Hallows Eve was quite an anomaly back in the halcyon days of Eighties Heavy Metal. Even going by the standards of a time when subgenres were still nebulous and ill-defined, the Atlantans’ approach was difficult to pin down. Utilizing familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways, their Alice Cooper-inspired horror theatrics set them apart from their Speed Metal peers while their Punk attitude was a far cry from King Diamond. Their 1985 debut album, Tales Of Terror (Metal Blade Records), is easily the rawest and arguably the most endearing iteration of their Horror Metal formula.
Ghost Cult is proud to partner up with progressive metal artist Tom De Witt a.k.a TDW for the full album stream of his new release The Days the Clocks Stopped, (Layered Reality Productions).Not only is this album a multifaceted masterpiece, but the album also features a who’s who of great guest stars (full list and credits below). Fans of any stripe of progressive music will adore this killer album, so stream it now! Continue reading
Not content with being hailed as one of the leaders of a New Wave of Death Metal bruisers (NWODMb anyone?) taking inspiration from the founding fathers of three decades past along with Blood Incantation and Tomb Mold – a pack that looks likely to be joined by impressive newcomers Frozen Soul and their glacial Bolt Throwerisms – Arizonian quintet Gatecreeper have taken it upon themselves to mix things up and show some gnarly dexterity in style and idea, and try and shake things up a little in response to the current COVID landscape and restrictions.
According to a report from Billboard, Jane’s Addiction has signed with Artist Group International, one of the top independent booking agencies in the world. Michael Arfin and Marsha Vlasic will be the responsible agents for both Jane’s and singer Perry Farrell and his solo endeavors. Jane’s Addiction is working on new music, but more likely a single or a collection of shingles, rather than a full album, according to Farrell. The indication by this signing is the band will also embark on a world tour at some point after the pandemic.
As first reported by Piercing Metal and shared by his friend and bandmate for 50 years, Carmine Appice, rock legend Tim Bogert has died. Tim was 76 years old but had been battling cancer in the last few years. Getting his start in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, Bogert pioneered classic rock bass guitar with virtuoso playing in bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and the power trio Beck, Bogart and Appice with Rock And Roll Hall of Famer, Jeff Beck. In addition to his playing, he was one of the signature players of the original Fender Precision “P-bass” and made great use of distortion, which would later influence Geezer Butler, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, and others. Tim formerly retired from touring the last ten years of his life but continued to form bands and record albums, notably blues projects. Vanilla Fudge helped innovate a psychedelic sound and proto-heavy metal that has been imitated and copied endlessly. Rest in power, Tim Continue reading
System of a Down had one of the biggest stories in 2020 when they reunited and released two new songs for charity to benefit Armenia. Now Serj and Shavo have joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music to discuss their new songs “Protect the Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”, why they hadn’t come back before now, except as a live act, and more. Watch the video and read some excerpts now courtesy of Zane Lowe on Apple Music.
Having established a successful collaboration with 2020″s May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones Records, review here), Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle flesh things out further with The Helm Of Sorrow (Sacred Bones Records). The four songs on this EP are more or less cut from the same cloth. A blend of Sludge, Grunge, and Shoegaze serves as a stylistic backdrop for the dynamic synthesis and occasional clashes between Rundle’s harrowing restraint and Thou’s distorted violence.
Perth, Australia, Metallers Tempest Rising have shared a new video for their single “Downfall!” Although the fun-loving nature of the band shines through in the clip, the video is a reminder of the challenges of mental health and isolation, especially important in the world of 2021. It’s a killer track and a video with a good message! Following their acclaimed last album Alter Ego, Tempest Rising has shared stages with Arch Enemy, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Apocalyptica, Saliva, and more! Watch “Downfall” right now!
Corey Taylor has shared a new music video for “Samantha’s Gone” from his recent album CMFT (Roadrunner Records). The clip features celeb appearances from Tom Sandoval of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, actor Dean Cameron [Summer School, Ski School, Straight Outta Compton], Steel Panther, plus actor Greg Grunberg, Ace Von Johnson, Travis Miguel, and Jonah Nimoy.
Matt is joined by guest Ryan Katz of Liquid Soundon his career and where he sees the music industry headed after the pandemic is over. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #554 is all about Ryan Katz of Liquid Sound on Music After COVID! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).