Download 2020 Recast as a Virtual Festival with Iron Maiden, System of A Down, KISS and More

Download Festival was one of the first major festivals in the heavy music work canceled due o the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now we are getting a virtual festival set to take place. Mark off June 12-14 for some prime rock and metal viewing, with many top acts taking part. The Download TV weekend will be split into day and evening programming, with tailor-made shows featuring Iron Maiden, System of a Down and KISS leading the way. KISS will headline the Friday (June 12) festivities, with a replay of standout moments from their huge 2015 headline set. Iron Maiden head up the Saturday (June 13) programming with nostalgic performances, “Legacy of the Beast” snippets, as well as “something just for Download TV.” And System of a Down will close out the virtual festival on Sunday (June 14) with footage from their performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017. Among the other bands appearing are Alter Bridge, Alestorm, Alter Bridge, Babymetal, Baroness, Bush, Creeper, Deftones, Disturbed, Employed To Serve, Fozzy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Korn,Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, The Pretty Reckless, Twin Temple, Volbeat and more. Watch the trailer and see the full list below. Continue reading

Mayhem Festival Comeback Pushed Back to 2021 Due to Coronavirus

 In a story Ghost Cult broke several months ago, Mayhem Fest co-founders Kevin Lyman and John Reece had been in talks about bringing the fest back and confirmed by Lyman on social media. However, now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, those plans are on hold until 2021. No further details had been shared yet about a new version of Mayhem Fest, but the rumor of the Megadeth/Lamb of God Tour being the headliners was debunked by Lyman and the bands. Reece even polled his fans to see if they wanted it back AFTER our news story broke. The final Mayhemfest wrapped in 2015 with Slayer and King Diamond co-headlining. Lyman’s Warped Tour celebrated 25 years last summer with a final few all-day festival dates, but not a cross country tour. Reece and Lyman were also responsible for The Uproar Festival Tour and A Taste of Chaos Tour as well. Perhaps Mayhem Festival will return as an all-dayer or an all-weekend destination fest like Lollapalooza did. The traveling summer-time metal festival was the metal answer to Warped Tour, also co-founded by Kevin Lyman and John Reece and saw Slipknot, Slayer, System of a Down, King Diamond, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Mastodon were among the many headliners over the years. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Trivium – What The Dead Men Say

There was a time when it looked like Trivium were going to be huge. Seriously huge. Arriving on the scene with two critically acclaimed albums, they rose fast, eventually exploding onto the international platform with a career-defining performance at Download Festival in 2005. Continue reading

Download 2020 is Officially Canceled

 

The 2020 edition of Download UK festival has officially been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The event was set to take place on June 12-14 at Castle Donington, with headlining performances by Iron Maiden, KISS and System Of A Down with additional bands such as Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed, Gojira, Alestorm, Black Veil Brides, Daughtry, and Of Mice & Men and many more. The festival organizers announced the cancelation in a statement on Facebook. Continue reading

Disturbed Has Announced 20th Anniversary Tour with Staind and Bad Wolves

Disturbed will embark on a 31-date “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” throughout North America this year, co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. Direct support will come from Staind and Bad Wolves, and will tour amphitheaters as Disturbed celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the band’s debut album ‘The Sickness’. The tour dates will run from mid-July through mid-September, with dates in cities including Tampa, Toronto, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Irvine (full dates below). Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. local time (with the exception of the Rogers, AR show which will go on-sale at 12 p.m. local time) here. Select presales will begin Tuesday, January 28. Special VIP, meet-and-greet, and merch bundle packages are available for all dates. Disturbed’s tour will also be a part of Ticket To Rock 2020, an exclusive ticket package at select Live Nation amphitheaters across the country.

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Slipknot, Disturbed, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and More Booked for Rock Fest

Rock Fest has set most of its lineup, according to a report by The PRP. Slipknot, Disturbed, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and dozens of more bands will head the bill at the annual fest held near Cadott, WI from July 16th-18th. One direct support act to headliner Limp Bizkit is still pending for Saturday, July 18th. They will be revealed on January 24th. Continue reading

Rock and Shock Festival Disbands

Sad news on the Festival and Convention front as the long-running Rock and Shock Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts has disbanded after 15 years. The announcement was made in a post to social media about the festival canceling all further festivals. The fest paired the best Horror convention and concert series in the USA and made use of both the famous Worcester Palladium venue and the convention center at the DCU Center up the block. Ghost Cult covered many Rock N Shock fests which featured incredible conventions, horror celebrities, amazing vendors , indie films,  headliners such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Disturbed, Danzig (including a pre-reunion Misfits headline set with Doyle), ICP, Ministry, GWAR, King Diamond, Type O Negative, Lordi, Disturbed,  Mushroomhead, Voivod, Amorphis, Twiztid, Dark Tranquility, Hatebreed, Devildriver, Motionless In White, Death Grips, Superjoint, Wednesday 13, Sabaton, Prong, Witch Mountain, Sanctuary, Soilwork, OTEP, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Cavalera, Conspiracy, Anthrax, Overkill, Misfits, and more! Continue reading

Watch “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed in the Style of Metallica, Faith No More, Rush, Strapping Young Lad

Anthony Vincent of the YouTube Channel 10 Second Songs is back with another amazing parody video. Here is tackles Disturbed’s original classic hit single ‘Down With The Sickness” in 20 popular styles including Simon and Garfunkel, Metallica, Tears for Fears Faith No More Childish Gambino, Buju Banton, Michael Bolton, The Hu, Bill Withers, Yungblud, Pink Floyd, Barney The Dinosaur, Strapping Young Lad, Beethoven, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis and more! Continue reading

Watch “The Drumming Godmother” Cover “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed

Drummers come in all ages, from all walks of life, and anyone can play any genre at any time. This is the message of Dorothea Taylor, aka “The Drumming Godmother”. In a new video at Drumeo, she is living proof that as soon as you make a judgment, you done screwed up big time! Watch Doretea smash the kit for this cover of Disturbed’s debut hit single “Down With The Sickness”!

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Disturbed Shares New Video for “Hold On To Memories”

Disturbed has shared their new live performance style music video for the song ‘Hold on to Memories’! The clip, directed by Rafa Alcantara, is both a remembrance of those who are no longer with us, as well as a celebration of their life and the light they brought to those closest to them. Fans can access this feature on Disturbed’s web site below. The track is Disturbed seventh #1 rock charting single in a row, which is astounding in this day and age of streaming. The band is planning a theatrical music video for the track to follow soon, directed by ‘The Sound of Silence’ video director, Matt Mahurin (Metallica, Guns N Roses). Continue reading