INTERVIEW: Udo Dirkschneider on His Covers Album “My Way”

We recently caught up with Heavy Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider for an interview! His latest album “My Way” – out now via Atomic Fire Records is an expansive covers album paying tribute to many of the many songs Udo has loved over his lifetime. In addition to a discussion about covering other artists, Udo gave many insights into his long career in music, his time with Accept, and much more.

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INTERVIEW: Richie Cavalera of Incite on “Wake Up Dead” and Changing Labels

Ghost Cult caught up with Richie Cavalera of Incite to discuss their new release Wake Up Dead – (review here) out now on Atomic Fire Records. Richie discussed the changes in the band over the years, their new guitarist and collaborator Eli Santana , his past and current relationship with minusHead Records, his love of travel, and future touring plans with his band.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Udo Dirkschneider – My Way

When one thinks of that classic heavy metal voice, the musings often land on the great Mr. Udo Dirkschneider. His is that voice: the sandpaper over rusted metal, the two-pack-a-day unfiltered Pal Mal smoker of the 1940s, the male version of Mama in Throw Mama From the Train; to wit, Udo Dirkschneider is sultry. So it is with delicious aplomb that Mr. Dirkschneider has graced the metal community with a new album. My Way (Atomic Fire Records) is one hour and five minutes of lovingly crafted cover toons in which that voice croons and barks and puts nails on a chalkboard through classic metal, pop, and yes, even classic standards from 1968 and 1969. I would be remiss if I did not mention forthwith that I have been enamored with Udo Dirkschneider since his Accept days and many of the songs and artists he covers are among my favourite.

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Opeth Shares New Single “Width Of A Circle” – “In Cauda Venenum (Extended Edition)” Coming Soon

Opeth has shared a brand new single – “Width Of A Circle.” The tracks from the upcoming release In Cauda Venenum (Extended Edition) featuring six bonus tracks available now, with the album proper dropping on May 13th via Atomic Fire Records. Pre-orders are live at the link below for the physical versions. Also, their North American Co-Headlining tour with Mastodon kicks off soon, with Khemmis in direct support. Check out “Width Of A Circle” now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Meshuggah – Immutable

Although the word itself suggests an insusceptibility or inability to change, Immutable (Atomic Fire), the title of the ninth studio album by prog/tech death metal act Meshuggah, proves to be the opposite, acting as another step forward in the band’s natural evolution. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: 8 Kalacas – Fronteras

From the opening shred and bombastic drumming, the listener knows 8 Kalacas’ Fronteras (Atomic Fire Records) is going to be epic. If you aren’t familiar with the 8 Kalacas, be prepared. It’s not straight up punk or metal. The songs veer stunningly off the tracks with the insertion of a ska sound that immediately puts one in the mind of the old Batman and Robin television series with Adam West and Burt Ward. The album is frenetic, wild, and just plain fun! Fronteras is part ska, part punk, part metal, part schlock, and all amazing. If you are a fan of Russkaja, then 8 Kalacas is your band. It’s like that, but in Spanish.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Amorphis – Halo

Amorphis is one of those bands that marches to the beat of their own drum. They are a major-league act that has elegantly evolved over the years and is known for their ever-developing style. They are beloved because they master innovation while remaining tried and true to their uncommon sound. For over three decades, this six-piece has accomplished the reputation of being one of the main contributors to establishing the Scandinavian Melodic Death Metal genre. Looking through their delightfully diverse discography, it’s a small wonder as to why they have gained such acclaim.

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Amorphis Shares New Single and Music Video for “On The Dark Waters” and Collaborative Watch!

Melodic Death Metal band Amorphis will release their new album Halo on February 11th, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. The band has just shared a new single and music video for the track “On The Dark Waters.” The track is also available as as an exclusive 7” Vinyl release, which you can pre-order along with the new album at the link below. In addition, the band has launched a special collaboration with Pook Watches for a unique collector’s item: The Pook – On The Dark Waters-watch.Continue reading