Over the last few years, the likes of cybergrind and mathcore have reared their ugly heads into the musical zeitgeist, for better or worse, introducing to the world new visions when it comes to how to write and perform music. Enter Codefendants, a newly formed trio consisting of Fat Mike, Sam King, and Ceschi Ramos. The group’s debut album, This Is Crime Wave (Fat Wreck Chords, Bottles To The Ground), is their titular foray into a new world that combines hip hop, new wave, and an underlying dose of punk rock.
A great deal of today’s biggest metalcore fans consider the 2000s to the 2010s the golden years of the genre. Bands such as Michigan-based For The Fallen Dreams who have continued on since the MySpace era help to maintain the style’s raw spirit with their ever-evolving nu-metal twists – and their new self-titled album (Arising Empire) is no exception.
Any band who knows how to blur the lines between two styles that are normally considered drastically different deserves some praise for that alone, and groups like Lincoln, UK’s Borders continue to push those boundaries. Their sophomore album Bloom Season (Arising Empire) ventures further on their seamless mingling of metalcore and hip-hop, yet there is no shortage of either genre’s core elements. While some tracks may embrace one over the other, the balance is consistent, making for a record easily accessible to a wide range of music fans. Continue reading →
Megadeth has released a new single, “Night Stalkers”, the second from their upcoming new album. The track featured Hip-=Hop and Metal legend Ice-T of BodyCount and can be streamed below and on all DSPs. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, which will arrive on September 2 via UMe. UPDATED: Watch the music video now! Continue reading →
Over the years, the rock community has become more and more divisive with gatekeepers and elitists shunning whoever challenges the boundaries of the genre. The UK’s Nova Twins turn a blind eye to this part of the scene, unapologetically embracing all of their quirks with no regard for the haters. With their adamant no-rules approach and contagiously iron-willed personalities, vocalist and guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South break the musical mold with their second album Supernova (Marshall Records).
It was a perfect spring evening last Tuesday in Sterling Heights when Alternative Metal giants Deftones brought their tour to town. The sun was shining, and the birds were singing when a line of traffic started to form outside the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater. Cars were bumper to bumper as they tried to squeeze their way into the sold-out show at this Detroit suburb open-air venue. The opening act of the tour, VOWWS, could not make the gig so the second band on the roster, the mighty Gojira opened up the night.
Dälek (pronounced ‘Die-a-leck’) returns with a new album Precipice on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. In what is becoming a common refrain of recent times, the album originally planned for 2019 has been completely overhauled because of the pandemic, and the chaotic times we currently find ourselves in. The duo of MC Dälek and DJ Mike Manteca felt that the originally planned album wasn’t strong, angry or heavy enough for the times we have endured. The added strength, anger and heaviness are indeed defining features on Precipice.
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.
Genre bending artist Blacklite District has been blowing up lately on the strength of his recent slate of singles and viral success with his Minecraft themed music videos that have reached tens of millions of views on YouTube. One of those new singles, “To Live Is To Suffer” has gotten the video treatment, premiering right now, here at Ghost Cult! All of these songs are very personal to the artist, and document that were written during Blacklite District’s recent journey from addiction to sobriety which culminated in an in depth interview with Psychology Today. Hardcore af, real and raw, this is an honesty level mosts artists can’t get to with their storytelling. Musically, Blacklite District combines Alt-Rock, Hip-Hop, Trap, and other elements to bring a fresh sound on these tracks. Watch “To Live Is To Suffer” right now!
Arriving in 1989 towards the tail end of the thrash metal scene, San Francisco act Mordred may have only been together for five years but showed more invention and innovation in that time than some bands achieved over a much longer period.