerland 2016 featured all returning bands from previous tours, each one capable of headlining this show any day: Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, and Sponge. Sponge opened the proceedings and had the shortest set, but they have always been one of the best and most underrated live acts to come from that era. Lit followed with their infectious pop-rock and closed with their biggest hit, ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. Everclear has led this tour several times and the depth of their set list always proves their credibility to this day. Led by Art Alexakis, the band plays hit after hit and still goes pretty hard nightly. Smash radio hits (when radio was radio still) may have softened the fury that Sugar Ray once had in their youth. But you can’t deny the catchiness of the majority of their songs or the fun they bring. Even though they eschewed some of their stronger originals for some odd covers on this tour (EMF and The Ramones) one can’t deny that this music just smacks of warm nights, cold beers, and good memories. Caught and captured for Ghost Cult in Las Vegas by Jesse Lambert of Arch Angel Studios, you can see why year after year the Summerland Tour still packs em in!

 

Sugar Ray, by Arch Angel Studios

Sugar Ray, by Arch Angel Studios

 

Sugar Ray, by Arch Angel Studios

Sugar Ray, by Arch Angel Studios

 

Everclear, by Arch Angel Studios

Everclear, by Arch Angel Studios

 

Lit, by Arch Angel Studios

Lit, by Arch Angel Studios

 

Sponge , by Arch Angel Studios

Sponge , by Arch Angel Studios

PHOTOS BY ARCH ANGEL STUDIOS

 

Anthrax Seth myers backstage ghostcultmag

 

Thrash metal legends Anthrax will appear as musical guests tonight on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Oscar-winning-actor Robert DeNiro is also a guest on the show. Late Night with Seth Meyers airs on NBC at 12:35AM/11:35PMc. The band did a Q and A style event with fans earlier today from backstage at the “Late Night” studios. 

Anthrax is touring behind their recent release For All Kings (Megaforce/Nuclear Blast). After headlining in Europe and playing festivals the band will return to the USA this fall with Slayer and Death Angel.

 

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Of Mice And Men 2016 image003 ghostcultmag

 

Metalcore stars Of Mice & Men have debuted the video for their new single ‘Real’. You can watch the video at this link or below:

Of Mice & Men’s are releasing their highly anticipated new album Cold World on September 9th from Rise Records. Real is the bands’ second video in advance of the new album, after the release of first track/video ‘Pain’, which racked up more than 2.1 million YouTube views. The single for ‘Real’ which premiered recently on SiriusXM’s Octane ahead of the video treatment.

Fans can get ‘Pain’ and ‘Real’ as instant grat downloads by pre-ordering the album from the band or .
iTunes:

The video for ‘Real’ is dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old Cassy Colunga, who recently passed away after battling brain cancer. The band first met with Cassy through the Living The Dream Foundation and upon hearing that her condition worsened, arranged for a visit while recording the album. The band and director Max Moore the spent the day with Cassy and her family, brought her to the studio for a preview of the record (she was the first person outside of the band, producer and engineer to hear the album) and recorded her hand-claps for ‘The Lie’, an epic Cold World track that finds frontman Austin Carlile, himself having known the harrows of suffering from a long term illlness venting his frustrations about the medical system and “calling out the one percent for not taking care of the people they should be. “Now Cassy’s name and the sound of her clapping hands are on the record. It’s something that captures that moment and that relationship forever. When we think about everything we went through to make this record, that’s something that we’ll never forget.”

The band worked with The Marfan Foundation, Living The Dream Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and asked fans to submit video footage of themselves holding signs that answered the question, “What makes you feel real?”

Of Mice & Men are finishing out the string of their dates opening for Slipknot and Marilyn Manson wrapping up the remaining dates on their summer arena tour before celebrating the release of Cold World with a string of special album release shows in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati and New Orleans. Those performances will see the band performing Cold World live in its entirety for the first time ever. The shows will take place between the band’s scheduled performances at a number of major festivals in the U.S. Tickets are available and bundled with a copy of Cold World. Of Mice & Men’s headlining U.K. tour comes next, kicking off September 30 in Birmingham.

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