We have been blessed with a lot of great Mastodon news of late, from celebrating their 20th anniversary, their new song on the Bill And Ted Face The Music soundtrack – “Rufus Lives”, to the band hitting the studio to work on full-length number eight. So 2020 seems like a good time for a good old odds and sods release, the cleverly titled Medium Rarities (Reprise).
Ghost Cult caught up with The Black Dahlia Murder frontman and international ambassador for metal Trevor Strnad for a new interview. The bands’ new album Verminous releases on April 17th, 2020 via Metal Blade Records, and Trevor is understandably stoked! We chatted with Trevor about how he is dealing with the coronavirus quarantine, the new album, how the band continues to expand the songwriting chops, how underrated Alan Cassidy is as a drummer, past TBDM drummers, how he strives to add new elements to his vocals and lyrics every album, their approach to pre-sales merch, Trevor’s love for Dungeons and Dragons and why they have themed roll playing merch, his work on The Obiuarist column for Metal Injection, feeling like he has a responsibility to support metal, Bandcamp, horror movies, Game of Thrones, and more. Pre-order Verminous here!
With gaps of up to five years between studio albums, it takes some serious dedication to be a Nightwish fan these days. Since 2007, the band has only released four albums, but in that time, their fanbase has grown so large that the symphonic Finns (well, mostly Finnish) have been able to make that often treacherous leap from mid-sized venues to selling out full arenas. Continue reading
In addition to all the shenanigans, cheers, and tears at the last few shows ever by Slayer, mega Pantera fan and television/movie star (Aquaman, Game of Thrones) Jason Momoa ran on stage to help Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals perform “This Love”! Check it out! Continue reading
American Satan, the 2017 movie Directed by Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen will see a television sequel Paradise City soon. The film starred and featured music from many Sumerian cornerstone artists with a score co-written by Jonathan Davis of Korn. The series stars Black Veil Brides leaders Andy Black and Ben Bruce, along with Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellen Quinn and many others. Listen to this trip-hot inspired reimaging of Danzig’s classic ‘Mother’, in a video with clips from the original film right now! Continue reading
Listening to a Gloryhammer album is like watching one of those cheesy but brilliant straight to video sci-fi movie trailers from the 1980s. You know, the ones which always seemed to begin with the same overly dramatic, gravel-throated narrator proclaiming, “it was a time of heroes”, or “it was a time of war”. Well, whereas those movies generally struggled to do justice to their wildly optimistic advertising campaigns, Gloryhammer pretty much guarantees maximum enjoyment every time. Continue reading
Memes abound rife with jokes about people canceling their HBO subscriptions all over the internet today, the day after the final episode of Game of Thrones aired. Of course, HBO is not going anywhere and one of their flagship shows now becomes Westworld, which will see season three air next year, in 2020. Season three of Westworld will introduce a new narrative and a new co-star in Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman). In the trailer for the season which aired before the final Game of Thrones, a narration by Paul’s as yet unnamed character is accompanied by ‘Brain Damage’ from Pink Floyd’s all-time classic Dark Side of The Moon. We’re looking forward to this show next year, so watch the trailer now! Continue reading
SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read this if you care about HBO’s Game of Thrones and haven’t seen Season 8 episode 5. Now, someone cool took the footage of the Battle of Kings Landing, swords and spears, blood and guts, and genocide via Dragon’s fire set to Metallica’s classic anti-war song ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ from 1984s Ride The Lightning (Blackened Records). It is literally the bloodiest and possibly most horrible scene in the entire series. We already wrote previously about how Thrones is the most metal show of all time! The final episode of Game of Thrones airs this Sunday, May 19th. Check it out the video now! Continue reading
Game of Thrones is now well into their final season on HBO with episode two airing last night. The episode closes with the character of Podrick Payne, portrayed by Daniel Portman singing the song ‘Jenny of Oldstones’, which is referenced in the original George RR Martin A Song of Ice and Fire books. After Payne sings the song, the song plays again over the final credits, as performed by Florence and The Machine. The cover has over 800,000 views since the show aired. HBO has already released a lyric video for the track, which you can hear below. Continue reading
Surely there will be another sci-fi fantasy show quite as great as Game of Thrones. The phenomenal series begins its final six episodes ever tonight on HBO. Not only was the show an epic experience e to watch no matter who ends up on the Iron Throne (or no throne at all), it is clearly the most metal show ever. In addition to the story and the amazing soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, the show has battle, dragons, magic, zombies (White Walkers), Viking-like Northmen, witchcraft, and wildfire, and direwolves. But also the show has inspired metal covers and tribute songs, bands inspired by the show, a live concert experience based on the music for the show starring metal artists, music in the show and trailers from heavy bands, the actor that played the beloved Hodor character can shred to Megadeth, and even appearances by our favorite dudes in Mastodon in the army of the frozen undead (several times). Get pumped with a new Spotify playlist with a lot of rock and metal bands, and these covers below and happy watching! Continue reading