Kittie’s Morgan Lander Teases Winterlvst Project

Kittie frontwoman Morgan Lander has shared a teaser for new project Winterlvst, tentatively due this summer. Check out the teaser below. The band also features Justine ‘Juice’ Ethier (drummer) of Blackguard and Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc, formerly of Blackguard on keyboards. Kittie released a concert film titled Kittie: Live At The London Music Hall in March 2019. It features footage of the Canadian metal band’s October 27, 2017 20th-anniversary hometown show at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario. The event, which also served as a screening of the long-in-the-making documentary Kittie: Origins/Evolutions, lead to Kittie mainstays Morgan Lander (guitar, vocals) and Mercedes Lander (drums) take the stage with a number of their former bandmates to perform songs from the group’s entire repertoire. Morgan is also a member of Quebec metal band Karkaos, who are working on a new album due this year. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: April 12th New Music Releases

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

Ace Frehley – Spaceman (Picture Disc) (eOne Music) (Buy)

A Day To Remember – Attack Of The Killer B-Sides – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Alice Cooper – Dirty Diamonds (Vinyl) (New West Records)(Buy)

Alien Weaponry – Tu (Vinyl) (Napalm Records)(Buy)

American War Machine – Unholy War (Bridge Nine)(Buy)

Andy Black – The Ghost Of Ohio (Lava/Republic Records)(Buy)

Bad Religion – My Sanity (7″ & 3″) (Epitaph)(Buy)

Basement – Be Here Now (7″) (Fueled By Ramen)(Buy)

Beartooth – B-Sides (7″) (Red Bull Records)(Buy)

Big Business – The Beast You Are (Joyful Noise)(Buy)

Blackguard – Storm (Self-Released)(Buy)

Blind Guardian – The Forgotten Tales Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Blind Guardian – Live Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Blind Guardian – Tokyo Tales Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Brant Bjork – Keep Your Cool Re-Release (Heavy Psych Sounds) (Buy)

BTS – Map Of The Soul: Persona (Buy)

The Chemical Brothers – No Geography(Buy)

Chad Smith & Josh Klinghoffer – Jeepster/Monolith (7″) (ORG Music)(Buy)

Chuck Mosley – Joe Haze Session #2 (7″) (blocGLOBAL)(Buy)

D’angelo – Voodoo – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Death Therapy – Voices (Solid State Records)(Buy)

Def Leppard – The Story So Far Vol. 2/B-Sides (Vinyl) (UMC/Virgin)(Buy)

Diesear – Bloodred Inferno (eOne Music)(Buy)

Dio – Last In Line (Live) (Picture Disc) (BMG)(Buy)

Melissa Etheridge – The Medicine Show(Buy)

Bruce Hornsby – Absolute Zero (Buy)

Felix Martin – Caracas (N/A)(Buy)

Foo Fighters – Big Me (3″) (Roswell Records)(Buy)

Gabriel And The Apocalypse – Alpha Bionic (Pavement Entertainment)(Buy)

Graveyard – Live At Pustervik (Reaktor/Nuclear Blast)(Buy)

Green Jellÿ – Cereal Killer Sounds (Vinyl) (Say-10 Records)(Buy)

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires (Vinyl) (Lava/Republic)(Buy)

Halestorm – Buzz/Chemical (7″) (Atlantic)()

Hatebreed – Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Hath – Of Rot And Ruin (Willowtip)(Buy)

Hawkwind – The 1999 Party – Live At The Chicago Auditorium (Vinyl) (Rhino/Parlophone)(Buy)

High On Fire – Bat Salad (12″) (eOne Music)(Buy)

Iced Earth – Enter The Realm Re-Release (Red)(Buy)

Inferi – The End Of An Era | Rebirth (The Artisan Era)(Buy)

Inter Arma – Sulphur English (Relapse)(Buy)

Ketzer – Cloud Collider (Metal Blade)(Buy)

Etta James – Etta James Rocks The House – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Norah Jones – Begin Again(Buy)

L7 – Burn Baby (7″) (Blackheart Records)(Buy)

Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Aaron Lewis – State I’m In (Buy)

Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John (10″) (Reprise)(Buy)

Molases – Molases – (Van Records) (Buy)

Motörhead – Overkill/Bomber (7″) (BMG)(Buy)

Motörhead – Rockaway Beach (7″) (Motörhead Music)(Buy)

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead (Vinyl) (Reprise Records) (Buy)

Nekrasov – Lust Of Consciousness (Prosthetic Records)(Buy)

Nirvana – Live At The Paramount (Buy)

Nita Strauss – Controlled Chaos (Vinyl) (Sumerian Records)(Buy)

Numenorean – Adore (Season Of Mist)(Buy)

Pearl Jam – Live At East Street (Vinyl) (Monkeywrench)(Buy)

Pelican – Midnight & Mescaline (7″) (Southern Lord)(Buy)

Pete Rock – Don’t Smoke Rock Instrumentals (Buy)

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (Mono) (Vinyl) (Legacy)(Buy)

Posthum – Like Wildfire (Indie Recordings)(Buy)

Rush – Hemispheres (Picture Disc) (UMe)(Buy)

Scream Blue Murder – Rock Bottom (Stay Sick Recordings)(Buy)

Serj Tankian – Harakiri (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl)(Buy)

Silverstein – Redux: The First 10 Years (N/A)(Buy)

Suldusk – Lunar Falls (Northern Silence Productions)(Buy)

Sunn O))) – Life Metal (Vinyl/CD) (Southern Lord)(Buy)

Sworn Amongst – Reclamation EP (Famined Records)(Buy)

The Machinist – Confidimus In Morte (Prosthetic Records)(Buy)

The Used – The Used Live From Maida Vale (10″) (Hopeless Records)(Buy)

Theories – Vessel (Corpse Flower Records)(Buy)

Thrice – Deeper Wells (12″) (Epitaph)(Buy)

Various Artists – Dualism (Eclipse Records)(Buy)

Troll – Legend Master (Shadow Kingdom)(Buy)

Tronos – Celestial Mechanics (Century Media) (Buy)

Various Artists – House Of Wax Music From The Motion Picture (Vinyl) (Maverick)(Buy)

Various Artists – Howard Stern’s Private Parts (Vinyl) (Warner Bros. Records)(Buy)

Various Artists – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Vinyl) (Atlantic Records)(Buy)

Various Artists – Transformers – Revenge Of The Fallen Soundtrack (Vinyl) (Reprise Records)(Buy)

Waldgefluster – Mondscheinsonaten (Nordvis)(Buy)

ZVI – Deer Pink (Nefarious Industries)(Buy)

Blackguard Shares New Single, “By My Hand”, Featuring Morgan Lander of Kittie

As Ghost Cult previously broke the news, Blackguard is back! The much-missed Canadian Melodic Death Metal band is releasing their new album Storm, and booking new shows! Now you can hear their first new single ‘By My Hand’, featuring their ally Morgan Lander of Kittie! The band has shared a visualizer for the track on their Facebook, which you can watch below! Continue reading

Blackguard Announces Comeback Album, First New Concert Booked In Four Years

As we broke the news last week, Blackguard has returned! The band melodic death metal band announced their first show in over four years and plans to independently release their long-awaited fourth studio album Storm in 2019. This is the follow-up to their 2011 full-length Firefight on Victory Records and 2009’s Profugus Mortis released on Sumerian and Nuclear Blast. More information to follow on the release of Storm. Their first show back will be at Coalition in Toronto on March 22nd with Crimson Shadows (Napalm Records) and Borealis (AFM Records). This news is awesome since Blackguard was one of the most talented, and heavy bands of the early part of the last decade before going on hiatus. Continue reading

