Not exactly renowned for being a hotbed of thrash metal, Australia has nevertheless served up some quality bands over the years. Sadistik Exekution, Addictive, and Deströyer 666 all enjoyed relative success along with bigger names such as Hobbs’ Angel of Death, and of course, Sydney’s Mortal Sin, but in more recent years it’s been left to Melbourne act Harlott to fly the Aussie flag of hate.
If you were on the lookout for quality thrash metal in the 1980s, your next stop after the USA would most likely have been Germany. With Kreator, Destruction, and Sodom leading the way, the so-called “Teutonic Trio” eventually expanded to include legendary beer bastards Tankard, but the country also produced a host of other quality acts. Bands like Deathrow, Paradox, Assassin, Vendetta, and Living Death all flew the flag with pride along with many other deserving names, one of those being underrated Siegen based act Accu§er. Continue reading
As strange as it may seem, 1988 stands as the only year where each member of the “The Big Four” all released new studio albums. Go on, check if you want. I’ll wait.
With Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica having pulled significantly away from the rest of the pack with those 1988 releases, the beginning of the ’90s gave each of them the chance to reaffirm their place at the top of the thrash metal food chain. Along with the likes of Testament, Exodus, and Kreator, 1990 opened the new decade in a blaze of glory while also becoming arguably the last truly great year for the genre. Continue reading
Lamb of God, riding high on the strength of their recent self-titled release (Epic Records) have announced they’ve rescheduled their European tour dates, which had been postponed/cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally intended for April 2020, the dates will now be in November & December 2021. Reconfirmed to join them as special guests are labelmates, German thrash classics Kreator, with Texan thrash squad Power Trip opening proceedings each night. Continue reading
Lamb of God has taken to social media to share an update with fans about the previously postponed tour with Kreator and Power Trip. The plan now seems to be aiming towards a rescheduled 2021 spring tour, but nothing is confirmed yet. Lamb of God’s new, self-titled album is due out on June 19th via Epic Records. Stay tuned to Ghost cult for more Lamb of God coverage, including an album review and an exclusive interview. Continue reading
Whenever the time-honoured, if ultimately pointless “if it had been a Big Five…” question raises its ugly head, Bay Area bruisers Testament always find themselves at the forefront of the conversation. Even alongside names such as Exodus, Overkill, and Kreator, such is their… ahem, legacy (sorry), it’s not uncommon to find them as one of the top two preferred choices. Continue reading
Sad news as one of the greatest metal festivals in the world, and a favorite of Ghost Cult, Inferno Festival 2020, set to take place in Oslo, Norway has been totally canceled. The fest was to feature Kreator, Mayhem, Triumph of Death, Amorphis, Venom, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Ihsahn, Kampfar, and many more! According to a message from the festival, “all public events in Norway are banned until the end of April, and this period might be extended. The health authorities estimate 4-5 months. So, there are no chance that we can make Inferno happen this year.” See a message from the fest here: Continue reading
What used to be seen as major releases back in the ’70s and ’80s, live albums these days tend to be regarded more as a contractual obligation by many – interim releases largely of interest to those who either attended the actual show or saw the band on that particular tour. Continue reading
Inferno Metal Festival has booked its final five bands for the 20th anniversary in 2020, and they are all legends. Triumph of Death (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost band led by Tom G. Warrior), Amorphis, Asphyx, Oranssi Pazuzu, and The Great Old Ones will perform at the fest in Oslo, Norway next spring, on 9-12 of April. The full lineup and details can be found below. Continue reading
Power Trip has dropped their big news they have been teasing! Their Evil Beast fest is back for round 2 with estival, Evil Beat returns to South Side Ballroom. 2020’s lineup includes: Carcass, Vio-lence, Razor, Deafheaven, Sheer Mag, Drab Majesty, Prurient, Warthog, Torche, Wiccans, Red Death, True Widow, Special Interest, Mil Spec, Dress Code and Power Trip. There will also be a kick-off show Friday, January 10 — more details to come. Tickets will be available tomorrow, October 10 at 10AM CST. Pre-sale details below! The new PT single ‘Hornet’s Nest’ also sees its release across all digital and streaming platforms. Originally debuted in June of 2018 as part of Adult Swim’s Single Series, the song has been a staple in the band’s live set, a fixture on satellite radio and a fan favorite ever since. As an added bonus, any person attending any of the shows on the band’s fall 2019 co-headlining tour with High on Fire will have the opportunity to pick up an exclusive 7″ tour flexi of the song at the merch table. The tour kicks off in Austin, TX at Levitation Fest 2019 on November 7th. Power Trip has also confirmed an EU/UK Spring run with Lamb of God and Kreator. See below for a full list of dates. Continue reading