PODCAST: Episode 71 – Clint Lowery (Sevendust) on “God Bless the Renegades”

Clint Lowery, known best for his work in Sevendust, is releasing his debut full-length solo album God Bless The Renegades on January 31st, 2020 via Rise Records. Ghost Cult chief Keefy caught up with Clint on the phone to discuss the genesis of the album, his mindset for creating solo material and becoming a frontman, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the personal nature of his lyrics, balancing his solo endeavors and new music from Sevendust, and his hopes and goals for the album. You can purchase the album here! Catch Clint on tour with his solo band opening for Alter Bridge on the next leg of their “Walk The Sky Tour, and at Epicenter Festival this spring.

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PODCAST: Episode #70 – Ilan Rubin of The New Regime

Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Ilan Rubin last fall to discuss his band The New Regime! Although Illan is world-renowned for his drumming prowess in groups like Angels & Airwaves and Nine Inch Nails, he has been quietly building a monster band with The New Regime over a series of killer albums, EPs and singles. The bands’ new release Body is third mini-release in the trilogy following Heart and Mind and is dropping on January 24th. The new full-length Heart Mind Body & Soul is coming later this spring. We chatted with Ilan about his entire career, how he balances multiple projects at once, how he goes seamlessly from sideman to frontman, his approach to songwriting and much more. The band also just announced a tour opening for Silver Sun Pickups, starting March 1st. Get your tickets here. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 69: Kyle Rasmussen of Vitriol

Ghost Cult interview Guitarist and Vocalist Kyle Rasmussen of Death Metal band Vitriol to discuss their 2019 album To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media Records). The band had a huge year which included touring the world and made scores of new fans. Kyle gave us the lowdown on the band and we enjoyed our lively chat with him! We’re looking forward to seeing the band even more in 2020 as they are slated to tour first with Vader, Abysmal Dawn, and Hideous Divinity in the USA, followed soon after by a run of dates with Krisun and Gruesome in Europe. Check it out! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 68: Chef Chris Santos Talks About Blacklight Media

Ghost Cult caught up recently with record label chief and world-famous chef Chris Santos. In addition to being an award-winning restaurateur, Santos co-owns Blacklight Media Records, a sub-label from Metal Blade Records. Black Light Media is home to bands such as Gozu, Eyes Of The Sun, Mother Feather, Winter Wolf, Made For Lying, and new signing Opulence. We chatted with Chris about his life growing up in the New York City Metal and Hardcore scene, what originally ignited his passion for cooking, and later restaurants, his relationship with Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel, how he goes about choosing bands to work with, as well as some hot takes on the current landscape of metal, such as Slayer’s retirement. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 67 – Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth Discusses “Cruelty and The Beast – Remistressed”

Ghost Cult had the pleasure of spending our Halloween 2019 at HQ chatting with the legend himself, Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth by phone. Amidst a whirlwind few years of touring the world, writing, and recording a new album, Dani has brought forth the amazing complete Remix and Remaster of their 1998 landmark album Cruelty and The Beast. The resulting release – Cruelty and the Beast – Remistressed Edition, out now via Music For Nations (read the Ghost Cult full review here), is one of the finest remasters you will ever hear, totally going back to the source tapes and present the album as it was intended. Dani was happy to discuss the arduous process that took years, the reasons (mostly legal) the collection didn’t release as planned in 1998, the work he did with Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio, his thoughts on Cruelty upon its release compared with now, the infamous story of their 1998 arrest at The Vatican, and his plans for the next Cradle album, coming soon! Cheers, Dani! Purchase the album here: https://smarturl.it/CrueltyandtheBeast

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PODCAST: Episode 66 – Alex and Nishod of The Offering Make Music Their “Home”

Ghost Cult caught up earlier in the year Alex and Nishod of the up and coming genre smashers The Offering. Unabashedly blending every major style of heavy music, Death Metal, Thrash, Progressive, Hardcore and even Nu Metal, and doing it well,  the band displays all their many talents on their debut album Home (Century Media). We chatted about how the band formed, the making of their album, working with producer Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects), how they write music, the groups take on arranging music, performing at Wacken Open Air,  and much more. This definitely a young band worth checking out! Check out the podcast and purchase and stream the album here. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 65 – Puppy Talks About New Music, and  Pure Rock Majesty

London’s brashest export Puppy has been taking the world by storm the last few years. After the release of their album The Goat (Spinefarm Records), the band toured ceaselessly and won fans the world over. Now they have surprise-released a new EP, III, and have more stuff in the works soon, including a co-headline show with Bokassa in December. Check out our interview with the entire band and stop wrecking your life by sleeping on Jock, Will and Billy, clearly twisted maniacs. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 64: Niilo Sevänen of Insomnium Talks “Heart Like a Grave”

One of 2019s best albums is undoubtedly Finnish melo-Death legends Insomnium Heart Like a Grave (Century Media Records). Ghost Cult caught up with leader Niilo Sevänen about how the band creates music together, the lyrical concept of the album, the dichotomy between Finland’s reputation as a place for hellraising metal fans, and the melancholy of some of its bands, their recent concerts honoring some of their milestone releases, to their current tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stamina, as well as their plans for their early 2020 North American tour with Omnium Gatherum and Seven Spires. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 63: Casandra of Paralandra Talks New Music, and Touring with Legends

Ghost Cult caught up with singer/guitarist Casandra Carson of Missouri rockers Paralandra. The band has had a busy last year since they released their current EP Ascension via Legend Recordings. The groups’ profile has been rising over the years with constant hard work and appearances on festivals such as Rockfest, Dirtfest, Rocklahoma, and SXSW. The band recently toured with guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen, winning over audiences every night, on unfamiliar ground. Casandra shared stories with us about how the band was formed, their influences, paying their dues, and the new music the band is working on for a future release. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 62 – Reyka Osburn of Death Valley High Talks Covers EP and Working with Chino Moreno

Ghost Cult caught up with Death Valley High mastermind Reyka Osburn recently to discuss their brand new covers/remixes EP Duel, out now via minusHEAD Records. We chatted with Reyka about the new EP, how the group chooses covers from bands such as Metallica, Faith No More, Eurythmics, collaborating with peers and friends on remixes, the mix between Goth rock and dance music, working with a mentor and friend like Chino Moreno of Deftones/Crosses, and the timeline for a new full-length DVH album. Continue reading