BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on What Makes Live Streams Great

So what goes into a good live stream? I’m not going to lie, I haven’t watched a lot. While I admire the format and have certainly seen some things that really impressed me, as a general rule I don’t really think they are for me. However – a lot of people really like them. And they are a great way to keep attention on your band during COVID. So I wanted to break down some of the things that make the good ones worthwhile.

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PODCAST: Episode #128: Larissa Stupar of Venom Prison on “Primeval”, Activism, and New Music

Ghost Cult to catch up with Venom Prison’s vocalist/activist Larrisa Stupar to chat about their new album Primeval via Prosthetic Records (review here). We chatted all about the bands’ activism in the scene, the current state of the world in 2020: the failure of our leaders during the pandemic, fighting the patriarchy, and outing sex abusers, but also a lot of positive forces we have right now, such as music and art. Larissa discussed the pivotal role producer Tom Dring has, the art of Eliran Kantor, and the progress on a new full-length Venom Prison album out, hopefully, to be released in 2021. Support the band and purchase Primeval here, and listen to our conversation now. Continue reading

Gruesome Drummer Gus Rios Hospitalized with Coronavirus

 

As first reported by Sick Drummer on social media, Gruesome drummer Gus Rios has been admitted to a Florida hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. Gus updated fans over social media and seems upbeat and positive he will beat this virus that as of today has killed 220,000+ Americans. We are big fans of Gus, the masterful Death metal drummer of many past bands, producer, and writer, who has two releases this year. He played on the Exhumed/Gruesome split and also wrote, produced, and performed on the excellent, but underrated Liquid Death album, Greatest Hates earlier in the year! Get well soon Gus! 

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Ozzy Osbourne Rebooks “No More Tours 2” with Judas Priest for 2022

Ozzy Osbourne has rescheduled previously postponed dates for the European leg of his “No More Tours 2”. Judas Priest will again be the opening act for all of the dates, except for one new date in Hungary, at the Budapest Arena. Fans should hold on to their tickets as they remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates, and refunds must be sought at the point of purchase. Ozzy himself sent a message of thanks to his loyal fans: 

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PODCAST: Episode 126: John Connolly of Sevendust on “Blood and Stone”

Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with John Connolly of Sevendust to chat about their new album, Blood and Stone, releasing on October 23rd, 2020 via Rise Records. We discussed the making of the new album, releasing new music during this uncertain time, the more adult themes of the band’s music these days, how the band approaches songwriting, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the decision to cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live” and how they almost didn’t go through with it and more. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat right now. 

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BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Show Promotion Post-COVID

So I think we can agree that this coronavirus thing is gonna last a while. Like a while. Like probably until next fall. With this in mind, I think we can agree the booking landscape is also going to be changed in some unprecedented ways. Continue reading

BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Good and Bad Investments for Your Album Release

Physical product is not going to sell itself. This is a huge mistake I see a ton of bands making. They have this idea that just because they pressed it, it will sell. This is not the case. In fact, physical product can even be a bad investment. Continue reading

BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Getting Over 10K Followers on Instagram

So I’m zeroing in on 10,000 Instagram followers. It’s an exciting moment in my life as this has been a goal I’ve been working on for several years no wand which I’ve poured several hours a day into every day. So I wanted to break down getting over the hump and what I’m doing to reach the next level
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PODCAST: Episode 123: Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm Talks “Unconquered”

 

Ghost Cult’s Keefy recently caught up with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm about their new album Unconquered, out September 25 th via their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. We chatted about the new record, the longevity of the band, how the band prepared for this new album, making the video for “The Killshot”, working once again with visionary artist Blake Armstrong on the return of the “heart beast” artwork, how the band is dealing without touring, his other projects with new music on the way such as Ex Deo, his growing hot sauce business, and a discussion of Keefy’s favorite live Kataklysm performance, at the Trois Rivieres Metalfest. Purchase Unconquered here and check out our conversation! Continue reading

BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Why Creating Off-Brand Content Matters

One of the things that I think people don’t understand is the importance of documenting and creating content about the people around you if you want to grow. That’s why we talk so often about the value of being a music journalist or having a podcast or something to grow your contacts in the scene. Continue reading