Win Tickets To See Erimha Open For Mushroomhead

Erimha Mush (1)

Ghost Cult has partnered up with the legendary Victory Records to send you and a friend to one of 4 dates of the upcoming tour from Canadian Symphonic Black Metal band Erimha, as they pillage the mid-western USA with the masked psychopaths in Mushroomhead.

The dates of the contest are as follows:

12/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Mad Magician

12/17 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

12/18 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s

12/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

Winners will be chosen at random. Enter to Win by emailing with your name, age, address, phone number and the specific show you want to go to. The prize includes one pair (2) of tickets to the shows listed above, and only covers entry into the concert. See below for disclaimer and other rules.

Erimha continues to gain attention from the metal masses, following an esteemed climb in the underground that led to their signing. They are hot on the heels of playing every date of last summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and are still out on the road supporting Reign Through Immortality (Victory).

Official Press Release:

Black metal unit Erimha have teamed up with their metal colleagues Mushroomhead for a US tour starting December 11th in St. Louis. Joining the trek are UnSaid Fate and Thira, bringing metal to the masses before concluding in Columbus, OH on December 26th.

We are more than eager to get back on the road, to us it's a war that we need to wage on ourselves and on the world. So join us, so we can channel our energies and fight together as one”, declares Erimha guitarist Kthien.
Turning over new fans on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival this past summer, Erimha continue to support their current album Reign Through Immortality. Kthiem affirms the kinship, “One of the things you always seem to forget when you go on the road is the people you get to meet. We have been lucky to meet some amazing people, some become friends, others more than that and now we are lucky to go back out on tour with our brothers from             Mushroomhead”.



Watch Erimha’s latest video “Verdict Of The Soul” here


12/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Mad Magician

12/12 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s

12/13 – Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Center

12/14 -Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom

12/15 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

12/16 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre

12/17 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

12/18 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s

12/19 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

12/20 – Traverse City, MI @ Planet Rock

12/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

12/22 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater

12/26 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

Music video “Condemned To Isolation”

This contest is intended for our readers who live near, or can travel to Cambridge (MA) and attend the Erimha concerts on 12/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Mad Magician, 12/17 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes, 12/18 – Ft., Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s 12/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection. Please do not submit an entry if you cannot attend these shows. Ghost Cult Magazine reserves the right to choose another winner in case of fraud or misrepresentation of an entrant. This prize is non-transferable. The prize in its entirety is two (2) tickets for entry to the show and does not include transportation, lodging or any any other costs associated with going to the show. Entrants to the contest are subject to local rules and venue rules about attending the show, and must also be 18+ and have proper government ID to enter the venue. Anyone not 18+ can be accompanied by a parent or Legal Guardian with an ID, as per the rules of each venue. Winners are chosen at random, but the senior staff at Ghost Cult Magazine reserves the right to award the prize to a participant who properly fulfills the contest rules and meets the requirements set out in this disclaimer. Good luck!

At The Gates, Converge and Vallefyre To Headline The Decibel Tour 2015

decibel tour poster


Over the weekend it was announced that reactivated melodic death metal legends At The Gates will headline the fourth annual Decibel Tour. They will be joined by Converge and Vallenfyre in what promises to be one of the most fierce tours of 2015. More bands will be announced.


Official Press Release:

The Decibel Magazine Tour has established itself as the extreme music destination of the spring, bringing metalheads a thoughtfully curated lineup that celebrates the genre’s proud and diverse global legacy. The fourth installment is no different, as Swedish melodeath legends At The Gates join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December.

Last year, Decibel brought you Carcass’ first sustained domestic tour in five years, as the reanimated death metal legends introduced North America to long-awaited comeback album Surgical Steel. In 2015, we’re stoking fans’ salivary glands again, offering the first live taste of death metal icons AT THE GATES’ incredible 19-years-in-the-making At War With Reality. Presented by Century Media,, Nuclear Blast Mailorder, Handshake Inc., Lace Music, Deathwish Inc and Profound Lore, the 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour will slaughter the souls of North American concertgoers for 15 unforgettable dates, offering a bounty of extreme trailblazers making their best music right now.

