Download Festival was one of the first major festivals in the heavy music work canceled due o the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now we are getting a virtual festival set to take place. Mark off June 12-14 for some prime rock and metal viewing, with many top acts taking part. The Download TV weekend will be split into day and evening programming, with tailor-made shows featuring Iron Maiden, System of a Down and KISS leading the way. KISS will headline the Friday (June 12) festivities, with a replay of standout moments from their huge 2015 headline set. Iron Maiden head up the Saturday (June 13) programming with nostalgic performances, “Legacy of the Beast” snippets, as well as “something just for Download TV.” And System of a Down will close out the virtual festival on Sunday (June 14) with footage from their performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017. Among the other bands appearing are Alter Bridge, Alestorm, Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Baroness, Bush, Creeper, Deftones, Disturbed, Employed To Serve, Fozzy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Korn,Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, The Pretty Reckless, Twin Temple, Volbeat and more. Watch the trailer and see the full list below. Continue reading
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Slipknot’s Knotfest Japan joins the growing ranks of rescheduled festivals for 2021. Originally the first major festival postponed, Knotfest Japan will now take place on January 10th and 11th of next year with much of the same lineup. Knotfest Japan 2021 will feature Slipknot headlining both nights, along with Anthrax, Marilyn Manson, Man With A Mission, BABYMETAL, coldrain, Crossfaith, Suicide Silence, and more! New tickets and other info details can be found below. Continue reading
BABYMETAL has shared a trailer for theri upcoming DVD and Blu-ray, “Live At The Forum”! Due on May 13, the effort was filmed at the Japanese pop-metal band’s October 2019 first-ever arena concert in the U.S. at the The Forum in Los Angeles.
The concert was Su-metal and Moametal’s second headlining arena concert outside of Japan. The 15-song set focuses on material from BABYMETAL’s latest studio album, “Metal Galaxy”, including “Da Da Dance”, “Shanti Shanti Shanti” and “Pa Pa Ya!!”
Theatrical Metallers Avatar have shared a new musical featurette inspired by their latest album Avatar Country (eOne Music), Legend Of Avatar Country A Metal Odyssey today. The featurette was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where the goal was quickly met in only 90 minutes. Now available to the public at large via a YouTube premiere today, Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey marks the finale of the Avatar Country story for the band. Following their North American tour supporting BABYMETAL, Avatar has also shared that they’ve been in the studio working on a follow up to Avatar Country with producer Jay Ruston. This marks their first time recording in the US. A new album is expected later in 2020. Watch the video now! Continue reading
A bunch of new bands have already been added to the bill on this year’s Download UK Festival. The new acts include Alter Bridge, Bowling For Soup, The Darkness, The Distillers, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, Funeral For A Friend, The Menzingers, Employed To Serve, 3 Doors Down, Milk Teeth, Motionless In White, Holding Absence, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Cemetery Sun, Fire From The Gods, Gender Roles, Haken, Hatari, Heavy Lungs, Higher Power, JJ Wilde, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Northlane, Press Club, Polyphia| The Raven Age, Renounced, Shvpes, Sleep Token, SULLII, The Glorious Sons, The Hara, The Skints, Tempt, Twin Temple, Thy Art Is Murder, Wage War, and Will Haven! Also announced are the Day And Stage Splits, WWE NXT UK returns, and Kerrang! Radio Hosts the Finding Fresh Blood contest for a chance to perform on The Avalanche Stage. 2020 Download headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy Of The Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down this summer and takes place on 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Continue reading
Japanese Kawaii-Metal band BABYMETAL has released a new music video for the track ‘Da Da Dance’ from their recent album Metal Galaxy. Filmed across various shows during the group’s “Metal Galaxy” world tour, the clip includes footage from BABYMETAL’s first-ever U.S. arena show at the Forum in Los Angeles on October 11. ‘Da Da Dance’ features a guest appearance by guitarist Tak Matsumoto from B’Z. Check out the clip now! Continue reading
A bevy of bands have been added to Download 2020! New on the bill are Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal,The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, Skillet, Baroness, Lit, Bush, Wednesday 13, British Lion, Electric Wizard, Periphery, Obituary, Pup, Dying Fetus, Bleed From Within, Dead Label, Stone Broken, Blues Pills, Puppy, P.O.D., Wayward Sons, Wargasm, Dead Posey Blackout Problems, Bleed From Within, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Chelsea Grin, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Powerwolf, Puppy, Theory, The Last Internationale, The Wildhearts, and Uncured.and more to be announecd. They join headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy of the Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down next year. The world’s premier rock event takes place 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Check out Ghost Cult’s 2019 Download coverage here! Continue reading
It comes as no surprise that this year’s Aftershock Festival was once again sold out. I mean, how could it not with big-name talents such as Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Blink-182, Lamb of God, Dropkick Murphys, Marilyn Manson, Bad Religion, Chevelle, and many others. And with the über-early announcement of next year’s headliner—Metallica, for those of you living under a rock—there’s no question that 2020’s Aftershock will sell out as well. In fact, as of this writing, VIP weekend passes were all gone. A year in advance! So, how was this year’s outing? Damn good, in our humble opinion. Continue reading
Aftershock Festival gets underway this weekend in Sacramento, California! The now three-day event is sold-out and features Tool, Slipknot, Staind (in a rare reunion show), blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, BABYMETAL, Bad Religion, Stone Temple Pilots, Chevelle and many more. Ghost Cult has been fortunate to cover the fest for many years, often the highlight of our annual festival coverage. Al lthe bands are tight, but clashes being what they are, check out our day by day list of can’t miss acts. Continue reading