Continuing their programme of re-releasing the seminal works of German metal label Noise Records, BMG turn their attention next to the founders of Avantgarde Metal, and one of the greatest and most influential bands in the history of heavy music, Celtic Frost. Continue reading
German Thrash Legends, Kreator have announced they will be reissuing deluxe versions of their seminal opening quadrilogy. Released via BMG, Endless Pain, Pleasure To Kill (featuring the legendary Flag Of Hate EP), Terrible Certainty and Extreme Aggression will be re-issued across a variety of digital, vinyl and CD formats on Friday 9th June. Continue reading
A concoction of black metal, death metal and Norse mythology, including diving deep into 18th-century translations of the older and younger Edda, Norway’s Nidingr return with The High Heat Licks Against Heaven, out 10th February via Indie Recordings. Continue reading
Hot UK festival Temples, held at Motion skatepark in Bristol, UK, has confirmed the first batch of bands to play next years edition.
Extended to run over four days, and appearing a week later on the calendar than this years incarnation, one of the most must-see events on the UK metal and heavy music calendar has come out of the blocks, confirming the following acts will hit the boards between June 2 and June 5, with more to follow:
ALL PIGS MUST DIE
CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT
GNAW THEIR TONGUES
VISION OF DISORDER
With 3 main stage headliners still to be announced, Temples is already shaping up as the place to be at the start of summer 2016.
Tickets are available exclusively from www.templesfestival.co.uk
Speaking exclusively to Ghost Cult, Dani Filth – mainman of UK melodic black metal titans Cradle of Filth and gothic stompers Devilment – confirmed that there is life in the new dog yet, and that The Great And Secret Show (Nuclear Blast) was only just beginning…
“It’s not a project, it’s a band” begins Mr Filth when asked about his intentions for Devilment once the summer festival run comes to an end. “Cradle are literally spread across the known galaxy. Lyndsey is near Toronto, Canada, we’ve got 2 people in the Czech Republic, and we call them the Czech mates (groan), Daniel Firth lives in Glasgow, and the two people that live in England, well, he lives in the north and I live in the south! But we still spend so much time together that we’ll soon be pig-sick of each other.
“Whereas Devilment are very localized. The drummer lives a couple of streets away and we play soccer together, sorry – football… I’m not speaking American! The guitarist lives a couple of streets the other way, we rehearsed last night, physically, and it’s good. We’re busy writing a new album, slowly and surely, and they’ll be in the studio while I’m away (with Cradle).
“It’s really good, very different, very transient in fact, (and a) little bit more involved than the first album. We’ve shot a video for ‘Sanity Hits A (Perfect) Zero’ that’s coming out in August to coincide with the Summer Breeze festival (Germany – Devilment play Wednesday 12th August, while Cradle of Filth headline the Pain Stage on Friday 14th) and then we’re going to record a downloadable track for early Autumn to give people just a whiff of the new album and let them know we’re still alive.
“There may even be a chance of Devilment appearing at one of the shows on the English (Cradle of Filth) dates… well, more than a chance… I know they are…! So, it’s all good! So, not a project, and they’ll both (Cradle and Devilment) be working in tandem.”
I for one am glad to hear there will be more of the Goth Metal rock club anthems of Devilment to continue to provide a contrast to Cradle…
“Well, if I wanted to do more of the same thing, I’d join Dimmu Borgir, wouldn’t I…?!” Filth chuckles.
Swedish rock artists In Solitude have confirmed they have split up.
The band, who released three critically acclaimed albums, and who spoke to Ghost Cult twice during the cycle for their Sister album (Metal Blade) have issued the following statement via their Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.
This is something that’s been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.
The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.
Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.
This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make and we’ve had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we’ve invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future.
As the final words fell in our concluding agreement, we looked back and saw with new eyes the magnitude of our brotherhood and the things that were carried through because of it. Our trust, our love, our shared obligation. The truth of the hand and the truth of the word to disperse the bounds between us and to diverge the shore for us follow. How it gave us the width of the world and the means to share it and store it together. All that was in it and all that was taken from it. And all the things that now shall pass without our collective notice. We saw with new eyes how clarity entered in stagelight and moonlight and sunlight and darkness and landed us finally over and over in that inexplicable mystery of beauty that we’ll share as ours forever. If there was ever an accomplishment in what we did, it was the merging of the five of us in unity and the things that came as everything grew because of it. Not a single second was spared in these 13 years, and we’ll never ask for any of them back. We spent everything in our world on this and got more than everything back.
We want to thank all our closest brothers and sisters for being there and standing by our side the whole way through. Your love, support and hard work will never be forgotten and your presence have realized this band and enriched our lives in ways you’ll never understand. You are all truly the geniuses who shall change the course of the world. You know who you are. And we’ll always admire you for that.
Last, but most importantly. We thank all of you for being there. In the crowds, in front of the stereos and in our hearts. Without you, this strange and wonderful dream would never have happened. The impact of your support can never be put in words and the outcome of our lives will always be in debt to you for what you gave us. As much as we were In Solitude, you were as well.
We know that this will come as a shocking surprise for many of you. And we hope you understand that we must follow our hearts in order to stay true to what In Solitude is and what that entails.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you forever.
/Pelle, Uno, Gotte, Nicke and Henke
As previously noted by Ghost Cult and hinted at by the band on their recent tour, Anathema is going to play Roadburn 2015. They are going to perform a special set Sunday night, that will likely be an outgrowth of their already announced “Cathedrals Tour” of Europe in next spring.
