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
Post-Hardcore leaders Every Time I Die have officially released a new single and lyric video for their song “AWOL.” You can purchase and stream the track from their label Epitaph Records right now.
UK Metalcore leaders Architects have shared a new single and music video from their upcoming new album, For Those Who Wish To Exist will be released on February 26th through Epitaph Records. The post-apocalyptic scenes depicted in the clip for “Black Lungs” “calls for us to examine the role we are currently playing in the destruction of the world with barren landscapes, and foreshadowing of extinction.” Check it out now!
Touché Amoré has shared a new single, ‘Limelight (ft. Andy Hull)’, from their forthcoming new album Lament due this fall, on October 9th via Epitaph Records. The post-Hardcore bands’ new album was produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn), you check out the visualizer to the track now!
Ghost Cult was honored to chat with musician and artist Jacob Bannon of Converge, Wear Your Wounds, and his new band Umbra Vitae. That group just released their debut album, Shadow of Life, (read our review here), a brutal, OSDM flavored album created by Jacob and a group of master musicians and friends such as Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, WYW) and Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex Hatebreed, WYW) Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex) and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Job For A Cowboy). In a frank discussion with our editor Keefy, Jacob discussed the impact coronavirus has had on the music world and more specifically his bands and his label Deathwish Inc., what are the Death Metal inspirations of the group, how Umbra Vitae came together, how this is a full band and not side-project, the poem that inspired the band name and the entire album, an update on new Converge and WYW music, and much more. Jacob is working to stay focused and creative during the pandemic to keep his bands and Deathwish Inc. alive in all of this and if you can, please support his music, art activities at these links.
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Converge is one of the lucky Hardcore/Punk bands that has seen notable success over the years. Though they have flirted with the metal genre on some of their albums like The Poacher Diaries(Relapse Records) and You Fail Me (Epitaph Records), frontman Jason Bannon has been itching to make something heavier. This veteran vocalist loves his celebrated children Converge and Wear Your Wounds, but is now really exposing his heart for ferocity with his new Death Metal project, Umbra Vitae. Along with some other experienced and eager members, Bannon has just released the band’s debut LP, Shadows of Life on his own label, Deathwish Inc.
letlive. has shared the demos of their acclaimed Fake History album in celebration of album’s tenth anniversary as a “pay what you want” release, out now via 333 Wreckords Crew Bandcamp page. The label is owned by letlive. frontman and current Fever333 leader and vocalist Jason Aalon Butler.Fake History was reissued by legendary indie punk label Epitaph in 2011 and the album received high praise from media and fans alike, ranking highly in end of year lists by esteemed publications.letlive. went on to become one of the greatest bands of the decade.Continue reading
Parkway Drive hosted an exclusive streaming event last weekend of their new documentary, the amazing Viva The Underdogs. Now they have announced the film will be available to rent or buy digitally from Friday, 24th April through Amazon, iTunes, Google, and Vimeo. Viva the Underdogs initially had a very limited cinema release in January, which coincided with the release of a live soundtrack album with the same name. We will be releasing our review soon if you missed it or can’t buy or rent right now. To get you sufficiently hype, they have dropped a new extended trailer, which you can see right now!Continue reading
Parkway Drive will unveil their epic new Viva The Underdogs documentary via YouTube for free today! The soundtrack to Viva The Underdogs came out last week. Their epic new documentary – “which gives an incredibly honest and candid look at Parkway Drive’s 15-year underdog journey” – one time only – on April 4 from the following times: 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm BST / 11pm CEST / Sunday, April 5 7am AEST / 6am JST. Watch at the link below!