Alice In Chains kicked off their current run of tour dates last night at Boston’s House Of Blues. Watch some fan-filmed videos from their show and make sure you get your tickets to their upcoming tour dates and festivals. The band is putting the finishing touches on their next album, due for release in later 2018, or early 2019. Continue reading
With the exception of Metallica, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana, no other band helped shape the tenor of mainstream 1990s rock and metal in terms of influence than Alice In Chains. Twenty-five years ago today the landmark album, Dirt was born via Columbia Records. Not only was it the bands commercial breakthrough, but it was their creative zenith in many ways, establishing them as a leader in the genre. Ghost Cult Magazine takes a look back at the album on the anniversary of its release. Continue reading
This past year was a huge one for music with so many bands releasing new material it was hard to keep up, even for us here at Ghost Cult. So many legacy bands, modern classic acts, and up and comers dropped new music this year, some may wish they had waited until 2017 to drop it like it’s hot. Without further ado, here are our picks for the new tunes you need in your life in 2017. Continue reading
A rare early recording made by late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley has been put up for auction on eBay. Seller Ron Holt posted that the tape was made in 1988 when Staley. Holt and Jerry Cantrell were all part of a pre-AIC band 40 Years Of Hate. Continue reading
Guns N Roses has officially announced the opening acts for the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Alice In Chains will open the dates from June 23 through July 3 and Lenny Kravitz will perform on tour from July 19 through July 24.
AIC will perform the first few nights of the tour as sole direct support in Detroit and Chicago. Then Kravitz will join the tour in Foxboro, MA at Gillette Stadium on Jul 19th through the end of the tour. Ticket sales to the concert event of 2016 have sold out fast and additional dates were recently added in Chicago, Boston, New York, and two hometown shows in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium.
Guns N’ Roses have already performed two sold out shows at the new Las Vegas Arena to begin their storied comeback, two performances in Mexico City, and played Coachella. Guns N’ Roses’ are Axl Rose, Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (lead guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboard), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboard). Alice In Chains are preparing a new album for later this year, while Lenny Kravitz is in the studio wrapping up music for a 2017 release.
Kravitz commented in an interview about the tour:
“I don’t normally do gigs like this. But sometimes you’ve got to do things for the fun of it, for the experience. I’m looking forward to playing with them and celebrating them coming back together.”
On Kravitz’ history with GNR: “I went to high school with Slash,” he says. “I’ve known Axl, Slash and Duff from the beginning. We all came up together, and we worked together. I wrote ‘Always on the Run’ with Slash and he played on ‘Fields of Joy,’ both on my Mama Said album.”
The last time Kravitz joined Guns N’ Roses onstage, the singer was one of a handful of special guests who came out during the band’s Paris concert in June 1992. “I remember that time very well because we were all staying at the Hôtel de Crillon, and we were all in Paris for a few days together,” Kravitz says. “It was a lot of fun.”
Lenny plans to play a mostly rock set as an opening act on this tour: “We’re definitely going to jam and improvise and get loose, and treat it like a festival. Summertime always makes me think of festivals like the Isle of Wight, when Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix played. I love the summer, outdoor concert vibe, so we’ll rock out and improvise and go deep and get psychedelic and out there.”
“I haven’t seen Slash since the [Troubadour] gig, but I’ve texted with him,” Kravitz says. “I’m sure something fun and off-the-cuff is bound to happen.”
Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour
Jun 23: Ford Field – Detroit, MI*, with Alice In Chains and Lenny Kravitz
Jun 26: FEDEXFIELD – Washington, DC*
June 29: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO*
Jul 01: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL*
Jul 03: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL*
Jul 06: Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 09: Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN
Jul 12: Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 14: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
Jul 16: Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
Jul 19: Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA **
Jul 20: Gillette Stadium -Foxboro, MA**
Jul 23: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ**
Jul 24: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ**
Jul 27: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
Jul 29: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL
Jul 31: Mercedes-Benz Superdome -New Orleans, LA
Aug 03: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
Aug 05: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX
Aug 09: AT&T Park- San Francisco, CA
Aug 12: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
Aug 15: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
Aug 18: Dodger Stadium -Los Angeles, CA
Aug 19: Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 22: Qualcomm Stadium -San Diego, CA
* with Alice In Chains
** with Lenny Kravitz
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One of the most anticipated albums of 2016 is here with Deftones’ long awaited eighth album, Gore (Reprise). While much has been made in the press by the band themselves of the growing division of styles and tastes between core members Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter, the reality is the band has always thrived on challenging themselves musically. Continuing the arc the band started with 2010’s Diamond Eyes and followed to a logical next step with 2012’s Koi No Yokan (both Reprise), musically they continue to flow back in more of the aggro-heaviness that made them shine early in their career. Meanwhile crafting sweet, dreamy shoe-gaze inspired jams takes equal footing without giving any ground. The blend of the two styles is magical most of the time. If there is any disharmony in the ranks, it doesn’t show in these beautifully crafted tracks. In fact, this is music that screams out “let’s get making with the love! Oooh yeah!”
