ALBUM REVIEW: Ignite – Ignite


Self-titled albums can be something of a double-edged sword (just ask Suicide Silence…) particularly when you’re jumping in twenty-five years into a career and following a significant line-up change, Zoltán Téglás having departed in 2020 after over a quarter of a century behind the mic stand. Understandably, there is always caution and concern about such an integral part of a band’s sound changing, let alone that happening this deep into their innings. Here, though, Californian punks Ignite benefit from never having been the most prolific of outfits – Ignite (Century Media) being only their sixth album overall despite the band debuting in 1994 – and the fact that their last outing, A War Against You, was not their strongest. More melodic than his predecessor, though not to the detriment of any gusto, Eli Santana (actor, guitarist for Holy Grail, Incite, ex-Huntress) is the voice of their return to competitive action some six years on, and fits in seamlessly.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Eternal Struggle – “Year of The Gun”


Hardcore Metal and Eternal Struggle will drop their new full-length album, Year of the Gun, this Friday, June 4th, 2021, via Demons Run Amok Entertainment (DE) in partnership with Upstate Records(NY). The band channels the adversity and strife in their lives they have had to overcome to write anthemic, yet crushing anthems of empowerment, self-improvement, signaling a clarion call to all marginalized people everywhere to unite. Easily one of the years’ best Hardcore genre releases, stream Year of the Gun, here at Ghost Cult!

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565: Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks Returns

Matt and Curtis welcome back Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks/Blast Beat Network. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565 is an interview with Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks on Whether Where you Are From Matters. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564: Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More!

Matt, Curtis, and Keefy from Ghost Cult hosted a new FREE music marketing Q & A over Zoom. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564 is our Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #563: Miscommunication

Matt and Curtis discuss why being clear with your communication is everything. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #563 is all about Miscommunication. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #562: Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions


Matt welcomes in music industry legend and expert Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions (ex Season of Mist) but his long career in the business. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #562 is an interview with Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions. International. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #561: Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International


Matt welcomes in Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International to forecast what the future of the music industry looks like for record deals, touring, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #561 is an interview with Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #560: Clarity Of Communication


Matt and Curtis discuss how to be clear about what you are asking for and how to respond to queries. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #560 is all about Clarity Of Communication. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #559: Ula Gehret of Clandestine Music


Matt welcomes back to the pod music industry expert Ula Gehret Of Clandestine Music to discuss the evolving landscape of the business in 2021. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #559 features Ula Gehret of Clandestine Music on Metal After COVID. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #558: Marc Schapiro on his Career in The Music Business


Matt is joined by music industry expert Marc Shapiro to discuss his career working at labels such as Ipecac Recordings, Cooking Vinyl, Kscope, and more! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #558 features Marc Schapiro on his Career in The Music Business! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). Continue reading