Originally set to feature a very different line-up, the Faces of Death Tour was forced to undergo an almost complete overhaul a few months ago when, for a variety of reasons, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate and To The Grave were all forced to withdraw. With their replacements announced in August, the show was back on with the three new supports eager to prove their worth.
When’s the last time you listened to an album, and it completely knocked you on your ass? For me it was a few hours ago while sensibly driving around in my Volvo. Not to worry, no Swedish automobiles were harmed while repeatedly listening to Hath’s All That Was Promised (Willowtip). Well, maybe I punched the passenger seat once ‘The Million Violations’ swung into full gear with volleys of blast beats and guitar trickery. What’s a little cosmetic damage?
It’s been three years since progressive, technical death metal act Rivers of Nihil released the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Three long years which have seen a global pandemic almost bring the entertainment industry to its knees. However, having already set 2020 aside to concentrate on writing, the Coronavirus outbreak only made minor dents in the Pennsylvanians plans and conceptual album The Work (Metal Blade) is the exhilarating and wonderfully confounding result.
Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! 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. In this edition, we have a list from Portland Death Metal band Sea Sleeper. Their self-titled debut album is coming out soon via Metal Assault Records. Continue reading →
Ghost Cult stalwart, mainstay, and truly valued senior writer Mat Davies blesses us with his top twenty albums of the year, plus some thoughts on the year that has been, and that which is still to come… Continue reading →
Black Crown Initiate, in partnership with WSOU, are offering 100 fans an early listen to their forthcoming album, Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Aug. 7th Century Media Records), on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 12 pm pacific/3 pm eastern. The listening session will be followed by a live Q&A with members of the band. Continue reading →
Bethesda Games finally released Doom Eternal yesterday, complete with its “Death Metal Choir” recorded last year, by composer Mick Gordon! Of course, the soundtrack album is not yet available to purchase separately, but apparently it will be soon. Apparently, the Collectors Edition of the game will be released at some point with the additional full soundtrack and the soundtrack to Doom 2016. We have followed this news for some time, in which Gordon assembled a tremendous amount of heavy and underground vocal talent including bands such as Static- X, Aborted, Frontierer, Immortal Bird, Vault Dweller, Calvary, Wildspeaker, Black Crown Initiate, Sectioned, Tengger Calvary (RIP Nature G), The World I Knew, The Anchor, and more. You can listen to a sneak peek of this audio until someone’s lawyer makes them take it down.Continue reading →
Last year we brought the news of the forthcoming soundtrack to the new Doom Eternal game, coming in a few weeks on 3/20/2020 from Bethesda Games.Composer Mick Gordon recruited a who’s who of metal singers from across genres via open call. Now Gordon has shared a behind the scenes featurette on the creation of the music, which also features a teaser of gameplay as well. The video includes prominent cameos from Tony Campos of Static-X and Asesino, James Dorton of Black Crown Initiate, Lindsay Rae of The Anchor, Wesley Meritt of The World I Knew, Natalie Kahan of Wildspeaker,Sven De Caluwe of Aborted, and Nature G. Ganganbaigal of Tengger Calvary, who passed away a few months after recording this. Other artists from bands participating in the soundtrack included Frontierer, Immortal Bird, Vault Dweller, Sectioned, and many more! Watch the clip now!