ALBUM REVIEW: Testament – Titans Of Creation

Whenever the time-honoured, if ultimately pointless “if it had been a Big Five…” question raises its ugly head, Bay Area bruisers Testament always find themselves at the forefront of the conversation. Even alongside names such as Exodus, Overkill, and Kreator, such is their… ahem, legacy (sorry), it’s not uncommon to find them as one of the top two preferred choices. Continue reading

Advertisements

Hospital Of Death Reissues Their Classic Albums

At a time when most of the world is in quarantine or enforcing some form of lockdown, where the most commonly used phrases are “self-isolation”, “social distancing”, and “what the actual fuck is Trump saying now?”, the currently disbanded, but appropriately named Hospital of Death are aiming to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection by increasing the dosage of thrash metal into your ears. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Burning Witches – Dance With The Devil

Formed only five years ago, Swiss act Burning Witches are already set to release album number three. Their first full-length record since the departure of original singer Seraina Telli in June last year, Dance with the Devil (Nuclear Blast) features her replacement Laura Guldemond on vocal duties and the five-piece haven’t missed a beat. Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Testament – Exodus – Death Angel: Live at Bristol 02 Academy

It’s a little surprising to discover that, despite having known each other for over thirty years, Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel; three leading lights of the Bay Area thrash metal scene have never actually been on the road together before. Dubbed “The Bay Strikes Back”, the first UK date of this neck-snapping triple bill is located, rather appropriately, near the water. Okay, the Bristol Channel might not be the Pacific Ocean, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge might not be quite as impressive as the Golden Gate Bridge, but you can’t have everything now can you. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ross The Boss – Born Of Fire

Telling you all you need to know in one gaudy technicolour piece of cover art, the new album by metal legend Ross the Boss features chains, fire, exploding rocks, a semi-naked woman and a giant winged demon. In fact, the only missing items required for a True Metal Bingo are muscular warrior types and a giant eagle. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Victor Smolski’s Almanac – Rush Of Death

Speed and heavy metal tend to go hand in hand, so it comes as no surprise that Almanac guitarist Victor Smolski (formerly of German legends Rage) also has a sideline in motor racing. A runner-up in the Supercars division of German Rallycross in 2018/19, Smolski has taken his love of burning rubber and hit the accelerator on the band’s latest album Rush of Death (Nuclear Blast Records). Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 75 – Gary Alcock Chats with Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil

Ghost Cult caught up late last fall with drummer Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil on their sold-out tour of Europe, supporting their stellar 2018 album Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Chatting with our own intrepid correspondent Gary Alcock, Jared discussed touring behind the full-album performance, the benefit of helpful tour mates, ascending to headliner status in a short span of time, their fondness for Conjurer UK, how the band appreciates the healing power of music, Jared on being a singing drummer, and the bands’ progress on new Rivers of Nihil music! Continue reading