After the success of the first one, and acting as a nice stop gap between albums, comes Back to Blues Vol. 2 (Mascot Records) – Black Stone Cherry’s second EP covering blues standards from years gone by. Like the first one it comes a year after a proper album, 2018s Family Tree (Mascot Records) in this case, and is chock full of big names. Happily, also like the first volume, it is a joy from start to finish – with the six blues classics given the full Black Stone Cherry treatment.
If you have read these web pages of Ghost Cult, you know one of our favorite albums of 2019 is the solo début album from William DuVall of Alice In Chains. While many know him for fronting that legendary band since their comeback in 2006. However, as discussed in our review of One Alone, Duvall’s lengthy career has traversed genres and time-space in a way that all great singer/songwriters can. The album is introspective, yet fiery and lends itself to this solo setting. With the artist doing a brief tour to promote the release, we were excited to see a new side of the man in person at Cutting Room in midtown east neighborhood of Manhattan. Continue reading
Lizzy Hale of Halestorm jumped on stage last weekend with Nashville rockers Slider to cover Soundgarden’s ‘My Wave’ live at the Basement club in their hometown of Nashville. The track comes from 1994’s Superunknown (A&M Records) album. Lizzy and other members of Halestorm are supportive of underground bands in the region and often jump on stage for covers and originals. Watch the fan-filmed video now! Continue reading
Post-metal group Chrome Waves will release The Cold Light Of Despair, a collection of both new and previously released singles, covers, and more. The record drops November through guitarist Jeff Wilson’s independent label Disorder Recordings. Following nearly five years of silence, Chrome Waves was revamped and relaunched in 2018 with a new lineup containing former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, Amiensus, and more. The band issued their excellent and highly anticipated debut LP, A Grief Observed, on their own in early 2019, after which it was picked up by Avantgarde Music for vinyl and European release. The band has toured several times throughout the year with the likes of Tombs, Without Waves, Amiensus, and others, and several covers, singles, and more have seen digital release along the way. Continue reading
Progressive Power Metal supergroup Demons and Wizards performed last night in New York City at the soon to be shuttered Playstation Theater. The band made up of members of Iced Earth and Blind Guardian plays their stellar originals and covers of both home bands in their set. The band was joined by former Iced Earth and current Ashes of Ares singer Matt Barlow for a cover of Iced Earth’s classic “I Died Fr You”! Watch and listen to the great cover and the crowd going off! Continue reading
Gothic-tinged electronic band Death Valley High are releasing a new EP this week, Duel releases from MinusHEAD Records this Friday, August 23rd, 2019. The EP is have composed of inventive 1980s covers by inspired bands (think Faith No More, Eurythmics, Metallica, Bananarama) made in collaboration with music legends and underground tastemakers, while the other half is made of remixes of current DVH material. Watch this incredible new video of the band covering Christian Death’s classic ‘Cavity – First Communion’ with help from Chino Moreno of Deftones!
Metallica continued their Worldwired tour last night in Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden. During their typical break in the show where Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett play their solo pieces and then jam together, they covered famous Swedish Punk band Ebba Grön’s ‘Staten Och Kapitalet’. Watch the clip below. The WorldWired tour has played more than 130 shows across the world since its 2016 launch.