NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: June 19th New Music Releases

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Machine Head Drops Two New Singles, New Video for Stop The Bleeding ft Jesse Leach

Machine Head have released ‘Civil Unrest’, a 2-song digital single, featuring A-side, ‘Stop The Bleeding’ and B-side, ‘Bulletproof’. ‘Stop The Bleeding’ features additional guest vocals from Killswitch Engage frontman, Jesse Leach. This pair of fierce protest anthems were both written days after the back-to-back murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. The video was directed and edited by Mike Sloat, shot on location on the streets of Oakland, CA, with Jesse’s part filmed in Kingston, NY with David Brodsky. Purchase the tracks below and watch the video now. Machine Head are donating a significant portion of their streaming proceeds from ‘Stop The Bleeding’ to https://www.grassrootslaw.org, the organization representing George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Continue reading

Watch Robb Flynn of Machine Head Cover Tool, Muse, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and More

Robb Flynn of Machine Head is hosting another one of “happy hour” unplugged shows live-streamed on YouTube. Robb plays a bunch of covers and originals by fan request, including Muse – ‘Time Is Running Out’, Tool – ‘Sober’, Lynyrd Skynyrd– ‘Simple Man’, and Machine Head’s – ‘The Burning Red’. Check it out! 

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PODCAST: Episode 100: Bobby Blitz and Mark Menghi Talk BPMD, Covers, and American Rock Bands

For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: BPMD – American Made

Named after the four members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, and Phil Demmel, supergroup BPMD is here with their debut release, a covers album by the name of American Made (Napalm Records). As the title suggests, every cut on the record was originally recorded by an American artist, and each revitalised track sounds nothing short of tremendous. Continue reading

Mayhem Festival Comeback Pushed Back to 2021 Due to Coronavirus

 In a story Ghost Cult broke several months ago, Mayhem Fest co-founders Kevin Lyman and John Reece had been in talks about bringing the fest back and confirmed by Lyman on social media. However, now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, those plans are on hold until 2021. No further details had been shared yet about a new version of Mayhem Fest, but the rumor of the Megadeth/Lamb of God Tour being the headliners was debunked by Lyman and the bands. Reece even polled his fans to see if they wanted it back AFTER our news story broke. The final Mayhemfest wrapped in 2015 with Slayer and King Diamond co-headlining. Lyman’s Warped Tour celebrated 25 years last summer with a final few all-day festival dates, but not a cross country tour. Reece and Lyman were also responsible for The Uproar Festival Tour and A Taste of Chaos Tour as well. Perhaps Mayhem Festival will return as an all-dayer or an all-weekend destination fest like Lollapalooza did. The traveling summer-time metal festival was the metal answer to Warped Tour, also co-founded by Kevin Lyman and John Reece and saw Slipknot, Slayer, System of a Down, King Diamond, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Mastodon were among the many headliners over the years. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Trivium – What The Dead Men Say

There was a time when it looked like Trivium were going to be huge. Seriously huge. Arriving on the scene with two critically acclaimed albums, they rose fast, eventually exploding onto the international platform with a career-defining performance at Download Festival in 2005. Continue reading

Watch Matt Heafy of Trivium Cover Machine Head’s “Descend The Shades of Night”

Matt Heafy is one of the best artists at using Twitch on Social Media today. The Trivium frontman does all kinds of contests and auctions to engage his fans, often doings dongs by request. He even said recently he makes more money from streaming on social media than he does from touring. Watch Matt cover Machine Head deep cut ‘Descend The Shades of Night’, unplugged, from their 2003 album Through The Ashes of Empires (Roadrunner). Continue reading

Machine Head Honors Their Classic Album “The Blackening”

Machine Head’s classic album The Blackening (Roadrunner Records) has turned thirteen! The band shared a lengthy reminiscence of the album with fans that you can see below! Arguably the bands’ second-best album besides their debut Burn My Eyes (Roadrunner), the record saw them open for Metallica, headline festivals and more. Continue reading