LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Within Temptation – The Aftermath Streaming Event


In the absence of live shows as we know them, Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation have taken the idea of playing a simple online gig and moved it up a level, giving fans the full virtual reality sci-fi treatment. Instead of performing on a stage in an empty room, the band have produced something much more visually stimulating, creating not only a sequence of lavish futuristic sets but a fully functional wraparound storyline detailed ahead of each separate section by the disembodied head of a digitally constructed android.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Beyond Forgiveness – “Dream Before I Sleep” – (Vocal Sing-Through)


Colorado Springs Symphonic Metal band Beyond Forgiveness has been on our radar for a while! Originally formed as a studio project as well as working through finding the perfect line-up, the band released their first EP, “The Ferryman’s Shore.” Featuring new singer Talia Hoit, the album was well received and the bands’ star is again rising! Reformed in 2014 by original guitarists Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer, the band is known for their creative songcraft featuring classical orchestras, choirs, and operatic vocals with hint of folk, colliding with extreme elements found in death metal and black metal which some have labeled as “Beautality.” In 2019, the band released their second full-length album, Live to Tell the Story (Sliptrick Records). Fans of Epica, Nightwish, Battle Beast, and Delain, but also more extreme styles will love this band. Check out this vocal-sing-through of their track by Talia Hoit, here at Ghost Cult!

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Behind The Horror Podcast Series


New Jersey metallers Behind The Horror have been keeping busy in 2021. With a series of covers (recently Sepultura, Audioslave, and Nightwish), playthrough videos, and now their new Podcast series, the band has been keeping their fans entertained and themselves sharp, as they work on new music for their next release. In the first few episodes, which you can see below, the brothers Gabriel and Lucas Alves continue to explore their earliest years as fans, their first forrays into making music, and much more! Watch it now and be sure to like and subscribe on YouTube to support the band!

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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