Culled from the same sessions that birthed the Lavender Blues EP in 2020, Big Scenic Nowhere’s second full-length expands the supergroup’s jammed out take on Desert Rock. However, The Long Morrow (Heavy Psych Sounds) sets itself apart from Vision Beyond Horizon by means of a more grounded approach. There aren’t as many songs as before and the album is about ten minutes shorter than its predecessor overall. The guest list also isn’t as loaded this time around, only featuring keyboardist Per Wilberg and The Cure/David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels on the colossal title track.
Tony Reed has certainly kept busy in 2020. In addition to putting out new releases with Big Scenic Nowhere and Mos Generator and unearthing old material with Constance Tomb, he’s also found the time to issue the first proper album under his own name. The second release in Ripple Music’s Blood And Strings series, Funeral Suit is a decidedly stripped-down affair with often minimalist instrumentation and a Folk backdrop. It’s already a well-worn set up with so many musicians trying their hand at it these days, but Reed always finds a way to apply his signature stamp to a given style.
Like the noble slice of pizza, a cover song, if done well, can be amazing. And if it’s not, it’s still pretty good. It’s tough to cover well-known songs and albums by famous bands because music becomes our lexicon and fans know every little nook and cranny of a track. This is the case with Pink Floyd and their iconic double album The Wall. Luckily Magnetic Eye Records and their incredible “Redux” series is here, and they always do a bang-up job of assembling the talent. Covering the entirety of The Wall seems both ambitious and a little crazy too. While The Wall is lower on my personal list of Floyd favorites, it’s as important as it is beloved by the masses. Continue reading →
Sojourning to the Steel City, where the steel these days is mostly from the music, Descendants of Crom Festival enjoyed a second annual event recently and Ghost Cult was there. From the pre-fest gala and parking lot party (think of a modern “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” with stoner rock and doom fans), three nights of badassery at both Howlers and the Cattivo club, it was a rager. Shout out to the sponsors Blackseed Records and Riff Relevant among others. Highlights of the weekend included sets from Heavy Temple, Howling Giant, Doomstress, Come to Grief, Thunderbird Divine, Toke, Geezer, Duel, but really you can’t really go wrong with a deep lineup like this. We can’t wait for next year and round three! In the meantime, check out these photos by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging for Ghost Cult. Continue reading →
Blackseed Records Presents the Descendants of Crom Festival, a three-day underground heavy music festival is taking over Pittsburgh, PA this coming weekend for its second annual event. Billing itself as “A Gathering Of Rock, Doom, Sludge, And Metal” in the Steel City, Descendents of Crom Fest takes place September 27th to 29th at Howlers and Cattivo clubs and features Mos Generator, Lo-Pan, Duel, Come To Grief, Heavy Temple, Worshipper, Devil To Pay, Freedom Hawk, Disenchanter, Geezer and many more. There is also a Pre-fest Gala and other events all weekend long! Full set times, venue info and ticket info can be found at the links below. Continue reading →
Ghost Cult once again brings you another “End Of Year” list, full of memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the world. Today we have Simon Glacken of I Like Press, one of the top publicists in the UK. If you happen to not know his name, you certainly know the bands he reps due to his tireless work such as Anathema, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Darkthrone, 65daysofstatic, Bloodbath, Black Moth, The Pineapple Thief, My Dying Bride, TesseracT, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, SikTh, Mos Generator, Crippled Black Phoenix, and Cradle Of Filth to name just a few. We thank Simon for his thoughtful and detailed list of his Top Ten Albums of 2016.Continue reading →
Boston stoner rock gods GOZU have signed a world-wide deal to Metal Blade Records and their sub-label Black Light Media led by celebrity chef Chris Santos. They are currently writing a new album for release in 2017. Continue reading →
Raleigh, NC proto meallers Demon Eye is releasing their new album Tempora Infernalia on May 8, 2015 via Soulseller Records. The album was recorded at Seriously Adequate Studios in Carrboro, NC.
Tempora Infernalia Track listing:
01: End of Days 02: Listen to the Darkness 03: I’ll Be Creeping 04: See the Signs 05: Poison Garden 06: In the World, Not of It 07: Black Winds 08: Give Up the Ghost 09: Please, Father 10: Sons of Man
DEMON EYE tour dates:
May 09: Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC (Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard after party) Jun 13: Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY (as part of the Eye of the Stoned Goat Festival w/ Mos Generator, The Golden Grass, etc.) Jun 26: Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC Jun 27: Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC (Tempora Infernalia record release show) Aug 22: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA (w/ Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand & Horsehead)
The Shrine (L to R: Courtland Murphy (bass), Jeff Murray (drums) and Josh Landau (guitar / vocals)
California “Destroyers of Rock N Roll” The Shrine have announced their forthcoming spring North American tour, with dates posted below.
Mar 16: Beerland – Austin, TX (SXSW – 6PM as part of “Heavy Metal Cage Match” w/ American Sharks, Eagle Claw, Elder, etc.) Mar 18: Spiderhouse Ballroom – Austin, TX (SXSW – 9PM) Mar 20: The North Door – Austin, TX (SXSW -w/ Kadavar, Ruby the Hatchet, Elder, Castle, etc.) Mar 21: Gypsy Lounge – Austin, TX (SXSW – 2PM as part of Thrasher + Converse “Death Match” w/ OM, Goatsnake, The Skull, etc.) Mar 21: The Lost Well – Austin, TX (SXSW – 11PM as part of “Heavy Metal Parking Lot 2” w/ The Skull, Weedeater, Ruby The Hatchet, etc.)
West Coast “Worship Tour” * All dates also include Dirty Fences
Apr 02: The Casbah – San Diego, CA (w/ Loom) Apr 03: The Paper Agency – Los Angeles, CA Apr 04: Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA (w/ Banquet) Apr 05: Analog Cafe – Portland, OR Apr 06: Capitol Theater Backstage – Olympia, WA (w/ Mos Generator) Apr 07: SBC – Vancouver, BC (w/ Black Wizard) Apr 08: One Six Boardshop – Victoria, BC (w/ Black Wizard) Apr 09: Barboza – Seattle, WA Apr 10: Dante’s – Portland, OR (w/ JOY) Apr 11: Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA Apr 12: Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA (w/ Blasting Concept)