GUEST POST: Max Maxwell of Mountain Caller – Top Albums of the Year 2020


Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Max Maxwell of Mountain Caller shares an in-depth review of his Top Albums List for 2020. Their excellent covers album The Truthseeker is out now (buy and stream it here!

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Ghost Cult Albums of the Year 2020 – Part 1 (75-41)


It feels rather redundant to preface this year’s celebration of the music that got us through what was annus horribilis maximus unprecedentius with much of a narrative of 2020 because we were all affected. We all lived through it. Some of us in un-splendid isolation. Some of us irreversibly overhauling the way we live, work, and support our dependents. Some of us welcomed changes we had to make while mourning the root cause behind them and that each and every person on this planet we call home was affected, impacted, and touched in a negative way by the events of a global pandemic and high-profile political situations.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 132 – Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown Part 1 with Steve Tovey


Ghost Cult kicks off our massive 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by the esteemed Steve Tovey (The King is Blind), our Senior Editor Emeritus of Ghost Cult! We run down the big list with a brief discussion of our rankings from 75-31, with a deep dive into the albums ranked 50-31! All in all, over 300 albums were considered and voted on by our staff of worldwide contributors: writers, correspondents, photographers, and more. Check back here for the full list and a deeper look at albums 75-31 on our site and for Part II of the podcast series click here:

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Watch Myrkur Play “Leaves of Yggdrasil” Unplugged from Her New Home studio


Myrkur shared a new video from her work-in-progress home studio, or her playing the song “Leaves of Yggdrasil” from her recent 2020 album Folksange, out now on Relapse Records. She recorded with her Martin acoustic travel size and “ the ‘microphone’ is just the one built into the camera. The camera is a Leica LUMIX”. Watch the clip now.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Myrkur – Folkesange


Amalie Brunn is a chameleon of the most striking, variant shades, which makes the English transalation of her of her alter-ego Myrkur (‘Darkness’) something of a paradox. That darkness, of course, comes from the Dane’s lyrical content, and frequent Black Metal incursions into the Folk-based music she peddles with wondrous feeling. New album Folkesange (Relapse Records), however, eschews the usual harsh accompaniment: focusing purely on her Scandinavian Folk roots and delivering a set of softened, heartfelt songs.Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: March 20th New Music Releases


Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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Myrkur Officially Announces New Album, Debuts New Video for “Ella”


As expected Myrkur (Amalie Bruun), has announced her new album, Folkesange, due out March 20th via Relapse Records. Folksange pivots from Myrkur’s Black Metal and Gothic Folk-based meditations for a more traditional Scandinavian folk sound she has been perfecting in parallel with her other music. She performed a full Folksange set last year at Roadburn Festival. Pre-orders are live right now at the link below. You can watch the video for the new single ‘Ella’ right now!Continue reading


Brutal Assault 2020 Adds Cattle Decapitation, Fever333, Katatonia, Life of Agony and More!


Brutal Assault has added a plethora of new bands for 2020! Among the new bands playing the festival include Cattle Decapitation, Fever333, Katatonia, Life of Agony, Shadow of Intent, Fueled By Fire, Katatonia, Psykup, Mysticum, and Imperial Triumphant. The twenty-fifth edition of Brutal Assault Festival takes place August 5 – 8th at historic Fortress Josefov, in Czech Republic and will feature 130+ bands on five stages over four days. Watch a new trailer for the fest right now!Continue reading


Cradle of Filth, Static-X, Kvelertak, Havok, While She Sleeps and More Added to Brutal Assault 2020


Brutal Assault has added twenty more bands for their 25th anniversary in 2020. Now joining the bill (in alphabetical order) are 1914, Arcturus, Author & Punisher, Beyond Creation, Cradle Of Filth, Draconis Infernum, Frontierer, Havok, Kvelertak, Mass Infection, Me And That Man, Necrophobic, Ottone Pesante, Pensées Nocturnes, Ring Of Saturn, Sigh, Static–X, Toxic Holocaust, Vader, and While She Sleeps. Brutal Assault 25 takes place August 5-8, 2020at the legendary Fortress Josefov and boasts 140+ bands on four days over five stages. Tickets and full band list below. Continue reading