The early nineties was an exciting experimental and developmental time for the genre of Folk Metal. The German outfit SuidAkrA took on this evolving style and meshed it up with Black Metal on their debut album, Lupine Essence that was released in 1997. They were able to uniquely harmonize the two genres and create a memorable and meaningful record that is still considered with reverence in the Black/Folk/Celtic Metal scenes. Now the band is re-releasing their early work with original member Arkadius Antonik remastering each track himself. With new artwork, bonus tracks, and its first release on vinyl, these multi-genre metal veterans are getting a chance to properly present their initial material. Continue reading
Progressive Metallers Between The Buried and Me have entered the recording studio to begin work on a new album, due out in 2021. The band was coy about the post saying they had acted like they weren’t working on new music, but we know that is not the case. After the cancelation of their 25th-anniversary tour, the band has been busy writing new BTBAM jams and releasing remixed and remastered versions of their classic early albums on Craft Recordings. The new version of Colors drops next month.
Over 35 years ago, Fates Warning was one of the main trailblazers and influencers in the Progressive Metal movement. With so much history, there has been a lot of lineup changes throughout the years, but the band has always been known for its exploration and expansion of the scene. Even today this East Coast act is still examining their special sound. Earlier this month FW released their newest full-length album, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade Records). These boys went big and completed 13 songs to celebrate their 13th full-length release. The group took their time to dig deep into their assorted inclinations to expose the wealth they found there.
Progressive Rock Supergroup Transatlantic has announced a new album, their fifth, The Absolute Universe’, set for release on February 5th, 2021 via InsideOut Music. The band is comprised of legends Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas, it will be the band’s first new music since 2014’s ‘Kaleidoscope’, with ‘The Absolute Universe’ the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: ‘The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)’ & ‘The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)’. Watch the teaser trailer now! Continue reading
Metal and Hip-Hop legend Tairrie B. Murphy has released a new album, dropped in time f(October, 20th, 2020) or the election run-up last weekend. The title Feminenergy is a portmanteau of Feminine Energy and could be a summation of Mrs. B’s entire career as a ground-breaking artist many times over in her glass-ceiling destroying career as a solo artist and with bands Tura Satana, Manhole, and My Ruin. The new album is great, includes a Rage Against the Machine cover (“Fistful of Steel”), and is available as a pay what you want on her Bandcamp and released via her own House of Capricorn Records. Tairrie has kept busy the last few years releasing some of her early records for free on her Bandcamp, releasing covers and new originals, working on this new music with her husband Mick Murphy (Chevy Metal), and reportedly writing her memoirs. Jam out to her album now watch the trailer and get out and vote like your life depends on it, because it actually does.
Long-running Tucson, Arizona-based heavy rockers A Fall to Break has released their brand new album, Divided By Tyrants, and we are excited to share it with you, here at Ghost Cult! Not only has the band released the album on streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify, but they have created a series of lyric videos for every track, in collaboration with Originate Designs, in order to bring the songs to life. These songs are melodic, heavy, and heady, catching your attention and pulling you in deep. Formerly signed to KBB Records (Benjamin Bruce of Asking Alexandria), the band has made a name for themselves over the years supporting such luminaries as Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Mushroomhead, In This Moment, HellYeah, Asking Alexandria, Candlebox, Lacuna Coil, Soil, Hed PE, and others as they became a fixture on the festival circuit in the Southwestern United States for years. Enjoy the full album stream and lyric videos of Divided By Tyrants right now.
Avant-garde Metal troupe Botanist has shared a new single, “Oxygen” from their upcoming album Photosynthesis, due out later this week, October 30th, via the esteemable label, The Flenser. The new album is a concept album about how plants convert sunlight into energy and how plants have a worldwide, symbiotic relationship.
Devin Townsend is a music extraordinaire who is well-known for his many different and successful projects that he has participated in over the last 25 years or so. Whether it be Strapping Young Lad or Devin Townsend Project the man has always thrown his heart into it. He is a Canadian machine that expertly and consistently generates epic-scale music in many diverse forms. Last year he released his latest solo album, Empath (InsideOut Music). He took his essence to a new level of eccentricity with a masterful embodiment of bonkers meets serene. Many cling to the wilds that is Dev for his honest presentation, whether that be in Jazz, Metal, or whatever genre he chooses to express himself with. His devotees gather in the masses at his shows for a guaranteed excellent and entertaining performance. Last December he brought his uncommon magic to England and much like his actual works, the presentation was a little unconventional. Dev is about to release his new live album, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (InsideOut Music) documenting that European tour. It will be released as a limited deluxe 2CD/Blu-Ray/DVD artbook package, a limited 2CD+DVD digipak, gatefold 3LP+2CD vinyl box set, and more.
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.
Viking Metal started out by combining the epic energy of Black Metal with the mystical grace of Folk music. Enslaved is a band at the pinnacle of this heavy, Nordic sound. Starting out as teenagers, this Norweigian act has successively enhanced the Scandinavian metal scene for nearly thirty years. Their beginnings were more in the realm of the extreme, but over time Enslaved has not been afraid to dip into other genres like Prog Rock and Jazz. It’s encouraging to witness their ability to be undaunted by their explorations while still being true to their Viking roots. Their new fifteenth full-length album, Utgard (Nuclear Blast) verifies their astute ambition of experimentmentation and expression.