EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Beyond Forgiveness – “Dream Before I Sleep” – (Vocal Sing-Through)


Colorado Springs Symphonic Metal band Beyond Forgiveness has been on our radar for a while! Originally formed as a studio project as well as working through finding the perfect line-up, the band released their first EP, “The Ferryman’s Shore.” Featuring new singer Talia Hoit, the album was well received and the bands’ star is again rising! Reformed in 2014 by original guitarists Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer, the band is known for their creative songcraft featuring classical orchestras, choirs, and operatic vocals with hint of folk, colliding with extreme elements found in death metal and black metal which some have labeled as “Beautality.” In 2019, the band released their second full-length album, Live to Tell the Story (Sliptrick Records). Fans of Epica, Nightwish, Battle Beast, and Delain, but also more extreme styles will love this band. Check out this vocal-sing-through of their track by Talia Hoit, here at Ghost Cult!

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Delain’s Martijn Westerholt Disbands The Current Lineup of The Band, Charlotte Wessels Going Solo


Delain has made a startling announcement that most of the current lineup of the band has been disbanded, with only founder/keyboardist/composer Martijn Westerholt remaining. Martijn plans to “keep Delain alive” by taking it back to a project form, releasing new music with special guests. Apparently, all of the former bandmates will continue with music, with vocalist Charlotte Wessels going full-time with the solo project she launched on Patreon during the start pandemic.

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PODCAST: Episode 119: Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot


Ghost Cult caught up with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot recently to discuss their brand new live album/concert DVD and Blu-ray Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013, out now via Napalm Records (review here). Thomas talked about the new live album, the production and planning that went into the concerts, the specialness of the 013 Poppodium venue in Tilburg, working with guests such as Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, Lauren Hart of Once HumNetheran, German string quartet Eklipse, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and Alissa White Gluz of Arch Enemy, Avantasia guitarist Sascha Paeth, writing materials with guests in mind, performing with a children’s choir, which included his son, how he has been spending the pandemic, and plans for new Kamelot music. Purchase the live album set at this link and listen to our chat. Continue reading


REVIEW: Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013


Ah, gigs. Remember them? Well, I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 (Napalm Records), the new live release by veteran power metal act Kamelot is a welcome reminder of what live entertainment looked like in a pre-Covid world.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Beyond The Black – Hørizøns


Continuing to shrug off their symphonic metal tag, German five-piece Beyond the Black have stepped further into the realm of Europop based metal on their fourth full-length release, Hørizøns (Napalm Records). Continue reading


Delain Shares New Video for Single “Ghost House Heart”, New Album Coming Soon


Delain is releasing their new album Apocalypse & Chill, due out on February 7th via Napalm Records. The band just dropped a new single ‘Ghost House Heart’ which you can hear below. A true ballad, it’s the bands first since ‘See Me In Shadows’ from their debut album released in 2007.Continue reading


Delain Shares New Single and Video, New Album Incoming


Dutch symphonic metallers Delain will release their new full-length album, Apocalypse & Chill, on February 7, 2020 via Napalm Records. The disc explores topics of impending doom and human indifference, making this the band’s boldest, most daring and undeniable offering yet. Check out the band’s new single and video for ‘One Second’ righy now.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lindsay Schoolcraft – Martyr


Some good advice I received from my mentor in music criticism was to never underestimate or pigeonhole an artist. Cradle of Filth has made a twenty-five year career out of Black and Death Metal music supremacy, often covering the dark and all about that blasphemous life. Although she definitely has earned her place in that world as a member of that band, singer and multi-talented musician Lindsay Schoolcraft displays a wide array of gifts will not fit in a neat box for you to file and categorize. On her debut solo album Martyr (Self-Released), she satisfies her jones (and ours) for all types of Gothy Metal and Rock styles.

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Def Leppard, Slipknot, And Tool Booked To Headline Download Festival 2019


 

Download Festival has made a major announcement for 2019 with Def Leppard, Slipknot, and Tool announced as the three headliners. This is major news as Def Leppard, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominees are still a huge global touring act, while Slipknot and Tool seem poised to dominate in 2019 with new albums hopefully from each. Also announced are Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, with the full list below. Ticket options are on sale now at 2018 prices, until Tuesday 6th November.Continue reading