REVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

As far as large multi-day fests go, Psycho Las Vegas is still pretty wet behind the ears having only just had their fourth annual incarnation this August but already it has begun growing into what will likely continue to be the summer juggernaut of partying and music. New this year, to the dismay of many, was the location change from the off the strip and perfectly themed haunt, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, to the megaplex that is Mandalay Bay. Gone is the feeling of a true fest take over and in its place, a sprawling amalgamation of “psychos” and people from any town USA or abroad there simply to gamble, throw pre-wedding bashes, get drunk or maybe attend a conference (*ahem* “conference”). Once everyone got their bearings and navigated through this corporate mega casino/hotel/shopping mall, pushed back a few drinks or whatever preferred substances they were into, and found the locations of the four stages, the complaining ebbed and instead, people experienced the fest for what it is. A gigantic party with a great combination of bands playing for four days. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019

Ghost Cult is once again honored to be part of Psycho Las Vegas, a goddam heavy metal casino/beach party extravaganza if there ever was one. The filth of Rock, Sludge, Doom, Trad, Hardcore, Prog, and Stoner Metal genres and the glitz of Vegas- baby, all rolled into one. Headlined by Original Misfits, Opeth, Electric Wizard, Corrosion of Conformity, Bad Religion, YOB, Lucifer, High on Fire, GsY!BE, Clutch, Carcass, Triumph of Death, Graveyard, ASG, Primitive Man, Deafheaven, Kadavar, Vio-Lence, Soft Kill, Andrew W.K., Tomb Mold, Power Trip, Full of Hell, and a ton more bands, it promises to be a rager. Sadly, Oranssi Pazuzu and Rotting Christ have dropped out. Every band is carefully curated and picked, so try to see them all if you can. If you can’t get set with the full lineup, and our “must not miss list” picks for each day! Continue reading

Oranssi Pazuzu Books Short US Tour with Insect Ark, Appearing At Psycho Las Vegas

In a rare appearance in North America, Finnish psychedelic/prog Black Metallers Oranssi Pazuzu will embark on an EXCLUSIVE tour of the USA as part of their participation in Psycho Las Vegas 2019. The band will play a one-off show in Los Angeles on August 14th, preceding their performance on August 17th at Psycho Las Vegas, where they join the likes of The Original Misfits, High On Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bad Religion, Carcass, Old Man Gloom, Power Trip, and many more. Direct support on the tour to come from Insect Ark. The tour runs from October 10th through October 19th, with shows in Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Raleigh, and Atlanta. Watch for additional dates to be added over the months ahead. Continue reading

Roadburn 2019 – A Fest of a Different Color

Roadburn, now in its 20th year, is a fest I had promised I would start going to many, many years ago but for one reason or another never did. This year I went and although it is like other music fests in some ways, I can say that it is equally unlike other fests in many other ways. Many of my personal experiences will not be akin to a standard festival goer due to the nature of what I do obviously but if you bear with me here I can explain some things that the average person should expect when and if they decide to go is on their list of priorities. If you already know the drill or aren’t interested in this part please feel free to scroll on through. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Closes, 2020 Dates Announced

The preeminent underground music festival in the world has come to a close. Roadburn was another smashing success in 2019, and the festival has sent out a missive to fans and press recapping the weekend and looking ahead. Roadburn 2020 will take place April 16-19, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: ROADBURN 2019

 

Today is the day! After the pre-fest party last night, the sold-out Roadburn 2019 kicks off today, and for the next four days in Tilburg, Netherlands will smash you a full slate of bands. Major artists like Sleep, At The Gates, Thou, Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Daughters, Myrkur and more will perform in intimate settings you won’t see at any other festival. The fest even added last minute local artists Doodswens (Dutch for Deathwish), a two-piece black metal group that we’ll have our ears peeled for. Some of the the can’t miss groups include two sets by Sleep, three sets from Mono and the Jo Quail Quartet, Pharmakon, Crypt Trip, Emma Ruth Rundle, Twin Temple, Crowhurst, Hexvessel, Craft, Triptykon & Metrolope Orkest (new song performance ‘Requiem’) Drab Majesty, Street Sects, Bosse-De-Nage, Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle, Svalbard, Conjurer, Soft Kill, Imperial Triumphant, Cave, Birds In Row, Bossk, Coilguns, Old Man Gloom, Crowhurst & Gnaw Their Tongues, Ulcerate, Marissa Nadler, Wrong, Daughters, and many more. Ghost Cult is here with our preview of essential bands day by day. Just our humble take on whom we would prioritize (so please no comments about whom we chose or omitted). Really with a festival like this, there is something for every type of music fan, and most of these artists represent the best of the best in the world. Still, for those unprepared, check out the following day-by-day breakdown. Continue reading