ALBUM REVIEW: Entropy – Force Convergence

Formed in 1989, but with less than a handful of full-length studio albums to their name, Canadian thrashers Entropy aren’t exactly the most prolific act in the universe. A seventeen-year absence from 1995 to 2012, and a gap of eight years since their previous album hasn’t helped, but whenever the two remaining original members, vocalist Ger Schreinert, and guitarist Dan Lauzon, do eventually get together, the results are always worth waiting for. Continue reading

Rising Metal Legend and Power Trip Vocalist Riley Gale Dies, Fellow Rockers Mourn

Terrible news for the music world as published reports announced that Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, has passed away. He was 34 (UPDATE: Riley’s age was originally said to be 35, and we have edited this story). Power Trip ascended to the new wave of American Metal, combining Crossover Thrash and Hardcore, partly on the strength of Riley’s incredible performances, brilliant politically-minded lyrics, and killer style. No cause of death has been revealed and according to a statement from the band, funeral and visitation arrangements are pending. Riley was a brilliant talent and mind, and he will be missed. Many leaders of the music world paid respect from Ice-T of Body Count, Lamb of God, Code Orange, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Jesus Piece, Anthrax, Thursday, Thrice, Machine Head, Creeping Death and more you can read below. Even Fox News, once a source of ire from Riley, had to pay respect! We interviewed him a few years back and he was awesome. The band has been one of the best in the world live in a short period of time. Riley’s family released a statement via social media which you can read below and you can read the many condolences of fellow peers. RIP Riley. 

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Alice In Chains Will Release a Deluxe “Facelift” 30th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set

Alice In Chains saw their stellar 1990 debut album Facelift turned 30 today, August 21st. The band themselves will be honoring the outing with a thirty-day look back at the album which will eventually culminate in a deluxe 30th-anniversary edition deluxe box set for the record. The band commented: Continue reading

Metal Artists Reflect on The Late Tony Costanza, GoFundMe Launched

As we reported yesterday, drummer Tony Costanza, the original drummer of Machine Head, as well as stints in Crowbar and Crisis and others, died yesterday at age 52. Friends from other bands and many peers of Tony took to social media to share their grief, but also stories about Tony, his talent and how great a person and friend he was. Read the following from Robb Flynn, Chris Kontos, Crowbar, members of Crisis, and more. Also, please contribute what you can to the GoFundMe set up for Tony.   Continue reading

Machine Head Co-Founder and Drummer Tony Costanza, Dead at Age 52

Sad news as Machine Head co-founding drummer Tony Costanza has died. He was 52 years old. Costanza’s passing was confirmed by his former CRISIS bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen, who wrote in a Facebook post: “It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy and family today. Continue reading

Machine Head Cancels All Tours For The Foreseeable Future 

In a move that was to be expected, Machine Head, fresh off of several sold-old tours for the “Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary” tour, the band has officially canceled all touring indefinitely. Robb Flynn has said publicly several times recently in interviews and his podcast that he doesn’t think the music industry will recover from coronavirus shutdown conditions for several years. Fans that have bought tickets for show not happening will be refined. Read a statement from Robb. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: June 19th New Music Releases

Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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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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