Entering DTE Energy Music Theatre was like walking into a theme park. There is a reason why it was rated first in the world for Pollstar’s 2019 year’s end rankings. Last weekend an army of black shirts with dyed hair walked through the outdoor amphitheater’s large gates. The late afternoon was pregnant with the infancy of Autumn which carried a refreshing crispness in the air. The tingly weather placed the multitude of concert goers in a rambunctious mood. The well-groomed music venue is accompanied with exceptional landscaping and pretty restaurants that set a peaceful tone which would be greatly contradicted with the night of mayhem ahead. Slipknot was in town, and they brought the Knotfest Roadshow with them.
It had been 511 days, 16 hours, and 42 minutes, and 57 seconds since my last show, but who’s counting? I had fseen one local show, filled with riffs, crowd surfers, headbanging, booze, but mostly stress and trepidation. Still, I needed to see shows again, and see this tour in particular. The Metal Tour of The Year with Megadeth – Lamb of God – Trivium, and Hatebreed was coming and I was excited for it. Not just because this was the first major metal of this scope tour since the abyss that was the last year and a half, but because of the greatness of the bands, We are by no means out of the water with regards to the pandemic, but for a few hours we could forget about our troubles and enjoy some metal for a while.
Hardcore/Hip-Hop band Dog Eat Dog have booked a 25th anniversary tour of Europe! Presented by Kingstar Music the band will hit the road later this month and play dates in November and December as well. Play Games was the bands second full-length album released in 1996 on Roadrunner and yielded three singles, “Isms,” “Rocky,” and “Step Right In.” The current incarnation of the band released the Brand New Breed EP in 2017 via Metalville Records.
Groundbreaking “Trap Metal” band Concrete Dream has dropped a new single and video for the track “Called Out” featuring Chris Tito of Zoume. The blistering screed drops bombs on the much deserving phonies we see daily, and the video matches the intensity of the band as well with a gritty performance. The track officially comes out tomorrow on DSPs and you can pre-save the track now. Check out the video here at Ghost Cult!
Say what you will about Deathcore, it is nothing if not persistent. Not that the idea of mixing Death Metal and Hardcore is a new one (i.e., Suffocation) but when the term deathcore is applied today it recalls the halcyon years between 2007 and 2012 when a young man’s worth was determined by his throat tattoo, the size of his gauges and his MySpace networking skills. If you had a pig squeal, a breakdown and a dream it seemed like you too could be handed an Earache Records deal. But when did that dream end? Well, according to Lorna Shore’s …And I Return to Nothingness (Century Media) it didn’t.Continue reading
Getting ready to return to the touring lifestyle they’ve grown accustomed to, Ohio-based Metalcore and Hard Rock group Beartooth presented fans with the next best thing to seeing them from the barricades. Bringing their new album Below (Red Bull Records) to life with elaborate visuals and booming sparklers, The Journey Below livestream reminds us what rock shows are all about in case anyone has forgotten.
Triple B (BBB) Records has a cool stable of artists we dig, such as Fuming Mouth, Fury, Nudie Mag, C4 and more! They will hold a sale for merch, rare vinyl and more tomorrow, Saturday, 7/10/2021 at the excellent Wanna Hear It Records of Watertown, MA. Check out the flyer and show some support!
UK blackened HC band Mastiff will host their first ever Gimme Metal guest DJ special today, Wednesday, July 7th at 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT. You can listen for free on the website or app and hang with the band in the chat. Their special drops in advance of their forthcoming and highly anticipated new music video for Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth full-length via Entertainment One, due out September 10th, 2021. Created in five days at No Studio with producer Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched), the band’s third full-length promises to be full of ragers.
Vancouver’s Thrashy and Melodic Metalcore band Blood of The Phoenix has dropped a crushing new song and lyric video for the track “Signs of War.” The track comes from their forthcoming debut EP From What We Used To Know due out July 2nd, 2021,, and will leave you needing to hear more. Featuring dramatic, heavy songs, Blood of The Phoenix is buoyed by the powerful and inspiring vocals of Jess Escobar. Jess has one of the best voices we’ve heard in a long time and is complemented by killer hooks and heavy parts for all the kids to mosh to in your bedroom or your first shows back in the world. Check out the lyric video, right now!
Hardcore Metal and Eternal Struggle will drop their new full-length album, Year of the Gun, this Friday, June 4th, 2021, via Demons Run Amok Entertainment (DE) in partnership with Upstate Records(NY). The band channels the adversity and strife in their lives they have had to overcome to write anthemic, yet crushing anthems of empowerment, self-improvement, signaling a clarion call to all marginalized people everywhere to unite. Easily one of the years’ best Hardcore genre releases, stream Year of the Gun, here at Ghost Cult!