ALBUM REVIEW: Five Finger Death Punch – AfterLife


It doesn’t seem more than a riff or two ago that Five Finger Death Punch was on the cusp of being the biggest thing in Metal (heavy, groove, mainstream or otherwise). The Wrong Side of Heaven… collectives weren’t even cooling in the racks before flying off the shelves, and the band’s touring ethic saw them upgrading on venue size each time around, building a reputation of power and excellence, and a setlist to shame all but the legends. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Marcus King – Young Blood


 

A rich and rewarding exercise in traditional blues, Young Blood’s (American / Republic / Snakefarm) vital ingredients also include southern rock, soul and even country. As produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, this is one to wallow and luxuriate in – but don’t get too comfortable as angst and agony are never far away in the songs of a relative kid who seems to have lived something of a life already.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia


Southern Rock maestros Blackberry Smoke are back with their seventh album You Hear Georgia (3 Legged Records/Thirty Tiger). The Georgian septet are deep in their groove by now and as the title suggests this new record pays homage to their home state, with Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Europe) on production duties.

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Dusty Bo – “The Red”


Southern Rock singer Dusty Bo has a name and a backstory that sounds like an old-school country artist. But he brings the modern rock/indie fire and an unmistakable soulful voice along with his killer songs. Formerly the frontman of the band Future Villains, His new single “The Red” comes from his second EP Fox, the latter half of the two-part full-length The Vulture and The Fox coming soon. Hearing him calls to mind Shooter and Stapleton, but also a throwback to earlier singer-songwriters from Kris, Hank, and Croce! Jam out to the new single now, here at Ghost Cult, and purchase and stream it on all DSPs tomorrow.

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Amigo The Devil Shares New Single and Creepy Video for “Quiet As A Rat”


Amigo The Devil has released a new track and a positively morbid video for “Quiet As A Rat”, coming off from his upcoming sophomore album Born Against. The new album is set for an April 16th release via Liars Club/Regime Music Group. The video features Amigo The Devil (aka Danny Kiranos) style gallows humor, which is actually depicted in this clip. The “Quiet as a Rat ” video was directed by Courtney and Ray Gauger and the artist is depicted as the narrator and victim of some tongue and cheek attempts at torture and execution that pose more on an annoyance to him than a threat. With a possible guest appearance by the Grim Reaper, you could say this is the most meta video for Danny’s career. Monday, March 1st will also be “Amigo The Devil Day” in Austin, Texas in tribute to the artist. Watch it now!

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Austin Meade Shares New Video – “Happier Alone”, New Album Due Next Year


Snakefarm Records has announced the signing of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Austin Meade to the roster. Meade comes from the Red Dirt music scene in Oklahoma, as he combines Country and Rock music in a fresh way. Meade will release his label debut Black Sheep on February 19, 2021. He has shared the video for “Happier Alone”, his new single, which already has 2 million streams in the U.S. alone.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Alice In Chains’ Self-Titled Album Turns 25


In 1995, Alice In Chains had been feeling good on the success of their first #1 album on the charts, 1994’s Jar of Flies EP, the first EP to ever debut at #1. At the same time, they were in peril as a band, with issues stemming from Layne Staley’s addiction to heroin and other band turmoil. The band did not tour to support Jar of Flies as Layne was in rehab and they took part of 1995 off. The lost opportunities from this period, including a massive Metallica/Danzig/Suicidal Tendencies tour and a near-top-of-the bill split at Woodstock 1994 (which I am still mad about) almost killed the band. They broke up briefly too, according to Sean Kinney. Little did we know they were crafting a great album, Alice in Chains (Columbia), to wash all that pain and disappointment away for a brief moment in time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: In The Company Of Serpents – Lux


Denver Stoner/Sludge outfit In The Company Of Serpents has spent most of its eight years as a fluctuating two-piece, with only vocalist and guitarist Grant Netzorg as the constant. The arrival of Vermin Womb‘s JP Damron to the drumseat has seen an expansion to a trio with the addition of ex-Black Sheep of Kali stringman Ben Pitts and, maybe as a result, fourth album Lux (Self-Release) adds elements of invention and atmosphere to the core sound, demonstrating welcome growth.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Woorms – Twitching, As Prey


‘Twas a mere fifteen months ago that Baton Rouge, Louisiana trio Woorms released debut album Slake (Sludgelord Records), its grooves twisted into nasty bites of hostile Sludge Metal. Follow-up Twitching, As Prey (Sludgelord Records), stays hot on the heels of that initial full-length, both chronologically and in temperament, but shows a maturity and an inventiveness far beyond its predecessor.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Insect Ark – The Vanishing


For over eight years, Dana Schechter and Ashley Spungin created heavy, eerie soundscapes as Brooklyn-based duo Insect Ark. When this fragmented last year, with a new album and US tour in the pipeline, leading force Schechter found herself in a tight corner until a serendipitous union with former SubRosa drummer Andy Patterson enabled the renewed probability of both. Tour almost complete, it’s time for the fourth album The Vanishing (Profound Lore Records) to hit the airwaves and Patterson’s influence, together with a more intense writing process, sees the band’s sound throb with added weight.Continue reading