Consistency is the best word that can be used to describe a band like The Ocean. After releasing the critically acclaimed album Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic (Metal Blade Records/Pelagic Records) in 2018, the Germans come back with can possibly be a solid candidate for album of the year in Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic (Metal Blade Records/Pelagic Records). And it’s just that this band keeps raising the musical and creative bars that are out there. They are not afraid to crush any musical barriers and do love to delve into unknown territories and as a result, they always come out on the winning end of it.
Japanese avant-garde masters Mono will return to Europe in 2021. Direct support will come from A.A. Williams. Tickets on sale Friday 17th July from the link below. Mono continues to tour behind their excellent 2019 album Nowhere Now Here (Pelagic Records). Recorded with producer Steve Albini, the band released that album, their 10th,’ in January 2019 before ending the year with the ‘Beyond The Past’ 20th anniversary shows in London in December. A.A Williams just released her new full-length album Forever Blue (Bella Union). Continue reading
Have you ever heard a debut album from a band and wondered how they will, if possible, top their material in a follow-up record? Lesser Glow provides us an excellent example of consistency and development in their sophomore record Nullity (Pelagic Records), full of heavy, melodic, and huge wall of sounds that will keep you wanting more. The band, originated in Boston, Massachusetts, brings a different perspective to the Doom Metal world, adding the different influences of other sub-genres of Metal like Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Post Rock, and more. Coming up from their amazing debut Ruined (Pelagic Records) Lesser Glow keeps bringing a fresh and new perspective in a genre that arguably has a lot of bands sounding the same. Continue reading
Propaganda (Pelagic Records) is the first full length I’ve gotten my hands on from Belgian exports, BEAR. In description to their sound I see lots of online chatter about it being labeled as Progressive Hardcore which to me sounds very appealing as it conjures up thought of Botch or early Between the Buried and Me. And while there are moments of zonked out Prog on Propaganda, I’d say it was akin to Groove Metal even though I’ve never been particularly jazzed about that as a genre moniker. Continue reading
Ghost Cult has been long time fans of Boston’s Lesser Glow, a band you need to know in 2020. The band melds a Funeral Doom dirges, with a Death Metal bands’ mastery of their instruments, and the dynamics of post-Rock. They will release their next full-length album later this month, Nullity, via the great Pelagic Records label on May 29th. Ghost Cult is proud to bring you their new single, ‘Toba’, which is harrowing, sorrowful, beautiful, and heroic sounding, all at once. Jam out to this apocalyptic track right now! Continue reading
Masterful Swedish post-Rock band Barrens will release their new album Penumbra, tomorrow 4/10/2020 via Pelagic Records. The group features members of long-running Indie Rock band Scraps of Tape. Provocative instrumentals, and possessing a well of emotional depth track after track, the hypnotic journey of Penumbra seeps in through the mind and digs down to your soul. Waves of guitars dance alongside synths to bring additional unique layers to each track. The album was recorded in Uppsala and Gothenburg, produced by the band, and mixed and mastered by Cult Of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios in Stockholm. You can stream the full album here at Ghost Cult, as well a pre-order the release at the link below. Continue reading
Belgian Prog metallers Bear will release their new album Propaganda on May 8th via Pelagic Records. The long-running Antwerp-based crew draws influences from 1990s hardcore metal with their brutality, songcraft, and intellect. The new release will be their fourth in ten years, and the band has raised their international profile in that time touring throughout Europe and India and appearing at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, and Complextiy Fest, Check out the new lyric video for Bear’s new single ‘Kuma’ and pre-order the album at the links below! Continue reading
Belgian post-Metal band Psychonaut is back with their new album Unfold The Godman releasing via Pelagic Records on March 6th. The has created a new performance video for the track ‘Kabuddah’, created at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels when the band performed with Brutus last December. The clip was filmed and produced by Frank Resseler and edited by Stefan De Graef. The album is available for pre-order at the links below. Watch the clip right now, exclusively at Ghost Cult!
Japanese post-Hardcore greats Envy is dropping their new album, The Fallen Crimson, on February 7th via Pelagic Records! It will be their first new album in five years! The band has just dropped a new video and single for the track ‘A Faint New World’! Pre-orders for the album are live at the links below, Check it out now! Continue reading
Mono and A.A. Williams will drop a collaborative two-song EP, Exit in Darkness, on December 13th via Pelagic Records. Celebrating twenty years, Mono is one of underground music’s all-time legends, as they team with one of the most essential artists to come along in the last few years for what promises to be an amazing pairing! The digital EP is due out next month, while 10-inch vinyl release comes in late January. Now h the first new single and title track! Continue reading