EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Barrens – “Penumbra”

Masterful Swedish post-Rock band Barrens will release their new album Penumbra, tomorrow 4/10/2020 via Pelagic Records. The group features members of long-running Indie Rock band Scraps of Tape. Provocative instrumentals, and possessing a well of emotional depth track after track, the hypnotic journey of Penumbra seeps in through the mind and digs down to your soul.Waves of guitars dance alongside synths to bring additional unique layers to each track. The album was recorded in Uppsala and Gothenburg, produced by the band, and mixed and mastered by Cult Of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios in Stockholm. You can stream the full album here at Ghost Cult, as well a pre-order the release at the link below. Continue reading

CONTEST: Win A Merch Bundle from Jazz-Metal Band Kilter!

Ghost Cult has teamed up with Jazz and Metal inspired instrumental trio Kilter for a new giveaway to celebrate their forthcoming new album, Axiom, due out on February 28th. For the uninitiated, Kilter features world-renowned musicians such as founder and bassist Laurent David(Electric Epic, M&T@L), drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant, Hipster Assassins), and saxophonist Edward Rosenberg III (Jerseyband, Heart of Barf) an improvisation heavy work of avant-garde metal! The album features guests appearances from Andromeda Anarchia (Darkmatters) and Per Nilsson (Meshuggah) and was co-produced by Grammy award winner Marc Urselli. Pre-orders are live now, but you can win this incredible merch bundle from the band, including limited edition custom vinyl and a T-Shirt! Simply find our post on Ghost Cult’s Facebook or Instagram and comment with one band any of the members of Kilter is also involved in! One entry per person, winner chose at random. The contest ends 1/23/2020. See all of the rules of the contest for all of the rules below. Continue reading

On The Road… with Karma To Burn and Sierra

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Long-running West Virginia bred, instrumental stoner-rock missionaries Karma To Burn has just finally released their killer new album Arch Stanton (Faba Records) in the USA, after it was available overseas last summer. The tracks themselves are mini-epics of major proportions, and they cement everything you love about this groovin institution, yet pushes out their sound even more than before. To celebrate, the band has hit the road with like minded rockers Sierra on a tour that will see them criss-cross the US. Catching up with the band recently at Portland Oregon’s storied Hawthorne Theater, both bands were impressive. Even local opener Disenchanter caught our attention. Check out this photo set from the show courtesy of Curtiss Dunlap Photography. If you can’t make it out to a show, go pick up Arch Stanton, sit back, burn one and space out.

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Long Distance Calling: Live at 013 in Tilburg, NL

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Tonight we had a special treat, post-rock rising stars Long Distance Calling are played a full “An Evening With ” concert in 013. No opener, just 2 hours of ambient complex bliss. On their last album, the formerly instrumental band decided to get vocals involved, and this led to some speculation on part of the live shows. Many fans were concerned the instrumental epochs the band was known for would be shoved aside by the new tunes with vocals. The new vocalist also made us very curious to see how he preformed. It’s one thing to sound good on record, but live is a completely different set of playing cards.

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The first thing we noticed when the band started playing is they didn’t have their vocalist in a prominent place up front. He’s hidden behind the keys, synths and computer elements, with the guitars on the front of the stage. Another thing we were quite happy about is the mix of songs of the set. Instead of focusing on their newer work from their last album, they provided a good mix of older, instrumental songs, flowing seamlessly into newer songs with vocal elements. The two hour show was in two parts, with a short intermezzo between the first and second hour. The first part relied more on a little more edgy and up tempo set, with vocals coming in at different intervals. In the second set they mellowed out more and it felt more like a lengthy jam, where they wove several numbers together, including a brand new song. Vocalist, Martin Fischer, also got a somewhat bigger role to play in the second set. His vocal timbre fits well into the music and reminds a little of Brian Molko from Placebo and Alice in Chains original vocalist, Layne Staley. Where I can listen to this band for ever, it’s not for everyone and I can see how the use of almost the same chord schemes and tonalities can become a little dull. The music is more rhythm driven in it’s variations at times. These elements do mean they can seamlessly weave their music together, pulling the listener deeper and deeper into the world they sketch, almost becoming hypnotic. All in all, a very good gig and definitely a band worth looking out for.

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Set List:

Into the Black Wide Open

Inside The Flood

The Figrin D’an Boogie

Sundown Highway

Timebends

Black Paper Planes

How The Gods Kill (Danzig cover)

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Ductus (with extended middle section)

The Man Within

Arecibo (Long Distance Calling)

Metulsky Curse Revisited

Encore:

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Words and photos by Susanne A. Maathuis