ALBUM REVIEW: Solstice – Casting The Die


Eleven long years after their last full-length studio release, Floridian act Solstice makes a glorious comeback with Casting the Die (Emanzipation Productions), reuniting founder members Alex Marquez and Dennis Munoz for the first time since 1995’s Pray (Steamhammer SPV).

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: LEACH – “Serenade (For The Broken Brave)” Lyric Video


Swedish Thrash and Rock leaders Leach are back with a brand new full-length album, Lovely Light of Life, due out on May 21st on Brutal Records. The band checks in today with a new single and lyric video for “Serenade (For The Broken Brave).” Produced by Christian Silver at Studiomega (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Soilwork, Dragonforce), the album, like the single, is an adrenaline shot to the slow beating heart of the scene, giving it a needed jab of energy and freshness. The video is unique and does a good job illustrating the lyrics which have a hardcore delivery and sense to them. Check it out here at Ghost Cult and pre-order the album today!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tetrarch – Unstable


In this day and age, it can be a daunting task for Heavy Metal music fans to decide what music to purchase due to the influx of new music available. Thank goodness there are bands like Heavy Metal powerhouse Tetrarch whose music never disappoints and is always the right choice. The band’s second full-length studio album, and first for Napalm Records, Unstable, unleashing ten tracks of mind-blowing Metal.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Matriarchs Share Animated Video for “Deadman”


Los Angeles Hardcore band Matriarchs have dropped a new single, “Deadman” – a slamming re-recording of their off 2015 debut album Scandalous Jointz with their current lineup. They also released an amazing animated concert video for the track that really brings a unique and new flavor to this rising, impressive group. The band is releasing their current crop of singles, all on streaming DSPS, to stay busy and engage the fans, until touring returns. These singles follow the acclaimed album Year of the Rat, which released last fall on the respected hardcore label Upstate Records. Stay tuned for an interview with the band here soon, and check out the video today at Ghost Cult!

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Dogjoy Shares a New Music Video – “Super Glue”


Prolific Floridian Hardcore Punk duo Dogjoy has dropped a new video for their single “Super Glue.” Ther track comes from their late 2020 EP Hardcore Fun, released in December 2020, which followed their full-length debut Sober Nights in October 2020. Both releases are out now via Mission Two Entertainment. As a change of pace, “Super Glue” flows over your earholes with spastic Trap-ish beats, atmospheric, brooding bass, and vocals from Robots. The video is cool with a dark narrative to tell.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Eyehategod – A History Of Nomadic Behavior


 

Released almost exactly a year to the day from the Coronavirus outbreak being officially declared a global pandemic, Louisiana sludge merchants Eyehategod take the last twelve painful months and turn them into a forty-minute outburst of depressive rage and explosive nihilistic aggression.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Gravehuffer – NecroEcolosion


The first word that comes to mind when listening to Gravehuffer’s new album NecroEcolosion (Black Doomba Records) is “fun”. Gravehuffer takes us on a journey through many different styles. Their versatility and ability not to be genre bound is on full display with this entry.

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Brutus Shares Live Versions “War” and “Space” from Studio Brussels


Brutus has shared two live performance videos from their appearance on the Belgian national radio show Studio Brisssells. The band played the tracks “War” and “Space” and you can now watch videos from the performance. The band just released Live in Ghent via Sargent House. Check it out!Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Hellripper – The Affair of the Poisons


The reignited interest in distinctly eighties-sounding metal styles, and more specifically, the thrash revival of the 2000s, has brought with it a handful of blistering new acts, alongside a slew of respectable releases from its originators. However, as a general scene, it has also suffered from a lack of innovation and compositional creativity. Often bands of this scene are perfectly content to just emulate classic sounds long-established by Sodom, Kreator, Venom, Bathory, and Slayer. Oftentimes, I find it a dull guessing game of which thrash bands are being ripped off whenever I listen to these bands. But there are nevertheless a handful of acts that in addition to paying tribute to the old guard’s sound manage to capture that fury, excitement, and blasphemous spirit of heavy music during the proto-extreme metal era. James McBain, the singular creative force behind Hellripper, clearly loves the style of first wave black metal and Teutonic thrash but is also creative enough to blend them to create something that sounds completely fresh. The result here is The Affair of the Poisons (Peaceville Records), a sophomore effort to the more straightforward Coagulating Darkness, and a release of blackened thrash/speed metal fury that will leave you yearning even more for a destructive live experience in 2020.Continue reading


EP REVIEW: High Command – Everlasting Torment


Formed in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016, five-piece thrash outfit High Command follow up their 2017 debut full length Beyond the Wall of Desolation with digitally released single Everlasting Torment (both Southern Lord).Continue reading