FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Aftershock Festival 2019

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

ALBUM REVIEW: Babymetal – Metal Galaxy

The new Babymetal album starts off with a funky blend of techno video game and chunky 90s metal power chords. It then whiplashes into some futuristic techno power metal thing. The effect is a dizzying display of aural assault. If you aren’t into mind-bending disparate genre mixing, then you probably won’t like Metal Galaxy (earMusic/BMD Fox Records). Continue reading

BABYMETAL Shares a New Video for ‘Shanti Shanti Shanti’

Global metal sensation BABYMETAL has shared a new music video for their single ‘Shanti Shanti Shanti’ from their upcoming album Metal Galaxy out October 11th via earMUSICThe track comes in the midst of their North American tour that culminates in their first US arena show at The Forum in Los Angles on album release day, where they will bring their huge, Japanese-style production to the States for the first time. Metal Galaxy coming October 11th, features Joakim Brodén of Sabaton, Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy, guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage from Polyphia, Thai-rapper F.HERO and B’z guitarist Tak Matsumoto (full tracklisting below). Watch the video now! Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: October 10th New Music Releases

Purchase and stream all the new music released today!

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BABYMETAL Shares New Live Music Video for “Elevator Girl” (English), New Album Tracklisting Revealed

International sensation BABYMETAL has shared a new live music video of their song ‘Elevator Girl’. The group is set to kick off a headline tour of the USA in just a few weeks. Tickets are on sale now. ‘Elevator Girl’ is the group’s first full English song to go to Active Rock radio. Check it out! They also revealed the full tracklisting and Pre-order for their new album, Metal Galaxy.  Continue reading

HYDE – Anti

One of the best things about reviewing music, in my opinion, is having a music-savvy senior editor that encourages me to review music that is not in my wheelhouse. I have realized that if I was left to my own devices, I would likely stay in my little Heavy Metal utopia, reviewing only what I picked. I received the promo email from my editor about doing a review of Japanese act HYDE. Full disclosure, the only musical act I was familiar with from Japan was Babymetal. So, when I got the promo of HYDE’s new album, Anti, (UMG), I felt a tiny twinge of trepidation. After all, what do I know about Japanese music? Absolutely nada. How was I going to do a fair an accurate review of this music was my query. As soon as the first track off of Anti, started playing, all my fears of doing an inadequate review dissipated. The music that came pouring into my earbuds was the kind of music that bridges all humanity. HYDE’s music possesses a universal sound that almost any person can enjoy or relate to. On a personal note, I broke out in goosebumps from about 5 seconds into listening to the album, an involuntary reaction my body reserves for only the best soul touching music. Continue reading

BABYMETAL Stream New Single “Elevator Girl”, Books USA Tour With Avatar

BABYMETAL has streamed a brand new single, ‘Elevator Girl’, out now via their international label earMUSIC to stream and purchase. The track is the first new music from their highly-anticipated third album due later this year. The dynamic “kawaii metal” group blending J-Pop and Power Metal that has taken the world by storm in just a few short years will finally embark on a headline tour of North America next fall. The band’s first-ever full-scale headlining U.S. tour will kick off on September 4 in Orlando, Florida, and run through an October 16 in Seattle, Washington. The trek includes the previously announced October 11 gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, which will mark BABYMETAL’s first headlining arena show in the States. Avatar will provide direct support on all dates. They also will play London 02 Academy Brixton on Tuesday 2nd July, marking their first UK headline show since their record-breaking Wembley Arena show in April 2016. They will also have two support bands on the bill, a UK first, in the form of majestic Swedish metallers Amaranthe and mysterious masked music collective Sleep Token. Listen to ‘Elevator Girl’ now.

Tickets for the London o2 Academy Brixton are available at https://myticket.co.uk/artists/babymetal

USA Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 17. Presale tickets will be available on May 13 at 10 a.m. local time using the code “BM2019”.

BABYMETAL U.S. tour dates:

Sep. 04 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

Sep. 06 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy

Sep. 08 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem

Sep. 11 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Sep. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

Sep. 15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Sep. 18 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

Sep. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

Sep. 21 – Saint Paul, MN @ Myth Live Event Center

Sep. 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater

Sep. 24 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

Sep. 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Sep. 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center

Sep. 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Oct. 01 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater

Oct. 04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

Oct. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *

Oct. 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock ^

Oct. 15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater #

Oct. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre #

* No support

^ Festival date

# No AVATAR, support from THE H

 

Follow BABYMETAL:

http://www.babymetal.com

https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp

https://www.instagram.com/babymetal_official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC33_tIj4m1_XaqfFcomShvw

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/babymetal/477101776

https://babymetalstore.com/

http://www.babymetal.com/jp/

 

Aftershock 2019 Books Tool, Slipknot, blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Staind, Bring Me The Horizon, and More!

The king of US rock and metal festivals, Aftershock Festival held yearly in Sacramento is here with a big announcement for 2019. Expanding to a three-day affair, the fest will be led by such major acts as Tool, Slipknot, blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Staind, 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! Aftershock takes place at Sacramento’s Discovery Park October 11, 12 and 13th. Tickets, VIP Packages and Hotel options go on sale Friday, April 26 At Noon PST at the link below. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: X Japan – Blue Blood

Cast your mind back thirty years to the late 80s where hard rock was in full swing. Def Leppard in the UK at the peak of their career after the release of their seminal release Hysteria and over in the states, Guns N Roses were selling out stadiums across the globe. However, in the western world, there’s one band from that era that go somewhat underlooked compared to their peers: X Japan. On April 21st, 1989 the band released Blue Blood (originally titled, X) (CBS/Sony), the album that led them to become one of Japan’s biggest bands. Continue reading

TesseracT – Between The Buried And Me – Plini: Live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Djent never really took off as the next big thing, but it did spawn a few world-class bands that are probably more happy simply living under the Progressive Metal banner. And tonight London’s Shepherds Bush Empire hosts two of the scenes leading lights, Between the Buried and Me and TesseracT. Continue reading