PODCAST 96: Grant of In The Company of Serpents on “Lux”

Ghost Cult caught up with In The Company Of Serpents leader Grant Netzorg to discuss their new album Lux, which is out now. We chatted with Greg about the new album, the history of the band, how the birth of his daughter and raising her has had a direct impact on his music, the other members of his band and how they contribute to the unique blend of Black Metal, Sludge, Doom and American genres, the incredible Denver metal scene, Greg’s hopes to eventually perform the entire album live, and what the concert industry might look like post-coronavirus lockdown. You can purchase and stream Lux here and check out our chat! 

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PODCAST: Episode 93 – Floor Jansen of Nightwish Talks New Album, Life After Coronavirus

Ghost Cult was honored to chat recently with Nightwish singer Floor Jansen, all about their new album Human :II: Nature (read our review here) out now via Nuclear Blast Records. Floor spoke about releasing a new album during the pandemic, shared her thoughts on what life will be like and when we might get back to shows and tours, the new album, rising to meet the challenge of the new material, the sprawling and unique style of Human :II: Nature, how she stays humble, thoughts on the legacy of Nightwish, other projects she is working on, and much more. Order  Human :II: Nature here, and check out our chat. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Elder – Omens

Did you daydream as a kid? Just stare off into nothing and let your imagination run wild? I did. A lot of my early childhood was spent amazed at what my mind could cook up with if I had a lack of books or toys, and before my soul was captured by music. Laying on my back in the grass, seeing shapes in the clouds or constellations at night, that was pure happiness as a kid. I never really stopped chasing that vibe as an adult, because I still drift off and let my brainwaves go crazy. Expect nowadays my field is my headphones and a turntable, and the clouds my mind is chasing down are inside of my eyelids, and not the sky. If you are looking for the ultimate “drop out, tune in, and turn on”  soundtrack for 2020, it is definitely going to be Elder’s new opus, Omens (Armageddon Shop/Stickman Records). Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 85: Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn on “Of Truth And Sacrifice”

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn, who just released a brilliant double album (review here), Of Truth And Sacrifice, out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Maik about the German metal legends ambitious decision to create a double album, the meaning behind the topics, their lyrics tackling topics such as content supports anti-racism & anti-fascism along with resistance, oppression and animal rights, their new music videos for ‘Übermacht’ and ‘Eradicate’, his take on the history of the genre, the longevity as a band and much more. Order Of Truth And Sacrifice here and listen to the podcast now! Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 79 – Chuck Billy of Testament on “Titans of Creation”

Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Chuck Billy of Testament by phone to discuss their brand new album Titans of Creation out on April 3rd 2020, via Nuclear Blast Records. Read our review here. Chuck discussed the concept of the new album, his creative process with Eric Peterson, the more collaborative and positive nature of making the new album compared to Brotherhood of the Snake, work Juan Urteaga in the producer’s chair, the history of the band and reflections on Souls of Black which turns 30 in 2020. Buy the album here:

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PODCAST: Episode 75 – Gary Alcock Chats with Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil

Ghost Cult caught up late last fall with drummer Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil on their sold-out tour of Europe, supporting their stellar 2018 album Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Chatting with our own intrepid correspondent Gary Alcock, Jared discussed touring behind the full-album performance, the benefit of helpful tour mates, ascending to headliner status in a short span of time, their fondness for Conjurer UK, how the band appreciates the healing power of music, Jared on being a singing drummer, and the bands’ progress on new Rivers of Nihil music! Continue reading

Wolfheart Shares New Video and Single, New Album Due this Spring

Melodic Death Metal band Wolfheart has returned with new music, a new music video and a new album on the horizon. Wolves Of Karelia, due out on April 10, 2020, via Napalm Records. The album is available to pre-order now, via the link below.  Catch the band on tour with Devastation on the Nation tour w/ Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Abigail Williams and Imperial Triumphant. Watch their new video for their new single, ‘Ashes’. Watch the video and get a first taste of Wolves Of Karelia now! Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” Turns 40

40 Years, Still Breaking The Wall

Ever wondered what makes a “classic band” classic? Have you ever sat down and play records of bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, etc. just to analyze the components of what makes them be as magnificent as they are? Even more, how is it that forty, fifty years later their music still as intact and as relevant as ever before? This is the case with Pink Floyd, especially when we think about that four classic albums run that they had in the mid-seventies. Albums like The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals, brought us records that still are in the charts and are, basically, soundtracks of our current lifestyle. Continue reading

Tool Shares Album Cover and New Album Details Emerge

Tool has shared the cover of their upcoming new album, Fear Inoculum‘ (RCA), due out August 30th. The album cover was created once again with frequent collaborator and visionary artist Alex Grey. The band also shared new details in an interview with Revolver, the entire band shared new details about the album. At 80 minutes in length, Fear Inoculum has only 9 tracks, which has 7 actual songs and two interludes. The album’s concept revolves around the number seven, with most songs written in time signatures with seven in it. The band will share their album details tomorrow, August 6th with a track premiere on August 7th. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 30 – Pär Sundström of Sabaton Talks About “The Great War”

Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep spend some time recently in London listening to the new Sabaton album, The Great War (Nuclear Blast) and determined it’s full of bangers! Then he chatted with bassist/vocalist Pär Sundström all about making The Great War, World War I as an influence, concept albums, their choice of ‘Verdun’ as the first single, incorporating historic poetry and music into their songs, working with an Orchestra and a Choir, matching the right music to the appropriate lyrics, having a sense of humor on tour, ESP basses and much more! The Great War releases on July 19th! Pre-order it here at this link.  Continue reading