Working With God (Ipecac Records/Liberator Music)is the 24th release by the Melvins and features their 1983 lineup of Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover on bass, and original drummer Mike Dillard (although they have been doing a ton of regular Melvins lineup activities with Steven Shane McDonald of Redd Kross). The record encapsulates the Hardcore and Sludge style Melvins have delivered since their genesis. The result is a fresh album that is thrilling and cathartic.
Machine Head performed another of their quarantine era “Electric Happy Hour” sessions where Robb Flynn is often joined by bassist Jared MacEachern. They perform a set every Friday and this week they deep cuts like “Spine”, hits like “From This Day”, as well as covers of Dio-era Black Sabbath – “Die Young,” Tool – “Sober” and Metallica – “The Memory Remains”. Watch now!
Melodic Black Metal band Volcandra have cooked up something particularly sinister to escort you into the holidays. The band has released a blistering cover of Opeth’s classic song “Demon of The Fall”, originally heard on their third album, My Arms Your Hearse. They also had excellent contributions from Emily Low (Oubliette / The Artisan Era) on guest backing vocals and artwork from the talented Varises Otak. 2020 was a big year for the group from Louisville, as they released their debut album, Into The Azure. The band knocked it out of the park with this cover and an exciting surprise to be sure. Check out the stream now, only at Ghost Cult. Continue reading
Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it?Continue reading
Metal and Hip-Hop legend Tairrie B. Murphy has released a new album, dropped in time f(October, 20th, 2020) or the election run-up last weekend. The title Feminenergy is a portmanteau of Feminine Energy and could be a summation of Mrs. B’s entire career as a ground-breaking artist many times over in her glass-ceiling destroying career as a solo artist and with bands Tura Satana, Manhole, and My Ruin. The new album is great, includes a Rage Against the Machine cover (“Fistful of Steel”), and is available as a pay what you want on her Bandcamp and released via her own House of Capricorn Records. Tairrie has kept busy the last few years releasing some of her early records for free on her Bandcamp, releasing covers and new originals, working on this new music with her husband Mick Murphy (Chevy Metal), and reportedly writing her memoirs. Jam out to her album now watch the trailer and get out and vote like your life depends on it, because it actually does.
Ghost Cult scratched one off the interview bucket list recently by chatting with Andy Gibbs of Thou! We talked all about Thou’s new collaborative album with Emma Ruth Rundle – May Our Chambers Be Full (read our review here), due out on October 30th via Sacred Bones. Andy candidly chatted about writing with Emma, long in the works and put into fruition via Walter Hoeijmakers of Roadburn, how the band and Emma complemented each other, the concepts delved into the album, working with photographer Craig Mulcahy, their hoped-for joint tour and festival plans for the album getting ruined by covid-19, the bands’ penchant for covers and slowing down on them in the future, and what the next phase of Thou music might look like. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat.
When I first heard Four Stroke Baron, I had no idea they were going to be one of my favorite finds of the year. “What kind of a name is that?” I thought, bracing for the worst. Man, was I floored by what I found. A pummeling barrage of progressive metal with crushing riffs and a blazing 1980’s synth crescendos that just don’t quit, yet really lit my fire was the vocals. Bucking the metal cliche of trying to come off as heavy and bröötal as possible, vocalist Kirk Witt delivers powerful lyrics in a meek and almost anxious style that puts you on edge and adds a sense of forlorn urgency to many of the tracks.
Ex-Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum has shared a music video for his solo cover version of the Tom Petty classic “I Won’t Back Down”. Sorum posted the clip to his Instagram account and commented: “I made this video in the desert near Pioneertown when thinking and speaking with my good friends and partners in Brazil. Continue reading
Progressive stoner band Moths (PR) is gearing up to release their debut full-length album after a series of impressive smaller releases. The up and coming band from Puerto Rico is releasing a split EP on August 21st with Philadelphia’s The Stone Eye. For their first taste from the release, Moths has shared their cover of Black Sabbath’s classic “Hand of Doom” here at Ghost Cult.
Palaye Royale just dropped a great cover of early Tears For Fears classic “Mad World”. The band just recently released their brand new album Bastards, via their label Sumerian Records. Check out “Made World” and a visualizer that goes with it.