ALBUM REVIEW: Abbath – Dread Reaver


Upon hearing there was a forthcoming third Abbath album about to drop, to say I was excited would be a serious understatement. The first two really kicked some ass but, with that being said I always try to approach every new album I get whether doing a review or not with a completely open mind. I do my best to try and not compare it to anything and just let it stand alone. Dread Reaver (Season of Mist) will definitely stand on its own.

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EP REVIEW: Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier


The first cut to land on my desk this year is the new EP from Los Angeles based Abysmal Dawn, with their first new music since 2020’s Phylogenesis (Season of Mist) full-length. So, to get the new cut was killer, not to mention I’m a Season of Mist fan, so that was double awesome. With that being said though good things definitely come to those who wait. Even though this is an EP it still tears it up. With blistering displays of guitar prowess and super thick melodies these cuts are killer. The drums are insane and are almost to the point of unbelievable as far as speed and technique go, which is something I really dig. They undeniably flex their metal muscle in the tracks presented and even though there are only two OG tracks (sorry for the spoiler, but there are covers) this is definitely an awesome display of where the band is going sonically. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Infex – Burning In Exile


If you are missing some new Thrash Metal then I would gladly invite you to give the new album from Bay Area Thrashers Infex a listen. I came into this review with no idea at all who Infex was, but now I know! This album is in a word, thrashtastic. I love to write about a band that’s all about riffage and crafting around said riff. This album took me back to when I was playing in a “Threath band” (thrash/death metal), a term coined by my former singer.

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Is There Any Instrument You Can Learn Yourself?


You can learn any instrument on your own. Making music comes from the soul. With the determination and passion for making music, you can get absolutely anything instrument playing on your own. The best players are those that play these instruments from the heart. Their motivation comes from the soul. Regardless of whether you are a complete newbie or revisiting an instrument after a long time, with the help of the internet, you can always get yourself playing it all on your own. There is an infinite number of instruments that you can teach yourself to play with the internet’s help. I will give you a few, which are the easiest to introduce yourself.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 116: King Buzzo (Melvins) on New Solo Album and The Tao of Guitar


Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Buzz Osborne of Melvins fame to discuss his new solo album Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings) due out on August 14th, 2020. We talked to Buzz about the follow up to his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists (2014), working with Trevor Dunn who collaborated on the album, the different approach to this new solo album, his upcoming book of photography, his golf game, the coronavirus and not being able to tour for the first time in 30 years, and some other things he is working on right now. You can order the album here https://lnk.to/KingBuzzo, and check out our podcast.

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PODCAST: Episode 57: Bobby Gustafson Talks Satan’s Taint and New Music


Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Bobby Gustafson recently for an interview. You know the name and the riffs of the man from his time in Overkill, but also Spudmonsters, and Cycle Sluts from Hell among others. Booby’s new band Satan’s Taint released their Thrashy new album Destruction Ritual earlier this year and it has many of the hallmarks of his classic songwriting style. We chatted about many topics with Bobby, including some metal history lessons you don’t want to miss!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Necronomicon – UNUS


Honest question: Who started the whole let’s get an orchestra or symphony type shit behind extreme metal? I know Dimmu Borgir has made some serious bank behind it with the fabulous Death Cult Armageddon and Fleshgod Apocalypse has obscured their lack of riffs with said gimmick, but can we let that trend die? I think I’ve had my fill. But what the hell do I know as Necronomicon has an album worth in Unus (Season of Mist) of synths and faux orchestrations designed to elevate death metal from simply crushing to the upper echelons of the avant-garde.Continue reading


Game of Thrones, The Most Metal Show Ever, Returns Tonight


L to R: Kristofer Hivju (Tormund – cast), Ben Crompton (Edd Dolorous – cast), Brann Dailor (Mastodon drums/vocals), Brent Hinds (Mastodon guitars/vocals), Kit Harington (Jon Snow – cast)
Photo credit: Helen Sloan/ HBO

Surely there will be another sci-fi fantasy show quite as great as Game of Thrones. The phenomenal series begins its final six episodes ever tonight on HBO. Not only was the show an epic experience e to watch no matter who ends up on the Iron Throne (or no throne at all), it is clearly the most metal show ever. In addition to the story and the amazing soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, the show has battle, dragons, magic, zombies (White Walkers), Viking-like Northmen, witchcraft, and wildfire, and direwolves. But also the show has inspired metal covers and tribute songs, bands inspired by the show, a live concert experience based on the music for the show starring metal artists, music in the show and trailers from heavy bands, the actor that played the beloved Hodor character can shred to Megadeth, and even appearances by our favorite dudes in Mastodon in the army of the frozen undead (several times). Get pumped with a new Spotify playlist with a lot of rock and metal bands, and these covers below and happy watching!Continue reading


Misery Index – Rituals Of Power


I think as Extreme Metal fans we can all agree that we were getting a little antsy awaiting new music from Baltimore’s loudest sons, Misery Index. Watching the news every day through my fingers I know that the world and a certain leader are shit, so I figured Misery Index are in no shortage of material to convert into awesome grind sounds. But wait no more, children; Rituals Of Power (Season of Mist) is finally here.Continue reading


Sisters Of Suffocation – Humans Are Broken


The Dutch Death Metal act, Sisters Of Suffocation stirred the scene when they released their EP, Brutal Queen (Hammerheart Records) back in 2014. Young and female, SoS was determined to defy stereotypes by making their sound ruthless and unique. Their sophomore album, Humans Are Broken (Napalm Records) continues to carry this conviction and delivers something rather riveting.Continue reading