Burst Reunites For Live Shows and Reissue Boxed Set “A Labyrinth of Layers” Due Later This


Swedish Progressive Metal icons Burst have reunited after a 12-year abscence. They disbanded indefinitely after a string of acclaimed albums and a final live show in December 2009. Aside from a one-off appearance at Spain’s Be Prog festival in 2018, the band has been silent. This fall, Pelagic Records will release A Labyrinth of Layers – an exclusive vinyl box set of the classic triptych Prey On Life (2003), Origo (2005) and Lazarus Bird (2008). Originally released on CD through Relapse Records, the box set will include the band’s three masterworks, remastered and graphically refurbished, with all new artwork and special collector’s items. To celebrate the upcoming box set, the band announce their new partnership with Netherlands-based booking agency, Doomstar Bookings and a short string of live performances in the Nordic this coming November, with more European plans for 2023. Check out a message from the band:

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Årabrot Shares New Video “Kinks Of The Heart”



Legendary avant-garde band Årabrot has shared a cinematic video from their upcoming new album today for “Kinks Of The Heart.” The epic 2xLP album Norwegian Gothic, is due out in April on Pelagic Records. The new music is said to be more accessible, but still the same band that has given us years of genre classics. Watch and share “Kinks Of The Heart” now!

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Mono Books European Tour 2021 with A.A Williams


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


ALBUM REVIEW: BEAR – Propaganda


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


EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Lesser Glow – “Toba”


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


EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Barrens – “Penumbra”


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


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Bear Shares New Lyric Video – “Kuma”


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