ALBUM REVIEW: Wino – Forever Gone

As much as Wino deserves his doom godfather status for fronting groups like The Obsessed and Saint Vitus, there’s something to be said for his more recent singer/songwriter excursions. Whether going it alone or with such collaborators as Conny Ochs, the acoustic style suits him surprisingly well and the volume contrast brings a fuller perspective to his haggard lifer persona. This is especially true for his third album, Forever Gone (Ripple Music), which may be his most low-key effort to date. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 101: Jake Smith (The White Buffalo) Talks “On The Widow’s Walk”

Ghost Cult chief editor Keefy caught up with Americana artist Jake Smith a.k.a The White Buffalo recently to talk about his new album On The Widow’s Walk, out now via Snakefarm Records. Jake chatted with us about the new album, his creative process, how he got started in his career, how different fans and critics both see him an artist in different genre buckets, how he approaches writing lyrics, his inventive cover versions of songs, performing live, and having his songs featured in television and movies, such as Sons of Anarchy (FX). You can purchase On The Widow’s Walk here and listen to our chat now. Continue reading

Watch Robb Flynn of Machine Head Cover Tool, Muse, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and More

Robb Flynn of Machine Head is hosting another one of “happy hour” unplugged shows live-streamed on YouTube. Robb plays a bunch of covers and originals by fan request, including Muse – ‘Time Is Running Out’, Tool – ‘Sober’, Lynyrd Skynyrd– ‘Simple Man’, and Machine Head’s – ‘The Burning Red’. Check it out! 

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Watch Static Tension (ft. Yuda Kasva) Cover Soundgarden’s “Burden In My Hand”

StaticTension has knocked it out of the park with yet another cover! Watch them cover Soundgarden’s ‘Burden In My Hand’ from Down On The Upside, featuring Yuda Kasva. That album just turned 25 years as the three year anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death just passed. Static Tension’s current album Ashes To Animation (Buried By Sky) is out now.

 

Tommy Shaw of Styx Shares Cover of Led Zeppelin Classic “Going To California”

Singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw of Styx has shared a previously unreleased acoustic version of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Going to California” via Styx’s label, Alpha Dog 2T, Inc. It will be available for streaming only on all digital platforms, including Spotify, starting today. While it was recorded many years ago, Shaw thought it was the perfect time to pull it out of the vault for fans to enjoy.

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Behemoth Shares New Single and Video – “A Forest” ft Niklas Kvarforth of Shining

Behemoth will release a new EP, A Forest, on May 29th via Metal Blade Records. The EP’s title track is a cover of The Cure track, and it features a guest appearance by Shining frontman Niklas Kvarforth. The A Forest EP also includes a live version of the title track as well as two previously unreleased BEHEMOTH songs recorded during the I Loved You At Your  Darkest album sessions. Watch the video now!  Continue reading

Listen to The Sword Cover KISS Classic “She”, New Albums Incoming

Reactivated stoner doom band The Sword have shared a cover of early KISS classic track ‘She’! The band does a slow-burn riff-fest of the early heavy rock classic! The track is taken from Chronology 2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms, the two career-spanning collections that will be released simultaneously, both showcasing the technically dazzling, riff-heavy and far-reaching metal that the band has been known for since forming 15 years ago. You can purchase and stream the new track here and watch the visualizer now! Continue reading

Watch Mike Portnoy Sing and Play All the Instruments Covering The Ramones “We’re A Happy Family”

A lot of artists have been doing covers to pass the time thanks to quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Watch Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, The Winery Dogs, Neal Morse Band, BPMD) cover The Ramones classic ‘We’re A Happy Family’ on vocals and all the instruments. Extra points if you catch where he changed the lyrics to his own happy family!

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Watch Norah Jones Cover “Patience” by Guns N Roses, Donates Money to Charity

Pop and Jazz singer Norah Jones has done some pretty amazing covers over the years, but none so perfect as her spine-tingling take on ‘Patience’ by Guns N Roses. Stuck at home due to self-quarantine from Coronavirus, Jones shared her piano and guitar cover to Twitter on Thursday 3/19/2020. She is also using the track to raise money for charity for both Feeding America and Musicares so that rules as well. You can watch/hear the cover and also donate in the link below. Jones’new album ones recently announced plans to release her new LP Pick Me Up Off the Floor, due out May 8th.

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