Watch Jordan Rudess Celebrate America with “The Star-Spangled Banner” 

To celebrate Independence Day today, Dream Theater keyboardist and progressive music genius Jordan Rudess has shared an instrumental cover of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” The United States National Anthem. Rudess recently launched a Patreon you can follow here. Continue reading

Watch This Mash-Up of Meshuggah’s “Bleed” with Madonna

YouTuber William Mancini’s approach to Mash-up’s are usually with a comedic bent, beyond just the pairing of disparate artists. This one came on our radar thanks to Metal Sucks, and is a blend of Madonna’s classic “Like a Virgin” with the vocals of Meshuggah’s “Bleed”.  It might have worked better with the `Shuggah tune and Madonna vocal, but ah well, it’s pretty good this way too.  Continue reading

Listen to Khemmis’ Doom Metal Cover of Misfits Classic “Skulls”

One of the great releases for the latest “Free Bandcamp Day” on July, 3rd 2020 was Denver Doom Metal band Khemmis and their two-song release More Songs About Death Vol. 1. The EP follows April’s release Doomed Heavy Metal. The release features an epic doom cover of Misfits’ Horror Punk classic ‘Skulls’ and ‘A Conversation with Death (Acoustic)’. Both track were recorded by the band remotely during the quarantine from the coronavirus (COVID-1) pandemic. The Misfits cover is especially a revelation and much like the recent EP from their brethren Spirit Adrift, we kind of want an all unplugged release from Khemmis right now. The band is working on the follow up to the acclaimed album Desolation from 2018.  Continue reading

Neil Young Derides President Trump Over Use of His Music at Mt. Rushmore Rally

Neil Young has joined the ranks of Adele, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Village People, R.E.M. and the estates of Tom Petty and Prince are among a raft of other artists to demand Trump stop using their tracks at his rallies. The iconic multiple Rock N Roll Hall of Famer took to social media via several of his accounts to voice his anger after his songs were played at Trump’s Independence Day celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Young, who is Canadian but became an American Citizen in January 2020, does not want his music played at Trump events, as “Like A Hurricane,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” ― were played during Trump’s Independence Day celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Friday night.

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Jamey Jasta Shares an Unreleased Demo via His Patreon

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has shared an unreleased demo for his Patreon fans The song ‘Find the Tourniquet’ was co-written by his friend and former The Acacia Strain guitarist DL. Jasta’s message to fans encouraged them to join his Patreon and appreciates them for supporting him and his bands during this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Stygian Crown – Stygian Crown

Stygian Crown’s full-length debut sits comfortably within the Epic Doom Metal niche, but their particular style comes from a more aggressive mindset than many of their peers. This is especially apparent with the guitar work, which exhibits a grainy tone and bulldozing riff patterns that are chunkier than the Classic Metal-derived fare of more conventional outfits. It never goes full-on Death/Doom but the band’s declaration of a Candlemass meets Bolt Thrower sound certainly makes sense when viewed through this lens.

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PODCAST: Episode #107 – Neal Morse on “Cover 2 Cover” Pt. 3 and His New Solo Album

Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) recently over Zoom to discuss his upcoming new covers album Cover 3 Cover (InsideOut Music), his third such album with his frequent collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George. The new album is releasing at the same time as a new collection of all three. Neal chatted extensively about the project, his personal take on covers, the mystery of the secret Sax Man in the ‘Baker Street’ video, how all the cover songs were chosen, how he approaches songcraft for his different projects, his upcoming Sola Gratia solo Progressive Rock concept album, what Morsefest looks like during the pandemic, future projects and his entire catalog appearing on the new Waterfall music streaming app from Radiant Records. Purchase and support all of Neal’s projects at this link and check out our chat. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal

Is it weird to have “should’ve leaned more into brutality” as your first thought upon completing a Metalcore album? Asking for a friend. That’s not to say that there is a total absence of the heavier and grimier stuff on Bury Tomorrow’s Cannibal (Music for Nations/Sony), but I wouldn’t have been heartbroken if they would’ve squeezed some more juice out of the amps.

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