ALBUM REVIEW: Entropy – Force Convergence

Formed in 1989, but with less than a handful of full-length studio albums to their name, Canadian thrashers Entropy aren’t exactly the most prolific act in the universe. A seventeen-year absence from 1995 to 2012, and a gap of eight years since their previous album hasn’t helped, but whenever the two remaining original members, vocalist Ger Schreinert, and guitarist Dan Lauzon, do eventually get together, the results are always worth waiting for. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 99: Adam Dubin Talks “Murder In The Front Row” Documentary

Filmmaker Adam Dubin chatted with Ghost Cult recently about the wide release of his acclaimed documentary, Murder In The Front Row, documenting the birth of Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, which birthed several genres. We chatted about the impetus to making the film, all the thrash metal stars he interviewed such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (53 all told)  his history in the business, making films and music videos in 1980’s such as Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and  “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”, his long history of interactions with Kerry King, the lasting impact the genre has had on all heavy music, and what he learned most during the project. You can purchase the deluxe version of  Murder In The Front Row at this link, stream it on VOD, and check out our chat with Adam here: Continue reading

“Murder In The Front Row” Thrash Metal Documentary Deluxe Edition Due this Week

Murder In The Front Row, the amazing thrash history documentary directed by Adam Dubin (Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” & “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”), is seeing a wide release this Friday, April 24th via Digital Platforms and as Deluxe Edition DVD. Previously the film has only been seen at film festivals and special showings. You can pre-order the film at the links below. The film, essential viewing for metal fans, contains over fifty interviews with various metal stalwarts, including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel. It tells larger-than-life stories through a mix of first-person interviews, animation, and narration by comedian Brian Posehn. Watch the trailer right now! Continue reading

“Rumors Of My Death Have Greatly Been Exaggerated” Says Death Angel Drummer Will Carroll from the Hospital

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grips the world the music world has already lost legends of yore and star hitmakers. The metal world has been affected as well. Legends like Chuck Billy and Gary Holt were on tour together in Europe at the dawn the outbreak. Another rocker on that tour was good guy and drummer of Death Angel of Will Carroll was severely stricken by the coronavirus and was on a ventilator and in a coma for two weeks. Will has recovered although he is still in the hospital, he has sent a message to fans, thanking them for their love and support. Continue reading

Tonight’s “The Bay Strikes Back” Tour Date from Testament, Exodus and Death Angel is Canceled Over Coronavirus Fears

Sad news for German Thrash Metal fans! Tonight’s concert (March 11th) in Hannover, Germany featuring Testament, Exodus and Death Angel (a.k.a. The Bay Strikes Back tour) has been canceled due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19). The three bands, who have spent the past month on the road in Europe as part of “The Bay Strikes Back 2020” tour, previously had their February 25 show in Milan, Italy scrapped for the same reason. You can see our review of the tour here. Testament posted on Facebook:

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Testament Shares New Single – “Children Of The Next Level”

Thrash Metal legends Testament have shared a new single, ‘Children Of The Next Level’ from their forthcoming Titans Of Creation, which will be released on April 3 via Nuclear Blast. Jam out to the song now! The album was produced by singer Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson while Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios handled co-producing, recording and engineering. Andy Sneap was responsible for the mixing and mastering of the album. Eliran Kantor stepped up once again to create a new masterpiece of artwork for the cover of this release. The band is currently on its The Bay Strikes Back tour with Exodus and Death Angel! Watch the video now! Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Testament – Exodus – Death Angel: Live at Bristol 02 Academy

It’s a little surprising to discover that, despite having known each other for over thirty years, Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel; three leading lights of the Bay Area thrash metal scene have never actually been on the road together before. Dubbed “The Bay Strikes Back”, the first UK date of this neck-snapping triple bill is located, rather appropriately, near the water. Okay, the Bristol Channel might not be the Pacific Ocean, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge might not be quite as impressive as the Golden Gate Bridge, but you can’t have everything now can you. Continue reading

Heathen Will Release Their Next Album – “Empire Of The Blind” This Year

Heavy Metal and Thrash legends Heathen will release a new album, Empire Of The Blind, later this year via Nuclear Blast Records. A flyer showing the “Empire Of The Blind” artwork can be found at the merchandise table during “The Bay Strikes Back” 2020 European tour featuring Testament, Death Angel, and Exodus, the latter of which includes Heathen guitarist Lee Altus. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Heathen – Evolution Of Chaos

Although formed in 1984, Heathen didn’t arrive on most people’s radars until the release of their debut album, Breaking the Silence (Combat Records) in 1987. Part of the legendary Bay Area Thrash scene, Heathen followed established acts such as Exodus and some bunch of relocated no-hopers called Metallica out of the region, joining the likes of fast-moving up-and-comers Testament, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, and Forbidden, among many others. Continue reading

Tool, Cage The Elephant, and Gary Clark Jr. Win for Metal and Rock at the 62nd Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards announced their winners for the Rock and Metal categories for the 2020 award ceremony, their 62nd edition. Tool won for the Best Metal Performance category for the song ‘7empest’ from their album Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional/RCA). Tool members Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor were in attendance to collect the award, which was announced before the broadcast portion of the show. Gary Clark Jr. who was nominated over several categories for multiple tracks won both Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the track ‘This Land’. Best Rock album honors went to Cage the Elephant for Social Cues. In the more pop-orientated Alternative Rock category, Vampire Weekend won, while other Rock and Metal related artists such as Chris Cornell won for the packaging of his posthumous self-titled boxed set, and The Best Instrumental Album went to metal fans and sometimes cover artists Rodrigo y Gabriella for Mettavolution (ATO Records) The 62nd Grammy Awards are once again hosted by Alicia Keys and will air on CBS.

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