Rock and Shock Festival Disbands

Sad news on the Festival and Convention front as the long-running Rock and Shock Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts has disbanded after 15 years. The announcement was made in a post to social media about the festival canceling all further festivals. The fest paired the best Horror convention and concert series in the USA and made use of both the famous Worcester Palladium venue and the convention center at the DCU Center up the block. Ghost Cult covered many Rock N Shock fests which featured incredible conventions, horror celebrities, amazing vendors , indie films,  headliners such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Disturbed, Danzig (including a pre-reunion Misfits headline set with Doyle), ICP, Ministry, GWAR, King Diamond, Type O Negative, Lordi, Disturbed,  Mushroomhead, Voivod, Amorphis, Twiztid, Dark Tranquility, Hatebreed, Devildriver, Motionless In White, Death Grips, Superjoint, Wednesday 13, Sabaton, Prong, Witch Mountain, Sanctuary, Soilwork, OTEP, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Cavalera, Conspiracy, Anthrax, Overkill, Misfits, and more! Continue reading

Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading

King Diamond Releases New Single – “Masquerade of Madness”

King Diamond has released a brand new single, ‘Masquerade of Madness’! The track has been played every night of “The Institution Tour”. King himself promised the track would release on stage at the near sold-out show last night (11/07/2019) at Brooklyn New York’s Kings Theater! The track is the first new song by the legend since 2007’s Give Me Your Soul… Please (Metal Balde) and will be on their next album in 2020. Check it out! Continue reading

Former Mercyful Fate Bassist Timi Hansen Dies After Cancer Battle, Aged 61

Sad news today as Heavy Metal legend and former Mercyful Fate bassist Timi Hansen has died after a long battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his former bandmate, Mercyful Fate singer King Diamond, who shared the new on Facebook. The 61-year-old Hansen played in Mercyful Fate from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1992 to 1993. He was also a member of Kind Diamond from 1985 to 1987. Timi had to bow out of the previously announced 2020 Mercyful Fate reunion tour due to his illness. Hansen went public with his diagnosis in early August after it was announced that he wouldn’t participate. Filling in for him will be Armored Saint, Fates Warning, and Motor Sister bassist Joey Vera. On August 1, Timi released a statement via the Facebook page of Livia Zita-Bendix, wife of Kind Diamond, saying: “There are many questions about why I won’t appear as part of the Mercyful Fate reunion in 2020. The honest explanation is simply that I am currently fighting a fight against cancer. But believe me, I will fight everything I can to be ready. “It’s my big dream to be on stage again playing the old Mercyful Fate numbers in front of all of you very loyal fans. If this wasn’t going to happen, I’d like to ask you to take good care of Joey Vera. I totally agree with King that he is a perfect ‘stand-in,’ so take good care of him.”

We send out sympathies to Timi’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time. Continue reading

Super7 Toys Releases Megadeth Mascot Vic Rattlehead ReAction Figure!

Finally! Announced earlier in the year at New York Toy Fair, Super 7 has released its Megadeth Vic Rattlehead ReAction Figure! Not only is the figure a killer representation of this beloved metal mascot, but the artwork on the box was also done by Vic creator and metal album cover artist and legend Ed Repka himself! That makes it a must-have for fans! It is available for purchase now, but these tend to sell out, as happened with King Diamond, Slayer, Misfits, and Ghost ReAction Figures. Continue reading

King Diamond Announces New Album, New Tour Dates with Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats

King Diamond has been hinting at a major announcement for some time and here it is. The title and theme for the first studio album in 12 years is The Institute, due out from Metal Blade Records in 2020, with a debut single this fall. In the meantime, a tour teaser with a sneak peak of the new stage set can be viewed below. To support of The Institute, King Diamond will embark on a North American tour with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats and Idle Hands in November/December. Continue reading