Totaled – Lament

Blackened Hardcore is beginning to have its day in the sun. This is, relatively speaking, of course,  as the amalgamative subgenre still firmly lives and breathes in the underground, but the likes of Svalbard and KEN Mode have been making serious waves with their critically acclaimed latest releases.

Exhaling from the ashes of acrimony, Totaled formed in 2017 and bring us their debut album, Lament (Profound Lore) and their take on Blackened Hardcore. Continue reading

PUSH! – Dark Dive

While the Crossover scene (Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk) has been flourishing in North America, it is nice to see that the same love for both genres of extreme music are found fused together even in Portugal. PUSH! is back with another Crossover album entitled Dark Dive (self-released) and it is ensured to impress. Equally groovy and crushing, the Lisbon, Portugal natives put together eleven tracks which is the perfect sample size to start listening to an up and coming potential gem in Western Europe. Continue reading

Iron Reagan Books Tour Dates with Sacred Reich, Leeway, and Enforced

Iron Reagan, by Meg Loyal Photography

Modern Crossover Thrash meets the godfathers of the genre when Iron Reagan and Sacred Reigh team up for new tour dates this spring. Joining them will be reactivated hardcore legends Leeway and Enforced. The tour begins May 9 in Asbury Park, NJ and ends May 19 in Brooklyn, New York at the annual Black and Blue Bowl. Iron Reagan will first storm the shores of Europe this spring for tour dates with Madball (March 7-17) and the USA with Sick of it All. (March 21-31).Iron Reagan and Gatecreeper’s Split LP is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com and digital downloads via the bands’ Bandcamp page at the links below. Continue reading

Exodus’ Third Album “Fabulous Disaster” Turns 30

You cannot really put into words what Exodus has meant to Thrash Metal. Without their contribution, we’d have a lot of Heavy Metal thunder, but no lightning to ride. The band has had its share of ups and downs and only in the last half of their career have they even had the same lineup on albums more than once, as was this incarnation of the bad did in 1989. With legend, but problem child Paul Baloff dismissed after masterwork Bonded By Blood, Steve “Zetro” Souza had settled in and down as the frontman and vocalist. Band leader Gary Holt kept an iron fist on the writing in these days, and with good reason. His riff style and due diligence in songcraft helped give the band their pivotal third album, Fabulous Disaster (Relativity, Music For Nations). Continue reading

Insanity Alert – 666 Pack

Famed for skiing, Innsbruck, Austria, is a pretty unusual location to have spawned a Crossover Thrash band. That said, the thought of the après-ski hoity-toity being brought down to earth by Insanity Alert and their beer-chugging third album 666 Pack (Season Of Mist) upsetting the tourists is a joy to consider. Continue reading

Maximum Rocknroll Will Cease Being A Monthly Print Zine After 37 Years

 

 

Often cited as the bible for Punk Rock and alternative music fans since the 1980s, Maximum Rocknroll has announced that after three more issues, they will cease being a print zine. What started as a radio show a the dawn of Punk in 1977 will come to a close. They made an announcement on their website, which you can read below. This will happen later in 2019 and will be the first time since the zine was founded in 1982. They will continue to operate in the meantime as a website. All music websites have the history of zines and indie newspapers, championing great music journalism and a genuine love of the scene in their DNA. At Ghost Cult, this news saddens us to no end. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE: Guerrilla Ghost “Perpetually Sad Motion Machine”

Coming out of Milwaukee with their own flavor of genre-redefining socially conscious Hip-Hop, Guerrilla Ghost drops their new album this week, Perpetually Sad Motion Machine via Triple Eye Industries. Reminiscent of leaders of the scene like Dead Prez, Common, Jedi Mind Tricks, Dilated Peoples, Dalek, Kool Keith, Death Grips, Jurassic 5 and others; the new album features guest spots by Carnage the Executioner, Lorde Fredd33 (New Age Narcissism), members of Fox Face (Dirtnap Records), and artwork by Child Bite’s Shawn Knight, Perpetually Sad Motion Machine is the next step in the evolution of one of the genre’s rising acts. Jam out to the album now! Continue reading

Terror – Total Retaliation

No airs, no graces, no gods, no masters; this is hitting hard, beating down, aggressive music. Armed with their seventh studio album, Total Retaliation (Nuclear Blast/Pure Noise) and bucket load of muscle and testosterone to palm-mute chug into your face, LA five-piece Terror, bastions of traditional Tough-guy Hardcore, bring the chants, the slams, the pit-anthems and the attack in their own inimitable and unmistakable approach. Continue reading

Suicidal Tendencies – STill Cyco Punk After All These Years

There are no rules in punk rock. Suicidal Tendencies helped espouse that philosophy as much as any band ever. So really at this stage of the game, touring the world, playing anniversary shows celebrating their legendary self-titled debut, and having a lineup that is straight fire, they can do whatever they want to. However frontman Mike Muir didn’t always think this was the case. During the mid 90s hiatus of ST, Muir released the solo album Lost My Brain…Once Again (Epic), which sounded quite familiar. That album featured Steve Jones of Sex Pistols, Adam Siegel of Excel, and even Dave Kushner who went on to Velvet Revolver. A punked up throwback to the early – non-crossover thrash sound of the band, but the same brilliance from Muir lyrically and even some more of the fun of ST sideband, Infectious Grooves. Muir had wanted to redo this album for years but finally settled on having the latest incarnation the bands re-record it under the name STill Cyco Punk After All These Years (Suicidal Records). Continue reading

Suicidal Tendencies To Play House Of Vans New York Next Month For Free

House of Vans has announced its annual House of Vans Summer Concert Series for their Brooklyn New York venue and other cities. Just announced, limited tickets to see Suicidal Tendencies, with support from Killing Time and CHUD. ST drummer and metal legend Dave Lombardo recently tweeted that the band would have a new album this fall. Get your tickets at the link below! Continue reading