PODCAST: Episode 59: London May (Samhain) Talks “Brutal Realty, Inc.”

Ghost Cult caught up with actor and music legend London May to discuss one of his current projects, the award-winning Brutal Realty, Inc. Most people know London for his time in Samhain and other punk and metal bands, but he has had an impressive career as a character actor in dramas, the horror genre, and comedy too! Combining all of these elements, Brutal Realty, Inc. also features Sarah Burns from HBO’s Barry and a fantastic and brutal musical score composed by Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare), Dallas Thomas (Pelican), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Sick Gazelle), and Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Cobalt). You can see and hear why the project has won awards and respect. We discussed his work on the film, his approach to acting roles such as The Dark Knight Rises, and Glenn Danzig’s recent Verotika film, his ongoing Black Metal bands, and film scoring work for the film and other projects, and much more!

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The Scabby Ghouls – Scabby Ghouls

There is a certain subset of people that have an inner glee at the strange and macabre. The Scabby Ghouls are most definitely these people. Scabby Ghouls have released an ode to zombies, horror, and fun. Scabby Ghouls (Out-O-Tune Records) is full of merry Halloween Punk. Short punchy songs make up the album. Thematically, Scabby Ghouls may only appeal to a niche audience, which is a shame as the song construction and musicianship are solid. Continue reading

Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights Team Up For New Album

Two pop-punk forces unite as Kepi Ghoulie of the legendary Groovie Ghoulies and The Copyrights have made a collabo album of graveyard smashes. The Re-Animation Festival album starts shipping next week (mailorder release date: January 8th (at https://www.eccentricpop.com in North America, https://www.stardumbrecords.com in Europe). Street Date: March 1st) and the band has shared their first new music with Groovie Ghoulies’ “Tunnel of Love”! Check out the preview now on Soundcloud. Continue reading

Danzig’s Self-Titled Album Turns 30

By the time 1988 rolled around, Glenn Danzig was already a music legend with over a decade-long career under his ghoulish belt. He had already left his imprint on two influential punk bands. Although much more underground at the time than today, The Misfits was one of the preeminent hardcore punk bands to ever come into being. The were innovated, copied and had a huge mythos since they were relatively short-lived. Samhain was even more underground, playing up the splatter and gore theme of the horror punk angle, and had several influential releases. Moving on to a solo project, and partnering with mega-producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Run D.M.C. LL Cool J) the Def American label honcho seemed like a calculated risk at the time. The results were explosive and arguably produced the best, most endearing music of Glenn’s career with his new band Danzig and his eponymous debut, which was released thirty years ago today. Continue reading

Doyle – The Dead XIII – Ward XVI: Live At The Asylum 2, Birmingham

Thanks to the seemingly eternal roadworks in the middle of Birmingham city centre, I managed to miss opening act Deadfilmstar, but luckily arrived just in time for costumed Northern nutters, Ward XVI. Armed with chainsaws, plastic handguns, and bloody knives, the preposterous Prestoners enjoy cutting each other’s throats, eviscerating dead bodies, and enjoying a refreshingly cold glass of blood. For those who witnessed their memorable early morning show at Bloodstock Open Air last year, the Alice Cooper style theatrics will have come as no surprise, but to an unsuspecting Brummie audience expecting some three-minute explosions of shouty horror punk, the avant-garde insanity took a little time to settle in. However, when it did, the crowd visibly loosened up and really started enjoying themselves, some even going so far as joining big-haired female vocalist Psychoberrie in a little Cossack dancing “Circus Pit”. Although the much smaller venue meant their performance wasn’t as instant or explosive as their tent-filling triumph at Bloodstock, Ward XVI were still the band (main act aside) most people seemed to be talking about at the end of the night. Continue reading

Michale Graves Books A Headline Tour Of Europe

Ex-Misfits signer and punk rock legend Michale Graves will kick off a headline tour of Europe this spring, starting on the 19th of April in Rostock, Germany at Alte Zuckerfabrik. Dubbed the “Beginning of The End World Tour”, Graves will play cuts from his lengthy solo repertoire, and of course classic Misfits tunes. Continue reading