ALBUM REVIEW: Vestal Claret – Vestal Claret 

While a self-titled album often serves as a summary of an artist’s particular style, Vestal Claret’s third full-length is unlike anything else they’ve done before. The Doom Metal that defined the occult collective’s past efforts has been completely phased out in favor of a subdued presentation that is somewhere between Folk and introspective Psych Rock. An esoteric aura still wafts with vocalist Phil Swanson (Hour of 13, Sumerlands) offering his signature mournful, nasally wail, but the vibe has more in common with Hexvessel or Sabbath Assembly than Pagan Altar. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins  – Whore of Babylon

Looking past the rather gaudy artwork, the third album from Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins sees the group continuing to thrive on an over the top presentation. As with previous albums, Lepond’s bass playing leads the charge with intense flurries accompanied by surging power metal rhythms and Alan Tecchio’s flamboyant wails detailing history and legend. However, Whore of Babylon sets itself as the group’s most eclectic effort so far.

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PODCAST: Episode 88: Hyro The Hero on the Quarantine, Gaming, and New Music

We caught up recently with Hyro The Hero from his home, on lockdown, keeping safe from the pandemic. Sadly, his spring tour plans opening for Asking Alexandria have been canceled. In the meantime, Hyro is keeping that PMA (positive mental attitude) and keeping his spirits up during trying time by staying busy, working on music, catching up on his gaming, and trying to eat right. He is also checking out all kinds of other musicians and rappers plying their game on Soundcloud and other mediums who are respect-worthy. He’s got a good message for fans too, as Hyro has new music coming soon, the follow up to his acclaimed album Flagged Channel, via his label Better Noise, that he is really excited about, and we are too! Follow Hyro and get ready for new sounds later this year. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Savage Hands – The Truth In Your Eyes

Following 2018’s seven-track mini-album Barely Alive (SharpTone Records), Maryland post-hardcore mob Savage Hands are set to release their full-length debut The Truth in Your Eyes (SharpTone Records).

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ALBUM REVIEW: ÆGES – Drømmen

Los Angeles-based act Æges is a genre-defying group of guys that are turning heads in multiple music scenes. This budding band has flourished in the last few years because they have a remarkable ability to avoid being pigeonholed. Now, this ear-catching gang is ready to independently release their fourth full-length album, Drømmen (Self-Released). The animation and spirit presented on their last release, Weightless (Another Century), which came out in 2016, is taken to a deeper level on this new record. They are showcasing their exploration of new energy by making some real, heartfelt pieces. Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Sebastian Bach – Kobra and The Lotus Live at the Q Casino

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

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: The Devil’s Party Band Share’s “Banned Outta Town” Lyric Video

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

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Like Machines – “Run, Hide”

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!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Blacktop Mojo – Under The Sun

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

EP REVIEW: Lonely Dakota – End of Days

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