Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2022 Part 3 (20 – 1)


Press on, intrepid reader, to find out our top albums of 2022, as voted for by the cast, crew and hangers-on of the good ship Ghost Cult. Over 275 albums were nominated (including one stray and errant vote for Stryper… we’ve had words), some people lauded albums as the greatest of all time that no one else noticed, other albums picked up a steady stream of votes across the board without tickling the top of anyone’s charts, but through it all, we’ve been able to compile our team list of the best 75 albums of the year. And there are some absolute corkers, here. 75 of them, to be exact…

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Bloodstock Open Air 2023 Adds Meshuggah and Helloween


Bloodstock Open Air has added two new bands for 2023, including an all-important third headliner! to the already impressive lineup! Meshuggah is now the day two headline band, along with the addition of Power metal kings Helloween. Full details are below. Also, the fest has announced the full Metal To The Masses competition details and their popular Deposit Scheme announcement. Check out our review of the 2022 fest here. Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.

 

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Bloodstock Open Air 2023 Adds Sacred Reich, Heaven Shall Burn, Crowbar, All Hail The Yeti, Dead Label, Urne, Invisions, and More!


Bloodstock Open Air has added 12 new bands for 2023 to the already impressive lineup! Legends and future heroes like Sacred Reich, Heaven Shall Burn, Crowbar, All Hail The Yeti, Dead Label, Invisions, and more have joined the bill. Full details are below. Also, the fest has announced the full Metal To The Masses competition details and their popular Deposit Scheme announcement. Check out our review of the 2022 fest here. Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.

 

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Ozzy Osbourne, Ghost, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Turnstile, Beck, Bjork, Idles, Wet Leg, and More are Nominated for Rock and Metal in the 65th Grammy Awards


 

It’s Grammy Awards season again, and while we don’t pay full attention to popularity awards, it’s always good when a few bands with a little mainstream appeal breakthrough. Major nominations for categories involving hard and heavy music includes Ozzy Osbourne, Idles and Turnstile for Best Rock Performance, Ghost, Megadeth, Muse, Turnstile, and Ozzy + Tony Iommi for Best Metal Performance, the Chili Peppers up against Turnstile and Ozzy’s production team for Best Rock Song, and Idles and Ozzy up against The Black Keys, Beck, Wet Leg, and Spoon for Best Rock Album. Other nominees in categories include Underoath and Danny Elfman. The full lists of these categories can be seen below, or the entire 2023 list can be viewed at the Grammy site

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EP REVIEW: Frank Bello – Then I’m Gone


 

For the second time in his career, New York bassist Frank Bello steps into the studio without the help of his Anthrax bandmates to record something a little different. Whereas previous side project Altitudes and Attitude was a collaborative affair with Dave Ellefson of Megadeth and Jeff Friedl of A Perfect Circle, six track EP Then I’m Gone (Rare Bird Recordings) is a much more personal affair with Bello playing almost all of the instruments himself.

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INTERVIEW: Chris Broderick of In Flames on New Music, and Keeping Fit On The Road


 

Ghost Cult’s chief Keefy caught up with In Flames axe-man and Guitar legend Chris Broderick! The band just wrapped a huge North American tour, and has released a series of new singles in advance of their new album “Forgone” – due out next winter from Nuclear Blast Records! Chris discussed the new album, how the band has done coming out of the pandemic, Chris’ regimen for guitar work on tour, how he maintains a healthy lifestyle on the road, his close ties to some of his ex-bandmates, and more!

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INTERVIEW: Dirk Verbeuren of Megadeth – “The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead” Album Breakdown


 


Ghost Cult’s Omar Cordy held an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dirk Verbeuren of Megadeth! They caught up to discuss the new album “The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!” and a variety of signposts in Dirk’s journey in heavy music. He chatted about the new album, the return of touring, how the band chooses a setlist, Megadeth’s many soundtrack favorites, Dirk’s thoughts on Gar Sameulson, and Nick Menza, how he made it into the band, how he chose to leave Soilwork in a professional way, his many passions outside of music, and more!

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Slipknot’s First Ever Knotfest In Australia To Feature Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Trivium, Northlane, Amon Amarth, In Flames, and More


Slipknot has expanded its Knotfest festival brand to Australia! Talking place ion March of 2023, the event will hit Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne! Headlined by Slipknot, the festival line-up includes Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Trivium, Northlane, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Knocked Loose, Spiritbox, Story Of The Year, Alpha Wolf, Void Of Vision, Bad Omens, and Malevolence. Pre-sales for Knotfest Premium Members takes place ; 8am AEDT, Thur 3rd November, while the Early Bird Pre-Sale is 9am AEDT, Thur 3rd November. The General On-Sale is 9am AEDT, Mon 7th November! Sign up at the link below!

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INTERVIEW: Jeff Young of Kings of Thrash Discusses Megadeth History, Nick Menza Memories, and New Music!


Ghost Cult caught up with Jeff Young of Kings of Thrash – a metal supergroup including David Ellefson, and Chris Poland all formerly of Megadeth! Jeff discusses how the band united over the documentary celebrating the life of Nick Menza, coming soon.Jeff reflects on his history in Megadeth, his many music projects outside rock and metal, tour plans for the new band, honoring the legacy of late members Gar Samuleson and Nick, building a playing chemistry with Chris Poland, Jeff’s practice regimen, jamming with Steve Jones of Sex Pistols plans for an all original EP of new music from Kings of Thrash soon!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Five Finger Death Punch – Megadeth – The HU – Fire From The Gods Live at Xfinity Center


 

Five Finger Death Punch last performed in Massachusetts in 2018 and it was long overdue for their return, tonight at the Xfinity Center. Supporting their latest record Afterlife (Better Noise Music), the band brought a huge, full-stage production, as they usually do. The set list was full of fan favorites. They sounded amazing and left everyone wanting more. Read our review of Afterlife here.

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