2019, the year that closes the decade and with it a lot of interesting releases in the Heavy Metal world. In this article, you’ll get to see my top 20 favorite albums of the year. It was no easy task to choose just 20, a lot of talented bands released quality stuff this year, but I believe these are the ones that close the decade on a high note and gives us hope for more in the future.
Continuing our celebration of the releases from 2019 that hit the hardest with our team of metal-loving maniacs, we bring you Part 2 of the official Ghost Cult Albums of the Year and count down from 40 to 21…
You can find Part 1, containing our coverage of the albums that charted from 75 through to 41, here. Continue reading
Mental health is a topic that many artists have engaged in recent times, from different perspectives and outlines, but when put into music, as an audience, we can be able to identify ourselves with it even more; it’s like having a soundtrack to your pain. This is exactly what Leprous brings with their new album Pitfalls (Inside Out Music). Keep in mind though, if you are a fan of the band and you’re looking for Heavy Progressive music, you should open your mind a bit, because the majority of this album is not heavy. Now, the fact that this is not a heavy album should not mislead you since this is probably one of the best-written albums of the year. There are tracks like ‘I Lose Hope’ and ‘By My Throne’ that are even danceable tracks (think House music and stuff in that vein) but there are tracks like ‘Foreigner’ and ‘The Sky is Red’ that have some riffing that characterize the heavy side of the band. Continue reading
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Amorphis continues to tour behind their amazing last album Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast). The band has booked a tour of their homeland, Finland, with special guest Soilwork opening. Some shows will see MOL open while the other half will be opened by Leprous and The Ocean Collective. Tickets on sale August 19th 9.00 CEST Continue reading
Prognosis Festival takes flight this spring with a stacked lineup! Led by Haken, TesseracT, Witchcraft, Leprous, Soen, Alex Skolnick Trio, Sleepmakeswaves, Jo Quail and many more on March 22nd and 23rd. The festival takes place at the legendary Effenaar venue, Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Day tickets are on sale now at the link below and now you can see the daily lineups! More information will be announced soon for clinics and conferences surrounding the festival. Continue reading
Oft breathed by those in the know in the same exhalations as Dream Theater, Leprous and Devin Townsend, London’s Haken frequently pass below the radar of those outside of Prog spheres. New album Vector (InsideOut Music) is, however, the fifth in the band’s ten-year existence and shows a level of accomplishment to surpass those more notable names. Continue reading