Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Otrebor of Botanist shares his Top Albums List for 2020 ((in alphabetical order). Their album Photosynthesis is out now.
At first impression of Uniform’s latest LP Shame (Sacred Bones) the impression I’m left with is that this is a strange album, if not group. And don’t confuse strange for off-putting, quite the contrary actually. Song after song I’m legitimately curious as to how the next slab of noise and guitars is going to render out. Shame doesn’t come across as musicians playing in unison as much as an A.I. becoming aware of what music is and taking a stab at it. Continue reading →
Oathbreaker has returned with a new single ‘Ease Me’. Originally released as part of the Adult Swim“Metal Swim 2” compilation last year, ‘Ease Me’ has now been remixed and remastered, and will see a proper physical release in May via Deathwish Inc. The track has been remixed/reinterpreted by incredible artists Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, WIFE, and Michael A. Muller, and recorded by Michael Neyt at Jetson and later mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden. Listen + share the ‘Ease Me (Jesu Remix)’ here.
Underground cult hip-hop trio Dälek have created a new album due out this April from Profound Lore onApril 22nd. Asphalt For Edenwill be their first full-length album since 2009s Gutter Tactics (Ipecac). They have released 5 other albums and performed withKRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, TOOL, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, DeLa Soul, Prince Paul, Lovage, ZU, Black Heart Procession, Gaslamp Killer, Earth, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon, Fantomas among others.
Dälek – Asphalt For Eden track listing:
2. Guaranteed Struggle
3. Masked Laughter (Nothing’s Left)
7. It Just Is
They have booked a record release show in Brooklyn on April 22nd. Support will come from Dreamcrusher and Psalm Zero.
Dälek record release party, with Dreamcrusher and Psalm Zero
In a post online yesterday Justin K Broadrick(Godflesh, JK Flesh) announced the next album from his JESU project will be a collaborative album withSun Kill Moon and come out in early 2016.. Releasing on February 19th from Caldo Verde Records, the album is expected to appear in CD, LP and digital formats.
NEW RELEASE: Jesu / Sun Kil Moon Format: CD/LP/DigitalRelease date: February 19, 2016 – Caldo Verde Records
Hex Inverter is streaming “The Mission Statement” off of their self titled debut here. The album was recorded by the band’s own Mick Mullin (Intronaut, Woe) and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Palms). The record’s stunning layout and design was created by artist Brian Azer (Sun Kil Moon, Jesu). The band has upcoming tour dates with Kayo Dot and Giant Squid.
01: Led to This Place 02: Even for No One 03: The Mission Statement 04: Bruise 05: Into the Hills 06: Beneath the Weeds 07: Lamb 08: Something It’s Not
HEX INVERTER tour dates: May 20: BAR New Haven – New Haven, CT (w/ Kayo Dot) May 21: The Paper Box – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Kayo Dot) Jun 24: TBA – New Haven, CT Jun 25: Lucky 13 Saloon – Brooklyn, NY (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid) Jun 26: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (June 24-27 w/ Giant Squid) Jun 27: Machines with Magnets – Pawtucket, RI
Those who have ever witnessed Godflesh performing live in the past, could not have been more delighted after the announcement of upcoming UK tour in August. The release of well-received A World Lit Only by Fire, one of the most anticipated returns in alternative music, whetted fans appetites even further.
When I entered Sound Control in Manchester, I am greeted with a pleasing view of crowd, consisting of metal heads, industrial and core fans, shoulder to shoulder gathered in great anticipation.
Clouds of vapour embrace the equipment on stage, and here they are – two men who influenced bands like Faith No More or Korn, but have forever remained in the music underground.
And it is Godflesh at their best – G.C. Green operates his bass with industrial tool precision, and the legend himself, Justin Broadrick, shreds his guitar in uncompromising manner, filling the room with unmistakable vicious and razor-sharp riffs.
A laptop connected to stage equipment plays ruthless beats that can only means one – a hell of a performance. Around 200 other people rhythmically headbang in approval.
First half of the gig contains purely of new material. And the performance is even better than on the album! The greatest difference make Justin’s vocals. He apologises for throat infection that cause him problems to perform clean vocal parts, but the audience does not mind at all – vocals are much more harsh and brutal than on studio recordings. A delightful and unexpected occurrence.
After performing six songs from the latest album, fans become more animated after hearing familiar notes of ‘Christbait Rising’, ‘Streetcleaner’ or ‘Crush My Soul’.
The gig finishes with encore, long-demanded ‘Like Rats’, on which the audience responds with wild pogo dance. To wrap up Godlfesh great performance, Justin Broadrick give improvised display of guitar cacophony. Combining with creative stage lighting this turns into a spectacular finale.
Mr. Broadrick nods and discretely exits the stage. A monster in average Joe skin.
But satisfied fans, slowly leaving the club, are left with fantastic memories of one of the most non-average performances in Manchester this year.
Chicago instrumentalists Pelican is set to release a new EP via Southern Lord in February 24, 2015 around new reimaginings of “The Cliff,” off their 2013 Forever Becoming album.
The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) will be contributing his voice once again. He previously contributed to “Final Breath” on 2009’s What We All Come To Need. Listen to “The Cliff” (vocal version) here.
The Cliff Track Listing: 1. The Cliff (Vocal Version) 2. The Cliff (Justin K. Broadrick remix) 3. The Cliff (AH & BCM remix) 4. The Wait