“Super-stoked at finally getting to be part of the Decibel tour!”enthuses At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg. “A great mag, with great people behind it! And finally being able to rip out new stuff in front of a U.S. club audience? Sweet! The bill looks amazing, too! The most relevant hardcore band on the planet and the fiercest old-school death metal band on the same night as us? Excited!”

Four-time Decibel cover stars Converge continue to not just push, but outright obliterate the boundaries of extreme music, most recently with 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind. “We are excited to be part of this fantastic and diverse tour,” says frontman Jacob Bannon, who designed the tour logo and art. “For me, AT THE GATES are one of the most important bands in contemporary heavy music. It will be an honor to tour the country with them.”

Boasting present and past members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and At The Gates, old-school death-dealing supergroup Vallenfyre can’t wait to debut songs from 2014’s critically acclaimed sophomore stunner, Splinters. “This will be Vallenfyre’s first U.S. tour, and what a tour,” beams frontman Gregor Mackintosh. “I think this is the most diverse and exciting bill of any metal tour I have seen this year. Great to be a part of it. We will be injecting some British filth into your unsuspecting American ears. Cheers.”

We know you can’t wait to GO to war with this lineup either, so here’s your chance to score a great deal and avoid standing in line. There will be a number of VIP premium packages available in each market, providing you with a limited edition T-shirt, 18 x 24 tour poster, “Skip the Line” pass, exclusive digital tour issue of Decibel Magazine, a coupon for 15% off a purchase on Indie Merch’s webstore, and free digital sampler from Century Media. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, are available

2015 Decibel Magazine Tour dates with AT THE GATES, CONVERGE, VALLENFYRE
Mar. 27–Los Angeles, CA–The Wiltern
Mar. 28–San Francisco, CA–The Regency Ballroom
Mar. 29–Portland, OR–Roseland Theater
Mar. 30–Vancouver, BC–Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 31–Seattle, WA–Showbox at the Market
Apr. 2–Salt Lake City, UT–The Complex
Apr. 3–Denver, CO–Summit Music Hall
Apr. 4–Lincoln, NE–Bourbon Street
Apr. 5–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Apr. 6–Chicago, IL–House of Blues
Apr. 8–Toronto, ON–The Phoenix
Apr. 9–Montreal, QC–Metropolis
Apr. 10–Boston, MA–Royale
Apr. 11–Philadelphia, PA–Union Transfer
Apr. 12–New York, NY–Webster Hall


Summer Slaughter 2014- Live at The Palladium, Worcester MA




Sometimes dreams do come true, and sometimes not so much. As much as I have been a supporter of Summer slaughter in all its incarnations, it has been some time since it really lived up to the billing of “The Most Brutal Tour of The Summer”. I even heard a NASCAR or WWE wrestling announcer’s voice in my head as I typed those words. Still, it’s the true to say that this tour has been lacking in the brutality department for a while and even though I rather enjoy prog and djent bands, and the “whateverthehellyoucallit” style of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, something was lacking the last few summers. It was death metal and balls to be blunt. Well this year the tour got all its balls back and then some with an amazing lineup stacked pretty much top to bottom. A death metal fans dream to be sure.


Of course my life has a way of clusterfucking my plans over sometimes and so on the big day of the show I got waylaid by a bunch of BS things all happening at once. I ended missing a good half of the bands I wanted to see most, which had me in sick to my stomach to be honest. I hate missing any bands, let alone some amazing locals and bands I admire like Fallujah, Decrepit Birth, and Origin but that’s what happened. I showed up in time to see Goatwhore and heard a bit of their set before I had to run and interview Alex from Fallujah. He was so cool, that it almost made up for the BS I went through.

The first full band performance I saw was Thy Art is Murder and these guys are always excellent live. I actually enjoy them in concert, even more on record. Perhaps it’s because I think their explosive live act hasn’t fully translated to a recording for me yet. Nonetheless, they destroyed the stage, the pit was insane and the crowd of moshing hooligans were feeling it. I know some people griped about TAIM being higher on the bill than Origin, but believe me, they deserve the props they are getting.


