ALBUM REVIEW: Armored Saint – Punching The Sky

 

Showing no visible signs of wear and tear, classic Los Angeles metallers Armored Saint return with eighth studio album Punching the Sky (Metal Blade). Noted for their consistency in both output and personnel, you have to go all the way back to 1987’s Raising Fear (Chrysalis) to find a studio album with a different line-up. A surprising level of stability considering two lengthy hiatuses and the untimely death of original guitarist Dave Prichard.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pain Of Salvation – Panther

 

The eleventh full-length studio release from Swedish power/prog innovators Pain of Salvation, Panther (InsideOut Music) is a concept album which presents a futuristic city in which people are separated into dogs and panthers. The dogs being “normal” people while the panthers represent “spectrum” outsiders.  Continue reading

Queen is Facing Legal Hurdles Trying to Stop Donald Trump From Using Their Music

According to a published report, the management for Queen described the band’s attempts to stop Donald Trump from using its music in social media campaigns as an “uphill battle.” Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign used their classic song “We Will Rock You” in a video on TikTok competitor Triller. The video has not yet been taken down.A spokesman for Queen  told BBC News said it has “repeatedly taken issue with the Trump campaign,” adding that “the band itself has been quite outspoken on the subject.” This is not the first time Queen and Trump have clashed over his unauthorized use of the band’s music. Last October, the band filed a copyright infringement notice over the unauthorized use of “We Will Rock You” in a another Trump campaign video. The clip was eventually removed from Twitter “in response to a report from the copyright holder.” Queen also clashed with Trump four years ago on the campaign trail when then-Republican presidential hopeful Trump for using the band’s 1977 song “We Are The Champions” without permission. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Part II with Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon, Rock Operas, Vin Diesel, and Star Trek

Ghost Cult scribe Lorraine Lysen caught up with the great Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon for a wide-ranging interview a few months ago. They chatted about The Electric Castle Live project, the visuals of Ayreon Universe live, working with John de Lancie, rock operas, concept albums, Vin Diesel, Star Trek TNG, upcoming new music, and much more. 
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INTERVIEW: Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon, Past, Present, and Future – Part 1

Ghost Cult scribe Lorraine Lysen caught up with the great Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon for a wide-ranging interview a few months ago. They chatted about The Electric Castle Live project, his entire career, upcoming new music, and much more.  Continue reading

Pearl Jam to Release The “Art of Do The Evolution” Collaboration with Comics Legend Todd MacFarlane

Twenty-two years after legendary rock band Pearl Jam debuted their Grammy Award-nominated “Do The Evolution” music video, the band will release a behind the scenes arrt book, Pearl Jam: Art of Do The Evolution, with exclusive content created for the video by Todd McFarlane, Kevin Altieri, and Pearl Jam this October from IDW Publishing. The message of the art and the resulting video speaks volumes all these years later, especially the social and environmental messages the band promoted with its Yield album and tour. Directed by visionary comics legend Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and veteran animator Kevin Altieri (Batman: The Animated Series), this achievement in animation told a graphic and dark history of the world in four gripping minutes and is widely considered one of the best music videos of all time. The book will retail for $39.99 US / $53.99 CAN and will be a 200-page, full-color hardcover book, coming in  12” x 9″, perfect for your coffee table or Rock den! Continue reading

Watch Pearl Jam’s New Video – “Retrograde”

Legendary rockers Pearl Jam have shared their new video “Retrograde” The track comes from their new album, their eleventh, Gigaton out now via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Group (read our review here). The new PJ album is their first since 2013s acclaimed Lightning Bolt, released on 2013. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pearl Jam – Gigaton

The inevitable march towards environmental destruction and a certain perma-tanned incumbent of The White House have lit a spark under Pearl Jam, in part inspiring new album Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records). “The lengths we had to go to then, to find a place Trump hadn’t fucked up yet” Eddie Vedder spits on ‘Quick Escape’, a moody, mid-paced rocker about an environmentally ravaged future. The restrained and subtle power of ‘Seven O’Clock’ is another reaction to modern America, saying that now is not the time for despondency given the situation and “sitting bullshit as our sitting president”. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: March 27th New Music Releases

Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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