Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Thou, Daughters Booked For Roadburn 2019

Roadburn Festival 2019 has expanded with more bands and named their Artist In Residence. Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Thou (artist in residence), Daughters, Henrik Palm (as part of Tomas Linberg’s special curation of the fest), Drab Majesty, Ulcerate, Imperial Triumphant (full Vile Majesty live performance), Gold, Wolvenst with special guests, Messa, and Mord’a’stigmata. Cave In performed a special unplugged tribute to Caleb Scofield (RIP) at Roadburn 2018. More bands and special events to be announced soon. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Shadow Woods Metal Fest IV

Today is the day! America’s best underground brutal, blackened underground music festival, Shadow Woods Metal Fest begins today. Although a few bands have been last minute cancellations due to Hurrican Florence and Ghost Bath canceled their entire tour due to van troubles, the festival is 100%taking place with only rain expected at Camp Hidden Valley, in Whitehall Maryland. The lineup includes Abigail Williams, Xasthur, Aether Realm, Rozamov, Heavy Temple, A Sound of Thunder, Barishi, Destroyer of Light, Husbandry, God Root, Hepatagua, Cloak, Wolvhammer, Imperial Triumphant, Black Mass, and many more. Tickets are still available at the gate for you late deciders. Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest 2019 Books Borknagar, Unleashed, Voivod, Anaal Nathrakh, Churchburn And More

Maryland Deathfest has added a plethora of new bands to the 2019 festival. Borknagar, Unleashed, and Benediction will all play Exclusive USA shows at the fest and joining them are Voivod, Anaal Nathrakh, Churchburn, Revenge, Primitive Man, Spectral Voice, Neckbeard Deathcamp and many more. Usually, round two is the “final announcement for MDF, but “a handful of bands will be announced next week to wrap up the billing”. All ticket options are now on sale at the link below. Continue reading

Sleep, Birds In A Row, Midnight Booked For Roadburn 2019

Roadburn Festival, already the worlds’ foremost underground music festival has named Sleep as the headliner for the 2019 edition of the festival. The band will celebrate with two epic headline sets, performing their classic Holy Mountain one night and their latest release The Sciences (Third Man) the next. Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates (Disfear, The Great Deceiver, ex-Lockup) is the curator of Roadburn 2019, and names such as Gore, Have A Nice Life, Heilung, Louise Lemón, Midnight, Seven That Spells, Vile Creature, have been announced. Many more names to come of course, as the fest will take place on 11-14 of April 2018 in Tilburg, NL at 013, Het Patronat and other venues. Continue reading

Victoria Hungerford Talks Booking Bloodstock Open Air And More


The biggest underground metal festival in the world, Bloodstock Open Air kicks off today. Headlined by titans of metal like Judas Priest, Nightwish, and Gojira, the festival has grown over the years from a small cottage enterprise to a huge undertaking. One of the lynchpins of the operation is Vicky Hungerford, as one of the four directors of the festival. She is directly responsible for booking the bands on the fest and attracting world-class talent every year. Thus, she helps to shape rock and metal history in the process year in and year out. We chatted with Vicky by phone a few days ago to get her take on BOA 2018, the challenges of planning such a big festival, and much more.

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Damnation Festival Adds Cancer, Bong, Monuments, Vola And More

Damnation Festival has closed the loop on the band lineup announcements for 2018, with the addition of Cancer, Monuments, Bong, Vola, Hundred Year Old Man, and Lik. Lik is a supergroup featuring members of Bloodbath and Katatonia. 2018 marks the 14th installment of the festival, hosted by Leeds University Union on Saturday, November 3. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading

Damnation 2018 Adds Napalm Death, Entombed AD, Vader And More

Damnation Festival has added six more bands to its growing 2018 lineup! Napalm Death, Entombed AD, Vader, Ohhms, A Forest Of Stars, Leeched have been added to a bill that already includes Anaal Nathrakh, Mol, The Ocean, and NeObliviscaris. Six more bands will be announced this fall. Damnation will take place over four stages at Leeds University Union on Saturday, 3rd November 2018. Continue reading

Testament, Triptykon, Pig Destroyer, YOB, Power Trip And More To Headline Decibel Metal And Beer Fest Los Angeles

Decibel brings their excellent Metal and Beer Festival out west as they launch the next edition of the popular event in Los Angeles. Taking place at The Wiltern Theatre on December 1st and 2nd, the fest will feature amazing bands and craft brews galore. Testament will play a special set of classic albums classic The New Order And The Gathering in full, Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Triptykon will perform a special all-Celtic Frost set. Also appearing are Pig Destroyer, Yob, Power Trip, Skeletal Remains, Necrot and Haunt. The next wave of high-profile acts to be announced mid-July.Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne Teases An Ozzfest In New York

As Ozzy Osbourne has kicked off his “No More Tours 2” farewell tour in Europe with festival performances such as Download, word on the future of Ozzfest has been mum. Ozzy has said he would consider special solo performances and festival slots with himself and Black Sabbath down the road. By this time last year Ozzfest Meets Knotfest had already been announced, so industry insiders were wondering if we are even getting some form of an Ozzfest, Ozzfest Meets Knotfest or Knotfest itself for that matter. Now Ozzy has shared on his social media accounts a request for fans to provide who they want to see at an Ozzfest in New York. If the fest will happen this fall, the announcement would have to be in the next month or so at the latest. Ozzy’s current tour dates with Stone Sour run through mid-October. Ozzfest Meets Knotfest featured Ozzy, Stone Sour, Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Testament and dozens of other bands. An Ozzfest could easily be held in New York City proper such as Governor’s Island, Central Park, Icann Stadium on Randall’s Island, several great spots in Upstate New York like Darrien Lake, SPAC in Saratoga, or in New Jersey. Ghost Cult will keep following this story as it develops. See the post below, contribute to the poll and make your voice heard so we get more Ozzfests! Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N Roses And Avenged Sevenfold Lead Download 2018

One of the biggest heavy music festivals in the world takes place starting today at Download Festival UK 2018 lifts off! With headliners like Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N Roses, and Avenged Sevenfold, one might be hard-pressed to find a better top of the bill in 2018. Ghost Cult brings you the day by day can’t miss bands in our preview below! Continue reading