Blackguard Teases A Return, Announcement Coming Next Week

Montreal Melodic Death Metal act Blackguard is teasing a comeback of some sort, with an announcement due this Monday, January 21st. The band has been largely inactive the latter half of this decade after touring behind 2011’s Firefight album, released on Victory Records. The band hit the scene with a blast(beat) with their impressive debut So it Begins (2007), the amazing Profugis Mortis (2009) and Firefight. The performed on The Summer Slaughter tour, Pagan Fest tours, Heavy Montreal Festival, and toured with wide-ranging acts such as Deicide, Nevermore, Necrophagist, Suffocation, Symphony X, Evergrey, Kittie, Soilwork, Kamelot, OTEP, Kamelot, Epica and more. Their fifth full-length album, tentatively titled Storm was completed in 2014, but never released. The band has shared they want to release new music and return to the stage in 2019. We’ll bring you more news about this story as it develops. Continue reading

Liferuiner, Blackguard, Erimha, etc Confirmed For Chaofest 2015

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The fourth annual Chaos Fest, held in Hamilton, ON on May 1 and 2, 2015 , has announced that Liferuiner, Blackguard, Erimha and Crimson Shadows have been confirmed to perform. Watch the trailer here.

CHAOS FEST 2015 LINE UP:
DAY 1 – MAY 1ST @ CLUB ABSINTHE
BLACKGUARD (Victory Records)
ERIMHA (Victory Records)
CRIMSON SHADOWS (Napalm Records)
ENDING TYRANNY (Ghost Vision Records)
MORE TBA
$15 ADV / $20 DOOR ALL AGES
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CLUB ABSINTHE / THE UNDERGROUND
DAY 2 – MAY 2ND – CHAOS FEST
LIFERUINER
LIONS LIONS (Artery)
WE WERE SHARKS
EVERYONE DIES IN UTAH (Artery)
ONE YEAR LATER (CI Records)
DREAMER/DECIEVER
THE APEX (Ex. Closed Casket Funeral / Dismata)
RESISTOR
MORE TBA

Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Hatchet & Blackguard Live @ Mexicali Teaneck NJ, USA

LoomisSweden’s melodic death metal ambassadors Soilwork embarked on an ambitious multi-month long tour spanning across these United States. Along for the ride were Hatchet, Bonded By Blood, Canada’s Blackguard and Jeff Loomis and his solo band. By the time this tour reached Teaneck, New Jersey, Bonded by Blood had to drop off due to their van dying. Hatchet opened the show and put on a very old school thrash performance with some modern swing to it.

Blackguard was up next and they brought their Canadian ‘epic metal’ to make his a very international tour. Paul Ablaze is such a fun front man to watch. Whether he’s at the mic or in the pit, he and his crew commanded the stage like they were the head liners. They also previewed a new song from their forthcoming new album. Former Nevermore guitarist, Jeff Loomis played an amazing instrumental set of sonic beauty consisting of songs from both his solo records. An extra treat, with his already mind blowing performance, was Soilwork drummer, Dirk Verbeuren ended up doing double duty here. Dirk played the second half the tour with Loomis’ band due to the fact that regular drummer Anup Sastry had to bow out to a scheduling conflict.

soilwork2Soilwork took the stage and hammered out sixteen of their best songs. They opened up with new track ‘Parasite Blues’ and continued to play career spanning cuts from all nine of their albums. Guitarists David Andersson and Sylvain Coudret form a powerful team. They work extremely well together no matter if they’re playing new songs, or older material. They sound like they’ve been in the band forever. Keyboardist Sven Karlsson blended his unique sound on classic songs like ‘Overload’ and ‘Follow The Hollow’. Dirk did what Dirk does: just wowed anyone who’s watching. He makes all the insane things he does look effortless. Ola Fink somehow was able to cut through all that wall of sound, and bring the low end. Vocal powerhouse Bjorn “Speed” Strid sounded the best I’ve ever heard him. Be it newer songs like ‘This Momentary Bliss’ or throwback tracks like ‘Possessing The Angels’, he damn near sounded identical to the albums. After a tour this long, there also seems to be no wear on his pipes. Maybe it’s all that Swedish living, who knows? He came to perform and he showed you he is at the top of his game. Over all it was a great night of varied styles of metal. Well worth the trek to New Jersey.

Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Hatched & Blackguard
Mexicali Teaneck NJ, USA
May 1st, 2013
Photos & words: Omar Cordy