One of the things we try to do with our corner of the music world here at Ghost Cult is trying to shine a light on emerging artists. One of the must-listen-to releases of this fall, Louisana’s Ambassador with their upcoming Care Vale album. An intoxicating blend of post-Rock, Post-Punk, and more complete with swirling guitars, hypnotic beats, and one of the best voices we have heard in a long while. Check out their brand new jam, their album closer “Spasma” today! Continue reading →
Boston sludge and doom band Morne are playing two special shows this week, opening for Tribulation and Black Anvil in Brooklyn and their hometown of Boston. The band is supporting their recently released new album To The Night Unknown, released via Armageddon Records. Future tour dates are being lined up and will be announced soon. You can stream the full album below.Continue reading →
Boston sludge/doom band Morne are swiftly approaching the release of their new album, To The Night Unknown on September 7th via the Armageddon Label. The band has shared a new single today, ‘Scorn’ which you can jam out to on the link below.Continue reading →
On their recent tour with Goatwhore,Black Breath (Southern Lord) guitarist, Eric Wallace had a quick chat with Ghost Cult prior to the Boston, MA show at Brighton Music Hall. With their latest release, Slaves Beyond Death (due out September 25), being announced, Eric expressed what could be expected from the upcoming record.
“Expectations… I don’t think I like that word. I like to approach other people’s stuff as open minded as I can and then be surprised. I realize it sounds like I’m setting the bar low but I mean there’s elements of stuff we’ve done in the past for sure and then there’s also kind of new takes on all of it. To me it’s more expansive in a way. Not like it’s going to be a prog record or anything! Sure the songs are all longer and stuff we haven’t done in the past that we’re trying out on this record and I think turned out pretty rad. I’m excited for it to come out because I think it’s cool and I want to start playing the songs more, live. I hesitate to say too much because I want to hear what others think of it. I mean what are you supposed to say? “It’s the heaviest record we’ve ever done! It’s gunna fucking blow your mind!” I mean it either is or it isn’t. It’s up to the listeners and how they receive it. We made a record that were excited about and I think I can leave it at that.”
Eric also spoke highly of the continued success of recording with Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios in Salem, MA:
“At this point we’ve spent the better part of 2 months there now over 3 albums. Pretty damn easy to work with him especially where we’ve toured with his band and recorded with him in that space with generally the same setup before. Not much arguing there as we just do it and if it doesn’t sound good how can we make it better. It goes pretty fast which is why we were pretty excited to go back for this record with the amount of work we’ve done, just building on that makes more sense than starting fresh somewhere else. It’s killer. I think it works out great. We did get it mastered with our buddy Brad (Boatwright) in Portland at Audio Siege. He’s been doing a ton of mastering for a lot of different bands, first time we went to him and that sounds awesome as well. It all turned out nice.”
Eric Wallace of Black Breath, photo by Evil Robb Photography
Continuing on the topic of writing, and how it has evolved over Black Breath’s career: “With our EP we just threw what songs we had up there since we didn’t have a contract or anything. Basically let’s get this out there and see if it sticks. So we did that and got hooked up with Southern Lord. With Heavy Breathing we got together with Kurt since no one in the band had done that before and Greg from Southern Lord was really into the idea. Whatever songs we had after that EP through the touring up until the recording process, that turned into the album. The album itself was written well before we even got there really. Nothing specific up to this point really. With Sentenced to Life, I think we as a group consciously decided that we would sort of stream line everything a lot more as in trim the fat, shorten things up, get to the fucking point and then get out. And that was basically what we did with Sentenced. Make it to the point, shorten the songs, and get rid of the unnecessary stuff really. With this new album, since we already did the shortened approach to writing, we pretty much did the opposite approach on this one to expand and make way longer songs. Same style of riffs and song writing we had going, but how do we make this more of an odyssey? There’s a lot of tracks on the new album that has fast stuff and slow stuff but there’s a mix of both in almost every song so I don’t know what you would call that approach necessarily, but plenty of bands have done it.”
Skinless is streaming “Serpenticide,” off of their forthcoming album Only the Ruthless Remain out June 2, 2015 via Relapse Records below. Featuring their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, and the record was recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, OR.
Watch the making of the new record video below.
The band has booked a couple of upcoming festival appearances.
