PODCAST: Episode 123: Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm Talks “Unconquered”

 

Ghost Cult’s Keefy recently caught up with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm about their new album Unconquered, out September 25 th via their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. We chatted about the new record, the longevity of the band, how the band prepared for this new album, making the video for “The Killshot”, working once again with visionary artist Blake Armstrong on the return of the “heart beast” artwork, how the band is dealing without touring, his other projects with new music on the way such as Ex Deo, his growing hot sauce business, and a discussion of Keefy’s favorite live Kataklysm performance, at the Trois Rivieres Metalfest. Purchase Unconquered here and check out our conversation! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 122: Ihsahn on “Pharos” EP, the Creative Process, and More

We chatted recently with music legend Ihsahn over Skype to discuss his upcoming new EP, Pharos, due out on September 11th, via Candlelight Records. Ihsahn contrasted the music from the current EP to his last one, Telemark, the many different sides of his moods and styles, how he chooses cover songs, the evolution of his singing voice, thoughts on performing live, some of his other projects over the years, and next years Emperor full album performance of  “In the Nightside Eclipse” at Beyond The Gates Festival in Norway in 2021. Purchase Pharos here and check out our chat! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 121: Gina Gleason of Baroness Talks Livestreaming and Writing New Music

We caught up with Gina Gleason of Baroness to discuss their upcoming Gold & Grey full album Livestream event on September 10th, 2020 (buy tickets here), and a bunch of other stuff in the Baroness universe. She chatted about how she and the band have been coping under lockdown with no touring, how her town of Philadelphia is fairing with the virus and protests, her thoughts on live streaming and the success of some bands such as Code Orange, how the band writes together, the depth of Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns), why that album lends itself to a full album performance, how much new material the band has been working on during this time, the influence of Pink Floyd‘s Live At Pompei film had on the album, the need for artists spaces live Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, her covers jams with Two Minutes To Late Night, and much more. Buy Gold & Grey here and check out our chat. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 119: Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot 

Ghost Cult caught up with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot recently to discuss their brand new live album/concert DVD and Blu-ray Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013,  out now via Napalm Records (review here). Thomas talked about the new live album, the production and planning that went into the concerts, the specialness of the 013 Poppodium venue in Tilburg, working with guests such as Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, Lauren Hart of Once HumNetheran, German string quartet Eklipse, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and Alissa White Gluz of Arch Enemy, Avantasia guitarist Sascha Paeth, writing materials with guests in mind, performing with a children’s choir, which included his son,  how he has been spending the pandemic, and plans for new Kamelot music. Purchase the live album set at this link and listen to our chat.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 118 – Kalen Chase Talks New Singles, Gospel Influences and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with singer-songwriter Kalen Chase recently to discuss his recent series of singles, including “Good Things”, out now. We talked to the former lead vocalist of VIMIC (with Joey Jordison, ex-Slipknot) and Korn live member about the long and winding road of his career, his approach to songwriting, working with Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, his upcoming new single “Let Them Come”, the country album he is writing with his brother, writing for other artists versus keeping songs for himself and much more. Purchase new Kalen Chase music here and check out our chat.
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PODCAST: Episode 117 – Daniel Beckman of Ages Talks “Uncrown” and Old-School Black Metal

Ghost cult caught up with Daniel Beckman of  Swedish Black Metal band Ages, to discuss their upcoming new album, Uncrown, due out on August 21st via Black Lodge Records. Daniel went into details about the history of the band, their comeback after a gap between albums, the bands’ approach to songwriting, his thoughts on what makes good production for black metal albums, his work as a sound engineer, his favorite old-school bands in the genre, the great album artwork by Chris Cold, what gets him in a creative mood, and much more. Purchase the album here and check out our chat. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 116: King Buzzo (Melvins) on New Solo Album and The Tao of Guitar

Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Buzz Osborne of Melvins fame to discuss his new solo album Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings) due out on August 14th, 2020. We talked to Buzz about the follow up to his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists (2014), working with Trevor Dunn who collaborated on the album, the different approach to this new solo album, his upcoming book of photography, his golf game,  the coronavirus and not being able to tour for the first time in 30 years, and some other things he is working on right now. You can order the album here https://lnk.to/KingBuzzo, and check out our podcast. 

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PODCAST: Episode 115: The Picturebooks on Creativity, DIY, and Choppers

Ghost Cult caught up with celebrated Indie-Rock duo The Picturebooks recently over Skype from their home studio to discuss all things going on with the band. Despite just releasing their acclaimed album The Hands Of Time (Century Media), Fynn Claus Grabke (vocals, guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums) are deep in the process of writing their next album, as a way to stay creative during quarantine, in a year where they had a full run of tours and festivals canceled. The band spoke about their last album, how the new music is shaping up, how being plaid back actually helps them with productivity, the energy of their live shows, their relationship with fans, their love of skateboarding, their long history building and riding choppers, and even getting hooked up and recognized by Harley Davidson! Purchase and stream The Hands Of Time here and check out our chat below.https://red.lnk.to/PBhot!pr Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 113- Imperial Triumphant Discusses “Alphaville”

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Zachary Ilya Ezrin of Imperial Triumphant over Zoom ti discusses their new album Alphaville, which is due out July 31st, 2020 via Century Media. Zachary discussed the surprising global acclaim of Vile Luxury, the creation of the new album, how Zach – drummer Kenny Grohowski and bassist Steven Blanco approach composing, the theme of the new album, working with guests such as Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Phlegeton (Wormed) on guest vocals, Yoshiko Ohara (ex-Bloody Panda) as part of the choirs, RK Halvorson as part of the Barbershop quartet, Sarai Chrzanowski as part of the choirs, Andromeda Anarchia (Folterkammer, Dark Matters) as part of the choirs, J Walter Hawke on the trombone, and Colin Marston on guitars, choosing the distinctive cover songs that close the album, opinions on other costumed groups such as KISS and Ghost, and what comes next for the band. Pre-order Alphaville here and check out our chat.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 112: Cammie Gilbert of Oceans of Slumber on their New Album and Shattering Expectations

Ghost Cult caught up with Oceans of Slumber’s frontwoman Cammie Gilbert recently to discuss their upcoming new album, Oceans of Slumber, due out September 4th via Century Media. We discussed the current state of affairs with both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests in their hometown of Houston, their new self-titled album, new sounds and styles the band felt emboldened to incorporate on the records, Cammie’s own background as a singer and her goals for the album, the influence of bands like Katatonia and Opeth, the bands phenomenal cover of Jazz legend Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit”, the bands’ Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon”, some love for Peter Steele, and much more. You can pre-order the album here! and check out our chat. Continue reading