ALBUM REVIEW: Armed for Apocalypse – Ritual Violence


 

How to best describe what Armed for Apocalypse’s Ritual Violence (Candlelight Records) sounds like? While I’ve never had the pleasure, I imagine it’s much like jamming a knife into an electrical outlet. Not sure if that analogy will work for everyone. Well, it’s like witnessing the centerpiece car wreck from Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. Shit, barely anyone saw that movie. Just know that it’s abrasive and the average listener should approach with upmost caution.

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Cage Fight Books UK Tour Dates and Festivals


Up and coming hardcore/thrash supergroup Cage Fight, featuring TesseracT guitarist James Monteith and former Eths vocalist Rachel Aspe, have announced their debut self-titled album, Cage Fight. The record is due out May 13 on Candlelight Records. Pre-orders are live at the link below. The band has now announced a series of gigs in the UK, including Bloodstock Open Air. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn


In the realm that is black metal, fans are usually treated to anti-religious themed lyrics, a heavy dose of blast beats, and at times, cookie-cutter guitar riffs. However, as black metal has evolved throughout the years, we now get more atmospheric-centric style music with lyrics that tell stories of nature, history, or just simply life itself. Winterfylleth falls into the second category especially with their latest release, The Reckoning Dawn (Candlelight/Spinefarm). Spanning across the entire album are memorable guitar licks, thunderous drumming, backing chants, and accompanying synth work that really ties the complete sound package together. It may not be a visual painting to look at, but the UK outfit certainly put together a fine piece of art.

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PODCAST: Episode 39: Ben Ward of Orange Goblin Talks US Tour and British Doom


Ghost Cult caught up with the great Ben Ward of the venerable Doom Metal overlords Orange Goblin! On the eve of their first US tour in five years, Ben was gushing about coming back to the states, his excitement to play at Muddy Roots Festival, his personal festival highlights of his career like Download Festival at Castle Donnington, the Mercyful Fate reunion, choosing sick opening bands such as The Skull, Mothership and WoFat, incorporating left-turns musically, and his love of beer and pizza! Orange Goblin’s current album The Wolf Bites Back is available now from Candlelight Records.

Orange Goblin – US Live Dates

Tuesday, August 27th – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre # https://livemu.sc/2G0Fzzl

Thursday, August 29th – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #* http://bit.ly/2K4fEKU

Friday, August 30th – Cookeville TN @ Muddy Roots Music Festival http://bit.ly/2FQOZfc

Saturday, August 31st – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey #^ http://bit.ly/2Vo5B4I

Sunday, September 1st – Austin TX @ Come and Take It Live #^^ http://bit.ly/2Iabq1P

Monday, September 2nd – Los Angeles CA @ Regent Theater ## http://bit.ly/2YPQ14a

# – wsg The Skull

^ – wsg Mothership

* – wsg Weedeater

^^ wsg Mothership & Wo Fat

## – wsg Black Cobra

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Sigh Shares New Single ft. Phil Anselmo, New Album Due This Fall


Legendary Japanese avant-garde band Sigh has announced details of their new album Heir To Despair set for release on 16th November via Candlelight Records. Better still they have also shared new track ‘Homo Homini Lupus’ which features the one and only Phil Anselmo! Jam the track out right now!Continue reading


Corrosion Of Conformity Books UK Tour Dates With Orange Goblin This Fall


In what is sure to be one of the highlight tours this fall, Corrosion Of Conformity has locked down UK tour dates with fellow stoner-doom mashers Orange Goblin for a co-headline tour. Direct support will come from Fireball Ministry and Black Moth. All dates go on sale on June 15th . Orange Goblin’s new album The Wolf Bites Back drops next week via Candlelight Records, while COC continues to tour in support of 2017’s No Cross, No Crown (Nuclear Blast). COC plays Download festival tomorrow,.Continue reading


Winterfylleth – The Hallowing of Heirdom


Come live with me and be my love” are not the kind of opening lyrics you expect from a veteran Black Metal band. But in new album, The Hallowing of Heirdom (Candlelight) the UK’s premier Black Metal act Winterfylleth have gone full acoustic. No blast beats, not screaming howls, no buzzsaw riffs. Just beautiful acoustic warmth.Continue reading


Ihsahn To Release His Seventh Solo Album, “Ámr”, In May


Ihsahn‘s seventh solo album, Ámr, is now confirmed to be released on May 4th via Candlelight/Spinefarm, and it’s going to be the legendary Norwegian’s most eclectic and challenging to date. Continue reading


Shores of Null – Black Drapes For Tomorrow


2017 is shaping up to be quite a year for heavy music as Shores of Null are back with their sophomore release, Black Drapes For Tomorrow (Candlelight). Track by track, I found a similar theme across the entire record. While I can headbang through each song, there is also this overwhelming sadness that comes out from the riffs and the vocals. This is truly an emotionally polarizing experience which deserves everyone’s time of day.Continue reading