REVIEW: Suicide Silence – Virtual Tour Boston

It’s like month four-hundredth (or so it feels) of social distancing and quarantine. Basically, every tour slated for the Spring and Summer have either been scratched or tentatively rescheduled for next year. For those not keeping score that means that we’ve lost a Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headliner, Deftones with support from Gojira, and a Sepultura trek featuring the likes of Sacred Reich and Crowbar. So, it’s been a rough year. Not content to sulk over the loss of their own tour with Jinjer and Toothgrinder, Suicide Silence decided to try something different. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bleed From Within – Fracture

Glasgow may not be considered a heavy metal hub, but the band Bleed From Within proves that Scotland can produce some pretty extreme musicians. Formed fifteen years ago, this young, charged-up group of guys sought to make a spectacle of aggression and severity. Their early works took on a very vengeful edge that was mainly categorized under the Deathcore genre. Now, these fresh-faced Scots present a more sophisticated take on the ‘Core’ genres while merging it with Modern Metal on their new fifth full-length album, Fracture (Century Media Records). Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 87 – Andreas of Cabal on “Drag Me Down”

Ghost Cult Caught up with Cabal vocalist Andreas Bjulver Paarup to discuss their slamming new album Drag Me Down, out now via Long Branch Records. Andres discussed the new album, the bands’ process for writing the new albums, writing for and working with guests such as Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jamie Hails (Polaris) and Kim Song Sternkopf (Møl), thoughts on the deathcore versus death metal genres, elitism in metal fans, future plans for the band, and much more. You can purchase Drag Me Down here.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 85: Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn on “Of Truth And Sacrifice”

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn, who just released a brilliant double album (review here), Of Truth And Sacrifice, out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Maik about the German metal legends ambitious decision to create a double album, the meaning behind the topics, their lyrics tackling topics such as content supports anti-racism & anti-fascism along with resistance, oppression and animal rights, their new music videos for ‘Übermacht’ and ‘Eradicate’, his take on the history of the genre, the longevity as a band and much more. Order Of Truth And Sacrifice here and listen to the podcast now! Continue reading

EP REVIEWS: The Acacia Strain – D and E EPs – Rise Records

In these very strange, unprecedented times for the world over (and not just the music world) it must make a few of us uneasy in terms of when does “new music” stop coming out thanks to the pandemic. Well, the good news is the music we are getting right now is simply fantastic! The Acacia Strain have dropped two EPs this year after a surprise full release at the end of 2019. These new EPs entitled, simply, D and E (Rise Records) are certainly under the “short but sweet” category. Each EP only has two tracks apiece, however, this only helps in getting listeners to want more.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth and Sacrifice

It’s been four years since the German Extreme Metal act, Heaven Shall Burn, released their last album. After Wanderer (Century Media Records) came out, these hard-hitting fellas took a very justified break. Now with batteries recharged, they’re back with an adventurous new release. The band gifted us with the double album, Of Truth and Sacrifice (Century Media Records) earlier this month and it’s making quite the impression. Known for their aggressive sound and topical lyrics, this ninth full-length release is taking these extreme characteristics to a new level. The band has been around for nearly twenty-five years and they are still taking their massive sound to some exciting, uncharted territories. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Body Count – Carnivore

You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special Victims Unit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter

Ah, the long-vaunted return to Deathcore form for Suicide Silence. Or is it? I’m sure the cynics and naysayers have already written off Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast) as a simple effort to save face after the experimental and pseudo-Nu-metal stylings of 2017’s Suicide Silence. But let’s really get down to brass tacks here: Suicide Silence isn’t the first or last band to hit the soft reboot button on their careers. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Despised Icon – Purgatory

So here I am tasked to review the new Despised Icon album, Purgatory (Nuclear Blast). The easy route for most skeptical heavy music reviewers is to just proclaim it as another Despised Icon release, give it a quick write-up and denounce Deathcore as the scourge of metal. Sure, I could trudge down that path, call it a day and down some more adult beverages, but that’s not quite it. Truth be told, I was looking forward to Purgatory. Continue reading