ALBUM REVIEW: Epica – Omega


It should come as a surprise to no-one that Omega (Nuclear Blast), the eighth full-length studio release from Dutch symphonic metal act Epica, is another concept-driven album. Formed in 2002, the band are widely known for their ambitious ideas and themes, covering everything from the Mayan civilization to religion, nature, quantum physics and the possibility that the universe is actually digitally created hologram. You know, simple stuff.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Therion – Leviathan


Having successfully navigated their way around the many obstacles and challenges thrust into their path by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Christofer Johnsson and his Swedish symphonic act Therion return with their seventeenth studio album Leviathan (Nuclear Blast).

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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


Watch Former Nightwish Singer Tarja’s Livestream Chat with Current Vocalist Floor Jansen


Iconic former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen joined Floor Jansen for an in-depth chat about Nightwish and their careers, Tuesday, December 8th. This conversation surely ignited the fans bases of both the band and Tarja as the material they made together was legendary. Floor has also been a great addition to the band. Nightwish released Human. :II: Nature, a concept album, via Nuclear Blast. Tarja’s new album Christmas Together: Live At Olomouc And Hradec Králové 2019, was released on November 6 via earMUSIC. Her latest studio album, In The Raw, arrived in August 2019 via earMUSIC. Ghost Cult interviewed Tarja in 2019 and Floor earlier this year. Watch the chat now!Continue reading


Watch Floor Jansen of Nightwish Cover “’Let It Go” From Disney’s “Frozen” Movie


Nightwish singer Floor Jansen has recorded a cover of pervasive pop culture song “Let It Go” from the Disney kids movie Frozen. The track is a favorite of little children everywhere, including Jansen’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Freja. The music for Floor’s version of “Let It Go” was laid down by Oscar Fläring from the band The Fouxes. Released in 2013, the original version of “Let It Go” was written by husband-wife songwriter duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won both an Academy Award and Grammy Award in 2014 and 2015, respectively.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Surma – The Light Within


 

A duo comprising Czechian vocalist Viktorie Surmøvá (Bohemian Metal Rhapsody) and Týr guitarist Heri Joensen, symphonic metal act Surma was formed in 2018 but spent the following year writing and arranging the music for their debut release.

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Music Industry Big Wig John Finberg Accused of Sexual Harassment and Bullying


First Row Talent boss John Finberg is the gatekeeper of some of the biggest touring bands in the Rock and Metal World concert touring the world: Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Warbringer, Suffocation, Immolation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, and The Agonist, are among his current and past clients. To say he is enormously powerful and influential is an understatement. In an expose from Metalsucks.nettoday with many people alleging sexual harassment, bullying, racism, misogyny, and threats of violence from Finberg for many years. The article has case of after case of people and bands with run-ins with him, and all of it sounds appalling. Many former victims, bands, and music journalists took to social mediato rant about him and comment on the story. Finberg has made no comment at press time, and it is unclear if Metalsucks attempted to reach him for comment before running the story. Typically in the case of sex assault allegations, you change the names of the victims for protection, which they did, and often don’t get a comment first from the accused so they don’t further endanger their victims with more threats. You can read the story at the link on their site. TW for sexual harassment and threats of violence.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dark Sarah – Grim


With the world lurching from one crisis to another on an almost hourly basis, it’s a relief to know that music can still offer some form of escapism. If you’re exhausted by politics or worried about global pandemics, then you could do a lot worse than embarking on a magical quest with symphonic metal act Dark Sarah.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Beyond The Black – Hørizøns


Continuing to shrug off their symphonic metal tag, German five-piece Beyond the Black have stepped further into the realm of Europop based metal on their fourth full-length release, Hørizøns(Napalm Records). Continue reading