CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Metallica – Thirty Years Of The Black Album


Arguably the most divisive album in the history of metal, no other record seems to split opinion quite likeMetallica’s The Black Album (Elektra). Otherwise known simply as Metallica, whenever the San Franciscan act’s fifth studio album is mentioned even in passing, the results are usually the same. Like a red rag to a bull, loud and vociferous “true fans” are still guaranteed to leap straight in with comments like “only the first four albums are real”, “sell-outs” and “commercial bullshit” etc.

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Richie Sambora Discusses Why He left Bon Jovi


Iconic 1980s rocker Richie Sambora, long associated for his time in Bon Jovi has given a new interview, discussing why he left the band. He has never publicly talked about his split from the band. In a new interview with People Magazine, Richie chatted about how his relationship with his daughter influenced his entire career to be home more than the typical rocker, and how he ultimately retired from the band as a result of family taking precedent over a life on the road. He says he has no regrets about leaving the band.

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Writes The Forward for Definitive History Book of Hair Metal


Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has written the forward to “Nothin’ But A Good Time”, described as the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, will be released on March 16, 2021 via St. Martin’s Press. 1980s hard rock was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated — and maybe even helped to define — a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and Guns N’ Roses‘ “Welcome To The Jungle” are as inextricably linked to the era as Reaganomics, Pac-Man, and E.T.Continue reading


Metallica, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, and KISS Top Forbes List of the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities


Metallica, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, and KISS have been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. Forbes estimated that Metallica earned $40.5 million in the last 12 months to land at position No. 78 on the list, with Bon Jovi pulling in $38 million (No. 87) and KISS pocketing $36.5 million (No. 95).Continue reading


Bon Jovi, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses Among Pollstar’s Highest-Grossing Touring Bands of the Decade


Pollstar, the music industry bible of data for recording artists has released their list of Highest-grossing Touring bands of the last decade and ranking on the list were Rock and Metal heavy hitters like Bon Jovi, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. Other top bads include U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Roger Waters, and The Eagles. Continue reading


Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran And More Featured On The Bumblebee Movie Soundtrack


The new chapter in The Transformers Movie series, Bumblebee is out now. Starring actress and pop singer Hailee Steinfeld, the music in the film has a decidedly 1980s sound with songs from Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, Rick Astley, Howard Jones and more heard in the film. The main theme of the film is performed by Steinfeld herself. Check out the trailer and soundtrack now. Continue reading


RAISE YOUR FIST! Heavy Metal Album Reviews Round up: Royal Hunt, Satan, Beyond The Black, Cauldron, and more


As summer swings round towards autumn, there are no shortage of odes and tributes to the Gods of power and glory that brought us traditional and classic Heavy Metal. Ghost Cult dives in amongst the raised fists and studded wristbands to round-up the latest album releases.

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Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy


At its molten heart, Rock music should be a very simple beating beast indeed. It should inspire and excite, yes, but it doesn’t need complicated rhythms, progressive tendencies, cerebral lyrics, analysis, politics or a whole plethora of interesting and additional ingredients to be successful or do what it sets out to do. And that is to, unequivocally, “Rock”.Continue reading