Napalm Records Acquires SPV Records (Steamhammer and Long Branch Records)


Napalm Records makes a major music business move today as they announced they have acquired SPV GmbH. The two legendary labels have joined forces, combining decades of renowned expertise and passion for music, their artists, and those who inspire it all – the fans. Napalm Records’ acquisition of SPV was completed at the end of November 2020 and represents a logical step in the Austrian company’s global strategy.

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Black Orchid Empire to Host Listening Party for “Semaphore” Album Today


UK prog metallers Black Orchid Empire will drop their new album, Semaphore, tomorrow June 12th, 2020 via Long Branch Records. The band will host and exclusive listening party/hang out on a Zoom call tonight at 8 PM (GMT time) just for their fans. You can get the call-in details at the links below. Their new album is amazing and stay tuned for our interview with the band soon. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 87 – Andreas of Cabal on “Drag Me Down”


Ghost Cult Caught up with Cabal vocalist Andreas Bjulver Paarup to discuss their slamming new album Drag Me Down, out now via Long Branch Records. Andres discussed the new album, the bands’ process for writing the new albums, writing for and working with guests such as Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jamie Hails (Polaris) and Kim Song Sternkopf (Møl), thoughts on the deathcore versus death metal genres, elitism in metal fans, future plans for the band, and much more. You can purchase Drag Me Down here. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Exploring Birdsong – The Thing With Feathers


Much like fellow English act Sleep Token, the buzz surrounding Liverpudlian trio Exploring Birdsong has been protracted and fed by the odd single release to whet the appetite of those who like their Prog quirky and melodic. Finally, the wait is over with new EP The Thing With Feathers (Long Branch Records), inspired by iconic poets Emily Dickinson and Seamus Heaney and the first elongated effort from the band.Continue reading


Watch A Pale Horse Named Death Perform “Die Alone” Live on Tour


A Pale Horse Named Death (Type O Negative members) is on tour right now in the USA, supporting their new album, When The World Becomes Undone (Long Branch Records) from 2019. Watch fan-filmed video of the band performing the song ‘Die Alone’, live in Ohio. Continue reading


A Pale Horse Named Death Kicks Off New Tour Dates


Doom band A Pale Horse Named Death begins a new run of tour dates on the east coast. The tour kicked off last night in Teaneck, NJ and concludes on May 12th in Mercersburg, PA A complete list of dates can be found below. The band is on tour in support of their latest release When the World Becomes Undone, that was released in January via Long Branch Records. Stream or purchase the album below. Continue reading


The Royal – Deathwatch


It is not too often where I find new metallic Hardcore that gets me paying attention as quickly as the latest release from this group from the Netherlands known as The Royal. Their latest album entitled Deathwatch (Long Branch Records) is a mix of all the fun things you like about Metal, complete with breakdowns with a Hardcore Punk vocalist. There is also a nice atmospheric touch to some tracks, just to add that bit of spice as needed to keep the listener’s attention.Continue reading


Ghost Iris – Apple Of Discord


Amongst the packed djent arena, Danish troupe Ghost Iris has always been a strong and reliable act that have never quite managed to step up to the heady heights of the scenes leading lights, such as Monuments. In the face of a fast-moving scene, how can Ghost Iris now adapt? To use a wrestling metaphor, latest album Apple Of Discord (Long Branch Records) is the plucky and ever decent mid-carder suddenly about to make the main event push.Continue reading


A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone


When The World Becomes Undone (Long Branch Records) is the type of album that at the initial scan I really wanted to love. I’ve discussed my fondness of all things early to mid-nineties Roadrunner Records ad nauseum on other reviews so I’ll spare you the love letter here, but with so much connection between A Pale Horse Named Death and Type O Negative you can likely understand where I’m coming from.Continue reading