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In a new feature for Ghost Cult, Chris Hornbrook (Senses Fail/Poison The Well) runs down his drum kit from top to bottom, explaining the choices he makes when using certain gear. Catch Chris all summer on the Vans Warped Tour with Senses Fail. Thanks Chris!

 

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Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

Chris Hornbrook, photo provided by ChrisHornbrook.com

 

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Ghost Cult is pleased to present an exclusive stream of a new track from Prophets of Saturn, ‘Witch Rider’. The song comes from their forthcoming album Retronauts (HeviSike Records), releasing on July 17th, and can be heard at this link or below via Soundcloud

 

Indicative of their style, ‘Witch Rider’ is a tripped-out, fuzz-laden jamfest where riffs rule, grooves slink and sway, and copious amounts of blotter tabs and shrooms might help you understand the lyrics. Fans of bands like Cream, Pentagram, St. Vitus, Red Fang, and Monster Magnet will dig Prophets of Saturn, big time.

 

 

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Native Construct has announced The Proggest August Tour for a brief run of headline dates. Support will come from Wings Denied and Outrun the Sunlight. Native Construct will be on tour supporting their Metal Blade début Quiet World, which was released in April.

 

Aug 9: Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
Aug 11: The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Aug 12: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Aug 13: Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
Aug 15: Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
Aug 17: The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
Aug 18: Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Aug 20: The Open Chord – Knoxville, TN

 

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Native Construct, by Meg Loyal Photography

Native Construct, by Meg Loyal Photography

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Desertfest Belgium has announced its second edition, set to take place from October 9-11, at the Trix Muziekcentrum in Antrwerp, BE. Already announced on the bill of stoner rock, doom and other oddities are The Melvins, Orange Goblin, Fatso Jetson, Greenleaf, Siena Root, Glowsun, Planet Of Zeus, Psychonaut, Fever Dog and 3rd Ear Experience and many more TBA.

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The Melvins, by Melina D Photography

Early Bird tickets are on sale for 80€ at this location:

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Just in time for the 4th of July, San Diego band Magnvm Chaos has released their patriotic, comedic ode to America as a video dubbed ‘A For America’. You can watch the video at this link or below:

 

The video was directed by vocalist Matt Gibson, who is also a filmmaker. Magnvm Chaos is comprised of Gibson, guitar player Daniel Konar, bassist Nick Shores, and drummer Greg Brown.The band is currently preparing to record an album and booking shows across Southern California.

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Hot off the heels of their acclaimed US tour with and Clutch and Mastodon, Graveyard has revealed their track listing for their upcoming album Innocence & Decadence, due out on September 25th via Nuclear Blast. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden at Atlantis Studios with Janne Hansson (Abba, The Hives, Opeth) and Johan Lindström (Tonbruket) the album promises to build on the bands previous stoner rock and psychedelic style.

Graveyard released a statement about their new album:

“Got a new album coming your way in September called Innocence & Decadence. It’s gonna be an album filled to the rim with a little bit of this – and for all of those who might wonder or worry – there will be quite a lot of that on it as well. We’ve had a great time recording the album at the “gemytliga” Atlantis Studios in Stockholm together with Janne Hansson and Johan Lindström. And after kinda being away from our daily routine as a touring band and the thrill of a new album on its way ….. we wanna leave you with…
Good to be gone, great to be back and let there be September!“ Axel, Joakim, Jonathan & Truls aka Graveyard

Graveyard, by Evil Robb Photography

Graveyard, by Evil Robb Photography

Innocence & Decadence – formats and track listing: (vinyl look digipak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-coloured vinyl as well as a T-Shirt/CD bundle)

Limited edition DIGI:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
7. From A Hole In The Wall
8. Cause & Defect
9. Hard-Headed
10. Far Too Close
11. Stay For A Song
12. The Hatch (bonus track)

VINYL:
Side A:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
Side B:
1. From A Hole In The Wall
2. Cause & Defect
3. Hard-Headed
4. Far Too Close
5. Stay For A Song

CD / DIGITAL / STREAMING:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
7. From A Hole In The Wall
8. Cause & Defect
9. Hard-Headed
10. Far Too Close
11. Stay For A Song

Swedish grandmasters of classic rock, GRAVEYARD, have revealed the tracklist of their fourth full-length album, Innocence & Decadence out on September 25, 2015 worldwide via Nuclear Blast.

