ALBUM REVIEW: MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell

Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky) is the second full-length release from New Orleans-based artist Melissa Guion, who releases music under the moniker MJ Guider. It primarily deals in atmosphere. Guion uses heavily processed electronic textures, often drenched in thick treacle-like reverb, to create moody and evocative soundscapes. There are synthetic drum sounds, but this is certainly not dance music. The emotion-laden washy chord sequences recall the 1980s “Gothic” music and perhaps the “shoegaze” that followed in its footsteps, but this is music that doesn’t fit neatly into any category. Many of the sound-worlds have a lush warmth which lends them a meditative quality, but there is also an unsettling element of tension, as though dissonance and harmony are in competition with each other. Guion’s voice is tender and graceful and with it, she weaves flowing melodies. But the voice is often intentionally distant – buried in the mix and concealed by long reverb tails. It feels as though Guion has intentionally engineered a situation where opposing elements battle it out for dominance. These songs could have been presented in a radio-friendly indie package, but instead, the melodies and words only just lift their heads above the walls of noise that encase them. It takes audacity and boldness to attempt this sort of approach which flouts so many of the accepted rules of composition and music production. It seems that Guion was pushing the boundaries of her creativity and her tools: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted.” Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: A.A. Williams – Forever Blue

It is easy to forget that Forever Blue is the debut album from AA Williams, such is the level of status she has already acquired since first taking to the stage only last year. In the meantime, she has garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, released a self-titled EP, and collaborated with Mono before releasing Forever Blue.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Constellatia – The Language of Limbs – Season of Mist

South African post-Black outfit Constellatia arrived just two short years ago, and already last year’s debut album The Language of Limbs (Season of Mist) has earned a power-label reissue. A blast of atmospheric harshness and aching melody with a touch of doomed romance, its four tracks are a paean to the outer edges of Emotion. Continue reading

Philip Anselmo’s En Minor Band Signs to Season Of Mist Records

Philip Anselmo’s (Pantera, Down, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals) “depression core” project En Minor has signed a new record deal for Europe and Ward in Japan, with the great label Season of Mist. The band will release its debut full-length later this year. The band released a self-titled seven-inch EP this summer via Housecore Records. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Godthrymm – Reflections

As a proud Lancastrian all my life, it pains me to acknowledge the occasional superiority of bitter neighbours Yorkshire. One such area of supremacy is within the realm of Doom Metal: Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride have wielded the White Rose over some of the genre’s most memorable, emotional moments of the last thirty years and the latter’s erstwhile guitarist Hamish Glencross is determined to carry on that sound with his latest outfit Godthrymm. Debut album Reflections (Profound Lore Records) oozes the drama, power, and tragedy of his former band. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dukatalon – Involuntary Action

Ridiculously it’s a decade since Israeli juggernaut Dukatalon released debut album Saved By Fear (Relapse Records): a bruising yet incredibly inventive slice of Sludge that at times called to mind Led Zeppelin as much as it did the likes of Iron Monkey. Aside from a brief tour of the UK three years ago, little has been heard of the band outside of their native Tel Aviv, so what a beginning to 2020 with long-awaited new album Involuntary Action (Self-Release) hitting the hard drive. if only the band’s mouthpiece in the UK – Manchester’s ‘King of Nasty’, Eytan Wineapple – could’ve stuck around long enough to hear it. Continue reading

Watch Philip H. Anselmo’s En Minor Perform Live in New Orleans

For only the third time ever, Philip H. Anselmo’s dark Gothic, post-Punk band En Minor performed last weekend in their home town of New Orleans, Lousiana. Philip assembled his band of players which includes Stephen Taylor (Superjoint, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power), Kevin Bond (Superjoint, Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver), Paul Webb (The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard), José Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint, Warbeast), Calvin And Joiner Dover (The Dover Brothers), and Steve Bernal (former First Cellist in The Temple Symphony Orchestra).The band released a self-titled seven-inch EP this summer via Housecore Records, with a proper full-length to see official unveiling in 2020.Watch the fan-filmed videos now! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Her Despair “Exorcisms of Eroticism”

Rising Gothic Metal band Her Despair is back with a new album, Exorcisms of Eroticism, out this Friday, November 22nd. Following their excellent EP Mournography, the band has returned with more of their signature gloomy, synth-driven sound, combing the tortured dark depths of their souls for your listening pleasure. Ghost Cult is psyched to bring you the full new album stream from this band, so purchase and listen to one of the best late 2019 releases right now! Continue reading

Lindsay Schoolcraft Streams Her Debut Solo Album, Out Tomorrow

Entrancing Metal artist Lindsay Schoolcraft, best known for her work with Cradle of Filth and Antiqva, will release her début solo album Martyr tomorrow. The full album is streaming over at Metal Injection before you can buy it tomorrow. Co-written by Rocky Gray (Evanescence), featuring vocals from Xenoyr of Ne Obliviscaris, the album is a great blend of all of Lindsay’s influences and puts her many talents to the fore as a dynamic singer and composer. Jam it out now and be on the lookout for our review soon! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

The music business is ugly, hard, and not for everyone. You hear this over and over from industry types and even some artists. Still, it’s hard to not pine for the days when record labels were really putting a priority on A & R (artist and repertoire), and nurturing tomorrow’s important groundbreaking artists. Sargent House is one of the few labels that allows talented people to find themselves over and over again. They release music that makes it easy to care and be passionate as fans. Like the iconic graphic on their logo, sometimes you get the snake, sometimes you get the sweet cup of wine. Once in a while, both. One of those artists you get both sweet and bitter with is the fantastic enigma that is Chelsea Wolfe. Continue reading