The Faceless was up next and I have covered them a lot in my career. At one point it seemed like they were going to be a hybrid of Cynic and Meshuggah and be a legendary band. At times, they actually are. They were cursed by really setting the template for all the “Sumerian” bands to follow them on that label and others, similar to Unearth with metalcore. Still, on this warm August night, The Faceless reminded everyone in the room just how much ass they can kick when they want to. Playing a predominantly old-school set (for them) mainly from the Akeldama and Planetary Duality albums, they just crushed it. Geoffrey Ficco long ago came into his own as the front man of this band, but he left no doubt about his mastery of brutal vocals, his domineering stage presence, and his great sense of humor. Michael Keene as usual played great. He could smile a little less, but I guess he is allowed to feel smug based on what he created here.


Even after the last notes of ‘Zenochrist’ rung out from The Faceless, it was all about Dying Fetus. Fetus is as close to a religious experience as it gets for tech death. They are flawless live and possibly the best band in all of metal in concert. The reason being is they insane virtuosity coupled with their extreme style is just a perfect match for many fans of the genre. They were flawless on this night, true masters of the sick tempos and heavy grooves. They played a short (always too fucking short for me) set list of deep cuts and classic tracks. John Gallagher’s growl is only matched by his unrelenting guitar style. I can’t really believe I have only seen them headline one time ever, but it’s true. ‘One Shot, One Kill’, ‘Intentional Manslaughter’, ‘Justifiable Homicide’ were all mind-blowing! Trey Williams is almost underrated when you start listing the best drummers in death metal. He certainly is never mentioned by most within the first few names, but he should be. He is one of the few drummers in all of metal that can still play super fast double-bass, but still hit for power when he wants to. ‘Praise The Lord (Opium of the Masses)’ was a fitting closer, despite not getting to play ‘Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog’ (again). If I ruled the world, DF would be contractually bound to play that song every single show. And at my house on my birthday!

At last it was time for Morbid Angel to take the stage. I was impressed at how fast and pro their crew was getting set up with nary an extra soundcheck to be done or needed. The band came out to some fitting intro music before lighting up the stage with ‘Immortal Rites’. The band was on-point and note for note perfect. I know David Vincent and crew have had their well-documented missteps, but the band was fierce and played like they had something to prove. Actually they do, and that is they still deserve to be mentioned among the greatest death metal bands/legacy acts around. The set list choices were phenomenal. I think a lot of people forget how many killer songs and albums this band has produced. ‘Fall from Grace’, ‘Day of Suffering’, ‘Maze of Torment’, ‘Curse the Flesh’ and so many more were so good to hear! Trey Azagothoth is still an insane level guitar player and performer. I wish I was able to see more than his elbow, since he hung to his side of the stage mainly. The only guy I was less than impressed with was Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy, World Under Blood). Don’t get me wrong, Timmy can play his ass off. I’d just rather him skip the Tommy Lee worshiping drum stick twirling, and pointing crap. Dude, that shit is lame and you are not getting laid because of it.

Meanwhile, everything on this end of the night set sprang from the presence of David Vincent. Ring leader, demon master, king; he was not to be denied as he curated the set bit by bit. He kept his comments entertaining, but thankfully short. The guy is brilliant and was great at motivating the crowd to keep their energy up after a long day and night. As tonight’s performance indicates, the band is far from over, certainly can still deliver live, and are not to be trifled with!


Until next year Summer Slaughter

[slideshow_deploy id=’8265′]


Morbid Angel Set List:


Immortal Rites
Fall from Grace
Day of Suffering
Maze of Torment
Vengeance Is Mine
Ageless, I Still Am
Curse the Flesh
Existo Vulgore
Where the Slime Live
Blood on My Hands
Bil Ur-Sag
Word of Shit (The Promised Land)
God of Emptiness


Summer Slaughter on Facebook