Innocence & Decadence will be released in various formats (vinyl look digipak, digital download, black/clear/splatter/orange/green/bi-coloured vinyl as well as a T-Shirt/CD bundle)

Limited edition DIGI:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
7. From A Hole In The Wall
8. Cause & Defect
9. Hard-Headed
10. Far Too Close
11. Stay For A Song
12. The Hatch (bonus track)

VINYL:
Side A:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
Side B:
1. From A Hole In The Wall
2. Cause & Defect
3. Hard-Headed
4. Far Too Close
5. Stay For A Song

CD / DIGITAL / STREAMING:
1. Magnetic Shunk
2. The Apple And The Tree
3. Exit 97
4. Never Theirs To Sell
5. Can’t Walk Out
6. Too Much Is Not Enough
7. From A Hole In The Wall
8. Cause & Defect
9. Hard-Headed
10. Far Too Close
11. Stay For A Song

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For those of you with a forensic eye for detail, you’ll probably know that Jessica Lee Wilkes has spent the past few years plying her musical trade with JD Wilkes (her husband) and the Dirt Daubers. Wilkes’ drive and dynamism was more than partially responsible for turning the Dirt Daubers into a focussed hard rockin’ rock n roll band and this solo offering, five track EP on Free Dirt is a natural extension of that.

Standard 1950’s rock‘n’roll isn’t the sort of thing that regular readers of Ghost Cult are likely to have at the top of their most wanted lists for any calendar month but, for once, have a word and open your mind and ears.

Wilkes’ music is organic 1950s rock n roll; it’s the coming of age America but seen with modern 21st century lens. There are many who and try to pull this off with most end up sounding like pastiche. This works for two reasons: firstly, Wilkes is a compelling femme fatale (as well as a corking bass player) and second, surrounding yourself with a group of musicians who know exactly what they are doing backs off the risk. Wilkes has Jason Smay (JD McPherson) on drums, Kellie Everett (The Hooten Hallers) on saxophone and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) on guitar. That, my friends, is quality.

Lone Wolf’s five tracks come and go in a twelve-minute flurry of brass parts, driven bass lines and Dick Dale inspired surf-guitar licks. It’s modern yet rooted in the roadside diners and dive bars of yesteryear. It’s the Saturday night dance of your parents or grandparents teenage dreams; it’s knowingly atavistic and delivered with love and insight and passion.

This is the soundtrack to the next Quentin Tarantino movie.

You read it here first, kids.

 

7.5/10

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MAT DAVIES

Chris Squire of Yes, photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images Entertainment

Chris Squire of Yes, photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images Entertainment

When legendary Yes bassist Chris Squire died last week at 67 years old, a significant part of music history died as well. As one of the first successful progressive rock bands, Yes helped establish the genre, and Squire was their low-end lynchpin. He was the only member of the groups 18 in total to play on every album (21 studio recordings), to be part of every lineup, and participate in nearly every tour for a staggering 47 years until his passing from Acute Erythroid Leukemia.

Squire was a hero to many prog fans for his dexterous bass lines, terrific compositions, his well-known stage presence, and of course the ever-present Rickenbacker bass. Playing in a band of virtuosos, Squire always allowed others to shine, yet was one of the foremost lead players on the instrument of all time. He commanded entire sold-out arenas with a wave of a hand or a funny pose. Anyone who has seen the band live can tell you of the feeling of an eternity passing in mere seconds between the first few notes of his lead part in ‘Heart of The Sunrise’, done solely for dramatic effect. In many cases Squire’s bass held down the main riffs of Yes tunes, whilst a country-jazz-funk guitar flight started or million-note fugue broke out on the synthesizer; the bass was constant, substantial and never dull. Squire was also underrated as a vocalist and provided a tenor counterpoint to singer Jon Anderson’s dog-whistle soprano. Thus he helped formed the basis of the hallmark of the Yes sound, harmonized vocals and Jazzy scat-singing passages which rock bands had barely dared to try until then.

Lovingly known as “The Fish”from “The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)” from FragileSquire’s 1975 album A Fish Out of Water (Atlantic) is heralded among fans as nearly the equal of his best known work. Of course it was through enduring hit songs such as ‘Roundabout’, ‘Starship Trooper’, ‘Long Distance Runaround’, ‘Close To The Edge’, ‘Wonderous Stories’ Time And A Word’, and ‘Owner of A Lonely Heart’ plus countless more tracks co-composed by Squire that are instantly recognizable, even by non-fans.

Not only did Squire have a hand in authoring some of his bands biggest hits, he ushered them into different eras, past drastic lineup changes, while still churning out consistent albums and popular songs. Yes was one of the few bands in music history to carry the high-minded artistic ideals, and still be a commercially viable in the now dead age of album sales. The list of other bands in this category is extremely tiny.

His influence has been felt for decades. From the heavier end of the spectrum there are many disciples. In his first book Making Music Your Business… A Guide For Young Musicians (Howard Books) David Ellefson of Megadeth talked about his transition from finger-style to picking, which was inspired by Squire’s pick hand and pick grip (with the thumb nail also striking the string) to get a unique attack that would cut through live and on records. Bands such as Tool, Cynic, Opeth, Steven Wilson, Devin Townsend Project, Scale the Summit, Dream Theater, Steve Harris of Iron maiden, Between The Buried And Me, Riverside, TesseracT, Soen, Primus, Spock’s Beard, The Great Discord, Lesser Key and others have cited Squire’s playing as impactful.

Rest in Power Chris Squire.

