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

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Vestigial – “Crown of Serpents”

Ghost Cult has teamed up with Grand Rapids Michigan extreme metal band Vestigial to debut their full album stream for Crown of Serpents, out this Saturday, November 2nd. Brutal, bleak and straddling the line between classic and modern sounds, this band is definitely one you need to add to your end of year playlists. Purchase and stream the album at the link below!

The band commented:

“With Crown Of Serpents we aimed to dig deeper and paint a darker picture than we’ve done previously. After taking on our new drummer Mike Miller we doubled down on technicality and sought to blend the aggressive and evil elements of death metal with the melodic and groovy aspects of metalcore to find a sound all our own. Lyrically, I think this album speaks volumes about the frailty of our health as a species with both internal and external battles. A lot of people have difficulty making it out alive, and I think it’s important those people connect with that message and understand it happens to the best of us. If you take away anything from this album, it should be that you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out if you’re losing those battles.”– Michael Stellema, vocals/guitar

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Badgerfest 2019 Live at The Breadshed, Manchester

2019 see’s the third installment of what’s becoming an important event in the calendar for the discerning Heavy Metal connoisseur, BadgerFest. The brainchild of the undeniably hardest working man in the Manchester metal scene John Badger, If any qualification of that were needed, aside from it being reiterated by every band of the weekend, as well as their gratitude as to the smooth running, he’s also running the Drumming up Change in November whereby he’ll be playing the drums for the full sets of all ten bands. There’s hard-working and then there’s John Badger. Continue reading

Thy Art is Murder – Human Target

Australia’s top extreme metal act, Thy Art is Murder, has returned in another aggressive deathcore release, Human Target (Nuclear Blast). This record is audible adrenaline up through the closing seconds and is the perfect length at thirty-eight minutes for ten tracks. The most rewarding part of this album, however, is that each track does enough differently to keep your attention.Continue reading

The Punk Rock MBA Examines How Suicide Silence Redefined Deathcore

Music Marketing expert and YouTuber Finn McKenty’s Punk Rock MBA channel has done another video examining the wide-reaching impact of bands. In a brand new episode, Finn investigates Suicide Silence, their humble beginnings, their meteoric rise, and the factors behind their lasting impact and traction in the Deathcore genre. Check it out! Continue reading

Theories – Vessel

I can’t help but wonder if Theories’ practice room is to be treated like a hard hat area. The bleak album art for Vessel (Corpse Flower Records) should’ve been enough to alert me of what awaited, but I had to hit that play button. After the initial pummeling of ‘Human Vessel Cell’ I clearly understood that everything Theories does is designed with lethal intentions in mind. If you’re looking for melody, clean guitars or strict adherence to speed limits you can show yourself the door right about now. What Theories is serving up is not for the fair-weather Hard Rock fan. Continue reading

The Machinist – Confidimus In Morte

Hardcore music, and its derivatives, are going through something of a renaissance. With the release of 2017’s Forever (Roadrunner Records), Code Orange astonishingly brought a fresh ideation to a genre already brimming with brilliant bands. It wasn’t so much a reinvigoration as it was a rewriting of the rulebook in a manner that has seen many bands attempting to play catch up or ape the style. Not every Hardcore influenced band is trying to rip off the Pennsylvanians however, and one such example is New York quartet, The Machinist. Continue reading

Whitechapel – The Valley

Within the Deathcore genre Whitechapel are one of the true originators of the sound and in 2016 they released an album called Mark Of The Blade (Metal Blade). To say it was a divisive album would be an understatement, in a story which has been told many times before the band chose to broaden their creative horizons with a cleaner production and clean vocals. In some corners new album The Valley (also Metal Blade) is being touted as a turning point. Continue reading

Jayden Panesso of Sylar Talks “Seasons” Album, Dealing with Criticism

Ghost Cult caught up with Jayden Panesso last fall at Rock Allegiance Festival. The band had just dropped their new album ‘Seasons’, on Hopeless Records. Jayden talked candidly about his anxiety about releasing new music in the “internet” age, reading negative comments online, Nu Metal and Hardcore bands who inspired him, and much more. Sylar is getting ready to kick off a headline tour with Varials and Groundculture, and we have shared the dates below. Thanks to Jayden and Sylar for hanging out with us. Interview by Keefy and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading