A Letter to Neil Peart

Dear Neil,

I’m writing this letter and Permanent Waves is playing in the background. You don’t know me and, with your passing on the 7th January 2020, I guess we will have to make our acquaintance in the next life. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 42: Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth Talks New Album and Progressive Music

Ghost Cult had the distinct pleasure of chatting with the one and only Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth recently. In a wide-ranging chat with our Chief Editor Keefy, Mikael discussed the new album, In Cauda Venenum, due out September 27th via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We discussed his creating both English and Swedish language versions of the album, using an orchestra and choir, concept records, progressive rock artists he likes such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, working at Park Studios, philosophical lyrics, and why he treated this album like it was the final Opeth album. Continue reading

Anders Friden of In Flames Talks “I, The Mask”, Growing as an Artist and More!

Ghost Cult’s crew was lucky to catch up with Anders Friden of In Flames at their label, Eleven Seven Music Group in New York City to discuss their new album, I, The Mask. We chatted about the making of the album, changes of their music over time, his opinion on fan criticism, production, social media, climate change, touring, beer, their second annual curated festival, Borgholm Brinner! Thanks to Anders for hanging out. Interview by Keefy and photos and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading

Otep – Kult 45

It’s no surprise given the current political landscape of the world, that our artists, musicians, and other creators are going to be the greatest champions for the people. It’s clear that the systems we have propped ourselves up on for decades such as government, schools, the church, brutal corporations and other institutions have failed us terribly. So, of course, Otep Shamaya and OTEP come back now with a new album to basically put everyone sucking the love out of this world on blast. Hitting ’em where it hurts verbally and bringing the heavy, Kult 45 (Napalm) is just the antidote if you’ve lost your faith about the future. Continue reading

HELLYEAH Releases Their Love Falls Video

HELLYEAH released Unden!able last year to the masses, and as Keefy said in his 8/10 review, “this album is strong, fast, brutal, and most importantly, HEAVY.Continue reading

Kreator’s Mille Petrozza Discusses Gods Of Violence And More

Kreator will be releasing their new album, Gods Of Violence, on January 27th via Nuclear Blast, and the German legends have added another instant classic to their already impressive discography. Continue reading

Editorial: Skeleton Tree By Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Is The Heaviest Record Of 2016

Nick Cave, by Alwin Kuchler

Nick Cave, by Alwin Kuchler

Heavy metal is my world, and has been for decades, but the word “heavy” itself can be used to describe other types of music as well. Sure, hearing Pantera play ‘Suicide Note Pt. II’ live was the heaviest thing my ears have ever heard, but I’m talking about the heavy music that hits your heart as well. For example, when you hear ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley, or Johnny Cash‘s cover of ‘Hurt,’ your whole soul feels like it has been taken over by the artist until the song ends. That’s the heavy I’m talking about, and last Friday Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released the heaviest record of 2016. Continue reading