PODCAST: Episode 119: Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot 

Ghost Cult caught up with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot recently to discuss their brand new live album/concert DVD and Blu-ray Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013,  out now via Napalm Records (review here). Thomas talked about the new live album, the production and planning that went into the concerts, the specialness of the 013 Poppodium venue in Tilburg, working with guests such as Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, Lauren Hart of Once HumNetheran, German string quartet Eklipse, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and Alissa White Gluz of Arch Enemy, Avantasia guitarist Sascha Paeth, writing materials with guests in mind, performing with a children’s choir, which included his son,  how he has been spending the pandemic, and plans for new Kamelot music. Purchase the live album set at this link and listen to our chat.  Continue reading

REVIEW: Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013

Ah, gigs. Remember them? Well,  I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 (Napalm Records), the new live release by veteran power metal act Kamelot is a welcome reminder of what live entertainment looked like in a pre-Covid world. 

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PODCAST: Episode 92 – Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code on “Memento Mori” 

Ghost Cult caught up with Binary Code leader and guitarist Jesse Zuretti to chat all about his new album, releasing this week, May 15th. The three-year journey to release the record was an arduous one for Jesse and he had many personal issues to overcome. He did so with the help of making music, which, if you hear this new album, is amazing. Jesse went into depth about the ordeal he went through, his creative process, how each member of this band and team stepped on this album on every level, working with producer Aaron Smith (7Horns7Eyes) the songwriting process, their cover of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You”, their abandoned (for now) covers EP, how Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy/Nevermore) came to play on the album, making music as a composer for Marvel Entertainment and more. Warning: this podcast contains a frank discussion of suicide and mental illness and may cause some distress to the listener. You can pre-order Memento Mori here and listen to our chat now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Havok – V

Judging by its title, the latest release by US thrashers Havok is either a bold, singular statement about this being their fifth full-length studio release, or, rather less plausibly, that it’s actually a concept album based on the 1980s sci-fi series about alien lizard people who wear big red jumpsuits. Sadly, it is, in fact, the rather more mundane first option, but that doesn’t stop V (Century Media) from being bigger and almost as frightening than the hairstyles on that show. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous

Taking their name from the brutal unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, appropriately monikered Michigan death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder unleash a slightly different kind of visceral hell on Verminous (Metal Blade), their ninth full-length studio album. Continue reading

Amaranthe Shares New Single and Video “Do or Die”, ft. Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy)

Amaranthe has dropped a new single and horror-themed track ‘Do or Die’! Not only is the track a banger, it features guest vocals from Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy who has been retired from singing since her departure from the band. The clip is a dystopian horror video filmed in Spain, featuring Fardou Keuning‘s stunning creatures (https://www.fardoukeuning.com). Watch it now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Delain – Apocalypse and Chill

The fifth full-length release from Delain finds the Dutch symphonic metal act looking towards the future with a combined sense of fear and optimism. Appearing to presage dark, dystopian times, the riffs and beats on the latest album Apocalypse & Chill (Napalm Records) are countered (for the most part) by the uplifting vocal melodies of singer Charlotte Wessels as they suggest a more hopeful future. Continue reading

The Music World Reacts to The Death of Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity

We are still reeling from the devastating news we brought you last night of the devasting loss of Punk and Metal legend and drummer Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity. While we gather our thoughts to prepare a proper tribute, the entire music world seems to have mobilized an outpouring of love for Reed and support for the C.O.C. family at this time. Here are some remembrances from across the music world right now of the life and times and of Reed. Continue reading

Disciples of Verity Share Music Video for “Lying To Myself”, Tour Dates This Week

Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity (DOV) have shared a new official music video for their new song ‘Lying To Myself’ featuring Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence. The band counts Corey Glover (vocalist Of Living Colour and Bowie Experience), George Pond (bass, ex Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (drums, God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (rhythm guitar, Sekond Skyn), and Danny Puma (lead guitar, Negative Sky) and their debut album is due out in 2020 at a date tbd. Aside from Demmel who shreds all over the new track, the album boasts guest appeances from Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky) and solo artist Joe Gareri. The band kick off a mini-tour of the east coast this week, with the dates and venues listed below. Watch video for ‘Lying To Myself’ and pre-order the single right now! Continue reading

Disciples Of Verity Share New Lyric Video for “Lying To Myself” featuring Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence

Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity counts members of Living Colour, God Forbid and Negative Sky among its ranks. The band shared a new single today for the track ‘Lying To Myself’, featuring Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence (ex-Machine Head). This is the second single after their previous track released, ‘Worthy’. Their debut album is due out in 2020 and has a bevy of guests such as Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky) and solo artist Joe Gareri. Watch the lyric video for ‘Lying To Myself’ right now! Continue reading