Lead off track ‘Prayers/Triangles’ could be straight off of the White Pony album. The track has a persistent beat and is not overly heavy, but works well. A hypnotic, multi-layered vocal track from Moreno hits home, as few vocalists in modern music can make you feel what he wants you to in an instant. Considering his penchant for obtuse and poetic lyrics, this is quite a feat.
Much heavier and slower, ‘Acid Hologram’ creeps in with massive riffs and subtle melodies. Turntablist/programmer Frank Delgado adds a lot of sonic heft here as well. When the song pivots toward the end and steps up the sonic urgency, it is one of the best moments on Gore.
‘Doomed User’ is another top track out of the gate. Chopping riffs and that patented super-tight Abe Cunningham beat bring it home. I can’t wait to hear this one performed live. Similarly ‘Geometric Headress’ kicks in with a tribal beat, but has a very different feel by the end, almost a proggy, Tool-flavored affair track Chino’s lovely crooning coming in between periods of yelps of dismay.
‘Hearts/Wires’ finds them exploring their Joy Division jones before the epic chorus kicks in. In terms of dynamic interplay and lyrics, this is easily the best track on Gore.
One standout thing about the last few Deftones releases are the contributions of bassist Sergio Vega. Long past is the time when he was standing in for the late Chi Cheng, and is now a full-fledged, weight-bearing member. Cheng himself was a dynamic writing force on early Deftones albums. Vega has more than picked up that mantle now. Beyond putting his unique stamp on the songs, Vega pushes and pulls the tracks as well now too.
Tracks like ‘Pittura Infamante’ and ‘Xenon’ will call to mind the Around the Fur days of the band, which was the moment they killed off the nu-metal of their youth and became something much more deep and interesting as a band.
If this band made power-ballads in the traditional sense, ‘L(Mirl)’ would be the closest thing to one. Not at all typical, but an easy to digest track that grooves along. Switching it up, the title track comes next and it is like a DNA strand of the bands history. A little metal, a little gaze, and a lot of brilliant.
‘Phantom Bride’ is another standout deep cut. It’s as gorgeous as it is harrowing on the senses. It’s the most “Chino sounding” track here, but isn’t so way out that it sounds out of place. It also has a stellar guest performance from Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains adding some slick lead guitar and his trademark harmonized licks. I kind of wished the ending riff of the track would have gone on for a while longer, but it’s pretty satisfying still. ‘Rubicon’ is the album closer, but it has the energy of an opening track. A soaring, emotive song full of chaos and sadness all at once.
The hallmark of all the great bands is they continue to grow gradually across many albums and ages, without over-shooting when it comes to experimentation. This band remains unique in that they always sound like themselves, even when incorporating new influences and themes. Deftones remain the same, but spreading outward like a glacier. Solitary, beautiful, cold, and unstoppable.
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Guns ‘N Roses has announced Alice In Chains as the opening act and direct support for both of their historic return next month at the opening of the new Las Vegas Arena. The bands toured together previously and have appeared many times at festivals together in their respective careers. AIC are expected to release a new album later in 2016, while original members of GNR are said to be recording new music as well.
The GNR reunion featuring some or all of the classic lineup has been one of the big developing stories of 2016. The group are already headlining Coachella and playing two dates in Mexico City in April. They expected arena/stadium tour for the band should be announced by the end of May.
Gun N’ Roses Confirmed Tour Dates:
Apr 08: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas, NV – with Alice In Chains
Apr 09: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena- Las Vegas , NV – with Alice In Chains
Apr 16: Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA
Apr 19: Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 20: City Foro Sol- Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 23: Indio Coachella Music Festival- Indio, CA
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Boston -based hard rock emissaries Archon are dropping their new EP Waste You on 3/30. To celebrate the band has teamed up with Ghost Cult to premiere the title track and first single today. Musically in the same vein as Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Alter Bridge, and Sevendust, ‘Waste You’ is a driving, balls-out track with a great chorus; you know the way they used to make songs. Check out the track below:
You can download the single for FREE from Archon’s Bandcamp page: