ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Viper – The Cult


Although the brand of epic European power metal that Crystal Viper performs is most definitely up my street, I must preclude this review by admitting that aside from hearing the odd song here and there, I have had no real exposure to them on a studio album level. The Cult, is the Polish act’s eighth full-length release in a legacy that has thus far lasted eighteen years. At face value, a band that maintains that level of consistency would have me assume they have nailed down a singular style and were comfortable releasing records in said style without a whole lot of variation. It is therefore with a great sense of irony that my first review of their noise is of a disc which caught me completely off guard by occupying a different scene entirely. The sweetly epic elements the band is known for are certainly present in The Cult, but the power metal is largely downplayed in favour of a more classic but simultaneously epic style of heavy metal, one that calls back to the days of bands like Accept and Saxon without ever sounding derivative of either.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Accept – Too Mean To Die


 

With only guitarist Wolf Hoffmann remaining from the original classic Accept line-up you could be forgiven for assuming this might eventually result in a decline in quality. And you may end up being proven right. Just not yet.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MSG – Immortal



Celebrating 50 years in the music business, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has recruited a wide selection of different musicians on the latest release, Immortal (Nuclear Blast), a hard-edged rock album that perfectly showcases his talent and versatility. With Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) acting as the main singer, the vocal side is bolstered by the likes of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), the record’s co-producer Michael Voss (Mad Max) and former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: January 29th New Music Releases


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Accept Postpones Release of “Too Mean To Die”


Legendary Heavy Metal band Accept has postponed the release of their upcoming new album Too Mean To Die from January 15 to January 29, 2021. Due to a COVID-19 related pressing plant closure, the finished product has been massively delayed so that the planned release date cannot be honored. Check out our recent interview with Wolf Hoffman. In place of the album, the band will instead drop a new single on January 1`5th, “Zombie Apocalypse.” Watch a teaser here:

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PODCAST: Episode 133: Wolf Hoffman of Accept Talks “Too Mean To Die” and Longevity


Ghost Cult was honored to catch up with legendary axeman and leader of Accept, Wolf Hoffman. The band will release their 16th studio album, Too Mean To Die via Nuclear Blast Records on January 15th, 2021. Wolf talked about his long career in the music business, the creation of the new album, the PMA aspect of the band, adding new members to the band, working with producer Andy Sneap for the last decade, his views on the many anniversaries the band has coming up, their working-class roots, the resurgence of media such as vinyl and cassettes, thoughts on live streaming and more! Pre-order Too Mean To Die hereand check out our chat! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Primal Fear – Metal Commando


Sometimes a title is all you need. And, as it unleashes a victorious scream of power metal majesty heard three townships away, Metal Commando (Nuclear Blast Records), the latest album from Primal Fear, is absolutely one of those titles. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Grave Digger – Fields of Blood


Marking the 40th anniversary of the band, the latest Grave Digger album is a serious return to form and arguably their best release since the glory days of the eighties. Delivering a fresh injection of power metal straight from the highlands of Scotland (where some of the album was even recorded), Fields of Blood (Napalm Records) is a strong statement from a band who have appear to have been taking some of their cues from military-obsessed Swedes Sabaton.Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: March 6th New Music Releases


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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Tons of Rock 2019


After six years at the Fredriksten Fortress in at Halden Norway, it was clear Tons of Rock needed more space. So here we are in the biggest city in Norway, Oslo, at the new home for the festival. From my American point of view, this was wonderful to see so many bands I have enjoyed but haven’t made it across the sea. With three stages and forty bands, two of the said stages named in honor of famous Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The Scream and Vampire had an electric mix of hard and most styles of metal. In addition to the campgrounds, there was plenty of rides, painted art and music for sale to browse on these bright and sunny Oslo days.Continue reading