Hjelvik Shares Animated Video for “Glory of Hel”

Viking heavy metal s Hjelvik (ex Kvelertak) has released a new song and music video for their new song “Glory of Hel”. The track comes from their upcoming debut album Welcome to Hel, due out on November 20th, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. Watch the animated music video by Adam Avilla of Flesh & Bones in San Francisco, California which includes a guest performance by Matt Pike from the bands High on Fire and Sleep right now! 

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GIVEAWAY: Win A Stoner Doom Cassette Bundle from Unknown Controller Records

Time to win some free shit! Oakland, California’s awesome Unknown Controller Records has relaunched and Ghost Cult is helping them celebrate! The indie label is headed by musician Paul Kott (Kalas, High Tone Son of a Bitch) and they are kicking things off with a cool, cassette-only series featuring releases from HTSoB, Ails (ex-Ludicra, Abrupt), Keverra (current and ex-Goatsnake, -(16)-) and Worshipper. You can win the entire cassette series right here, right now!  Enter at the links below, but before you do, jam out to this awesome new HTSOB track “Tribute’, featuring High on Fire / Sleep guitarist Matt Pike! Continue reading

There is Now a Beer Inspired by Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” Album

Sleep may be the band most aligned with Stoner Doom Metal culture and sounds in history, but now there is a beer directly inspired by the band, both in its flavor and distinctive artwork. “Hopsmoker” Beer by Widowmaker Brewing of Braintree, on Massachucets’s south shore, has brewed a batch of Pale Ale with the feel and flavor that fans of the Church of Matt Pike will rip off their sweaty shirts off for and bow down to! The can even features unique Weedians and a logo font on the can resembling the Dopesmoker album logotype!  There were selling deluxe packs initially with a 4-pack, rolling paper, and other merch but it sold-out quickly. Continue reading

Members of High on Fire and Mastodon Tease a Team-Up

This is not a drill! Matt Pike of High on Fire/SLEEP and Brent Hinds of Mastodon are apparently working on some music together! The photo was posted by Hinds on Instagram and then shared on the High On Fire Facebook account. Mastodon is working on new music, with a new album expected in late 2020 or 2021. High on Fire is still touring behind their epic 2018 album Electric Messiah (eOne Music)  The caption teased “something special for all you guys! Stay tuned for more photos,videos&tunes Who knows what these guys are kicking up together, be it music for their respective bands, or some new supergroup. But it might be really amazing in any case when you get these two greats of guitar together. Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading

Sleep Leaks End of Year Shows in Chicago, Teases Going on Hiatus

Doom Metal greats Sleep have leaked three shows for the end of 2019 in Chicago at Thalia Hall. The band also shared a cryptic message to social media, teasing the band going on a possible indefinite hiatus. No official announcement has been made, but Facebook events for the three shows appeared this weekend (11/10/2019). The band returned from an eleven-year hiatus in 2009, and have toured semi-regularly for years, releasing a live album – Denver Colorado, The Clarity single (2014), an incredible full-length album The Sciences in 2018, the Leagues Beneath single (also 2018) and a second live album, Live at Third Man Records, released as part of Third Man’s exclusive Vault series. The band also played a career-spanning series of shows at 2019’s Roadburn Festival. Hopefully, this is not the end of the band, just the end of the band for now while the members’ other projects such as OM, High On Fire, and Neurosis come to the fore. Continue reading

Sleep Robbed of Matt Pike’s One of A Kind Pedal Board Gear By Delta Airlines

Rough news from the Sleep/High on Fire camp. The band had been on a triumphant tour of the USA when the band discovered Matt Pike’s zip-tied Pelican Roadcase with his irreplaceable pedals was broken into by Delta Airlines baggage handlers between Miami and Atlanta. Delta delivered a broken into and empty case to Matt and the band, and also denied their claims for insurance. Below is a full accounting of the gear stolen. You can see the post below from Matt’s partner Alyssa. Fans and friends everywhere please be on the lookout for this gear if it shows up anywhere. Continue reading

Matt Pike Joins Magnetic Eye Records Black Sabbath Tribute with Zakk Sabbath, Thou, Spirit Adrift and More

Matt Pike (solo) of Sleep and High on Fire is the final artist added to the Magnetic Eye Records’ Black Sabbath Tribute, Vol. 4 Redux, the latest in their Redux series of reissues. Pike joins a star-studded Doom Metal genre list of bands including Zakk Sabbath, Thou, Spirit Adrift, The Obsessed, Bongzilla, Whores., Haunt, High Reeper, and Tony Reed. Artwork inspired by the classic Sabbath Volume 4 artwork is Alyssa Mocere. You can pre-order the album at the link below. Continue reading

Fundraiser Launched For Matt Pike To Defer Costs Of Medical Bills

As we’ve been following the story, Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep has had a rough time with his health of late. After a banner year in 2018 which saw stellar releases from both of his bands (and an incredible single too), Pike was forced to cancel two huge headline tours due to ill-health. Any artist not able to tour is in a bad place when it comes to earning money to survive. With medical bills mounting and Pike off the road, for now, a friend has stepped in to help. Respected photographer Tim Bugbee of Tinnitus Photography has covered Matt and his bands for many years. Well-known in the scene for his terrific concert photography, candid shots of artists, interviews, and reviews of bands, Tim is a fixture at shows in his home of Boston, as well as around the world. Amassing a huge archive of photos of hundreds of bands, Bugbee has also shot “roughly 30 shows of Sleep and High On Fire”, according to his site. Now he is selling blown-up photos as a fundraiser for Matt, shipping to the US and Canada. There is an autographed option and 100% of the gross profits from sales will go directly to Matt. This is amazingly kind of Tim and for a great cause. Details below at the link to Tim’s website. Continue reading