PODCAST: Episode 99: Adam Dubin Talks “Murder In The Front Row” Documentary

Filmmaker Adam Dubin chatted with Ghost Cult recently about the wide release of his acclaimed documentary, Murder In The Front Row, documenting the birth of Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, which birthed several genres. We chatted about the impetus to making the film, all the thrash metal stars he interviewed such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (53 all told)  his history in the business, making films and music videos in 1980’s such as Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and  “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”, his long history of interactions with Kerry King, the lasting impact the genre has had on all heavy music, and what he learned most during the project. You can purchase the deluxe version of  Murder In The Front Row at this link, stream it on VOD, and check out our chat with Adam here: Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Testament – Titans Of Creation

Whenever the time-honoured, if ultimately pointless “if it had been a Big Five…” question raises its ugly head, Bay Area bruisers Testament always find themselves at the forefront of the conversation. Even alongside names such as Exodus, Overkill, and Kreator, such is their… ahem, legacy (sorry), it’s not uncommon to find them as one of the top two preferred choices. Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Testament – Exodus – Death Angel: Live at Bristol 02 Academy

It’s a little surprising to discover that, despite having known each other for over thirty years, Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel; three leading lights of the Bay Area thrash metal scene have never actually been on the road together before. Dubbed “The Bay Strikes Back”, the first UK date of this neck-snapping triple bill is located, rather appropriately, near the water. Okay, the Bristol Channel might not be the Pacific Ocean, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge might not be quite as impressive as the Golden Gate Bridge, but you can’t have everything now can you. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Heathen – Evolution Of Chaos

Although formed in 1984, Heathen didn’t arrive on most people’s radars until the release of their debut album, Breaking the Silence (Combat Records) in 1987. Part of the legendary Bay Area Thrash scene, Heathen followed established acts such as Exodus and some bunch of relocated no-hopers called Metallica out of the region, joining the likes of fast-moving up-and-comers Testament, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, and Forbidden, among many others. Continue reading

Heathen Shares New Lyric Video ”Control By Chaos”

Bay Area Thrash and Heavy Metal band Heathen will release the ten year anniversary reissue of The Evolution of Chaos due out 31st January 2020. The album was a comeback album for the band and was a return to form that saw them tour the world on the strength of the album. The new edition of the album, due out via Mascot Records, will be available on CD/DVD, 2LP and digitally with a previously unreleased bonus track ‘Seasons of Purgatory’. The CD/DVD will be accompanied by a 2 hour ‘Making of’ documentary on the album as well as a live performance from 2009s Thrash Domination, Japan. The band has just released a new lyric video for ‘Control By Chaos’. Continue reading

Vader – Thy Messenger

Ok, laying my cards down on the table. I, Hans Lopez, fully admit that I don’t think I’ve encountered a Vader release that I didn’t enjoy. The way they combine brutal riffs, mind-flaying solos, and Nürburgring speeds just totally speaks my musical language. It’s the reason I’m willing to die on the sword for Slayer or will always go to bat for classic Sepultura. I’m a man of simple tastes. Continue reading

Exodus’ Third Album “Fabulous Disaster” Turns 30

You cannot really put into words what Exodus has meant to Thrash Metal. Without their contribution, we’d have a lot of Heavy Metal thunder, but no lightning to ride. The band has had its share of ups and downs and only in the last half of their career have they even had the same lineup on albums more than once, as was this incarnation of the bad did in 1989. With legend, but problem child Paul Baloff dismissed after masterwork Bonded By Blood, Steve “Zetro” Souza had settled in and down as the frontman and vocalist. Band leader Gary Holt kept an iron fist on the writing in these days, and with good reason. His riff style and due diligence in songcraft helped give the band their pivotal third album, Fabulous Disaster (Relativity, Music For Nations). Continue reading

The Mound Builders – The Mound Builders

After seven years of relative silence since their debut, the excellently monikered The Mound Builders use the opening minute of their self-titled sophomore album (Failure Records and Tapes) to well and truly set the scene. There’s a triumphant opening chord ringing out, with more than a hint of Volume 4 (Vertigo) about its tone, Ryan Strawsma hits a vintage clanking bass run and the swinging drums come in. By the time Jim Voelz’ raw shouts come in on top, we’re well underway to establishing this is going to be a fun, riffy, High On Fire fuelled uptempo Sludge Metal romp, with all the essential hints of Hardcore to pepper things up. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Cultural Warfare – “Eyes Of The Land”

Modern Bay Area Thrash band Cultural Warfare recently released their new album, Warmageddon on the M-Theory Audio label this September 14th. Produced by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios who has worked with countless greats (Machine Head, Testament, Exodus, Heathen, Skinlab) in the genre, in order to get the absolute brutal best from the band. Urteaga previously worked with the band on their last EP, Future Kill. Check out their inspiring new video ‘Eyes Of The Land’, only at Ghost Cult. Continue reading

Exodus To Celebrate 40th Anniversary In 2019 With Hometown Shows

In a new interview, Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza says the thrash metal innovators will celebrate the bands 40th anniversary in 2019 with a series of shows in San Francisco. Formed in 1980 by high school friends Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the band would go on to invent the style of thrash metal and put the Bay Area Thrash on the musical map. The band played a series of hometown shows last year where they brought up old members to perform, including Rick Hunolt and Robb Dukes. Continue reading