GUEST POST: Alex Jones of Undeath – Top 20 Albums of 2021

Ghost Cult continues our “2021 End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Alex Jones of Undeath! He shares his Top 20 Albums of 2021! Support the band via their Bandcamp page!

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Los Angeles-based Progressive Metal band Kesem will released tyheir new album Post Terra via Sentient Records on September 24th. Muscially brilliant, and politically conscious, Kesem is a rising band you need to know for 2021. Althought they are focused on forging their own unique path creatively, fans of bands such as Dream Theater, Voivod, Opeth, Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, Cynic and others will become quick lovers of this group. Check out their new single, “No Future,” exclusively at Ghost Cult!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mothman And The Thunderbirds – Into The Hollow

Ever since I was a kid, I have had a deep interest in cryptozoology. While I can accept most of these hypothetical creatures as misidentifications or outright fabrications as an adult, there is still the part of me that likes to imagine the possibilities. As a musician myself, a cryptozoology-themed band has also been on my bucket list for a long time. I’m sure plenty of bands with that sort of theming are out there, but the debut album from Mothman And The Thunderbirds makes for a particularly interesting variation.

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Cynic to Release a New Album and Virtual Memorial to Late Members in 2021

Cynic frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal has shared a new post to social media reflecting on the difficult year which saw the passing of his comrades and musical partners Sean Reinert and Sean Malone. Cynic will release a new album in 2021 and also pay tribute to Reinert and Malone with a virtual event. Cynic’s last new music was the 2018 single “Humanoid.”

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Sean Malone, Legendary Bassist of Cynic and Gordian Knot, Has Died, Age 50

Terrible news in the world of music as bassist Sean Malone, best known to metal fans for his time in Cynic, and other contributions to progressive music and Jazz, has died. He was just 50 years old. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. The news was shared by Cynic leader Paul Masvidal on Facebook in a message: “I learned today that Sean Malone has died. I am numb and grief-stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart, and was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever encountered. I know that this is a shocking loss for so many fans whose lives he touched with his artistry, as it is for me,” Paul added. “Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.” In addition to playing on the critical Cynic albums Focus and their comeback Traced in Air, Sean was in several Cynic side projects, his own prog band Gordian Knot and wrote a series of incredible books on bass guitar for publisher Hal Leonard. Several artists also took to social media to share memories of Sean and grieve the loss. Malone’s death follows the passing of bandmate Sean Reinert, who died in 2020 at 48 years old. We send our sympathies out to his family, friends, and fans. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Dialogia – “Stratagem”

Maryland Metal power trio Dialogia has returned with a new single, premiering at Ghost Cult! “Strata their second single, following the recent new track “Metalurgia”. Their debut full-length Nostrum releases this fall, and pre-orders can be found at their Bandcamp at the link below! Jam it out right now!

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Sean Reinert, Legendary Death Metal Drummer (Death, Cynic, Aeon Spoke) has Died, Age 48

UPDATED: 2020 continues to give us grief and loss of great drummers. News has broken that Sean Reinert, world-class Death Metal and Progressive Metal drumming legend, has died. Nd He was just 48 years old. has reported that “he was apparently found unresponsive at his California home Friday night (January 24).” No cause of death has yet been revealed. He was only 48 years old.No further information has been given at this time. Sean’s lifelong friend Kelly Schaeffer of Athiest spread the news in a social media post. Reinert came to fame in bands such as Death and Cynic (a member until 2019), playing on genre classics such as Death’s Inhuman, and Cynic’s Focus, Traced In Air and more. He also featured in Gordian Knot, and Aeon Spoke. Sean also participated in the Death To All tribute band and tours, celebrate all the eras of the music of Death. Just a few months ago, Reinert’s drumming was the basis for a new series of drum samples from Toon Track, based on his work in Death. We send out condolences to Sean’s family, friends and fans at this time. Continue reading