Official Press Release:
It is our honour to announce that Anathema will headline the Sunday date of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, at the 013 venue on April 12, 2015 in Tilburg, The Netherlands, with a special performance that will span the innovative British band’s 25-year career, and include special guest appearances by former bassist and songwriterDuncan Patterson and original singer Darren White. The Roadburn show will be one of just a few dates that will make up Anathema’s short 2015 ‘Resonance’ tour.
Anathema have steadily built a loyal following worldwide, and their career trajectory is unlike that of any other band in the last quarter century, and will be reflected and celebrated in reverse chronological order at Roadburn 2015. Starting with the anthemic progressive rock of their recent work (2012’s classic Weather Systems and 2010’sWe’re Here Because We’re Here), the performance will gradually move back in time through the more gothic-oriented material of 1998’s Alternative 4 and 1996’s Eternity, all the way back to the pioneering work of 1995’s The Silent Enigma and the 1993debut Serenades, with Patterson and White joining the band onstage for an historic reunion.
“Roadburn festival [is] a hugely respected institution and has to be the most fitting launch for the Anathema ‘Resonance’ tour, [It will be] a celebration of the band’s entire history, and to be joined by our old friends and comrades Duncan Patterson and Darren White for these exclusive shows will be a very special, potent and positive event for all of us. We hope you can join in this once in a lifetime celebration” – Danny Cavanagh.
This will be one of Roadburn 2015’s absolute highlights, and we can’t express how happy we are that the band has chosen Roadburn for such a once in a lifetime performance. Anathema‘s early albums – the lineups with Duncan Patterson andDarren White – as well as the Judgement album have been a huge influence on many bands that have played Roadburn over the years, and they they are a blueprint for the festival itself as well. We’ve been in love with this band since the beginning, and their headlining performance on Sunday is Roadburn’s own tribute to Anathema, a unique opportunity for fans to see the band perform with two crucial early members.
The 20th edition of Roadburn Festival runs from April 9 to 12, 2015 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Tickets are still available: http://www.ticketmaster.nl/artist/roadburn-festival-tickets/875833
Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Fields of the Nephilim, Anathema, Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performing Dawn of The Dead and Susperia in its entirety, Zombi, Sólstafir, White Hills, Bongipper, Floor, Eyehategod and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
We are saddened to bring you some bad news at the end of this weekend. Following a motorcycle crash and a traumatic brain injury, Black Tusk bassist Jonathan Athon passed away this morning, as confirmed earlier this afternoon. As the news has come down and confirmed by the bands publicist, messages of condolences and shock are starting to appear on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. We wish Jonathan’s family, friends and bandmates our sympathy and support at this difficult time.
Black Tusk emerged from the thriving Savannah metal scene that also originally birthed Baroness and Kylesa among others. The band, in which Athon was a principle writer, was prolific with 13 releases in less than ten years. Most notable were full length’s Taste the Sin, Set The Dial and the Tend No Wounds EP, all for Relapse Records. The band was also seen in the Slow Southern Steel documentary about the Southern American Metal scene, directed by CT of Rwake.
Official Press Release
“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”
Portland Oregon’s psychedelic stoner savants Black Pussy have dropped a killer new video for the track ‘For The Sake of Argument’. The song is the first new music from their upcoming new album, Magic Mustache, dropping from Made In China Records this February. Watch the video below:
Download or Stream the song on their band camp!
From the Press Release:
New Album, Magic Mustache, out Feb 17
Portland’s infamous, infectiously catchy and ever-restless stoner-pop outfit Black Pussy (named for the original working title of The Rolling Stones’ mega-hit “Brown Sugar”–a blatantly anti-racism tune) has been busy as usual. Aside from their perpetual nationwide touring including a North American stint with ex-Kyuss legends Vista Chino, the group has spent the last two years constantly working on heavy, psychedelic pop songs with not only Portland recording engineer Adam Pike (Red Fang, Norska, Black Elk, etc.) but also the legendary Kyuss founding drummer and multi-instrumentalist Brant Bjork. The culmination of years of hard work, psychedelic trips and perpetual touring brings to life a ’70s-influenced, hide-your-daughters-because-they’re-coming-to-town rock ‘n’ roll attitude that sounds like Tarantino directing a Thin Lizzy video in the low desert.
“For The Sake Of Argument” is the first single from Black Pussy’s forthcoming album,Magic Mustache, which takes the feel of rock legends Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Hawkwind and combines it with the heaviness of stoner-rock giants Kyuss and Monster Magnet and a potent dose of pop sensibility reminiscent of The Cars and Queens Of The Stone Age. Filmed using an analog liquid light projector, this video utilizes a classic yet unique-looking take on the psychedlic and drug inspired imagery popularized in the ’60s and ’70s.
Watch “For The Sake Of Argument” at THIS LOCATION.
Magic Mustache will be released through Made In China Records on February 17th. Keep an eye out for more details as this year draws to a close. In the meantime, take a psychedelic journey through space where vintage gear acts as the controls, and sound waves are the highways.
“For The Sake Of Argument” is also available as a single on Black Pussy’s bandcamp page here.
Black Pussy is:
Dustin Hill (vocals, guitar), Ryan Mcintire (guitar), Dean Carroll (drums), Aaron Poplin (bass), and Keith “Chief” O’Dell (keyboards)
Scion AV has released a video for the Slayer Scion tC “Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC. Designed and built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ, the car features a custom paint job with airbrushed logos and skulls, suicide doors and Billet Slayer sword blade wheels with spike-style center caps. The interior comes with a Pioneer audio system with tower of speakers, a custom mixer and a 32-inch monitor for media playback. Watch below.
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