GUEST POST: Andrew Mikhail of Serpents (US) – Top 25 Albums of 2019

 

It’s time for another Ghost Cult “End Of Year” Guest post! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe all month long! Andrew Mikhail and his Orchestral Blackened Death Metal band Serpents (US) released their immaculate Temet Nosce release, played some tour dates formulated many plans for 2020. Andrew took some time out to share his personal Top 25 albums of 2019, and he also curated a Top 50 Spotify playlist available on the Serpents U.S. Page that deserves your attention too! Continue reading

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2019

Now in its nineteenth year, the annual metal pilgrimage to Bloodstock Open Air at Catton Hall in Derbyshire was joined this year by a very special, but highly unstable, guest.

The weather.

Yes, I know it’s England in August, and we should be more than accustomed to inconsistent weather conditions, but this really was something else. Tents too hot to be inside one moment were waterlogged the next. People soaked to the skin by sudden, torrential downpours were suffering sunburn minutes later. Grass turned to mud, mud became rivers, and the unprecedented winds would go on to cause problems all of their own. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2019

The time is nigh! Bloodstock 2019, the best major independent music festival in the world is here! Ghost Cult’s crack team will be on-site as we have been every year in our existence, bringing you this vital heavy music event and experience! Featuring Sabaton, Parkway Drive and Scorpions, along with Anthrax, Batushka, Children Of Bodom, Code Orange, Cancer Bats, Powerwolf, Soilwork, Cradle Of Filth, Thy Art Is Murder, Tesseract, Metal Church, Soulfly, Death Angel, Dee Snider, Queensryche, Eluveitie, Swallow The Sun, Evil Scarecrow, Ross The Boss, Grand Magus, Krysthla, Rotting Christ, Aborted, Skeletal Remains, All Hail The Yeti, Incite, Hypocrisy, Taake, The Lazys, Xentrix, and many more on the Catton Park stages this August. More bands are still being announced, but see the line-up so far here. Check out our day by day list must-see list below and everything else you need to know! Continue reading

Batushka Added to Bloodstock This Weekend, Dimmu Borgir Cancels

Polish Black Metal band Batushka (Bart version) has been added as a late addition to Bloodstock 2019 on the main stage third from the top on Sunday, replacing Dimmu Borgir who have canceled due to illness. The band released their album Hospodi through Metal Blade Records. They will play directly before Queensryche and Scorpions on Sunday 11th August. Continue reading

Batushka Announces North American Headline Tour Dates, New Album Out Now

Batushka (Bart version) has released their epic new album Hospodi is out now via Metal Blade Records. The band has now announced a headline tour of the U.S. and Canada in November and December. The tour kicks off on November 29 in Toronto and runs through December 21 in Los Angeles. All dates are below. Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 26 at 10 am local time. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: July 12th New Music Releases

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world!

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Batushka Streams New Song and Video for “Utrenia”, New Album Out Today

Polish Black Metal band Batushka (Bart version) releases their new album today. Hospodi (Господи) is out today via Metal Blade Records across several formats and bundles you can purchase below. Watch the video for “Utrenia” right now! Continue reading