ALBUM REVIEW: Firewind – Firewind

The ninth album from Greek power metallers Firewind finds the band introducing their latest vocalist Herbie Langhans, the former Sinbreed frontman replacing fellow German Henning Basse earlier this year. And the eponymously titled Firewind (AFM Records) is a fine way to get things rolling with their new frontman. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: LOVEBITES – Electric Pentagram

Released in Japan and the UK earlier in the year, other territories have had to wait until now to hear the latest album by Japanese power metallers, Lovebites. Every bit as impressive as their previous records, Electric Pentagram (Victor Records) even draws inspiration from the likes of Slayer for their latest release, the appropriately titled opening track, ‘Thunder Vengeance’ having been conceived after watching the legendary thrashers at Download Festival Japan in 2019. Not that you’d be able to tell from the chorus, which carries a hook so beefy you could eat it for Sunday lunch. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dio – Late Era Reissues

One thing every metal fan can agree on is the eternal majesty of Ronnie James Dio. Whether you liked his music or not (and if you didn’t, then why are you reading this?), the simple fact is that the man’s talent was unquestionable. Whether you preferred his solo work or his time with Rainbow, or Black Sabbath, (or for you picky little contrarians out there – The Electric Elves, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, or Elf), the fact remains that there is still a gaping void in the world of metal, even now, nearly ten years(!) after his death. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: March 20th New Music Releases

Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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PODCAST: Episode 76: Andrew Freeman of Last In Line on Ronnie James Dio and Supergroups

Ghost Cult caught up with Last In Line frontman Andrew Freeman a few months back to discuss the goings-on with the group, and all the ways the band made up mostly of former Ronnie James Dio’s DIO band work hard to preserve his legacy. The band also makes their own music, which is totally killer, and in their classic Heavy Metal style. We spoke to Andrew about how the group formed, the depth and songwriting of their 2019 album II (Frontiers Records SRL), opening for UFO, his approach to singing, and the band’s plans for their third album, already underway. Catch the band on their upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets at this link! 

Mar 20 The Beacon Theatre Hopewell

Hopewell, VA

 

Mar 21 BLE Ballroom Blitz

La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie, MD

 

Mar 22 at Penn’s Peak, with Special Guest Lynch Mob

Jim Thorpe, PA

 

Mar 26 at Ramona Mainstage

Ramona, CA

 

Mar 27 Last In Line, The Hard Way, Angeles, Love Razer, Da Vang, Royal Rebels, Kodiak

Whisky A Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA

 

Mar 28 at Count’s Vamp’d!

Las Vegas, NV

 

May 29 at Buffalo Rose

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EVENT RECAP: Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Awards Gala and Concert

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading

New Dio Singles Streaming from BMG Remasters Series Due This Spring

The legacy of Ronnie James Dio continues to be honored and cherished in 2020. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of his passing and his late-era albums with Dio vocalist, BMG Records will reissue Dio’s long out-of-print 1996-2004 studio albums – 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon, releasing on March 20th, 2020. BMG has made four tracks available for streaming which you can hear below! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kamchatka – Hoodoo Lightning 

GC might have already released it’s End of Year list, but that doesn’t mean the machine stops rolling. There’s always more to review. And Swedish stoner trio Kamchatka have dropped Hoodoo Lightning (Border Music) as a last-minute Christmas present for those who dig the late-60s and 70s. Continue reading

SOS Fest XII – Part II – The Longfield Suite, Prestwich UK

The third and final day of SOS is more of a classic rock day, although it features fewer bands for me that I was aware of than yesterday. Today is more of an adventure day, and I’m hoping for some discoveries. Continue reading