ALBUM REVIEW: Ensiferum – Thalassic – Metal Blade Records

Concentrating on a specific thematic concept for the first time, Thalassic (Metal Blade), the eighth full-length release by Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum, finds the band obsessing over – as the Greek translation suggests – the subject of things related to the sea. Continue reading

Helloween’s “Pumpkins United” 2020 European Tour Has Been Postponed

Helloween’s acclaimed “Pumpkins United” 2020 European Tour has been forced to postpone its previously announced European “United Alive World Tour Part II” due to the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe. The trek was scheduled to kick off on September 26 in Zvolen, Slovakia, and run through October 31 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Earlier today, Helloween released the following statement via social media (video below): “With a heavy heart we herewith announce that we are forced to postpone our United Alive Part 2 European Tour 2020. Initially scheduled to take place from the end of September until mid of November 2020, we now rescheduled the tour from April to June 2021. Tickets will remain valid.

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ALBUM REVIEW: LOVEBITES – Electric Pentagram

Released in Japan and the UK earlier in the year, other territories have had to wait until now to hear the latest album by Japanese power metallers, Lovebites. Every bit as impressive as their previous records, Electric Pentagram (Victor Records) even draws inspiration from the likes of Slayer for their latest release, the appropriately titled opening track, ‘Thunder Vengeance’ having been conceived after watching the legendary thrashers at Download Festival Japan in 2019. Not that you’d be able to tell from the chorus, which carries a hook so beefy you could eat it for Sunday lunch. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: October 4th New Music Releases

Purchase and stream all the new music released today!

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Helloween Shares First Trailer For “United Alive” Album

As previously reported here, Helloween will release a new live album from the Pumpkins United Tour, United Alive on October 4th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. The tour lasted for fourteen months and went all over the world, including metal festivals. Pre-orders are live as well for multiple formats! Watch the first trailer now! Continue reading

Majestica – Above The Sky

Unless you keep one eye permanently fixed on the European power metal scene, the chances are you might not have heard of Swedish act Majestica. You’ll have probably have heard of ReinXeed though, and – no matter what your opinion of them might be – you’ll definitely have heard of Sabaton. The link between them all? Guitarist Tommy Johansson. Continue reading

Helloween Announce Two Album Reissues

Legendary power metal band Helloween has announced deluxe reissues of their classic albums Keeper Of The Seven Keys: The Legacy and Gambling With The Devil, including the singles ‘Mrs. God’ and ‘Light The Universe’ featuring Candice Night, and the ‘As Long As I Fall’ and ‘Find My Freedom’. The albums are due out on April 19th from Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders are live right now at the link below from Nuclear Blast. Continue reading

Goatwhore Books Additional Tour Dates, Knotfest Bogotá And Metal Alliance Tour Soon

Goatwhore is getting ready to hit the road and snap necks on tour this fall. In addition to Knotfest in Bogotá, Colombia on October 26th with Judas Priest, Helloween, Kreator, and Arch Enemy, the band is heading up the Metal Alliance Tour 2018 beginning on Haloween in New Orleans. Direct support will come from The Casualties, Black Tusk, Great American Ghost as well as Morthereon and Gozu on select dates. Now the band has added additional headline tour dates with Cloak and Great American Ghost from December 1st in Dayton, Ohio through December 5th in Memphis, Tennessee. Continue reading

RAISE YOUR FIST! Heavy Metal Album Reviews Round up: Royal Hunt, Satan, Beyond The Black, Cauldron, and more

As summer swings round towards autumn, there are no shortage of odes and tributes to the Gods of power and glory that brought us traditional and classic Heavy Metal. Ghost Cult dives in amongst the raised fists and studded wristbands to round-up the latest album releases.

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Stu Block Of Iced Earth Talks “Incorruptible” Album, Longevity In Metal Music

Ghost Cult caught up with Stu Block, the phenomenal singer of Iced Earth at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City recently to discuss his career, his time in Iced Earth, the longevity of the band, all the ways veteran bands can make things easier for their career’s over time, singing and care for one’s voice, and much more. Special thanks to Stu and Iced Earth for their time. Videography and photos by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading