REVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

As far as large multi-day fests go, Psycho Las Vegas is still pretty wet behind the ears having only just had their fourth annual incarnation this August but already it has begun growing into what will likely continue to be the summer juggernaut of partying and music. New this year, to the dismay of many, was the location change from the off the strip and perfectly themed haunt, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, to the megaplex that is Mandalay Bay. Gone is the feeling of a true fest take over and in its place, a sprawling amalgamation of “psychos” and people from any town USA or abroad there simply to gamble, throw pre-wedding bashes, get drunk or maybe attend a conference (*ahem* “conference”). Once everyone got their bearings and navigated through this corporate mega casino/hotel/shopping mall, pushed back a few drinks or whatever preferred substances they were into, and found the locations of the four stages, the complaining ebbed and instead, people experienced the fest for what it is. A gigantic party with a great combination of bands playing for four days. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019

Ghost Cult is once again honored to be part of Psycho Las Vegas, a goddam heavy metal casino/beach party extravaganza if there ever was one. The filth of Rock, Sludge, Doom, Trad, Hardcore, Prog, and Stoner Metal genres and the glitz of Vegas- baby, all rolled into one. Headlined by Original Misfits, Opeth, Electric Wizard, Corrosion of Conformity, Bad Religion, YOB, Lucifer, High on Fire, GsY!BE, Clutch, Carcass, Triumph of Death, Graveyard, ASG, Primitive Man, Deafheaven, Kadavar, Vio-Lence, Soft Kill, Andrew W.K., Tomb Mold, Power Trip, Full of Hell, and a ton more bands, it promises to be a rager. Sadly, Oranssi Pazuzu and Rotting Christ have dropped out. Every band is carefully curated and picked, so try to see them all if you can. If you can’t get set with the full lineup, and our “must not miss list” picks for each day! Continue reading

REVIEW: Desertfest New York

Desert Fest NYC, The Well, Brooklyn NY.

I had to take a moment when Desertfest New York was announced. I only had gotten to experience a real European Festival once in the last few years of my life and it was a game changer. Yet, I had yet to enjoy a Desertfest yet. The excitement I felt getting have this festival come practically to my backyard, and into two clubs I visit with regularity was just icing on the cake. If you love Stoner, Doom, and Psychedelic music, this festival is your true north and now we have a fest of our own like this in the USA. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Desertfest NYC

Inspired by stoner metal the world over, the Desertfest series of popular metal fests from Western Europe makes it’s way to America this weekend at the very first Desertfest New York in Brooklyn lifts off! Headlined by Elder, Windhand, and Black Cobra, this promised to be a weekend to remember! Three-day passes, which includes the kickoff tonight at Saint Vitus Bar, is sold out. There are limited Saturday and Sunday tickets avaialble at the link below. Get set with our go-to guide to the weekend.  Continue reading

Windhand, Elder, Monolord, The Skull, The Atomic Bitchwax All Booked For Desertfest New York

Desertfest is coming to New York in 2019 and the first batch of bands have been announced. The stoner and doom metal fest features Windhand, Elder, Monolord, The Skull, The Atomic Bitchwax, Danava, Mirror Queen, Worshipper, Dommengang and more to be announced. Saint Vitus and The Well are hosting Desertfest NYC April 26th to 28th. Early bird tickets are on sale at the link below.

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Psycho Las Vegas: Part 2 – Various Venues, Las Vegas, NV

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Alice Cooper, by Hillarie Jason

 

Part II

Saturday at Psycho Las Vegas was no less impressive and perhaps the best single day of the fest band for band, especially if you were still able to stand after the first few days. Starting off with the public première of the Melvins documentary, The Colossus Of Destiny, followed by a Q & A by the director, Bob Hannam; this set the tone for the day. Continue reading

Audio: Sons of Huns – Philosopher’s Stone + An Evil Unseen

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Portland trio Sons of Huns is streaming “Philosopher’s Stone” (featuring Melvins drummer Dale Crover) and “An Evil Unseen” (featuring special guest Scott ‘Wino” Weinrich (St. Vitus) singing duet with Sons of Huns vocalist/guitarist Pete Hughes, also of Danava) below. While Sleeping Stay Awake, the sophomore album by Sons of Huns was recorded in Los Angeles by engineer Toshi Kasai (Tool, Melvins) and will be released July 21, 2015 via RidingEasy Records.

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Sons of Huns While Sleeping Stay Awake Track Listing

01: Osiris Slain
02: Ad Astra
03: An Evil Unseen
04: Eye in The Sky
05: Philosopher’s Stone
06: Alchemist Part I
07: Alchemist Part II
08: While Sleeping Stay Awake
09: The Reaper is Waiting For You

The band has a string of upcoming live dates.

May 22: The Know – Portland, OR (RidingEasy Presents w/ Slow Season, Blackout)
May 23: Christo’s – Salem, OR (RidingEasy Presents w/ Slow Season, Blackout)
May 30: Volume Fest – Spokane, WA
Jul 23: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR (Album Release Party)

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Stumpfest Confirms Dates and Early Line-Up

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Stumpfest, the stoner-doom metal festival/party held annually in Portland OR has revealed this years fest will take place 4/23 – 4/25 and the early line-up of bands. Headliners for the weekend so far include northwestern doom greats YOB, Danva, Intronaut, as well as Portland locals Lord Dying, Sandrider, Author & Punisher, Graves At Sea, and Black Pussy. At least one more major band tba to close the Saturday night date. The fest will once again be held at Missisippi Studios, holding just under 400 people, so this makes it a very intimate one of a kind event, keeping with founder Rynne Stump’s goal of keeping the fest small and inexpensive as possible. Weekend passes are on sale now, as well as single day tickets. Last’s year’s fest sold out, so don’t sleep if you are considering going to this.

Press Notes:

In 2015, the “fantastic amalgam of music, bro love and art” returns to Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on April 23-25. Hosted by none other than the beloved Stump sisters, the three-day festival is more riff-filled, filthed-up and stacked than ever.

The headliner of Saturday, April 25th will be revealed in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can purchase three-day passes or tickets to the Thursday and Friday shows below:

THREE-DAY PASSES

THURSDAY 4/23 (DANAVA, LORD DYING, LECHEROUS GAZE, BLACK PUSSY, SONS OF HUNS & PRIZEHOG)

FRIDAY 4/24 (YOB, INTRONAUT, AUTHOR & PUNSHER, GRAVES AT SEA & MUSCLE AND MARROW)

 

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