Let’s face the facts, folks, the music industry has changed drastically in the last 30 years. I firmly believe that change is inevitable and most of the time I embrace change with open arms. The recording process has been completely revolutionized to the point that musicians can produce their own albums right from home on their computers. The problem with having the ability to record and release music so easily is the plethora of music that is flooding the market that just does not stand the test of time. Think of some of the current songs you hear on Fm radio stations, most of them will spin themselves out of rotation and vanish to the isle of forgotten songs within 6 months of their release. Career longevity has become an elusive beast in the music industry, so when an artist who released his first album over thirty years ago is touring and selling out venues, a Skullgurl must pay attention. Of course, I am talking about the original untamed mane rock star, Sebastian Bach. Continue reading
Ghost Cult has teamed up with South Africa’s “first hard rock supergroup” – The Devil’s Party Band for the debut of their new lyric video today! Among its members are notable fixtures of the SA scene such as Anthonie van der Walt (ex. Thysis and JackHammer), Chris van der Walt (Vulvodynia), Werner Bosman (Led Zeppelin Tribute Band), and Jason Oosthuisen (Van Coke Cartel, Oooth). The band throws it back to the hairspray and riffs of the Sunset Strip’s glory days, while also evoking memories of Led Zeppelin and Metallica on their upcoming debut EP coming later this year. Watch the lyric video for ‘Banned Outta Town’, and if you dig it, purchase it from the links below and support this band! Continue reading
Rising Atlanta Hard Rock power trio Like Machines roars back today with a brand new video for their new single ‘Run, Hide’ (Madison Records), their third of late. Their songs have been played Loudwire’s Weekly Wire, Spotify’s Hard Rock playlist and Octane’s Test Drive. Eddie Trunk has called them out as a band to watch. The band played a couple of dates with Avatar last week, and have announced an upcoming hometown date in Atlanta with Collective Soul November 29th. Watch the new video for ‘Run, Hide’ right now, only at Ghost Cult!
I adore being entrusted with juicy secrets, ask my Skullpals. That does not necessarily mean I am successful at keeping the aforementioned secrets, also ask my Skullpals. Being the Skullgurl, I am privy to hearing new music before the general public. Every once and while I am sent a new album and I find myself checking to see if it was sent to me by the C.I.A. or the F.B.I. because the music is so mind-blowing, it must be highly guarded national secret. Such is the case with the new album by Blacktop Mojo, Under The Sun (Self-Released) The tertiary album by the Southern Rock dynamo’s is a secret that should not be kept, cannot be kept, from the music-loving populous. Full disclosure, I jumped on the Blacktop Mojo magic carpet ride in 2014 when I was sent their debut album, and have been continuously knocked on my keister by the magnitude of talent these five Southern gents possess. Continue reading
Despite their stateside sounding name Lonely Dakota are a British quartet who formed at the tail end of 2015. With a few lineup changes and singles in between, including 2018s ‘Dead Stories’, this year saw the release of their debut EP End of Days (Self-Released) – serving up the kind of Post-Grunge that Shinedown and Seether built a career on. The plaintive melody and general melancholic aura of opening track ‘Victoria’ sets the tone for this five-track offering, emotive Hard Rock with radio-friendly sensibilities and a nagging sense of deja vu. Continue reading
Since his last album Proof of Life Scott Stapp has been through a lot of turmoil, battling addiction and depression. Six years down the line and new record The Space Between The Shadows (Napalm Records) charts his successful battle with his personal demons and the lessons he learned on the way. Continue reading
Having toured with the likes of AC/DC, The Cadillac Three, Guns N Roses, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top since their 2009 formation, the Nashville rockers Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown are back with their third album Truth and Lies (Snakefarm Records). It continues the quartet’s brand of Hard Rock meets Indie Rock, with the doomy riffs and slow-burning charm of album opener ‘Shock and Awe’ bringing Royal Blood to mind. Continue reading