Gojira – Rolo Tomassi: Live at Birmingham 02 Academy, 29th June

It’s the hottest day of the year. Stepping outside feels like walking into a furnace, and the pollen count is so high that even the bees are saying “yeah, that’s enough, thanks”. All because apparently, the sun has arbitrarily decided that in the space of twelve hours, everyone in the UK has to die by melting. Continue reading

Employed To Serve – Eternal Forward Motion

With a new label, their own album release shows, and more touring and festival slots than seemingly physically possible, Employed To Serve have grabbed 2019 by the throat and they will not let go until the whole world knows their name. Eternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm Records) is the most apt album title for this band right now as they steamroll through the competition, uncompromising in their sound, there seems to be no slowing down for Woking’ s heaviest export. Continue reading

Orchid – Miasma

Despite a heavy music scene that is abundant in talent, not many of India’s Metal bands have appeared on the radar outside of their native country. Aside from the likes of Demonic Resurrection especially, Bhayanak Maut and (although more an international band) Skyharbor, India’s Metal scene is still a hidden entity to many on the outside. With a formidable live presence and with an exciting debut full length in Miasma (self-released), if there is any justice, Mathcore mentalists Orchid should be poised to be the scene’s next breakout. Continue reading

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac) sees the welcome return of Rhode Island creatives Daughters: this being their first album since their 2013 reformation, and fourth in all. The band’s affinity for complex noise is undiminished yet has refined with age and experience. Continue reading

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Under the Running Board” Was Released 20 Years Ago Today

Although few EP’s get the Classic Albums Revisited treatment here at Ghost Cult, we have to pause and give all to the glory that The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s 1998 short-player Under the Running Board deserves. Their first release for Relapse Records, it not only boosted them to a higher profile as artists, it definitely was a harbinger of what was to come on future Dillinger releases in terms of a further harnessing of their power and experimental leanings. Continue reading

Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter

Pinning down Bangladeafy is a tough ask. There are touches of Tech Metal here and glimpses of Prog Rock there, pushed through the filter of a Drum and Bass act as played by Lightning Bolt. An easier descriptor may be simply bat-shit bonkers, but there is a method to this NYC duo’s particular brand of vibrant madness. Continue reading

Pound – Pound

Although hardly a recent phenomenon, duos are still quite the novelty in rock and metal. While often lazily lumped into that category, acts such as Satyricon, Anaal Nathrakh, and Alcest tend to utilise session musicians when it comes time to record or tour, while those who operate strictly within the parameters of two permanent members and nobody else are still pretty much a rarity in the field. However, thanks to the likes of doomsters Mantar, and Eagle Twin, the drone pair of Nadja, synthwave crew Zombi, and space-rockers Black Asteroids, there does seem to be an apparent rise in the number of genuine duos. Continue reading

Black Peaks Sign To Rise Records, Share New Single

UK mathcore band Black Peaks have signed with Rise Records and are dropping their new album later in 2018. They recorded it with Adrian Bushby (Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters). They debuted their first new song on BBC Radio 1‘s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter yesterday, ‘Can’t Sleep’. The song itself starts at around 5:30 into the show. Continue reading

Letters From The Colony – Vignette

With the Progressive and Tech Metal climate being so crowded and, at times, stagnant, any new breed of band has the unenviable task of trying to stand out from the hordes by bringing in any resemblance of freshness or innovation. Whilst there is undoubtedly an abundance of quality talents out there, all too often acts fail to leave much of an impression in comparison to many of their peers. Continue reading