ALBUM REVIEW: Jaye Jayle – Prisyn

Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’. Continue reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: In The Company Of Serpents – Lux

Denver Stoner/Sludge outfit In The Company Of Serpents has spent most of its eight years as a fluctuating two-piece, with only vocalist and guitarist Grant Netzorg as the constant. The arrival of Vermin Womb‘s JP Damron to the drumseat has seen an expansion to a trio with the addition of ex-Black Sheep of Kali stringman Ben Pitts and, maybe as a result, fourth album Lux (Self-Release) adds elements of invention and atmosphere to the core sound, demonstrating welcome growth. Continue reading

Emma Ruth Rundle Shares New Video “You Don’t Have To Cry”

Riding high on the success of her recent album On Dark Horses, Emma Ruth Rundle continues to make 2019 the year of ERR, with the stunning new video for the track “You Don’t Have To Cry”, via her label Sargent House on YouTube. You can watch the clip below. In addition to her own tours to support that album, collaborative touring with Jaye Jayle, her upcoming album with Thou, and her work as one of the curators of Roadburn 2020, featuring the return of Red Sparrowes, Rundle will keep expanding her reach to fans near and wide with this variety of projects. Continue reading

Roadburn 2019 – A Fest of a Different Color

Roadburn, now in its 20th year, is a fest I had promised I would start going to many, many years ago but for one reason or another never did. This year I went and although it is like other music fests in some ways, I can say that it is equally unlike other fests in many other ways. Many of my personal experiences will not be akin to a standard festival goer due to the nature of what I do obviously but if you bear with me here I can explain some things that the average person should expect when and if they decide to go is on their list of priorities. If you already know the drill or aren’t interested in this part please feel free to scroll on through. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Closes, 2020 Dates Announced

The preeminent underground music festival in the world has come to a close. Roadburn was another smashing success in 2019, and the festival has sent out a missive to fans and press recapping the weekend and looking ahead. Roadburn 2020 will take place April 16-19, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: ROADBURN 2019

 

Today is the day! After the pre-fest party last night, the sold-out Roadburn 2019 kicks off today, and for the next four days in Tilburg, Netherlands will smash you a full slate of bands. Major artists like Sleep, At The Gates, Thou, Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Daughters, Myrkur and more will perform in intimate settings you won’t see at any other festival. The fest even added last minute local artists Doodswens (Dutch for Deathwish), a two-piece black metal group that we’ll have our ears peeled for. Some of the the can’t miss groups include two sets by Sleep, three sets from Mono and the Jo Quail Quartet, Pharmakon, Crypt Trip, Emma Ruth Rundle, Twin Temple, Crowhurst, Hexvessel, Craft, Triptykon & Metrolope Orkest (new song performance ‘Requiem’) Drab Majesty, Street Sects, Bosse-De-Nage, Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, Svalbard, Conjurer, Soft Kill, Imperial Triumphant, Cave, Birds In Row, Bossk, Coilguns, Old Man Gloom, Crowhurst & Gnaw Their Tongues, Ulcerate, Marissa Nadler, Wrong, Daughters, and many more. Ghost Cult is here with our preview of essential bands day by day. Just our humble take on whom we would prioritize (so please no comments about whom we chose or omitted). Really with a festival like this, there is something for every type of music fan, and most of these artists represent the best of the best in the world. Still, for those unprepared, check out the following day-by-day breakdown. Continue reading

Roadburn Is Sold Out For 2019, Kicks Off This Week With Pre-Party Show

Roadburn 2019 takes place later this week in Tilburg, NL, and the fest is totally sold out. The legendary music festival looks to mint more memories this year with more can’t miss acts, commissioned works, and major artists like Sleep, At The Gates, Thou, Cave In, Old Man Glood, Daughters, Myrkur and more performing in intimate settings you won’t see at any other festival. The fest kicks off with the pre-party at the renamed Ignition (formerly Green Room) with Temple Fang (ex-Death Alley), Hellripper and Great Grief. The event is free to attend and starts at 8:30 PM. You can get more details from the Facebook event below. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Announces Running Order For 2019

 

 Roadburn Festival is sold-out for 2019! The fest has now announced its running order, so get your schedule right and try to avoid the clashes!  You can download the handy day schedule from right here and save it to your phone for the fest! Continue reading

Roadburn Announces Final Bands Including Craft, Bosse-De-Nage, Street Sects, Glerakur and More!

Roadburn 2019 is already sold out for the entire four-day weekend, but they have added another and final round of amazing bands. Craft (added by Tomas Lindberg to his curated event), Bosse-De-Nage, Street Sects, Glerakur, MJ Guider (Melissa Guion), L’acéphale, and Grey Aura have been added to the main weekend acts. Newly announced is the annual pre-party at 013, “Ignition” featuring Temple Fang and Hellripper. A third band will be announced soon! Continue reading