Hellfest Open Air recently completed its first-ever online streaming festival. Hopefully, the real thing is coming back next summer! The venerable metal and rock fest announced their lineup for 2021, with most of the bands slated to have played in 2020, but canceled due to COVID-19. Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and many more will perform. Ten more bands will be added soon. Thirteen bands slated to play in 2020, but cannot attend 2021 include Incubus, Mastodon, Infectious Groove, Thy Art Is Murder, Alter Bridge, Baby Metal, Joyous Wolf, Unleashed, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Periphery, Body Count and August Burns Red.Continue reading
Every month Ghost Cult polls its staff to see what they are listening to at the moment. Sometimes it’s the latest underground album, and sometimes it’s an old favorite. Sometimes the music isn’t even metal, and that’s okay too. This month our scribe Wren Leader gets deep with us about what he is spinning right now.
Horrible Earth – Horrible Earth: These guys totally tore it up at Ralph’s in Worcester a few weeks ago. Their record is equally as awesome. Killer death metal with a little grind/hardcore touches to make things bad ass.
Beth Hart – Screamin’ For My Supper: Was driving back from DC listening to this album. For fans of chick rock that has a bit more bite and bitch then sweet and poppy.
Alcest – Les Voyages de L’ame: Last year I must’ve listened to this album at least twice every week. Sometimes 2 or 3 times in a row. When Neige brings on the black metal vocals on “Là où naissent les couleurs nouvelles” I literally get goosebumps
Babymetal – Babymetal: I was into Babymetal before everyone and their mother loved/hated them! Gotta say, this is a damn fine merger of some of the most sweet cute pop I’ve ever heard and the gnarliest metal riffs ever.
Kevin Hufnagel – Ashland: Gorguts/Dysrhythmia guitarist playing solo ukulele. Very chill and relaxing but still complex. Great record to sit back and sip on some wine or tea and let the music comfort you.