SPLIT RELEASE: Shrieking / Puddleglum Split

2020 has already been a busy year for San Diego electronic darkheart Shrieking. Debut album Let the Galaxy Burn (Self-Release) was released in January; a single, Truth About Demons (Self-Release) appeared at the beginning of May, and is closely followed by this Split (Self-Release) with St. Louis Dungeon Synth project Puddleglum. It’s a curious and enticing prospect, enhanced by both bands weighing in with a healthy representation of the material. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Omega Infinity – Solar Spectre

If a band consists of members from Ne Obliviscaris and Todtgelichter, it’s a fair bet that the results will be 1) bloody dark, 2) as mad as a sheep in a tree. Sure enough, Omega Infinity provides all of this, with the frosted vocal of the Aussies’ mystical Xenoyr tangling with the musical machinations of ‘lichter drummer and keyboardist Tentakel P for debut album Solar Spectre (Season of Mist). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Khost – Buried Steel

Those who’ve known me for some time will have had their ears blunted by my constant praise for Birmingham, UK Industrial Doom duo Khost. Equal parts sampled violence, malevolent strings and vocal apocalypse, beautiful Eastern lamentations often deflect from that harsh path and create a nuance flavoured by the likes of VAST and Moby. Their fourth album Buried Steel (Cold Spring Records) sees a band now truly at ease with its style, happy to have edgy two-minute psalms populating a set in the knowledge that they serve a purpose for the whole.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Code Orange – Underneath

It’s a fascinating time to be in the Code Orange camp. It’s been a little over three years since the bruising Forever stormed the Metallic Hardcore gates and they’re finally releasing the proper follow-up, Underneath (Roadrunner) to a hungry world. And the hype is certainly a factor. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Psalm Zero – Sparta

The more disparate aspects influence a band, the more it’s able to grow. Psalm Zero‘s music prior to the new album Sparta (Last Things Records) was all aggravated Indie, the tunes given an edge by guitarist Andrew Hock. With his departure and the subsequent recruitment of Kayo Dot pairing Keith Abrams and Ron Vodun, remaining founder member Charlie Looker has added a warmer, heavier feel to the Grungey lightness and this, together with a tantalising contribution from Lingua Ignota‘s Kristin Hayter, makes the album an enticing prospect. Continue reading

Code Orange Books a Tour with Show Me The Body, Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife, and Machine Girl

Code Orange has booked a U.S. headline tour set to get underway this spring. The “Underneaththeskin_ Tour”, which is set to kick off March 30 in Boston, Massachusetts, will feature special guests Show Me The Body, Jesus Piece, Year Of The Knife and Machine Girl. Pre-sale tickets will be available today, January 21 at 12:00 p.m. PT to Citi card members, with additional artist pre-sales beginning Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. local time. All remaining tickets will go on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The band is dropping their highly-anticipated new album Underneath on March 13 via Roadrunner Records. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Uniform and The Body – Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

US Sludge experimentalists The Body make such a habit of collaborative projects that one would think the duo aren’t overly happy in each other’s company. Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (Sacred Bones Records) is the second such outing with US Industrial noiseniks Uniform and it contains every dystopian soundscape you’d expect. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Her Despair “Exorcisms of Eroticism”

Rising Gothic Metal band Her Despair is back with a new album, Exorcisms of Eroticism, out this Friday, November 22nd. Following their excellent EP Mournography, the band has returned with more of their signature gloomy, synth-driven sound, combing the tortured dark depths of their souls for your listening pleasure. Ghost Cult is psyched to bring you the full new album stream from this band, so purchase and listen to one of the best late 2019 releases right now! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 60: Raven Black Talks Theatricality and Being True to Yourself

Los Angeles theatrical rock band Raven Black has wowed audiences as the opening band on the Static-X “Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour”. We personally witnessed the band win over unfamiliar crowds and turn them into fans with their music, and amazing performances. We chatted with Raven Black herself about the formation of the band, their approach to connecting with fans, the progress the band is making towards a new album, working with Dez and Anastasia Fafarra’s The Oracle Management, and much more! Continue reading