ALBUM REVIEW: Manticora – To Live To Kill To Live

 

With all power metal guns blazing, Danish progressive five-piece Manticora make an impressive return with To Live to Kill to Live (ViciSolum Records), the second part of a conceptual project begun in 2018 with To Kill to Live to Kill (ViciSolum), and based on the novel of the same name written by multitasking frontman Lars F. Larsen. Continue reading

Fundraiser Launched for Van Williams Following the Passing of His Wife Dore

Last month legendary metal drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavius) lost his wife Dore (Dorraine) Williams to cancer after a tough battle over many years. In her memory, the USA Royal Affair Tour Fundraiser has been launched to help his family in their time of need. The 2019 Royal Affair Tour consisted of YES, ASIA, The John Lodge Band (featuring John Lodge of the Moody Blues) as well as the Carl Palmer (ELP) band. Van worked on the tour in production and was considered a cherished member of the crew. Proceeds will be given to Van to help aid him in the accumulation of bills stemming from their medical situation, as he is now a single parent and the touring and gig situation being what it is in the world right now, he can sued the help. Van is one of the best people in music so please check out the eBay auction list of amazing memorabilia below, and help out if you can. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Let Us Prey – Virtues Of The Vicious

Following up 2016’s independently released EP, The Saint of Killers, Massachusetts act Let Us Prey return with their first full-length album, Virtues of the Venomous (M-Theory Audio). With vocalist Marc Lopes better known for being frontman for Ross the Boss, time for his other projects has proved elusive, but now the wait is over.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Nevermore’s This Godless Endeavor Turns 15

While Nevermore never quite broke into the mainstream, they always seemed to be just under the radar ready to make an impression. The band’s signature combination of proggy rhythms, gothic vocals, groovy chugs, extreme drums, and shredding solos seemed to have something for everyone in the Metal sphere, but their eccentric execution also meant they never found belonging in any single demographic. That all seemed like it was poised to change with their sixth album, 2005’s This Godless Endeavor (Century Media Records), which saw them gain greater exposure compared to their earlier efforts and more unanimous acclaim.

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PODCAST: Episode 92 – Jesse Zuretti of Binary Code on “Memento Mori” 

Ghost Cult caught up with Binary Code leader and guitarist Jesse Zuretti to chat all about his new album, releasing this week, May 15th. The three-year journey to release the record was an arduous one for Jesse and he had many personal issues to overcome. He did so with the help of making music, which, if you hear this new album, is amazing. Jesse went into depth about the ordeal he went through, his creative process, how each member of this band and team stepped on this album on every level, working with producer Aaron Smith (7Horns7Eyes) the songwriting process, their cover of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You”, their abandoned (for now) covers EP, how Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy/Nevermore) came to play on the album, making music as a composer for Marvel Entertainment and more. Warning: this podcast contains a frank discussion of suicide and mental illness and may cause some distress to the listener. You can pre-order Memento Mori here and listen to our chat now! Continue reading

Paladin Shares Nevermore Tribute EP For the Anniversary of Warrel Dane’s Death

Trad Metallers Paladin released a three-track tribute to Nevermore today entitled Anamnesis which is streaming now via Spotify. The release coincides with the two-year anniversary of Warrel Dane’s death from a heart attack. Their recent debut album, Ascension, doesn’t hide the Atlanta-based band’s deep love of all things 1980’s thrash and 1990’s melodic death metal – with Nevermore at the forefront. Nevermore broke up in 2011, and hopes for a reunion ended when vocalist Warrel Dane died in 2017 while Dane was living in Brazil working on a solo album. Continue reading

Hear Members of Sanctuary, Nevermore, Chon, and Ghost Ship Octavious Cover Savatage’s “Chance”

If you are a fan of the much loved and missed Savatage, you get precious few chances to hear their music anymore outside of your car, headphones or old record collection. Sanctuary and Witherfall singer Joseph Michael has assembled a collection of peers to pay tribute to the band with a cover of ‘Chance’! Along with Michael the all-star group includes Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavious), Anthony Crawford (Witherfall, Chon), Joey Concepcion (Sanctuary, Jasta), Alex Nasla (Witherfall) and Will Wallner (White Wizzard). The song is available for purchase and streaming right now, so do it! Michael is currently on tour fronting Sanctuary on the “Refuge Denied” Tour, with Ghost Ship Octavious opening. We saw the show in Brooklyn, and it ruled. Continue reading

Warrel Dane – Shadow Work

Words like “distinctive” and “legendary” are bandied around far too frequently at bands and artists with no discernible legacy, or real impact on any scene. With both Sanctuary and Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane helped impart a genuine influence on both the Thrash Metal and Heavy Metal landscapes, before his tragic passing away from a heart attack in December 2017 while recording Shadow Work (Century Media). Continue reading

Former Forbidden And Nevermore Guitarist Tim Calvert, Dead At Age 52

Sad news as Tim Calvert, who played on essential metal albums for both Forbidden and Nevermore, has passed away at aged 52 from ALS. Tim’s passing was shared on Facebook by his sister Vicky Calvert-Hawkins. Tim played on Forbidden’s Twisted Into Form, Distortion, and Green and Nevermore’s Dreaming Neon Black. Following a career in music Calvert served as a Pilot for United Airlines. We send out condolences to Tim’s family, friends and fans at this time. Continue reading