Twenty-five years plus into his career, Marilyn Manson continues to be an enigma, wrapped tight inside a riddle, not wishing to be fully known. By never making the same album twice with his namesake band, he continues to defy expectations, and be equally loved and hated. While his early albums are masterworks that others from the 1990s would kill to rest their reputations on. However, as the rockstar gains on years and gets further away from his early years, he has transformed into a much more interesting character than when he was freaking out pastors and scarring moms and dads.
It is easy to forget that Forever Blue is the debut album from AA Williams, such is the level of status she has already acquired since first taking to the stage only last year. In the meantime, she has garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, released a self-titled EP, and collaborated with Mono before releasing Forever Blue.
Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’. Continue reading
South African dark-folk artist Ann Jangle has shared the new video for her latest single “Ballad of Pink Cocaine” out now via Mongrel Records. The video which is directed and edited by award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Marius van Graan features actual footage taken on her journey interspersed with beautiful slow motion performance shots, capturing the mood of the track perfectly.
Experimental genre chameleon and artist Draagyn has shared a new single, “A Night Between Two Days”. Debuted over at BrooklynVegan and is available now on all streaming services, the avant-garde, multi-instrumentalist, and dark chanteuse conjures all kinds of dread feelings with her voice and musical skills. On the follow up to 2019’s otherworldly, 8+ minute single “Majesty,” she hops from Black Metal, prog rock, dark folk, and back again. To bring the track added life, she recruited fellow visionaries, drummer Jon Rice (Uncle Acid, Job For A Cowboy, Umbra Vitae), and bassist Corey McCormick (Promise of the Real), to further explore beyond the outer limits of conventional sound. Continue reading
Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans caught up by phone with singer-songwriter Henry Derek Elis for an interview about his new covers EP, All The Pretty Little Horses. Henry is best known as the former vocalist for metal bands Scar The Martyr and Act of Defiance, but his solo career has taken him down a path closer to Outlaw Country, Americana, and Dark Folk. Henry chatted about the new EP, his choice of artists to cover such as Danzig and Billy Idol, the difference between his metal music and solo career, his take on how watered-down “folk” music has become his influences and opinions of classic artists, and much more. You can order Henry’s music at this link: Continue reading
Ghost Cult Magazine’s Duncan Evans caught up with singer/songwriter and all-around badass Carol Hodge (solo artist/Steve from Crass/The Wildhearts) to discuss her new album Savage Purge (review here). Carol was in high spirits, despite illness, and chatted all about her new album, her creative process, the deeper meaning behind the title, lyricism, and much more! You can order her album at this link here, and listen to their chat right now!
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
Prolific Dark Folk and Black Metal group Panopticon has just released a new two song EP! The Crescendo of Dusk is available to purchase and stream from their Bandcamp. Dedicated to The Northern Lights, this inscription can be found with the stream “This record is in honor of the northern lights, which very few things in the world are more beautiful and awe-inspiring than.” All music written, performed and recorded by Austin Lunn and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston, who also contributed some additional keys. A limited Edition one-sided LP will be available exclusively through Bindrune Recordings in early 2019. Pre-orders will be announced soon. . The cover photo was drawn by Lunn with an additional photo by Bekah Lunn. The bands’ last release was the stellar double album The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (I and II) (Bindrune Recordings). Continue reading
Daemonia Nymphe is unlike any music you have heard in 2018. Even if you are regular traveler of the unconventional, more avant-garde flavored corner of the pagan and folk genres, this enchanting group will thrill you with their compositions and performances that have much in common with the lighter moments of Enslaved, Arkona, Agalloch, Thrawsunblat, and Wardruna. They just re-released their album Psychostasia last month on Bandcamp, and the group had decided to share their haunting new song ‘The Journey of the Psyche’, and their new video today here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading