Ghost Cult recently caught up with Justin Benlolo, the progenitor of the band BRKN Love, who released their debut, self-titled album on February 14th via Spinefarm Records. Although young in years, Justin has actually been working at his craft and releasing albums for many years after coming out Toronto, living all over the country and eventually landing in Los Angeles. We chatted with Justin about his modest start, how the group formed around him into a full band, rather than a solo project, the issues he has had to overcome to get his music in front of people, working with producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), his approach to touring and more.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Ilan Rubin last fall to discuss his band The New Regime! Although Illan is world-renowned for his drumming prowess in groups like Angels & Airwaves and Nine Inch Nails, he has been quietly building a monster band with The New Regime over a series of killer albums, EPs and singles. The bands’ new release Body is third mini-release in the trilogy following Heart and Mind and is dropping on January 24th. The new full-length Heart Mind Body & Soul is coming later this spring. We chatted with Ilan about his entire career, how he balances multiple projects at once, how he goes seamlessly from sideman to frontman, his approach to songwriting and much more. The band also just announced a tour opening for Silver Sun Pickups, starting March 1st. Get your tickets here. Continue reading
Ghost Cult had the pleasure of spending our Halloween 2019 at HQ chatting with the legend himself, Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth by phone. Amidst a whirlwind few years of touring the world, writing, and recording a new album, Dani has brought forth the amazing complete Remix and Remaster of their 1998 landmark album Cruelty and The Beast. The resulting release – Cruelty and the Beast – Remistressed Edition, out now via Music For Nations (read the Ghost Cult full review here), is one of the finest remasters you will ever hear, totally going back to the source tapes and present the album as it was intended. Dani was happy to discuss the arduous process that took years, the reasons (mostly legal) the collection didn’t release as planned in 1998, the work he did with Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio, his thoughts on Cruelty upon its release compared with now, the infamous story of their 1998 arrest at The Vatican, and his plans for the next Cradle album, coming soon! Cheers, Dani! Purchase the album here: https://smarturl.it/CrueltyandtheBeast
Pink Floyd has announced that David Gilmour will do a series of podcast interviews, the only interviews he will give for the upcoming Pink Floyd boxed set “The Later Years”. Gilmour has given BBC Radio’s Matt Everitt unprecedented interview access with his only interview, the result of which is the fascinating podcast The Lost Art of Conversation. The 4-part, podcast episodes will be available weekly on Mondays from 25 November. The podcast is launching Monday, 25th November. Releasing on 13 December 2019, Pink Floyd Records will release ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’, a 16-disc set (5xCDs, 6xBlu-Rays, 5xDVDs) covering the material created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from 1987 onwards. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’, ‘The Division Bell’ and ‘The Endless River’ as well as two live albums: ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ and ‘Pulse’. With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts, ‘Pink Floyd The Later Years’ is a must for all fans. A 2 LP / 1-CD ‘Highlights’ package will be released on 29 November. Continue reading
One of 2019s best albums is undoubtedly Finnish melo-Death legends Insomnium Heart Like a Grave (Century Media Records). Ghost Cult caught up with leader Niilo Sevänen about how the band creates music together, the lyrical concept of the album, the dichotomy between Finland’s reputation as a place for hellraising metal fans, and the melancholy of some of its bands, their recent concerts honoring some of their milestone releases, to their current tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stamina, as well as their plans for their early 2020 North American tour with Omnium Gatherum and Seven Spires. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with singer/guitarist Casandra Carson of Missouri rockers Paralandra. The band has had a busy last year since they released their current EP Ascension via Legend Recordings. The groups’ profile has been rising over the years with constant hard work and appearances on festivals such as Rockfest, Dirtfest, Rocklahoma, and SXSW. The band recently toured with guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen, winning over audiences every night, on unfamiliar ground. Casandra shared stories with us about how the band was formed, their influences, paying their dues, and the new music the band is working on for a future release. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with Death Valley High mastermind Reyka Osburn recently to discuss their brand new covers/remixes EP Duel, out now via minusHEAD Records. We chatted with Reyka about the new EP, how the group chooses covers from bands such as Metallica, Faith No More, Eurythmics, collaborating with peers and friends on remixes, the mix between Goth rock and dance music, working with a mentor and friend like Chino Moreno of Deftones/Crosses, and the timeline for a new full-length DVH album. Continue reading