Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep to Release “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics of Matt Pike”


Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/16/19

Stoner Doom Metal legend Matt Pike is world renowned for his thick riffs and great songwriting for iconic bands like SLEEP and High on Fire! Now he has teamed up with Rare Bird Literature to announce the release of Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics of Matt Pike. Scheduled for worldwide release in hardcover and e-book on November 9, 2021, the trade edition will retail for $20. Signed hardcovers and signed limited edition bundles are available through Rare Bird at the link below.

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Matt Pike Says New High on Fire, and His Debut Solo Album Are in Progress


Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/16/19

In a new interview on Gimme Metal with Jim Santanella, Matt Pike discussed the progress of the new album from High on Fire, a new solo project, and more. According to Pike, High on Fire is in the progress of writing their new album for a hopeful late 2021 release. The band is recording with drummer Chris Maggio who joined the band as a live drummer following the departure of Des Kensel in July 2019. The new HoF album will be the follow up to their Grammy-Award winning 2018 album Electric Messiah (eOne). He also says writing and recording for his long-in-the-making solo album is underway as well, although no timetable for release is set. Pike also remarked that his legendary Stoner doom band SLEEP is still on hiatus, but all the members are on good terms and drummer Jason Roeder (Neurosis) just moved to the area near him, in Portland, Oregon. Pike gave deeper details to Santanella about the history of High On Fire since their album The Art Of Self Defense is getting the double LP rerelease treatment from the Gimme Metal Vinyl club this month. Watch a trailer and join the club at the link below.

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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