PODCAST: Episode 77 – Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on “Guardians”

Ghost Cult caught up with Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on their brand new album Guardians, coming out April 3rd, 2020, via Fearless Records. Jake chatted all about the theme of the new album of support and not being afraid to reach out for help, relevant themes at this time. He also discussed the writing of the album, the band’s approach to recording, how the band has achieved longevity, how the goals of the band and the new album align with Jake’s foundation Heart Support (https://heartsupport.com), and Jake’s feelings on the bands’ debut release Thrill Seeker! You can purchase Guardians here. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice

It’s been four years since the German Extreme Metal act, Heaven Shall Burn, released their last album. After Wanderer (Century Media Records) came out, these hard-hitting fellas took a very justified break. Now with batteries recharged, they’re back with an adventurous new release. The band gifted us with the double album, Of Truth and Sacrifice (Century Media Records) earlier this month and it’s making quite the impression. Known for their aggressive sound and topical lyrics, this ninth full-length release is taking these extreme characteristics to a new level. The band has been around for nearly twenty-five years and they are still taking their massive sound to some exciting, uncharted territories. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #360: Messaging and the Coronavirus

In this time of coronavirus, you can definitely still market your music and sell merch. However, it takes a certain tact and an understanding that a lot of people going through a tough time. Curtis and Keefy get deep on the tone of your messaging. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #360 is streaming now and it’s all about  Messaging and the Coronavirus! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Solar Flare – “Medieval”

Ohio Power Metal champs Solar Flare will release their self-titled debut album on May 23rd! Today Ghost cult brings you their new single, ‘Medieval’! The track features guest keyboardist Peter Danielsen from Legend of Valley Doom. This powerful band has opened up for great and diverse bands such as Anthrax and Sonata Arctica to Crobot and Joe Lynn Turner, a testament to their rising status in the scene! Check out ‘Medieval’ now! Continue reading

David Ellefson Will Release New Solo Single, “Simple Truth”, in April

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will release “Simple Truth”, the new single from his solo band ELLEFSON, in April, with all proceeds going to Italian COVID-19 relief. The track, co-written by Ellefson and vocalist Thom Hazaert, with Italian guitarist and drummer Andy Martongelli and Paolo Caridi, will appear on the upcoming follow-up to David’s 2019 release Sleeping Giants. The album is a compilation featuring several new songs and reworkings of previous Ellefson instrumental solo material co-written and produced by Ellefson and Hazaert. Sleeping Giants was released as a companion album “soundtrack” to Ellefson’s 2019 biography More Life With Deth, also co-written with Hazaert. The group worked on the album remotely, recording tracks in Italy, London, Phoenix, and Wisconsin during the quarantine. Continue reading

Hospital Of Death Reissues Their Classic Albums

At a time when most of the world is in quarantine or enforcing some form of lockdown, where the most commonly used phrases are “self-isolation”, “social distancing”, and “what the actual fuck is Trump saying now?”, the currently disbanded, but appropriately named Hospital of Death are aiming to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection by increasing the dosage of thrash metal into your ears. Continue reading

Metallica to Stream Live in Paris Concert Tonight for #MetallicaMonday

Metallica continues their livestream concert series on Monday’s (for the foreseeable future) tonight! Watch Metallica: Live In Paris for free tonight At 8 PM EDT via YouTube or Facebook. This edition of #MetallicaMondays features Live in Paris – September 8, 2017, for free! The show will be on demand for you to enjoy all week! Subscribe to Metallica on their socials for more information! Continue reading