The Black Queen’s debut album Fever Daydream (interview here) turned five years old last week and the band celebrated with a merch drop, including limited edition vinyl that immediately sold out. Now they have released a deluxe digital edition of the album expanded to 39 tracks with demos, alternate takes, and other gems.
We chatted recently with music legend Ihsahn over Skype to discuss his upcoming new EP, Pharos, due out on September 11th, via Candlelight Records. Ihsahn contrasted the music from the current EP to his last one, Telemark, the many different sides of his moods and styles, how he chooses cover songs, the evolution of his singing voice, thoughts on performing live, some of his other projects over the years, and next years Emperor full album performance of “In the Nightside Eclipse” at Beyond The Gates Festival in Norway in 2021. Purchase Pharos here and check out our chat! Continue reading
Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans chatted with music legend KatieJane Garside recently on the release of her new project, Liar, Flower, and her new release Geiger Counter (One Little Independent Records). You may know Garside from her immense career credits with groups such as Daisy Chainsaw, QueenAdreena, and more recently Ruby Throat. Far removed from her early rumblings, the wisened and more poetic chanteuse discussed her new album, the decision to recast the group under a new moniker with her partner Chris Whittingham, her many travels around the world living on a boat, mindfulness meditation, the music video for ‘i am sundress (she of infinite flowers)’, the care and creativity she takes for the expanded versions of Geiger Counter and much more. Purchase the album and keep up with all of KatieJane’s happenings at this link, and listen the chat below.
Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Chuck Billy of Testament by phone to discuss their brand new album Titans of Creation out on April 3rd 2020, via Nuclear Blast Records. Read our review here. Chuck discussed the concept of the new album, his creative process with Eric Peterson, the more collaborative and positive nature of making the new album compared to Brotherhood of the Snake, work Juan Urteaga in the producer’s chair, the history of the band and reflections on Souls of Black which turns 30 in 2020. Buy the album here:
Ghost Cult caught up with Trivium shredder Corey Beaulieu at home recently for an interview. Trivium’s new album What The Dead Men Say is out April 24th via Roadrunner Records. Corey talked about the new album, how the new material came together, keeping his playing chops up, the impact of the Coronavirus on touring, what Alex Bent has brought to the band, what touring with Megadeath and Lamb of God In Flames means to him, Trivium’s place as a veteran band in the scene, thoughts on the Ascendancy days and 15th anniversary of their first major US tour Ozzfest 2005, some future plans, and more! You can pre-order the new album here:
Ghost Cult caught up with Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on their brand new album Guardians, coming out April 3rd, 2020, via Fearless Records. Jake chatted all about the theme of the new album of support and not being afraid to reach out for help, relevant themes at this time. He also discussed the writing of the album, the band’s approach to recording, how the band has achieved longevity, how the goals of the band and the new album align with Jake’s foundation Heart Support (https://heartsupport.com), and Jake’s feelings on the bands’ debut release Thrill Seeker! You can purchase Guardians here. Continue reading
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
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
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
Golden, COContinue reading
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
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) to talk all about about his supergroup Demons and Wizards, with his long time friend and collaborator Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)! Their new album III releases on February 21st, 2020 via Century Media Records. Jon talked candidly about the project, the genesis of how he and Hansi first joined forces 30 years ago as friends, his process for composing,the differences between this project and their main bands, why time off and family time are so important to him, Jon’s busy plans for 2020, including creating new Iced Earth music, and more.
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Justin Benlolo, the progenitor of the band BRKN Love, who released their debut, self-titled album on February 14th via Spinefarm Records. Although young in years, Justin has actually been working at his craft and releasing albums for many years after coming out Toronto, living all over the country and eventually landing in Los Angeles. We chatted with Justin about his modest start, how the group formed around him into a full band, rather than a solo project, the issues he has had to overcome to get his music in front of people, working with producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), his approach to touring and more.