PODCAST: Episode 146: Ghost Cult’s 2021 Album of The Year Countdown Part 1 (40-31) – with Ebonie Butler (Metal and Coffee)


Ghost Cult kicks off our 2021 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by Ebonie Butler (Mini Metal Mixtapes, Metal and Coffee, Gimme Metal, WKDU)! We run down the albums from 40-31 on our list! Be on the lookout for the corresponding blog post at www.ghostcultmag.com. All in all, 253 albums were considered and voted on by our staff of worldwide contributors: writers, correspondents, photographers, and more. Check back here for the full list soon! Part 2 of the AOTY podcast series is coming tomorrow!

NILE Frontman Karl Sanders to Release New Solo Album Under the Name Saurian, Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records


In addition to signing Death Metal legends Nile to Napalm Records for a new album releasing in 2022, the label has also revealed the additional signing of the band’s own mastermind Karl Sanders’ solo project, with plans to release brand new music from Saurian next year as well.

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Watch Pro-Shot Video of Metallica Performing “Damage Inc.” at Welcome to Rockville


Metallica just headlined the recent edition of Welcome To Rockville! In addition to some hits and deep cuts, the band once again celebrated their 30th anniversary of The Black Album and performed that album in full, backwards. Rockville follows their appearances at Louder Than Life, and Aftershock; all produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. Watch pro-shot footage of the band performing the great deep cut “Damage Inc.” at Welcome To Rockville now!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Joan Avant – “End of the Opera”


Dallas, Texas singer and multi-instrumentalist Joan Avant will release her next album, her second full-length – Dies Irae, on December 10th, 2021 via Red Masque Records. Mainly based in the symphonic rock genre with strong Gothic influences, Avant’s captivating voice and wide-array of talents are on display as she carves out a niche all unto her own. Watch the video for the new single “End of the Opera” now!

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Apocalyptica Has Postponed its Headline Tour with Epica- “The Epic Apocalypse Tour” Until 2023


Apocalyptica has announced they have been forced to postpone their expected co-headline tour of Europe with Epica, “The Epic Apocalypse” until 2023. The band cited the worsening situation of Covid all around Europe” as the cause of the second postponement of the tour that was to take place originally in 2020. This move does not affect their current tour of churches in Finland.

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PODCAST: Episode #145: Mikko Kotamaki of Swallow The Sun


As our podcast makes its grand return on a new platform – Anchor.fm, we are resuming things with some fresh new content! Check out Weslie Negron interviewing Mikko Kotamaki of Swallow The Sun, all about their new album, Moonflowers, out now via Century Media Records. Check it out!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Overkill – The Atlantic Years 1986-1994


Whenever the question of “who else deserved to be included in The Big Four?” raises its ugly head, New Jersey’s Overkill never find themselves too far from the conversation. Formed before the term thrash metal was even coined and named after the seminal second album by English noisy bastards Motörhead, Overkill began life as a covers band formed from the remnants of punk act, The Lubricunts. Having quickly gained a name for themselves with their self titled 1985 EP and full length debut Feel the Fire (Megaforce Records), it didn’t take Atlantic Records long to come calling, making Overkill one of the first thrash acts to sign to a major label.

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The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has Raided Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood Home Raided in Sexual Assault Case


According to Rolling Stone and Blabbermouth.net, Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood home was raided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday. SVU investigators searched Manson’s home for belongings in connection to the sexual assault allegations against him. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is currently conducting an investigation into Marilyn Manson following allegations stemming from, actress Evan Rachel Wood (HBO’s Westworld, True Blood) and at least 11 other women and others detailing years of horrific sexual abuse. The potential case the Sheriff’s office is building is regarding domestic violence claims by Wood and others. Manson has suffered the fallout from this with his music and acting career.

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