For over fifteen years Otep Shamaya has fought a battle on many levels to shift paradigms in both society and the music industry. Leading her band OTEP, she has made a career of making protest music with her mix of spoken word, theater, metal, art, hip-hop and punk rock. Keith Chachkes of Ghost Cult met up with Otep at Webster Hall in New York City to chat about the current political climate in America, LGTBQ issues, making art, being a veteran band, touring and much more. Videography by Lisa Schuchmann. Continue reading
The Pixies traipsed their former collegiate stomping grounds with supporting act Cymbals Eat Guitars for a long weekend in light of their newly released 6th album Head Carrier (Pixiesmusic/PIAS). Fans old and new congregated on Friday and Saturday at the House of Blues Boston, then Sunday at the Paradise Rock Club to revel in the vocal musings of Frank Black aka Black Francis, legendary guitarist Joey Santiago, and drummer David Lovering. Bassist Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle) joined the band in 2014, replacing Kim Deal. That evening, Paz embraced the role with her glowing stage presence, and beautiful floral adornment on the headstock of her bass.
World-renowned artist and tattooist Vincent Castiglia has carved out a reputation as one of the most creative and fascinating figures in the world. His new exhibition Sanguine Spring is currently running at the Salem Art Gallery at the Satanic Temple in Salem Mass through the end of the month. Combining sculture, paintings, and other works, this exhibit represents some of his most varied and forward-thinking collections yet. We caught up with Vincent in his studio to discuss the exhibit, his creative process, the lasting influence of H.R. Giger, working with artists like Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost, Tryptykon) and Gary Holt (Slayer) and much more. Video production and gallery photos by Lisa Schuchmann for Ghost Cult.
My back was to the wall, and I felt a little wavy headed from booze and music. Sweaty under my hoodie from pregamming at the house, but the club was drafty. My eyes were rolled back under my sleepy lids, as waves of sound punched my eardrums inside out. My head nodded to the beat of every riff. Sometimes those glorious razors of sound came faster, but most of them were steady as breathing to me. Over the din, one solitary voice in pain, disgust, and sometimes joy filled entire room with so much heart, if left the crowed positively entranced. Continue reading
Most bands don’t survive 35 years on luck, and if you know the history of Anthrax, you know that good fortune hasn’t always been on their side. But what they have always displayed is a ton of heart and soul, and of course the great anthems that made them one of the standard bearers of Thrash Metal. Having just celebrated the a fore mentioned anniversary date and being one of the oldest operating bands of the “The Big Four” of Thrash still making impactful new music, Anthrax has proved their staying power in their recent release For All Kings (Nuclear Blast/Megaforce). With their second new album since the return of front man Joey Belladonna’s golden voice and dynamic performance style, the band has ridden high this summer over a wave of European festivals and rare headlining shows across the continent. On this night in Madrid, Spain at the Sala Arena venue, the band stretched out in a longer show, more fitting of their own legendary high-energy gigs. Unconstrained by the shorter set time of a festival slot, the band played new songs off of For All Kings such as ‘You Gotta Believe’, ‘Monster In The End’, and ‘Evil Twin’ right along side fan favorites like ‘Caught In A Mosh’, Madhouse’, and modern classic ‘In The End’. The band showed why they are still in demand with their wild stage show, as seen in the photo set here captured by Lisa Schuchmann for Ghost Cult.
PHOTOS BY LISA SCHUCHMANN
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