ALBUM REVIEW: MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell

Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky) is the second full-length release from New Orleans-based artist Melissa Guion, who releases music under the moniker MJ Guider. It primarily deals in atmosphere. Guion uses heavily processed electronic textures, often drenched in thick treacle-like reverb, to create moody and evocative soundscapes. There are synthetic drum sounds, but this is certainly not dance music. The emotion-laden washy chord sequences recall the 1980s “Gothic” music and perhaps the “shoegaze” that followed in its footsteps, but this is music that doesn’t fit neatly into any category. Many of the sound-worlds have a lush warmth which lends them a meditative quality, but there is also an unsettling element of tension, as though dissonance and harmony are in competition with each other. Guion’s voice is tender and graceful and with it, she weaves flowing melodies. But the voice is often intentionally distant – buried in the mix and concealed by long reverb tails. It feels as though Guion has intentionally engineered a situation where opposing elements battle it out for dominance. These songs could have been presented in a radio-friendly indie package, but instead, the melodies and words only just lift their heads above the walls of noise that encase them. It takes audacity and boldness to attempt this sort of approach which flouts so many of the accepted rules of composition and music production. It seems that Guion was pushing the boundaries of her creativity and her tools: “I was curious to see how far I could go with them, even if that meant reaching the ends of their capacity to do what I wanted.” Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Many Blessings – Emanation Body

Ethan McCarthy‘s myriad recordings under his classification of ‘Noise’ are what many of us might name Harsh Ambient or Ambient Drone. Dystopian, disturbian, yet with elements of clarity that break through the crushing sound (and occasional soundbites of sex), many fans will have encountered these often challenging passages through his work with Primitive Man and here with his solo project Many Blessings. Sophomore album Emanation Body (Translation Loss Records) embraces more atmospheric airs whilst retaining much of that visceral anger. Continue reading

Antimozdebeast Cooks a Delicious Dinner on the New Episode of Brutally Delicious

Brutally Delicious, from metal chef, filmmaker, and podcaster Bruce Moore, is the long-running cooking show where bands cook their favorite dishes at home. The latest episode features industrial noise artist Antimozdebeast, cooking up a dish of “The Pasta of your Dreams” a.k.a. Chicken Pasta and plays a song for fans! Watch the video below and take some notes on the fill ingredients list. AntiMozdeBeast will release their new full-length album, The Red River this spring on Bandcamp and is for fans of Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, The Body, Author & Punisher, and more! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Human Impact – Human Impact

Comprising members of Unsane, Swans and Cop Shoot Cop, New York quartet Human Impact embrace all of those bands’ qualities and add a rebellious Noise element which belies the middle age quickly enveloping the protagonists. Debut album Human Impact (Ipecac Recordings) sees that collective maturity provides a focused, prowling edge. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Locean – Chav Anglais

You can call it Punk; you can call it Noise; you can, if you will call it Beat poetry. One thing that Manchester UK experimentalists Locean do produce is a thrilling, vibrant energy and Chav Anglais (Artificial Head Records), the band’s first full-length album, is full of such attitude: from crashing strings and rhythms to sparse, protesting, dominant sexuality. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Opium Lord – “Vore”

UK Sludge/Doom band Opium Lord is dropping their brand new album tomorrow, October 11th, via the mighty Sludgelord Records. The album is great, with magnificent riffs and a guest appeance by the legend himself, Mike Scheidt of YOB! Check out the full album stream, only at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

Lingua Ignota – Caligula

I like to think that I’m at least a bit cultured. I enjoy a sip of tea from time to time and do have a college degree. Let’s see, I’ve read several of William Shakespeare’s works and once shelled out top dollar to import a David Lynch Blu-ray box set all the way from Germany. I am a man of some taste and refinement, so I figured I was ready to take in Lingua Ignota‘s Caligula (Profound Lore). Continue reading

Experimental Noise Duo Murderspell Lands Art Exhibition at New York Gallery

Experimental noise/art project Murderspell quietly released their first music last year to Soundcloud, creating a nightmarish soundscape that invades the subconscious mind. Their tracks are complemented by short art films set to their music, creating an ongoing narrative about trauma, feminism, anti-patriarchal spell casting, magic, goddess worship as a means to end rape culture. One of the video pieces the group has created is currently part of an exhibition at the prestigious Westbeth Gallery in New York City. It runs through Augst 15th and open to the public.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Burial Party – “Digital Greenboots”

Indiana Noise punks Burial Party are releasing a debut 7-inch, Please, Electric Move Slow next month, with four tracks full of chaotic riffs and an anarchy-fueled molotov cocktail of attitude in their songs. The band filters their old-school hardcore influences through a modern filter, making for a great, catchy style! Check out their new single “Digital Greenboots” here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

Cocaine Piss – Passionate And Tragic

Stereotypes are such a crass and ugly thing. Used as a lazy and offensive descriptor of someone’s personality due to their nationality, they are something that should be abolished. The stereotypical view of Belgium and its people is one of being reserved and downright boring. How better to dispel that myth that with some high-velocity anarcho-Punk? Enter Cocaine Piss. Continue reading