Download Festival 2022 Adds Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, Steel Panther, The Ghost Inside, Funeral For A Friend, Descendents, Electric Wizard, Sepultura, and More!


Download Festival 2021 is postponed to summer 2022, but the fest has wasted little time stacking the bill. Already headlined by Iron Maiden, KISS, and Biffy Clyro, seventy new bands have been added including Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, Steel Panther, The Ghost Inside, Funeral For A Friend, Descendents, Electric Wizard, and Sepultura. Watch a video teaser with the updated poster and buy your tickets now!

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Deftones New Video Video for “Ceremony” by “The Invisible Man” Director Leigh Whannell


Deftones have launched a new cinematic noir-style video for their latest single “Ceremony” directed by Leigh Whannell, writer of Saw and director of Upgrade, and the 2020 blockbuster The Invisible Man. The band is gearing up for their headline tour of the USA. Their recent album Ohms (Reprise Records) was the Ghost Cult Album of The Year for 2020 and we recently reviewed their White Pony 20th Anniversary remix album, Black Stallion as well. Continue reading


Tuska Festival 2021 Canceled Due to The Pandemic, Set to Return in 2022


Another festival bites the dust due to the pandemic as Tuska Festival has been forced to cancel their 2021 event, and plan to rebook for 2022. Some rock and metal festivals worldwide are trying their best to bounce back from the last year, but in the case of Tuska, they didn’t feel like the conditions worked for hosting the fest. Tuska 2021 was to have been headlined by Korn, Deftones, Gojira, Devin Townsend, Baroness, insomnia,, Beast In Black, Eluveitie, Jinjer, Finntroll, High on Fire, Perturbator, Oranssi Pazuzu, Vltimas, Gaahls Wyrd, Korpiklaani, and many more. Information about refunds and rolling over your tickets to next year (please do this if you can) are at the link below.

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Late Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng’s Poetry Compilation “The Head-Up Project” is Coming Soon on Vinyl


Through the music of Deftones and the efforts of the Buckle Up for Chi initiatives, the music, and creative spirit of Chi Cheng stays alive. In addition to Deftones, Cheng was a prolific artist, musician, and poet. Today, April, 13th, 2021 is the eighth anniversary of his death in 2013. His debut album The Bamboo Parachute was released in 2000, and the compilation, The Head-Up project is a live recording from 2001. To continue celebrating his life and work, The Head-Up poetry compilation that saw a recent release on CD is soon to release on vinyl, with pre-orders live at the link below.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist


Please indulge me for one moment. I am not usually one for breaking the fourth wall when reviewing an album but bear with…. Back in 2004, I had a polar response to two albums in a way that encapsulates a particular dichotomy that fans (and bands) often find themselves caught up in that has stuck with me as a point of reflection ever since. To change, or not to change, that is the question… I remember the unshakeable feeling of disappointment at just how much Slipknot had changed their sound and attack on Vol III: The Subliminal Verses compared to Iowa (both Roadrunner), and the same deep sigh of discontent that Soil hadn’t changed enough (or at all, with Redefine, J Records).Continue reading


Watch Deftones Unbox “White Pony – Black Stallion” Boxed Set


Deftones will drop their deluxe edition of their 20th Anniversary edition of their White Pony album: White Pony + Black Stallion, this Friday, February 26th, 2021 via their label Reprise Records. The elaborate 2 LP x 2 CD configurations comes with a book of never-before-seen images and artwork of the band from both White Pony and more recently Ohms, designed by their visual director Frank Kozik. Watch Frank Delgado and Abe Cunningham unbox the set, spin some vinyls, and crush Ohms Pale Ale Beer from Belching Beaver Brewery in this new video. Pre-order the set at the link below!

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Hellfest 2021 Is Canceled


The organizers of Hellfest have been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead — but with a limit of 5,000 people, all of whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.This is a bad sign for the upcoming European festival circuit this year as other countries are likely to follow the same protocols. The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot. Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. Hellfest 2021 was to have featured Deftones, Faith No More, System of A Down, Judas Priest, Puscifer, Korn, Volbeat, Opeth, Dropkick Murphys, Northlane, Deep Purple, Wardruna, Rival Sons, Devin Townsend, Suicidal Tendencies, and more.

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Deftones and Belching Beaver Brewery to Release “Ohms Pale Ale”


 

Deftones have announced a new beer based on their recent release, The Ghost Cult Album of the Year for 2020, Ohms (Reprise). P{artnering once again with California brewer Belching Beaver, who created previous themed beers for the band (Phantom Bride, Swerve City, White Pony), Ohms Pale Ale will be available in California, online, and in select cities from February 1st. According to the band, his new recipe blends citrus notes with lemon peel and light pine, providing a more nuanced and complex flavor than your standard pale ale. It will arrive in 16oz. 4-packs.

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GUEST POST: Nicholas of Frail Body – Top Albums of the Year 2020


 

Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Nicolas of Frail Body shares his Top Albums List for 2020. Their 2019 A Brief Memorium, can be streamed and purchased here.

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GUEST POST: Mike Orlando (Dead Girls Academy, Vampires Everywhere) -Top Albums of the Year 2020


 

Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, we have a list from Mike Orlando of Dead Girls Academy and Vampires Everywhere. Watch their new video for “Inside Out ft.’ Jinxx.”Continue reading