Watch Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin ft. Violet Grohl Cover Amy Winehouse’s “Take The Box” for the “Hanukkah Sessions”


Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Greg Kurtsin of The Bird and the Bee’s have shared night five of their Hanukkah-centric series of covers celebrating Jewish songwriters – Hanukkah Sessions. Watch Dave and Greg, joined by Dave’s daughter Violet Grohl cover of Amy Winehouse’s gut wrenching track – “TakeThis Box.” Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Obscura – A Valediction


 

The talent is evident and the production quality ever-present.

There are shining moments with songs that develop character and identity.

But the abundance of what comes off as shredding for the sake of it, and apparent filler shoe-horned in, tamps down the overall significance of Obscura’s A Valediction (Nuclear Blast).

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Ghost Cult Albums of the Year Part 2 (40 – 21)


You can read Part 1 of our 2021 Album of the Year countdown here…

Check out our podcast for a sneak preview of 20-11 on the list!

The tension mounts… On with the body count!

 

40. Beartooth – Below (Red Bull) Making it four bangers in a row, Beartooth continue to deliver anthems while peppering their rampant punked-up Metalcore with more Hard Rock flourishes to devastating effect. Caleb Shomo and his compadres are on fire on Below.

 

 

39. Leprous – Aphelion (InsideOut Music) “Ten tracks that vary a lot from the traditional heavy passages that the band has always showcased but keeps expanding onto other genres like glimpses of Trip Hop and more popular genres. The overall talent of the band is undeniable”. GC Review

 

 

38. Spelljammer – Abyssal Trip (Riding Easy Records) “An equally catchy, beautiful, heavy, and dark album that brings a scenario that can be only compared as being a collection of Black Sabbath’s darkest, twisted tracks but heavier and more melodic.” GC Review

 

 

37. Quicksand – Distant Populations (Epitaph Records) Veteran, ney, legendary post-hardcore heroes maintain form with their second comeback album, an album which delivers a lot in a short run time and confirms the adage that class is permanent.

 

36. Dream Theater – A View From The Top Of The World (InsideOut Music) “The fifteenth studio album from prog legends Dream Theater finds the Bostonian act with nothing left to prove but still in the form of their lives. At a mighty seventy minutes in length yet featuring a mere seven tracks, A View From the Top of The World explores and probes new ideas while reinventing the past.” GC Review

 

 

35. Lorna Shore – …And I Return To Nothingness (Century Media Records) “on … Nothingness they are doubling down on their spooky sound. What you definitely want to check out is the title track as guitarists Andrew O’Connor and Adam De Micco put in a hell of a shift.” GC Review

 

34. 1914 – Where Fear Meets Weapon (Napalm Records) “It’s almost arbitrary to weigh 1914’s albums when they’ve maintained such a powerful track record, but Where Fear And Weapons Meet may be their strongest iteration so far. A broader platform works greatly in the band’s favor” GC Review

 

 

33. Harikari For The Sky – Maere (AOP) Emotive, reflective and building from a whisper to howling, pummelling driving riffs, there’s something for most on HFTS’ fifth album, with the duo maintaining more heft than most post-Black outfits.

 

32. Employed To Serve – Conquering (Spinefarm Records) “No longer too hardcore for the metal kids, or too metal for the hardcore kids, The Conquering hits that sweet spot that Brainwashed, There Is A Hell… and Ire once found…, and that helped catapult their protagonists to the forefront and across the bridge to the promised land, though perhaps with a bit more vitriol in its spit.” GC Review

 

31. Portal – Avow (Profound Lore Records) “Barely even describable as songs, the illogically structured, screeching dissonant terrors of Avow almost defy description. ‘Catafalque’ is a repeated crescendo of molten chromatic bludgeoning while ‘Eye’, and ‘Offune’ are churning quagmires of jellified, tentacled malevolence.” GC Review

 

 

 

30. Full of Hell – Garden of Burning Apparitions (Relapse Records) I think we all know what we’re getting from US grind experts by now: disgustingly aggressive short bursts of dirty discordant rage-fuelled aural violence of the highest order. Again. And long may it continue

 

29. Boss Keloid – Family The Shining Thrush (Ripple Music) “With their fifth album, Family The Smiling Thrush, the Wigan (UK) prog / stoner / psych rock troupe hit the sweet spot of evolution from a predecessor without abandoning the elements that made it such a sterling release.” GC Review

 

28. Converge & Chelsea Wolfe – Bloodmoon: I (Epitaph Records) “Turbulent but serene, abrasive but polished, Bloodmoon: I never ceases to enthral and amaze. An harmonious cacophony of beautiful melody and jagged rhythms, ideas crash into each other one moment and complement each other unhurriedly the next.” GC Review

 

27. Gatecreeper – An Unexpected Reality (Closed Casket Activities) “A response to short-term playlist culture, and released with no build-up, just “here you fucking go”… An Unexpected Reality is a success. Seven tracks of grinding power-violence, averaging around a minute each in length, and one epic expansive doomier beast of an eleven-minute closer… an unexpected delight.” GC Review

 

26. Monolord –Your Time To Shine (Relapse Records) “Five albums into a career as one of the top bands in the modern Stoner Doom scene, Monolord offers their most mellow, tripped-out effort to date with Your Time To Shine. While there’s still plenty of dank fuzziness to go around, it feels almost like a backdrop at times as the cleaner guitar textures are given near equal priority and the vocals are at their most prominent.” GC Review

 

25. The Killers – Pressure Machine (Island Records) “There is an initial sense of shock as you expect some rousing, anthemic pop, but give it time and the record’s charms wash over you. This is not a record with immediacy, it is one you slowly soak in and discover its intricacies. It is a mature and moving piece of work, telling 11 tales of a small American town in an honest and genuine way.” Thomas Thrower, Ghost Cult writer via LMF

 

24. Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell (Sargent House)Engine Of Hell feels like a very personal expression, but the emotional honesty and fragile presentation seems to tap into something universal. This is a record that can bring a tear to the eye and a smile to the face at the same time; that can make you feel emotions that are strange, cathartic and instantly understandable. It’s a very human album.” GC Review

23. Exodus – Persona Non Grata (Nuclear Blast Records) “Exodus’s eleventh studio album has been more than worth the wait. A raw and unapologetically belligerent lunatic parade of dive-bombing solos, crunching riffs and razor sharp hooks, inhuman drumming and deranged vocals, Persona Non Grata delivers on its promise in every way imaginable.” GC Review

 

22. Møl – Diorama (Nuclear Blast Records) “One thing became crystal clear very quickly after listening to MØL’s most recent effort, Diorama: this band can do it all. They’ve devised eight elegant tracks to prove just that, frankly leaving fans wanting more; these Danes dabble in Progressive Rock, Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal and even a snippet of Pop Punk.” GC Review

 

21. Deafheaven – Infinite Granite (Sargent House) “Deafheaven has scored another winning outing in their so far undefeated discography. Worth noting here is that Deafheaven is very much still in the business of producing some lean music that never loses its drive. ‘Shellstar’ gets off the line and sets the tone for what’s to come with a deft combination of shoegaze and alternative sounds that recall the 1990s but never comes across as dated.” GC Review

Part 3 (20-1) will follow shortly…

 

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Red Fang and Relapse Records Release Release “Blade To Waste” Video Game


Red Fang and Relapse Records have dropped a new video game, based on the music video for the title track from their acclaimed album Arrrows. The single-player game let’s fans try out their own Katana-skills as seen in the band’s “Arrows” video, along with members of the band being playable avatars! Check it out!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Krantz – “Louisiana”


Krantz 2021 Photo: Jenna Leigh

Krantz 2021 Photo: Jenna Leigh

Some people just have a gift for taking the rough patches of life and making it sound peachy. Psychedelic rocker Krantz paints the stories of his life in songs that feel a little sad, but also show a shimmering pop genius for ear-catching melodies. Take his latest single “Louisiana” for example with its indelible chorus, set against a world-weary vibe. Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the new video for the track right now! Continue reading


Prophecy Productions Represses Five Classic Albums from Xasthur


Prophecy Productions has made available five represses from Black Metal icon Xasthur. While Xasthur has evolved as an artist and perform over his career adding a folksy Appalchian flair to his grim USBM style, these early albums – A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors, Ominous Fates, Subliminal Genocide, Defective Epitaph, and Portal Of Sorrow are genre classics. Pre-order these now at the link below.

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PODCAST: Episode 148: Ghost Cult’s 2021 Album of The Year Countdown – Part 3 (20-11) with Gary Alcock


Ghost Cult continues with our 2021 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief Editor Keefy is joined by our esteemed scribe Gary Alcock from the United Kingdom! We run down the albums from 20-11 on our list! Be on the lookout for the corresponding blog posts at www.ghostcultmag.com. All in all, 253 albums were considered and voted on by our staff of worldwide contributors: writers, correspondents, photographers, and more. Check back here for the full list soon! Part 4 of the AOTY podcast series is coming tomorrow with the final reveal, before you can see it anywhere else!

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Zeal and Ardor Shares New Single “Golden Liar” – on Tour with Mastodon and Opeth Now


Zeal & Ardor have previosulytheir new album, a self-titled release, due out on February 11th, 2022, via MVKA. The 14-track album was recorded by Marc Obrist and frontman Manuel Gagneux at Hutch Sounds and mixed & mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio. The band is currently on tour with Mastodon and Opeth in North America. Listen to the new single “Golden Liar,” the fifth off the album, and pre-order it now.

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