Ghost Cult caught up Bullet for My Valentine on the road in New Jersey a while back for an interview. The UK rock and metal band have been to the USA three times in the last year supporting their 2018 release Gravity (Spinefarm). We chatted with drummer Jason Bowld about the fan reaction to Gravity, being at peace with your choices as an artist, touring with Avenged Sevenfold, We Came As Romans, Spotify his approach to drumming live in amphitheaters and festivals, staying sane and fit on the road, and more. Interview by Keefy with videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Assisted by Paul Coughlan. Continue reading
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Blacktop Mojo Talks About Their New Album, Pledge Music, Publicity and More!
Ghost Cult caught up with up and coming Texan band Blacktop Mojo last fall at Rock Allegiance Festival in Camden, New Jersey. Speaking to Matt James and Ryan Kiefer right after they performed, we chatted about the festival, their upcoming new record, crowdfunding with Pledge Music, building a close relationship with fans, what good publicity does for underground bands, their famous cover songs like Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’, how much Stevie Nicks rules, natural disasters, and more! Their current album Burn The Ships is out now via Cuhmon Records! Interview conducted by Keefy with Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading
Kenny Hickey And Aaron Joos Of Silvertomb Talk New Single, Shopping For A Label And More
Ghost Cult was lucky enough to catch up with the guys in Silvertomb (Type O Negative, Inhuman, Agnostic Front) in Philadelphia last fall, while they were on tour opening for Life Of Agony. The guys talked about Silvertomb’s debut single, ‘Insomnia’, fill in drummer Frank Godla (Meek Is Murder, Metal Injection), finishing their debut album, finding a record label, cover songs, and more. Thanks to the guys giving us a few minutes of their time, right before they went on stage. Sorry for the wonky sound for the first minute! Year of The Knife was on stage right next door and ruling hard. Interview by Keefy with photos and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography.
Tarja Turunen Reflects On Career, Touring, Mastering Her Craft, ProgPower USA, and More!
Ghost Cult had the honor of hanging out with Tarja Turunen in New York City last fall. She had just wowed a sold-out crowd at the Gramercy Theater the night before, as part of her first headline tour of America in almost ten years. Tarja released her amazing live album/DVD Act II, out now via earMusic spanning her entire career last year. In a candid wide-ranging chat at the Sir Henry Penthouse Hotel in mid-town Manhattan, Tarja discussed touring and keeping her voice in shape on the road, her Christmas tours, balancing family and being a working musician, her favorite composers, marking major anniversaries of Nightwish albums such as Oceanborn, favorite cover songs, new music in 2019 and much more. We send our thanks to Tarja for her generosity, her label, and PR team. Interview by Keefy and videography and photos by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography for Ghost Cult. Continue reading
Ben Ward of Orange Goblin Talks UK tour with COC, And More!
When you talk about dream touring packages, very few co-headliners feel like such a glorious match as Corrosion of Conformity and Orange Goblin – the best of the US “Stoner Rock” and the UK’s finest down-and-dirty bluesy Heavy Metal troupe, tearing it up round the UK with Fireball Ministry and Black Moth in tow to warm things up. Continue reading
Alan Robert of Life Of Agony Talks Touring, Adult Coloring Books And New Music
Life of Agony have been touring all over the world in 2018, as they continue to support their amazing 2017 album A Place Where There’s No More Pain (Napalm Records). The band just wrapped up another run of tour dates in the USA, and are heading back to Europe again this fall. Ghost Cult’s crew caught up with bassist Alan Robert at The Theater of The Living Arts in Philadelphia to chat about the tour, new drummer Veronica Bellino, tour mates like Silvertomb and Billy Graziadei (BillyBio, Powerflow, Biohazard), the upcoming 25th anniversary of River Runs Red, his series of adult coloring books The Beauty of Horror from IDW (3 New York Times Best Sellers), and his upcoming appearance at New York Comic Con. Videography by Omar Cordy for OJC Photography.
Paul Booth Talks Tattooing, His New Album, And His Life In The Arts
Paul Booth has spent the majority of his life dedicated to art. Since he was a child he gravitated to the darker nature of art and used the world as his canvas over many different mediums. Of course, Paul is perhaps best known for his legendary tattoo-work and paintings which have a legion of fans. Paul welcomed Ghost Cult’s crew into his private sanctum at Last Rites Tattoo Theatre within Last Rites Gallery In New York City. Paul discussed his entire career with us, including his passion for film, painting, sculpture, jewelry, his creative process, and especially his pride over his new album, the just-released Nihilistic Melodies. Interview with Keefy and Videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography.Continue reading
Francesco Artusato Talks Light The Torch With Ghost Cult
Over the summer we caught Light The Torch at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, where they played a crushing sold-out show. Before the band hit the stage we caught up with shredder Francesco Artusato about a great many topics. LTT is also comprised of Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Ryan Wombacher on bass, and Extinction A.D. drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciulara. Francesco chatted about the bands’ new lease on life since changing their name from Devil You Know, their most recent album Revival (Nuclear Blast), how he keeps his chops up before and during a tour, and their upcoming tour with Trivium and Avatar. Interview by Keefy and videography and photos by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography.Continue reading
Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves Talks “Zombie”, Dealing With Fame, And More
Unlikely stars Bad Wolves, have a platinum record, a worldwide number 1 hit song, two YouTube videos with millions of views, and more success than they ever dreamed of when the band was formed as a side project several years back. Even though all this has happened and more accolades are on the way, frontman Tommy Vext keeps things at an even keel by staying humble. We caught up with Tommy at the headquarters of Eleven Seven Music Group to discuss the debut album Disobey, the pressures of having a “hit”, whether or not his band is a “supergroup”, practicing self-care on the road, what happened to all the old music clubs in New York, and whether or not modern hardcore bands are real tough guys or not. Also appearing, Tony the stuffed Tiger! Thanks to Tommy, Eleven Seven, and Bad Wolves for their time. Interview by Keefy with videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Live Bad Wolves photos by BunnySyn Photography for Ghost Cult.Continue reading
Adam Thistlethwaite of Massive Wagons Talks Authenticity, New Album “Full Nelson”
August 2018 saw the lives and times of UK bluesy rockers Massive Wagons change, perhaps irreversibly, as hot on the heels of a headline performance at SOS Festival that impressed punters and Ghost Cult alike, their fourth album Full Nelson not only hit the racks, but mounted a serious, and unexpected for the band, assault on the UK album charts, achieving a truly impressive week one position of #16.
With the band experiencing a step up in profile in the run-up to release, guitarist and founding member Adam Thistlethwaite took time out to shoot the breeze with Steve Tovey.Continue reading