Coheed and Cambria Shares Holiday Themed Animated Video for “Toys”

Legendary Progressive Metallers Coheed and Cambria have teamed up with Funny or Die to debut their new music video for the track ‘Toys’. Directed by Alek Wasilewski and subtitled ‘The Unheavenly Christmas Carol,’ the concept for the clip was created by bandleader Claudio Sanchez. Directed by Alek Wasilewski, the song comes from Coheed’s recent album The Unheavenly Creatures. Funny or Die shared the video with the quote: “We’re in the middle of 45’s impeachment… that’s a lot to try and cope with during the holiday season, but Coheed and Cambria’s here to meld holiday bliss with democratic shit-shows.”

Sanchez remarked, “I’ve wanted to ‘toy’ with a Santa story for some time. I guess, no better time than the present. And for Jolly Ole’ to decide if he’s Naughty or Nice? The President.”

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Exit 111 Festival 2019 – Manchester, Tennessee

Exit 111 Festival, aptly named for the highway exit in Manchester TN, made its début October 11-13, 2019. Arriving in powers of three, it was three days of riffs, rock, and rowdiness. One part Metal, one part Rock, one Southern rock, and a whole lot of nostalgia, the event hosted three stages: the Rise Above Stage (honored suicide awareness and featured many of the Classic rock/Southern rock acts), Heaven Stage (the main stage and home to the headliners), and Hell Stage (spotlighted mainly heavy artists). Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Exit 111 Festival

Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

The inaugural Exit 111 Festival takes place starting today at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee — the home of Bonnaroo — October 11 – 13. Ghost Cult is honored to be a part of this historic event! Headlined by Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with appearances by Slayer, ZZ Top, Deftones, Megadeth, Mastodon, Coheed & Cambria, Blackberry Smoke, Ministry, Cheap Trick, Killswitch Engage, Seether, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society and many more! In addition to the hours of great music, Exit 111 will host experiences such as “The Paranormal Cirque,” “The Red Bull Freestyle Motorcross Experience,” “Mega Sports Bar” and more. Radio personality and metal legend Eddie Trunk will host. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 25 at 12 p.m. ET via Front Gate Tickets. Check out our day by day preview: Continue reading

Thank You Scientist – Terraformer

My issue with Thank You Scientist’s Terraformer (Evil Ink) is the same problem I have with Luca Guadagnino’s recent take on the Suspiria: don’t confuse self-indulgence with genius. I appreciate the balls it takes to drop an 84-minute opus and these New Jersey natives are fucking talented players, but do they really have nearly an hour and a half of captivating sounds? Unless your name is Bob Dylan or The Cure I’m not sure I need such a serving. Continue reading

Mastodon Shares Unreleased Behind The Scenes Video From “Crack The Skye”

Mastodon celebrated the tenth anniversary of their ground-breaking album Crack The Skye (Reprise) yesterday, and you can read Ghost Cult’s retrospective review of it here. The band has shared a never before seen video from the Making of Crack The Skye now, as part of a new series. They also shared new CTS merch as well. The band will perform the full album on their upcoming tour with Coheed and Cambria. Buy the new band merch here!  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 5 Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch Talks Touring, Drumkit Specs and More!

Clutch continues to tour in support of their excellent 2018 album, Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker Music). Recently, Ghost Cult scribe DJ Astrocreep caught up with drummer Jean-Paul Gaster at the O2 Academy in Manchester, UK to chat about the band, how his approaches his live drum sound, the specs of his kit, the bands’ own label Weathermaker hitting the ten year mark, the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut Transnational Speedway League (EastWest), recording in the same place as their heroes and contemporaries Melvins and Sleep, being influenced by Jazz drummers, and much more! Check it out! Continue reading