Tairrie B. Murphy Releases New Album, Covers Rage Against the Machine

 

Metal and Hip-Hop legend Tairrie B. Murphy has released a new album, dropped in time f(October, 20th, 2020) or the election run-up last weekend. The title Feminenergy is a portmanteau of Feminine Energy and could be a summation of Mrs. B’s entire career as a ground-breaking artist many times over in her glass-ceiling destroying career as a solo artist and with bands Tura Satana, Manhole, and My Ruin. The new album is great, includes a Rage Against the Machine cover (“Fistful of Steel”), and is available as a pay what you want on her Bandcamp and released via her own House of Capricorn Records. Tairrie has kept busy the last few years releasing some of her early records for free on her Bandcamp, releasing covers and new originals, working on this new music with her husband Mick Murphy (Chevy Metal), and reportedly writing her memoirs. Jam out to her album now watch the trailer and get out and vote like your life depends on it, because it actually does.

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ALBUM REVIEW: A.A. Williams – Forever Blue

It is easy to forget that Forever Blue is the debut album from AA Williams, such is the level of status she has already acquired since first taking to the stage only last year. In the meantime, she has garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, released a self-titled EP, and collaborated with Mono before releasing Forever Blue.

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PODCAST: #Episode 108 – Carol Hodge on “Savage Purge”

Ghost Cult Magazine’s Duncan Evans caught up with singer/songwriter and all-around badass Carol Hodge (solo artist/Steve from Crass/The Wildhearts) to discuss her new album Savage Purge (review here). Carol was in high spirits, despite illness, and chatted all about her new album, her creative process, the deeper meaning behind the title, lyricism, and much more! You can order her album at this link here, and listen to their chat right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Carol Hodge – Savage Purge

Songwriters are often in pursuit of honesty. They want to express the contents of their souls with authenticity and truth. However, these expressions are often refracted through lenses of ambiguity which can leave the listener guessing as to the real truth at the source. It is perhaps less common, and maybe more courageous, for a songwriter to tell us what’s really going on in their day-to-day thoughts without hiding beneath the mystery of their poetry. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 18 – Twin Temple Talks Satan, Music and Sex Magic

Ghost Cult got to catch up with Twin Temple recently at their sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar, in Brooklyn. We chatted with the group about their new album, … Brings You Their Signature Sound: Satanic Doo-Wop, their new record deal with Rise Above Records, the principles that propel the band, their influences, their extremely NSFW music video, and more. Continue reading

Otep – Kult 45

It’s no surprise given the current political landscape of the world, that our artists, musicians, and other creators are going to be the greatest champions for the people. It’s clear that the systems we have propped ourselves up on for decades such as government, schools, the church, brutal corporations and other institutions have failed us terribly. So, of course, Otep Shamaya and OTEP come back now with a new album to basically put everyone sucking the love out of this world on blast. Hitting ’em where it hurts verbally and bringing the heavy, Kult 45 (Napalm) is just the antidote if you’ve lost your faith about the future. Continue reading

Karyn Crisis Readies New Book, Plans Signing Events

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Karyn Crisis is a name synonymous with brilliant artistry, be it music, visual arts, poetry, clothing, or really any endeavors she has set out to tackle in her 25 years+ career. Known as much for her musical output with Crisis, Ephel Duath, and The Gospel Of The Witches, she is now bringing her new book Italy’s Witches and Medicine Women: Volume 1 to the masses. Get the details on pre-orders, special merchandise, and a non-traditional book tour which include performances, readings, signings and much more. Continue reading

Otep – Generation Doom

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Otep has a new album out titled Generation Doom (Napalm Records). As a longtime Otep fan, I’m always well chuffed when they release new music. Music of course being a derivative term as what Otep does is more art for the ears than anything. The first thing I noticed with Otep’s Generation Doom is that it’s heavy! Generation Doom is a heavy metal album. You can head bang and thrash about the living room whilst listening to this album. The album opens with the track ‘Zero’. It doesn’t take long before you are screaming the refrain “I don’t give a fuck!” along with lead singer Otep Shamaya. The guitars are just gobsmackingly amazing. The drumming is heavy and thumptastic.

‘Lords of War’ was one of the first singles released. It is political in nature without beating you over the head. Otep raps above some dark and heavy backing tracks. But again, you end up singing along with her by the chorus. Another song that tugs at your heart-strings is ‘In Cold Blood’. It’s angsty for all the right reasons. ‘Lie’ is another intensely personal song that breaks your heart. All the anger and frustration at having to deal with a love that lies to you is embedded in ‘Lie’. The song strips you bear and says everything you wish you could say. Otep Shamaya’s writing style on Generation Doom is a thing of beauty as she can articulate the feelings and concepts most of us stumble over. In addition, her vocals range from the haunting to the guttural and it’s her vocal range that make the songs on Generation Doom an epic album. For me, the best part of the album is that it’s sing-along-able. In direct opposition to Otep’s last album Hydra, Generation Doom is a musical album. By that I mean that it’s less art and more music in a traditional sense. Each song is a bitchin’ collection of lyrics and metal arrangements. Generation Doom will please strict metal fans and longtime Otep fans alike.

8.5/10

VICTORIA ANDERSON

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Inside The Chapel Of Sacred Mirrors

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Many people may know visionary artist Alex Grey from his contributions to Tool’s use of his artwork from such albums as Lateralus and 10,000 Days (both Volcano Entertainment). Alex and his wife Allyson have much of their life’s work on display at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, now located in Wappingers Falls, NY. However, there is so much more to the environment and artwork at CoSM that must be experienced and felt that makes a trip to Dutchess County, New York definitely worthwhile.

On August 1st, 2015, Alex and Allyson held their “164th Full Moon Ceremony” at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. With their intricate artwork lining the walls of the house, the beautiful ceremony commenced at 7:30p.m. as the Greys appeared from behind a doorway adorned with a tapestry of Psychic Energy System. They began the ceremony by playing a rhythm on gongs set on opposite sides of the stage.

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

 

Allyson spoke briefly at the beginning of the ceremony, bringing to stage two poets in order, Brett Bevell and Fun Yung Moon. Following their appearance was Joness Jones, who gave her Astrological weather forecast in disguise, discussing Leo and Aquarius as well as Venus being in retrograde. To conclude the ceremony, that had been primarily a reminder of love, Alex read a passage from his book, Art Psalms. The Ceremony left a clear impression on those who attended and set the stage for the evening’s festivities to follow.

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

As the night continued, inside, there was live painting by artists Caren Charles and Alexia Velez; a Sand Mandala was created by guests in another room, as well as Tarot Readings by Marcy. All the while Alex and Allyson sat in the main room speaking with guests and signing books and posters. Outside there was a gorgeous laser light show, and music ensued. In addition, there was everything from Reiki therapy on the patio, a fire spinner, acrobatics, and a bonfire to entertain the onlookers.

Alex Grey at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Alex and Allyson Grey at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

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Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

 

Later in the evening, Alex painted a Supportrait of one of the attendees. The proceeds of the Supportrait go to helping build Entheon. Entheon is their latest project on the property, a building to house the Greys CoSM Art Collection.

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D. Photography

Full Moon Ceremony, at CoSM, by Melina D Photography

More information about the Greys, The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, and the Entheon project can be found at their website here:

 

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WORDS AND PHOTOS BY MELINA DELLAMARRGIO