ALBUM REVIEW: Grief Symposium – …In The Absence of Light

What was the first bit of heavy music you ever heard in your life? Did you level up, gaining mana from the ear-peeling riffs and shouts? Lovers of extreme metal surely have had experiences like this in their lives, where their entire world is tossed upside-down a new band, or a clutch of new demos from an emerging scene. This is how my ears felt hearing Grief Symposium, with a new take on the Death / Doom sub-genre with their debut, …In The Absence of Light (Church Road Records). Although mysterious and secretive, they did not set out to reinvent extreme music, but rather invent themselves, and a sound that should echo for a long time.

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Dan “Chewy” Mongrain of Voivod on The “Ultraman” EP, Touring with Opeth, and Prog


We chatted late in 2022 with Dan “Chewy” Mongrain of Voivod! The band had a tremendous year in 2022, with a full-length release “Synchro Anarchy” and a new EP “Ultraman” as well. The band also toured with Opeth as well as their own headline dates. We discussed the “Ultraman” project, his love for the series, his first-ever lead vocal performance, his appreciation of Japanese fans, some music he has been digging in 2022 such as Child Bite, and Pat Metheny, and future plans for the band!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Green King – Hidden Beyond Time


Helsinki-formed outfit Green King’s debut album, Hidden Beyond Time (The Sign) encourages you to Travel Back In Time, to the NWOBHM – in a good way. It’s all expertly done, all great fun, and, as a long-playing calling card, introduces a quality band that obviously have a grasp of several genres while strongly suggesting there is much more still to come.

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Opeth “By Request” 30th Anniverary Tour with Voivod Begins, South American Dates Booked for 2023


Opeth will kick off their long-awaited “Opeth By Request – Evolution XXX” in Europe this week. Special guests are Canadian metallers Voivod. Performing a setlist voted by the group’s fans that will feature songs from each of their records. Many dates have sold out while tickets for a few other dates are also running low. The band has also announced a tour of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica as well as Mexico for February 2023. The band’s full itinerary can be found below, tickets are on sale now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Revocation – Netherheaven


To say that Revocation has another banger on deck seems a bit obvious, right?

Speaking only from this author’s perspective this Boston unit has never fumbled the ball on a studio album. Dispute that amongst yourselves in the comment section, just don’t tag me along in your spirited debates. Last thing I need are more notifications via my phone. So, the point is Netherheaven (Metal Blade) may as well be subtitled “Revocation continues to be awesome and David Davidson is more talented than you, will never run out of riffs and can make out with your special lady friend whenever they like”.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bloodbath – Survival Of The Sickest


Survival Of The Sickest (Napalm Records) sees the return of Bloodbath, European death metal’s number one super-group, a band created in homage to the old school masters of the grisly art in 1998, by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nystrom of Katatonia, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth and Dan Swano (Edge Of Sanity).

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INTERVIEW: Jordan Blum on The Genius of Opeth, Music Journalism, and More!


Ghost Cult caught up with author and music journalist Jordan Blum, all about his new book “Opeth Every Album Every Song” – out now! He also has books about Dream Theater and Jethro Tull! We talked to Jordan about his book writing process, what he learned about Opeth writing this book, his other journalistic endeavors, and much more!

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Arctangent Festival Adds Scalping, Famyne, Outlander, Sergeant Thunderhoof, Cryptic Shift, and Ogives Big Band


Arctangent Festival is closing in on a sellout for their comeback festival later this month. The fest has now added new acts such as Scalping, Famyne, Outlander, Sergeant Thunderhoof, Cryptic Shift, Ogives Big Band, to the weekend. The fest already features headliners Opeth, Cult of Luna, and TesseracT as headliners, and has now added the updated festival map and clashfinder for fans to make use of!

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Arctangent Festival 2022 Announce TWDY, Godflesh, Devil Sold His Soul, Puppy, Stake, and More

Arctangent Festival already has one of THE line ups for 2022 festivals, and today they announce the very final new band additions for the event, as well as move TesseracT up to main stage headliner status. The fest already features headliners Opeth, Cult of Luna, and more. For the FULL list of newly added bands and artists being announced for ATG Festival today:

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CONCERT REVIEW: Mastodon – Opeth – Khemmis Live At The Masonic


The Masonic Temple is one of the most outstanding buildings in Midtown Detroit. The regal Neo-Gothic architecture and cathedral-like design makes it a prime tourist attraction for Motor City. Part of this historic building’s appeal is the theatre and its massive stage. The stateliness of this structure and the 55 by 100 foot theatre platform made it the perfect pick for Mastodon and Opeth to bring their co-headline tour. The bands rolled into town on a cool Spring evening last week and brought Denver’s own Khemmis with them. Having three currently hot and popular bands under one roof is every modern metalhead’s dream.Continue reading