If you know, have interacted with me through social media, or have seen my list of top albums of 2019, you would already know that I’m an Opeth fanboy. I love, basically, everything that the band has released. You would also probably know that I’m a bass player and (yes, you guessed it!) Martin Méndez is my favorite bass player and one of my top inspirations to play the four-stringed instrument. So, when I heard that he was releasing a new Death Metal project, called White Stones, I was equally excited and confused. When talking about the release of the infamous Heritage (Roadrunner Records), Mikael Åkerfeldt, singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Opeth, stated that they wrote a Death Metal record as a follow up for Watershed (Roadrunner Records), which is their last heavy record, but Méndez talked him out of it stating that was not the music that he should be writing for Opeth. Can you understand my confusion now? Continue reading
Coronavirus, quarantines, lockdowns… This seems to be the only thing we are reading all through social media around the world. Though a very serious and sad situation (stay home!), there are other ways to battle the probable lack of activity that you may be going through at home and, if you feel adventurous, you should press play to Kilter‘s Axiom (Alter-Nativ). The Brooklyn trio composed of Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant) on drums, Ed Rosenberg III on sax, and Laurent David on bass brings a very exciting, weird record that combines the heaviness of their obvious Metal roots with the strange soundscapes that Jazz can bring. Continue reading
We’re three months in 2020 already and a lot of crazy stuff has happened. Dealing with all the craziness of being an election year, Coronavirus, natural disasters (Puerto Rico had hundreds of earthquakes for the whole month of January), and a bunch of other strange situations seem to keep happening every day. But the question coming in the year was: “are the music releases going to keep coming as solid as they did in 2019?” and I believe that Intronaut’s Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade Records) assure us that the year will still be as solid as the previous ones where we’ve been getting real quality music from bands that are consistent. Intronaut gives us a very interesting album that proves the musical dexterity of each one of the members of this Los Angeles band. Adding the services from drummer Alex Rudinger (ex-The Haarp Machine/ex-The Faceless) gives this record a major boost in the percussive side and makes the overall musical experience a very enjoyable one. Continue reading
Rotting Christ is getting ready to kick off their major North American Tour soon, The Devastation On The Nation Tour featuring Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams and Imperial Triumphant! On the strength of their excellent 2019 album Heretics, the band is going to slay audiences from coast to coast, including two shows at the legendary Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York! Ghost Cult has partnered up with the band and their label Season of Mist to give away a pair of tickets to any show on the tour (travel and lodging not included) and a sick merch bundle below! To enter simply comment on our Facebook or Instagram posts with your favorite song from the “Heretic” album and tag one friend you want to bring with you! Rules and resrtictions apply! The Sweepstakes begins at 5 pm (ET) on March, 2nd, 2020 and ends at 11:59 pm (ET) on March 18th, 2020. Continue reading
As we reported earlier in the week, Boston area legendary radio station WAAF, which played and integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years was sold and has swapped formats starting today, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. For their final song ever, the station played the track the debuted their station with fifty years ago, ‘Black Sabbath’, by Black Sabbath, which was a brand new song when the station appeared. The main band of the station, 107.3 is on to other programs today, but their smaller bands are still operating and they are going to continue for now as an online radio station. They are still hosting The Big Gig Anniversary concert, featuring Godsmack and Halestorm.
Sad times for heavy music radio fans in the Boston area as legendary station WAAF, which played an integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years has been sold and will swap formats this Saturday. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. WAAF was not only a booster for rock but was instrumental in breaking mainstream active rock and countless metal bands to commercial acclaim. Some of their other stations will still air the rock formats for now, but it definitely signifies the end of an era.
From the ashes of IKILLYA, New York City Metal band Nefariant is here with a surprise drop of their debut EP, which was released on January 24th, 2020. The band debuted the material at a listening party at New York’s metal homebase, Duff’s Alchohol Abuse Center in Brooklyn. Nefariant features former IKILLYA members Jason Lekberg (vocals), Rob Broderick (bass) and Drew Maciejewsk (drums) along with (keyboards) Paul Cibrano and (guitarist) Dustin Tooker. The band seems to have forged a sound that mixes the extremity of their former projects with a melodic Gothic vibe. You can purchase and stream the EP at the links below. Continue reading