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

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Tons of Rock 2019

We are just hours away from the start of Norway’s biggest Rock and Metal Festival of the Year, Tons of Rock! Ghost Cult will be on hand to cover the sights and sounds of the fest and bring you coverage via our socials as well as a full review and photo set after the festival. Check out our preview of the can’t miss bands each day! Taking place from 27-to the 29th of June at Ekebergsletta in Oslo, Norway, the successful festival entered into a partnership earlier this year with Live Nation Norway, for this and future editions of the festival! There was a pre-party last night at the Oslo Opera House where Accept performed with a Symphony Orchestra! In addition to camping, the festival has food, its own craft Beer Tonf of Pils, a metal marketplace and much more. Continue reading

Metal Allegiance Live At The Van Buren

Metal and rock Supergroup Metal Allegiance kicked off their 5th-anniversary tour last month with a slamming show at The Van Buren, in Phoenix Arizona. Presented by the Murder In The Front Row movie and Loudwire featured the core members – David Ellefson, Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick – sharing the stage with Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), and Phil Demmel (Machine Head). Also returning to the MA live show ranks after a three-year hiatus, vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Each night of the mini-tour offered a unique experience as with any MA gig. Tonight they were joined by local legends Max Cavalera (Soulfly), as well as members of Sacred Reich and Flotsam and Jetsam. It was a dream come true for music fans, and hopefully a harbinger of more shows to come! Check out this video recap of the tour and our photo set! Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: April 19th New Music Releases

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world!

Accept – Life’s A Bitch (7″) (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

After The Burial – Evergreen (Sumerian Records) (Buy)

Allegaeon – Apoptosis (Metal Blade Records) (Buy)

Alpha Wolf – Fault EP (SharpTone Records) (Buy)

Alter Bridge – ABIII (MusicOnVinyl) (Buy)

American War Machine – Unholy War (Bridge 9) (Buy)

Archaic Tomb/Cryptworm – Split EP (Blood Harvest) (Buy)

Atlas Pain – Tales Of A Pathfinder (Scarlet Records) (Buy)

Black Sites – Exile (Hoove Child) (Buy)

Blood Command – Return Of The Arsonist EP (Fysisk Format) (Buy)

Cage The Elephant – Social Cues (Newbury Comics Exclusive Color Vinyl) (Buy)

Chalice Of Suffering – Lost Eternally (Transcending Obscurity) (Buy)

Chemical City Rebels – A New Plague (Self-Released) (Buy)

Chokehold – With This Thread I Hold On (Good Fight) (Buy)

The Chris Rolling Squad – Spitfire (Wormholedeath) (Buy)

Cirith Gorgor – Sovereign (Hammerheart) (Buy)

Corrosion Of Conformity – Wiseblood (Vinyl) (MusicOnVinyl) (Buy)

Cosmic Putrefaction – At The Threshold Of The Greatest Chasm (I, Voidhanger) (Buy)

The Cringe – Everywhere You’ve Never Been (Listen) (Buy)

Crooked Royals – Rumination EP (New Industry) (Buy)

Dawn Of Demise – Into The Depths Of Veracity (Unique Leader) (Buy)

Dead Superstar – I Did It For The Rock Gods (Self-Released) (Buy)

Dead To A Dying World – Elegy (Profound Lore) (Buy)

Druids – Monument (The Company KC) (Buy)

False Gods – The Serpent And The Ladder EP (Self-Released) (Buy)

Fatal Curse – Breaking The Trance (Shadow Kingdom) (Buy)

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes Of Insanity (Metal Blade Records) (Buy)

Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (Newbury Comics Exclusive Color Vinyl) (Buy)

Gods Forsaken – Smells Of Death (Soulseller) (Buy)

Grand Magus – Wolf God (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Haze Mage – Chronicles (Grimoire) (Buy)

Heavy As Texas – Heavy As Texas (Crunchy Western) (Buy)

Hosemen – Saturday Nite Conformity (Self-Released) (Buy)

Incantation – Upon The Throne Of Apocalypse Re-Release (Relapse Records) (Buy)

Jordan Rudess – Wired For Madness (Mascot) (Buy)

Joyous Wolf – Place In Time EP (Roadrunner Records) (Buy)

L’Acephale – L’Acephale (Eisenwald) (Buy)

Magnum – Chase The Dragon (MusicOnVinyl) (Buy)

Mayhem – Live in Sarpsborg (Buy)

Ministry – Twitch (Vinyl) (MusicOnVinyl) (Buy)

Mork – Det Svarte Juv (Peaceville) (Buy)

Pagan Altar – Judgment Of The Dead Re-Release (Temple Of Mystery) (Buy)

Pagan Altar – Lords Of Hypocrisy Re-Release (Temple Of Mystery) (Buy)

Pristine – Road Back To Ruin (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Sad Planets – Akron, Ohio (Tee Pee) (Buy)

Samael – Lux Mundi Re-Release (Napalm) (Buy)

Samael – Solar Soul Re-Release (Napalm) (Buy)

Sangue – Culs (Nuclear War Now!) (Buy)

Shotgun Sawyer – Bury The Hatchet (Ripple Music) (Buy)

Status Quo – Collected (MusicOnVinyl) (Buy)

Totengott – The Abyss (Xtreem/Burning World) (Buy)

Tripsitter – The Other Side Of Sadness (Prosthetic) (Buy)

Uncured – Epidemic (Seek And Strike) (Buy)

Various Artists – Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records Soundtrack (Wax Trax!) (Buy)

Various Artists – A Tribute To Death (Antichrist) (Buy)

Vitriol – Chrysalis EP (Iron Bonehead) (Buy)

Walking Corpse – Walking Corpse EP (HPGD) (Buy)

The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name – To Be Where There Is Pale Light (Self-Released) (Buy)

The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation (Newbury Comics Exclusive Color Vinyl) (Buy)

Metal Allegiance To Celebrate Their Fifth Anniversary with Four Shows Next Month

As we previously reported, Thrash Metal supergroup Metal Allegiance will celebrate five years as a band next month, and now will party up with fans at four west coast shows! Presented by Murder In The Front Row and Loudwire will feature the core four members – David Ellefson, Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick – sharing the stage with Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), John Bush (Armored Saint), and Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and returning to the MA live show ranks after a three year hiatus, Grammy Award-winning vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Each night will offer a unique experience as with any Metal Allegiance show, you never know who will drop by to join the festivities. For the April 17th show in Phoenix, the band will be joined by Max Cavalera (Soulfly), the April 20th show in San Francisco will include Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus). Opening the four nights are Superfix and Weapons Of Anew.

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