May 21: Soundstage (Maryland Deathfest) – Baltimore, MD Jun 20: Hellfest Open Air – Clisson (FR)
Los Angeles extremists Obliterationshave booked an upcoming East Coast run in June with White Lung. They are supporting their debut release Poison Everything, out now via Southern Lord and was recorded by producer Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum, Young Widows) at Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Black Breath) at God City Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Integrity, Sleep) at Audiosiege. Watch their Rick Rodney (Strife) directed music video for “Mind Ain’t Right” below.
Jun 05: TBA – Brooklyn, NY (w/ White Lung) Jun 06: The Studio At Webster Hall – New York, NY Jun 08: DC9 – Washington DC (w/ White Lung) Jun 09: Rumba Café – Columbus, OH (w/ White Lung) Jun 10: The Demo – St. Louis, MO (w/ White Lung) Jun 11: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN (w/ White Lung) Jun 13: PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI (w/ White Lung) Jun 14: Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH (w/ White Lung) Jun 15: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ White Lung) Jun 16: Great Scott – Allston, MA (w/ White Lung) Jun 17: Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC (w/ White Lung) Jun 18: Ottawa Explosion Weekend – Ottawa, ON Jun 20: NXNE – Toronto, ON
New York death metallers Skinless has posted a video teaser for their forthcoming new record titled Only The Ruthless Remain, which is due out June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Watch it below.
The record will feature their classic late 90s lineup with guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser, drummer Bob Beaulac, and new guitarist Dave Matthews. The record was recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing: 01: Serpenticide 02: Only The Ruthless Remain 03: Skinless 04: Flamethrower 05: The Beast Smells Blood 06: Funeral Curse 07: Barbaric Proclivity
The band will be doing a couple festival appearances coming up.
May 21: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest) Jun 20: Hellfest Open Air – Clisson (FR)
Confuse & Conquer is the band’s first album since 2006’s Latest Will and Testament… and the first since the passing of former guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts. The album was recorded by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege in late 2014.
Malfunction will be releasing their new album Fear of Failure this summer via Bridge Nine Records. The record was recorded at GCR Audio Recordings Studios with Jay Zubricky and mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues) to mix and mastered at Audiosiege (Blacklisted, Integrity, Poison Idea).
The band has an extensive set of upcoming tour dates, which is posted below.
Malfunction tour dates w/ Bane, Backtrack: Mar 26: Simons677 – Providence, RI Mar 27: Heirloom Art Space – Danbury, CT Mar 28: The Canal Club – Richmond, VA (United Blood Fest – no Bane or Backtrack) Mar 29: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY Mar 30: Now That’s Class -Cleveland, OH Mar 31: Ace of Cups -Columbus, OH Apr 01: Magic Stick – Detroit, MI Apr 02: Mac’s Bar -Lansing, MI Apr 03: Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO Apr 05: Marquis Theater – Denver, CO Apr 06: Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT Apr 07: The Crux – Boise, ID Apr 08: El Corazon – Seattle, WA Apr 09: Star Theater – Portland, OR Apr 10: 924 Gilman St.-San Francisco, CA Apr 11: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA Apr 12: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA Apr 13: Epicentre – San Diego, CA Apr 14: Underground – Phoenix, AZ Apr 15: Primal Skate Shop – Abilene, TX Apr 16: Red 7- Austin, TX Apr 17: Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX Apr 18: Club Dada – Dallas, TX Apr 19: Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS Apr 20: The End – Nashville, TN Apr 21: Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA Apr 22: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD Apr 23: Voltage – Philadelphia, PA Apr 24: Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA Apr 25: The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Band guitarist Adam Crowe wrote this record from his now Berlin, Germany base with Cam Jose via email, and enlisted former Defeater drummer Andy Reitz and bassist Jared Crowe of Perth, Australia based The Others to play on the record. Together they entered Getaway Studios in Boston with producer Jay Maas during July/August 2014, with the end result then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
The artwork for Tide reflects the bands coastal West Australian roots with a sobering photo based insert brought to life by fellow sandgropers Mike Maxted & Adam Borello, with Tom Sweetman & Dick Smith handling layout duties.
The band has booked an upcoming Australian tour with Blacklisted.
May 08: Margaret River Footy Club (18+)* May 09: Rosemount, Perth (18+) May 10: HQ, Leederville (AA) May 13: Enigma, Adelaide (Lic/AA) May 14: Northcote Social, Melbourne (18+) May 15: Red Rattler, Sydney (Lic/AA) May 16: Small Ballroom, Newcastle (18+) May 17: Upstairs 199, Brisbane (Day AA) May 17: Brightside, Brisbane (Night 18+)