ALBUM REVIEW: Venom Prison – Primeval


2015 proved to be a productive year for the Russian/Welsh act, Venom Prison when they released not one, but two EPs. Their ambition has continued to grow since then by deftly demonstrating the cunning and extreme of their Modern Death Metal sound. This budding band made noticeable waves in the scene when they released their second full-length, Samsara (Prosthetic Records) last year. Vocalist Larissa Stupar presented this rare rage that she and the whole band developed into a massive, contagious fury. Now, these guys are ready to exhibit how much they’ve grown in the last five years. Primeval (Prosthetic Records) is a compilation of their first two Eps re-recorded and reinvigorated. 

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Let Us Prey – “Virtues of the Vicious” (ft. Metal Mike Chlasciak) Lyric Video

Ghost Cult has teamed up with modern extreme metal band Let Us Prey to debut the lyric video for the title track to their new album, Virtues of the Vicious, releasing tomorrow on July 24th via M-Theory Audio/Salem Rose Music. The blistering track is brutal, progressive, and epic sounding as it poses the eternal question about humanity: “Are we violent by design?” Coming off like a blend of bands like Lamb of God, Death, recent Testament, and classic Nevermore, Let Us Prey is led by vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss) and guitarist Jon Morency, the track also features guitar legend Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford). The philosophical song title was inspired by an episode of the Marvel Netflix series The Punisher, so definitely check out the lyric video to one of the best metal songs of the summer, and pre-order the album at the link below.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 103: Steve “Skinny” Felton of Mushroomhead on “A Wonderful Life”

Ghost Cult chatted with Steve “Skinny” Felton, the mastermind of long-running Cleveland metal act Mushroomhead. The band has a brand new album out now via Napalm Records, the heavy and melodic A Wonderful Life. Steve spoke candidly about his 25-year plus career, how the band has survived over different lineup changes and labels, the writing and producing goals the band had going into the new album, the new dynamic of the three signers of the band: Mr. Rauckhors, J Man, and  Ms. Jackie, how the band is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, all the video content they are working on, and their relationship with their fans. You can order the new album here and listen to our chat below.    Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bleed From Within – Fracture

Glasgow may not be considered a heavy metal hub, but the band Bleed From Within proves that Scotland can produce some pretty extreme musicians. Formed fifteen years ago, this young, charged-up group of guys sought to make a spectacle of aggression and severity. Their early works took on a very vengeful edge that was mainly categorized under the Deathcore genre. Now, these fresh-faced Scots present a more sophisticated take on the ‘Core’ genres while merging it with Modern Metal on their new fifth full-length album, Fracture (Century Media Records). Continue reading

Battlecross Shares Photo from The Studio, Working on New Material

Detroit metallers Battlecross has teased a new photo from the studio where the band is working on mateiral for a future release. The band has been teasing the idea of new music for some time, and their last release was 2015’s Rise To Power via Metal Blade Records. The band performed last fall as opening support for Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals, in their hometown (video below). Hopefully, this activity means we will get some new tunes from this awesome, essential heavy band soon! Continue reading

Nefariant (ex-IKILLYA) Releases Debut EP

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

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Lonescar – “Images from Mauthausen”

Ghost Cult is proud to partner with Texan neo-Thrashers Lonescar for their new single ‘Images from Mauthausen’. The song comes from their new album Lust for The End, coming next month! Jam out to the track now! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Sleepwraith Share’s Their New Single “A Demon’s Pawn and The Abyss”

Edmonton modern metallers Sleepwraith are releasing their debut full-length album, Day Terrors next month! Ghost Cult has teamed up with the up and coming band to debut their new single ‘A Demon’s Pawn and The Abyss’. The track is brutal, with sick aggro riffs and fierce vocal performance. Day Terrors drops on January 17, 2020 and you can pre-order it from the link below. Jam this track out now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Toothgrinder – I Am

It seems like the journey to Toothgrinder‘s I Am (Spinefarm Records) has been one full of trepidation and behind the scenes issues. Vocalist Justin Matthews has certainly been open about his demons in the promotional materials stating: “My alcohol and drug use were pretty prominent on the last two albums and on tour.” And nothing but the utmost respect to him for being able to put those demons behind him in the lead up to their third proper full length. Continue reading

REVIEW: Carnivora – Bogdweller

Salem, Massachusetts modern metallers Carnivora is a band Ghost Cult has been following for many years and through several incarnations. The band has continued to grow and improve while keeping what makes them, them for a lack of better verbiage. They have always placed an importance on monster riffs, deep grooves and generally short blasts of fun metal tracks that don’t overstay their welcome. On their new single ‘Bogdweller’, the band has hit a new level with the addition of vocalist Haydee Irrizary (Aversed, Zahra Lux). Continue reading