Even geniuses get beat up by the press and fans sometimes. There were very few albums as big, pervasive in music culture and brilliant as Nine Inch Nails career highlight The Downward Spiral (Nothing/Interscope) was in 1994. The problem is, how do you follow it up, especially when the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and copied your style? Well, you don’t do a belly flop into stasis, you work harder than ever to expand, change drastically and do all the things. The Fragile (Nothing/Interscope) is Trent Reznor doing all the things, really well. Continue reading
YouTuber and personality Nostalgia Critic has filed his “review” of Pink Floyd’s classic movie musical “The Wall” based on their 1979 album of the same name. In this episode, he gets help from major Pink Floyd fans in Slipknot/Stone Sour‘s Corey Taylor, his son Griffin and musical covers by fellow YouTuber Rob Scallon. Intercut with the original film, scenes poking fun at the storyline including Griffin basically playing a young Corey, just as actor/singer/humanitarian Bob Geldof’s character Pink was portrayed by a young boy in the film! Check it out! Continue reading
Ghost Cult had the distinct pleasure of chatting with the one and only Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth recently. In a wide-ranging chat with our Chief Editor Keefy, Mikael discussed the new album, In Cauda Venenum, due out September 27th via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We discussed his creating both English and Swedish language versions of the album, using an orchestra and choir, concept records, progressive rock artists he likes such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, working at Park Studios, philosophical lyrics, and why he treated this album like it was the final Opeth album. Continue reading
Ghost Cult had the opportunity to visit RCA Records’ headquarters in New York City to take part in an exclusive Tool listening event for press for Fear Inoculum, releasing on August 30th. We appreciate being counted among the major media in attendance and getting to experience this highly anticipated new album. Although this is not a full review (check back next week), this contains our initial thoughts on Tool album number six. Continue reading
Memes abound rife with jokes about people canceling their HBO subscriptions all over the internet today, the day after the final episode of Game of Thrones aired. Of course, HBO is not going anywhere and one of their flagship shows now becomes Westworld, which will see season three air next year, in 2020. Season three of Westworld will introduce a new narrative and a new co-star in Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman). In the trailer for the season which aired before the final Game of Thrones, a narration by Paul’s as yet unnamed character is accompanied by ‘Brain Damage’ from Pink Floyd’s all-time classic Dark Side of The Moon. We’re looking forward to this show next year, so watch the trailer now! Continue reading
With the media, fans, and haters all falling all over the place trying to find a morsel of information about the new Tool album, it would be understandable if people are feeling a burnout before we actually get to a new album. Still, the fires have been stoked with Tool performing two new songs at last weekend’s Welcome To Rockville Festival. Well tonight at their first arena headline show of the current tour at Legacy Arena at the BJCC, Birmingham, Alabama, the band may have leaked the date of their new album release. Not only did they perform the two new songs again, ‘Descending (with vocals)’ and ‘Invincible’ again, at the end of the show the videos screens lit up with a giant block letter post “August 30th. That date is the final Friday of August and of course a “New Music Friday” as well. Images of this lit up social media from multiple people at the show, in spite of Tool’s anti-cell phone photo policy that has been in place for a decade and a half. This date has not been confirmed from the band, who are also notorious spreaders of their own misinformation. This even calls to mind the old Pink Floyd hoax from the 1990s. Still, we hope it’s true. Hopefully a formal announcement and official new UPDATE: The band has now shared a new social media update with this information, seemingly confirming the release date: singles will release very soon. Tool’s next show is May 8th at The YUM! Center in Louisville.
No, I have no idea what a Ramagehead is either, but this quixotic and enigmatic title seems entirely apposite for a third album of psychedelic Progressive Rock from this most discerning and intriguing of collectives. Combining the talents of Porcupine Tree’s bass general Colin Edwin and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, this already sounds like a Fantasy Prog Band competition winner. Add in some vocals of an Obake vintage and you’re there. This could end up being the most intimidating and contrived ego-trip were it not handled carefully.
Ye of little faith. Continue reading