PODCAST: Episode 123: Derek Sherinian on “The Phoenix”, Prog, and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend and keyboardist/producer Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater) to chat all about this new solo album, out this week, September 18th, via InsideOut Music. Derek discussed the new album, working with special guests such as Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Kiko Loureiro, Derek’s approach to composition, how he lays down guest tracks for bands around the world every day from his home studio, his with mentor and friend Simon Philips, covering Buddy Miles, a hint at future Sons of Apollo plans, discussing his keyboard heroes from history, and a cool story about Patrick Moraz. Pre-order the album here: https://dereksherinian.lnk.to/ThePhoenix and check out our chat. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Anthrax – Persistence of Time Reissue

As strange as it may seem, 1988 stands as the only year where each member of the “The Big Four” all released new studio albums. Go on, check if you want. I’ll wait. 

With Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica having pulled significantly away from the rest of the pack with those 1988 releases, the beginning of the ’90s gave each of them the chance to reaffirm their place at the top of the thrash metal food chain. Along with the likes of Testament, Exodus, and Kreator, 1990 opened the new decade in a blaze of glory while also becoming arguably the last truly great year for the genre. Continue reading

Super7 Toys to Release Slayer “Live Undead” Playset and Figures

Super7 Toys has announced a new Slayer ReAction Figures in their line of music legends toys, based on the artwork to the Live Undead album! The 3 3/4-inch ReAction figures comes complete gravestone playset and are available to order this Wednesday, August 19thm, 2020. News of the toy was leaked but is not yet available for pre-order. Other reaction figures in the line include Ozzy Osbourne, Misfits, Ghost, Iron Maiden, Agnostic Front, Anthrax Motörhead, Venom, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, Rancid, Judas Priest, and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.

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Official Megadeth Jigsaw Puzzles Coming This Fall 

Megadeth’s classic albums will get the jigsaw puzzle treatment this fall from Rock Saws by Zee Productions. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, Rust In Peace, and Countdown To Extinction will be made available on October 9, 2020 as 500-piece puzzles. The iconic arts of some of rock’s most influential and highly regarded albums is presented in puzzle form for the first time ever. All puzzles come in a vinyl-box-set-sized box, perfect to fit alongside a vinyl record collection. Continue reading

New Dave Mustaine Megadeth-based Memoir Due in September, With a Foreword by Slash

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced his next book will be Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece (formerly “Building The Perfect Beast”), on September 8th via Hachette Books. Dave was the original lead guitarist of Metallica, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir. Slash of Guns N Roses has penned the forward of the book.  Continue reading

Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier, John Moyer, and More to Raise Money for The David Z Foundation Livestream Tonight

Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more!  Continue reading

Watch Megadeth Perform “Hanger 18” from Their Secret Show at Saint Vitus Bar in 2016

Megadeth has released a treat for fans in the form of “Hangar 18” from their pro-shot performance from their secret club show at the world-famous metal club, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. back in 2016. They performed as “Vic and The Rattleheads”, which the band has sometimes used the moniker for special shows!  According to David Ellefson, the band had not played a show this in this small a club since the Cryptic Writings era of the band. 

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REVIEW: Suicide Silence – Virtual Tour Boston

It’s like month four-hundredth (or so it feels) of social distancing and quarantine. Basically, every tour slated for the Spring and Summer have either been scratched or tentatively rescheduled for next year. For those not keeping score that means that we’ve lost a Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headliner, Deftones with support from Gojira, and a Sepultura trek featuring the likes of Sacred Reich and Crowbar. So, it’s been a rough year. Not content to sulk over the loss of their own tour with Jinjer and Toothgrinder, Suicide Silence decided to try something different. 

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Super7 Toys Releases Rancid “SkeleTim” ReAction Figure

Super7 Toys has released a brand new ReAction figure for Rancid’s mascot Skeletim!  Other reaction figures in the line include Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne, Misfits, Ghost, Iron Maiden, Agnostic Front, Anthrax Motörhead, Venom, Gorilla Biscuits, King Diamond, Megadeth, and many more! Order right now since these usually sell out.

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Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames Tour Rebooked for 2021

Megadeth, Lamb of God have just rebooked their highly anticipated co-headlining tour that will cover two-legs in 2021. The North American shows will also feature Trivium and In Flames as direct support for the entire run. This will be Megadeth’s first headlining tour in North America since Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and got a clean bill of health. New dates are listed below. Continue reading