EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Jayelle – “My Father’s Daughter” EP – Out Now!

Los Angeles-based Indie-Alternative Pop artist Jayelle has dropped her new EP, My Father’s Daughter, in time for New Music Friday and it’s the perfect cure for 2020. The EP has five darkly majestic tracks highlighting Jayelle’s singular, sultry voice, introspective lyrics, catchy hooks, buzzing synths, angular beats, and even a great ballad. Fans of PVRIS, Gunship, Freezepop, Purity Ring, and CHVRCHES will dig this up and coming artist. Check out the EP now!  Continue reading

REVIEW: Devin Townsend – Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1

Devin Townsend is a music extraordinaire who is well-known for his many different and successful projects that he has participated in over the last 25 years or so. Whether it be Strapping Young Lad or Devin Townsend Project the man has always thrown his heart into it. He is a Canadian machine that expertly and consistently generates epic-scale music in many diverse forms. Last year he released his latest solo album, Empath (InsideOut Music). He took his essence to a new level of eccentricity with a masterful embodiment of bonkers meets serene. Many cling to the wilds that is Dev for his honest presentation, whether that be in Jazz, Metal, or whatever genre he chooses to express himself with. His devotees gather in the masses at his shows for a guaranteed excellent and entertaining performance. Last December he brought his uncommon magic to England and much like his actual works, the presentation was a little unconventional. Dev is about to release his new live album, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (InsideOut Music) documenting that European tour. It will be released as a limited deluxe 2CD/Blu-Ray/DVD artbook package, a limited 2CD+DVD digipak, gatefold 3LP+2CD vinyl box set, and more. 

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Pirates of Radio – “Glow”

Rising alt-Rock band Pirates of Radio (Hope Punk Records) have a new video for their latest single “Glow” out today, and Ghost Cult is psyched to bring it to ya! Since the band is a multinational troupe, the guys have never been in a room together during the writing and recording processes, collaborating via WhatsApp and the cloud. Still, they sound like a well-tuned machine, crafting memorable, anthemic tracks, and infectious melodies, while maintaining their style. “Glow” has a droning guitar, ear-catching melody, and great flow. The video was shot and edited collaboratively by the band and creative friends between Dubai and Germany. The eye-catching video for “Glow” perfectly matched the stirring message of being your own life preserver and the meaning of support behind the track. Check out the clip and find “the glow….” Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Anna Von Hausswolff – All Thoughts Fly

Anna Von Hausswolff is a singer-songwriter who has always embraced a progressive attitude to creativity. Never unafraid to straddle genres as diverse as metal, Krautrock, and dark pop, and always remaining elusively undefinable, she has made waves over the past decade with her four previous albums and numerous illustrious collaborations. As well as following her own unique musical path, Von Hausswolff (to name just a few of her achievements and endeavours): runs a record label, has guested with Wolves in the Throne Room and Swans, has supported Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and has hosted visual art exhibitions. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell

Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky) is the second full-length release from New Orleans-based artist Melissa Guion, who releases music under the moniker MJ Guider. It primarily deals in atmosphere. Guion uses heavily processed electronic textures, often drenched in thick treacle-like reverb, to create moody and evocative soundscapes. There are synthetic drum sounds, but this is certainly not dance music. The emotion-laden washy chord sequences recall the 1980s “Gothic” music and perhaps the “shoegaze” that followed in its footsteps, but this is music that doesn’t fit neatly into any category. Many of the sound-worlds have a lush warmth which lends them a meditative quality, but there is also an unsettling element of tension, as though dissonance and harmony are in competition with each other. Guion’s voice is tender and graceful and with it, she weaves flowing melodies. But the voice is often intentionally distant – buried in the mix and concealed by long reverb tails. It feels as though Guion has intentionally engineered a situation where opposing elements battle it out for dominance. These songs could have been presented in a radio-friendly indie package, but instead, the melodies and words only just lift their heads above the walls of noise that encase them. It takes audacity and boldness to attempt this sort of approach which flouts so many of the accepted rules of composition and music production. It seems that Guion was pushing the boundaries of her creativity and her tools: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted.” Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Ann Jangle Shares New Music Video – “Ballad of Pink Cocaine”

South African dark-folk artist Ann Jangle has shared the new video for her latest single “Ballad of Pink Cocaine” out now via Mongrel Records. The video which is directed and edited by award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Marius van Graan features actual footage taken on her journey interspersed with beautiful slow motion performance shots, capturing the mood of the track perfectly.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Julien-K – “Stronger Without You” 

 

Industrial Metal leaders Julien-K have shared an apocalyptic new music lyric video today “Stronger Without You”, only at Ghost Cult! Fans of the Julien K predecessor band Orgy will love the buzzing, sexy throb of the track, and the epic rock chorus that will remind you of old-school NIN, Stabbing Westward, and God Lives Underwater. Watch the clip right here! Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: White Zombie – “Astro Creep: 2000” Turns 25

For many, the nineties would prove to be the end of heavy metal as we knew it. Bands who rose to greatness in the preceding decade suddenly found themselves either retreading old ground, out of their depth trying to explore new territories, or simply grinding to an unceremonious halt. Within just a couple of years, denim, leather and even the term “heavy metal” itself, were out. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Code Orange – Underneath

It’s a fascinating time to be in the Code Orange camp. It’s been a little over three years since the bruising Forever stormed the Metallic Hardcore gates and they’re finally releasing the proper follow-up, Underneath (Roadrunner) to a hungry world. And the hype is certainly a factor. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Quicksand Released “Manic Compression” 25 Years Ago

Post-Hardcore is a sub-genre that gets tossed around today as commonplace, but in the early 1990s, it was a new little brother that the older sibling was not ready to cede attention to. As Hardcore Punk mutated into other offshoots, post-Hardcore started to gain ground. In New York City alone, the epicenter for many new waves of hardcore music, a lot of bands crossed over (see what we did there) and bands started to absorb elements of both with Prong, White Zombie, and Biohazard were all leaning more on metal vibes, Quicksand formed by members of ex-hardcore legend status bands we’re pushing towards a new sound. Heavy, but not in a tough guy way, vulnerable, but smart. By the time the members of essential musical outfits Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Beyond, Bold, Burn, and Collapse formed an anti-supergroup, released demos and the amazing Slip (Polydor) album, and toured tirelessly, fans in the scene could feel they were building to something huge. They walked in both worlds of Punk and Metal but were also world-building themselves at the same time. Continue reading