PODCAST: Episode 51 – Justine of Blue Midnight Talks Artistry and Playing Aftershock Festival

Ghost Cult caught up with Justine Glaser from rising Los Angeles Rock band Blue Midnight for a chat recently to discuss all things about the band. Their 2018 release Eternal Wish is a multi-faceted album blending elements active rock, symphonic and classical influences, and the best progressive metal, all tied together by Justine’s enchanting voice. We chatted about the bands’ formation, Justine’s approach to writing and recording, the bands’ upcoming show at The Viper Room, their upcoming slot at Aftershock Festival opening the main stage in front of heavy hitters like Tool, A Day To Remember and Gojira, and plans for new music in 2020. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 41: Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) Tribute Episode

This weekend (August 30th) GWAR will unveil a public memorial monument to the late Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, on what have been his 56th birthday. Hollywood Cemetery (412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA). All are invited to the unveiling, and to a free party the next day, August 31st, at the GWARbar (217 W Clay St, Richmond, VA). As a tribute to Dave, we are running our never before released full audio interview between Dave and Ghost Cult’s Omar Cordy. An excerpt of this long chat ran in issue #15 of Ghost Cult Magazine in 2014, when he passed away. As one of the last interviews he ever did, Dave conducted the interview as Dave (not Oderous, which is rare) and talked about his entire career, coming up in the old-school DC Punk scene, the music industry, valuing art over business, the late Cory Smoot, and his prophetic plans for GWAR to continue on without him in the event of his death. Rest in Power Dave! Hail Oderous! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 40: Steve Von Till of Neurosis Talks Jarboe Album Reissue

Long-running post-Metal legends Neurosis have been busy this year. A tour of Europe with Godflesh and YOB, followed by a string dates in the USA with Bell Witch and Deafkids have been stoking the engine of activity, along with the recent reissue of the bands’ acclaimed collaboration album Neurosis + Jarboe (Neurot Recordings). Joined by the indomitable chanteuse Jarboe, the grouping created something unique, experimental, and lasting. Ghost Cult caught up with legend Steve Von Till to discuss the pairing, the remasted reissue, the new artwork with Aaron Turner (Sumac, Old Man Gloom), the process of creating the special vinyl edition, how the band writes together, and when we can expect a potential new Neurosis album. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 38: Virvum on Being a Multi-National Band and Musical Tastes

Ghost Cult’s Ragin Rosie caught up with Technical Death Metal Band Virvum recently while they were on tour with Archspire. The band calls Zürich, Switzerland home, but its members hail from several locales. She chatted with the band about how they make the distance work, their recent release Illuminum (Season of Mist), and their choice of music when they need a break from metal! Check it out! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 37 – Dave Matrise of Jungle Rot Talks About Death Metal Legacies

Dave Matrise is one of the good guys in Death Metal. The Jungle Rot frontman is a straight-shooting, no bullshit music industry veteran who is mega consistent and has a lot of wisdom to share about his career in the underground. Check out our new podcast interview with Dave where he discusses touring with Deicide,  their self-titled album from 2018, changes in the business, their appearance at the upcoming Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival, and the timeline for the next Jungle Rot album! Continue reading

PODCAST: EPISODE 31: Steven Alexander of The Black Queen Talks History, Technology, and The Future

During The Black Queen’s (members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Teflon Tel Aviv) headline tour of the US this spring, Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Steven Alexander at Music Hall of Williamsburg for an interview. In a candid chat in their dressing room before the show, Steven discussed his formative years as a musician, what he learned being a guitar tech for major bands that translates over to being in a working band, the difference between writing the first TBQ album and Infinite Games (Federal Prisoner), and just how long we will have to wait for new music from the group. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 19: Mikko of Apocalptyica Talks About Legacy and New Album

Ghost Cult recently chatted with long-time Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Sirén. The band is in the midst of a multi-year world tour that has seen the band celebrate the anniversary of their 1996 debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos (Universal). We chatted about the longevity of the band, performing Metallica covers and other well-known songs live, their song-writing process for originals, his personal pre-stage warm-up rituals, collaborating on the new Sabaton song ‘Fields of Verdun’ and the progress of the brand new Apocalyptica album. Check it out! Continue reading