IN MEMORIAM: Remembering Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder (1981-2022)


I’m not going to start this write-up and pretend like I have a solution for grief or that I’ve made peace with the fact that Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is no longer with us. As of this writing, it’s been nearly a week since his passing and frankly, I’m still trying to process that. Telling myself that it can’t be true since I’ve seen Strnad and his bandmates have seemingly all the fun onstage at least seven times.

In time I’ll accept what has occurred. But let’s take a look back.

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Listen to Cattle Decapitation Used as Walkout Music During AEW’s Rampage Event by Erick Red Beard


Cattle Decapitation was used as walkout music for AEW wrestler Erick Red Beard, a huge metalhead for often shares his metal favorites with fans, during the AEW Rampage! The song “Finish Them” from their 2019 album Death Atlas (Metal Blade) can be heard as Eric enters the ring in this clip shared by the band. Continue reading


Cattle Decapitation Books Tour Dates with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Creeping Death and Extinction A.D.


Cattle Decapitation had just begin to tour behind their amazing 2019 album Death Atlas (Metal Blade) when the pandemic took hold. The band is now hitting the road in 2022 with a gang of heavy bands to bring their music, old and new to the masses. The “Death…At Last Tour’ features support from The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Creeping Death and Extinction A.D.Continue reading


FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part III


Having shown resounding and unequivocal support for every single band so far, the Bloodstock faithful are still raring to go after four full days of partying. As battle commences one final time, highlights on the Sophie Stage include the hard hitting Midlands retro-fuzz of Wolf Jaw, Brighton doomsters Grave Lines, the angry sounding double punch of Vexed and Pist, a debut performance from symphonic death metallers Ghosts of Atlantis, and Manchester black metal mob Necronautical.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part 2


 

FRIDAY

With energy levels and festival excitement still high, quality acts such as Welsh black metallers Agrona, Norfolk thrashers Shrapnel, Liverpool doom/sludge merchants Conan, and a reinvigorated and retooled Evile invade the Sophie Lancaster Stage, decimating all before them. Birmingham grindcore legends Napalm Death complete the day’s entertainment with a reliably devastating set, the crowd gathered outside the tent almost as huge as the one inside.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part 1



We’re back!

Sure, we might be having to follow a series of new Coronavirus safety protocols which may or not become a regular thing for live shows, but we’re back. And judging by the size of the opening day crowds spilling out from the main entrance, car parks and campsites, not a moment too soon. Since its inception Bloodstock Open Air has always attracted early birds who like nothing more than to arrive long before the gates even open, but this time feels different. Everyone seems to be here early. Coiled springs desperate for release. The festival’s twentieth anniversary isn’t just a celebration of metal this year, it’s a genuine escape.

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Satanic Planet Shares New Video for “Baphomet”


Satanic Planet is the brainchild of iconic personalities and artists such as Lucien Greaves (The Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson), Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, The Misfits, Mr. Bungle, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross), and Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Swing Kids, Deaf Club). The collective has shared the video for their debut single, “Baphomet,” off of their upcoming self-titled album. “Baphomet” will be an instant gratification track today, March 26th, when the album is pre-ordered via Apple Music. Coming soon, the album also features guest appearances from Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, Nomi Abadi, Silent’s Jung Sing, Shiva Honey, Eric Livingston (also known as his artist moniker, First Church of the Void), and Hexa’s Carrie Feller.

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Scour – Shock Narcotic


Last Friday (1/29/21) I got to check out the live stream from Housecore bands Scour and Shock Narcotic. Both of these groups are “supergroups” but I’m not going to get into that right now. I will say though that the list of bands that make up the background for each band are some of my favorites so I was kinda excited for this show.

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Watch Cattle Decapitation’s New Video for “Finish Them”


Death Metal leaders Cattle Decapitation have shared a new music video for their 2019 album track “Finish Them” from their acclaimed release Death Atlas (Metal Blade). Directed by Nicholas Vidler, the video features live footage from the bands’ sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia in early 2020, before the pandemic. Watch “Finish Them” now!

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GUEST POST: Sea Sleeper’s Top Albums of the Year 2020


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