Soon oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe the endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here”

‘Soon’, from ‘The Gates of Delirium’ – Relayer (Atlantic)

KEITH CHACHKES

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I saw Slayer open for W.A.S.P. in a small town in Texas on the Reign in Blood (Def Jam) tour. Slayer was out of hand, I remember blacking out from being crushed in the mosh pit. And then everyone left when W.A.S.P. came on. Blackie Lawless was so pissed! It was the end of the bullshit hair-era and the dawn of thrash! 

 

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Sabbath Assembly are touring this summer with Christian Mistress. Their new self-titled album releases on September 11th from Svart Records.

 

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Italian-American group Klogr have release their new EP Make Your Stand, and they really set expectations high on how to release an EP. It’s mostly due to the fact that along with the three brand new tracks, Make Your Stand also offers ten tracks from their past releases that was recorded live. It’s refreshing to see an EP that clocks in nearly at an hour. A live album and EP packed into one. Now how is the music?

 

Klogr play a form of alternative metal, walking along the thin line between rock and heavy metal. They remind me of the sound you can expect from a project involving Mark Tremonti, best example being Alter Bridge. You’ll definitely understand where I’m coming from once you hear the opening track ‘Breaking Down’. At first it sounds a bit thrashy, then switches to a much more melodic groove to compliment Rusty’s clear vocals. Like clockwork the song continues to switch between the two. The second track ‘Make Your Stand’ is much like the first with more of an alternative metal riff than thrash. The third and final new track ‘Breathing Heart’ has much more emotion and atmosphere. Could call it the token power ballad of the album.

I will say with the live portion of the album I have a nitpicky critique. It could translate well when you see them live in person, but listening to the EP there where moments where it didn’t feel live. The performance sounds so well polished, that at times it doesn’t even feel or sound like it was recorded live. I’m not much of a fan of alternative metal. I do however agree that Klogr are great at what they do, and if you enjoy alternative metal acts such as Alter Bridge, definitely give this band a shot.

6.5/10

DEREK RIX

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If your vision of California rock n roll begins and ends with lap dancers on the Sunset Strip, riding your steel motorcycle into the romantic sunset or worrying about dockside industrial relations, then California punk upstarts The Nopes are about to light a bomb under your preconceptions.

Nectar of the Dogs (admittedly, a decent play on words), out now via Magnetic Eye, is five songs of sonic terrorism it’s acidic, acerbic, scabrous punk rock which, if he is listening, Bob Mould should be getting on the phone to his lawyer about as it sounds like his old band, Husker Du. Wait: check that. It sounds exactly like Husker Du – from the layer upon layer of guitar distortion, some of it amp-led, some of it studio twiddling, this is college rock à la 1985 writ large. Or, as Bob might have it, large writ.

I hope he’s not that grumpy though. He needn’t be. This is an EP full of piss and vinegar, in the nicest possible way. Nectar of the Dogs is eight minutes (yes, you did read that correctly) of furious, life-affirming noise. From the opening bars of ‘Matinee at Market’ to the closer, ‘Jingle Berries’, this is the aural equivalent of falling downstairs drunk- bangs, crashes, wallops and a big shit-eating grin whilst it’s all happening.

If you care about this sort of thing, you might be interested to know that production comes from those guys who twiddled knobs for Deafheaven and their début album Sunbather (Deathwish, Inc.). Whether this matters or not, I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you though is Nectar of the Dogs is a punk record that genuinely sounds punk. Amen to that.

 

7.0/10

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Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo by Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork today unveiled a song snippet of the title track for their forthcoming album The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast) due out on August 28th. The album will be available in various formats (CD, vinyl, t-shirt/CD bundle). You can watch the snippet on Myspace at this link: https://myspace.com/article:/7/2/soilwork-ride-majestic-verbeuren-interview

Soilwork will spend the summer on a brief tour of Europe music festivals, supported by Hatesphere:

Soilwork tour dates:

Soilwork with Hatesphere:

Jul 25: Nord Open Air – Essen, Germany

Jul 30: Fezen Festival – Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Aug 1: Karlslundsfestivalen – Bollnäs, Sweden

Aug 7: Jurassic Rock Festival- Mikkeli, Finland

Aug 21: Octopode Festival – Geneva, Switzerland

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Soilwork will celebrate their new album on tour in the US this fall, performing with Soulfly, Decapitated and Shattered Sun on the “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” tour:

We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour – Soulfly, Soilwork, Decapitated, Shattered Sun
Sep 30: Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 01: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Oct 02: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 03: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Oct 04: Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Oct 06: Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
Oct 07: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Oct 08: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Oct 09: Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Oct 10: Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Oct 12: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
Oct 13: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Oct 14: Opera House – Toronto, ON
Oct 15: Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
Oct 18: Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
Oct 19: Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Oct 20: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Oct 21: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Oct 22: The International – Knoxville, TN
Oct 23: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct 24: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct 25: State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
Oct 27: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Oct 28: Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
Oct 29: Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Oct 30: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM