ALBUM REVIEW: Plague Years – Circle Of Darkness

Relative newcomers to the scene, Detroit’s Plague Years follow up their independently released 2018 debut EP with their first full-length offering, Circle of Darkness (eOne Music). Continue reading

Gimme Metal Launches Announces Exclusive Vinyl Subscription Club; Membership Available For A Limited Time

Gimme Metal, the best radio station and app in the metal world is launching an exclusive vinyl subscription club for members. Limited to 200 fans worldwide, the monthly club will share one exclusive vinyl every month and has a cancel anytime policy. The very first release in the club will be Possessed’s epic debut Seven Churches, on gorgeous red vinyl and it comes with a sick enamel logo pin. From deep catalog to rare and out of print albums, to new treasures – each monthly offering is a limited or Gimme exclusive variant, and many coming with collectible merch items or other add-ons for only $26.99 USD with free shipping in the USA (worldwide shipping fees apply). Watch this trailer and get all the details and sign up link below. 

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Mr. Bungle Are Working on Covers for their Reunion Shows

Mr. Bungle is gearing up for their reunion shows in February in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. The band will perform their 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny in its entirety. It will mark the first time Mr. Bungle has performed in close to 20 years and the first time these songs have been played live in over 30 years. The band comprised of original Mr. Bungle members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance will be joined by Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D.) and Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies) for the dates. Opening acts for the six shows will include Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts, and Spotlights,.The band posted to social media that they are working on cover songs for the show, and hopefully some other Mr. Bungle tracks will be played, since their final album, California, turned twenty years old in 2019. Once again, no further cities are being added to this mini-tour according to the bands’ spokesperson. Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Decibel’s Metal & Beer Fest 2019

Decibel Magazine’s Decibel Metal & Beer Fest was, to put it simply, stacked. Fourteen bands across all variants of Death, Grindcore, Prog, and Doom, descended onto Orange County for a weekend of heart-pounding jubilation. The two-day event was held this year at The Observatory, a large yet paradoxically intimate standing-room-only venue, intelligently designed to put the audience at three different heights across the entire space, offering uninhibited views of the stage beyond the perils of the pit. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Decibel Metal and Beer Fest Los Angeles II

Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/17/19

Tonight is the night! Decibel Metal and Beer Festival Los Angeles’s second edition starts tonight! Ghost Cult’s crew will be on hand as the best metal bands in the world match with the greatest Beers in the USA thanks to the greatest metal magazine ever, our pals at Decibel Magazine! Among the weekend’s top bands will be Possessed, Carcass, Vio-Lence, Nails, Gruesome, Schammasch who are making their US debut, Intronaut Spirit Adrift, Visigoth, Evoken Gatecreeper and more! Taking place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, December 13-14, 2019. Weekend passes are sold out but you can still get single-day tickets for the fest at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Here is the lineup! Continue reading

Mr. Bungle Adds Incredible Bands As Openers for 2020 Mini Tour

Mr. Bungle set the music world on its ear by announcing a mini-comeback tour with six shows in total in 2020 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The hand-picked openers includes Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts and Spotlights, reflecting a mix of artists that both influenced the Eureka-born outfit’s 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, as well as current bands that the musicians are both fans of and feel are carrying on the spirit of that era, both musically and in attitude. Continue reading

Carcass, Intronaut, and Xibalba are The Final Bands For Decibel Metal and Beer Fest LA 2019

Decibel Magazine has revealed that Carcass will headline day two of the second edition of the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: L.A. at the Observatory in Santa Ana on December 13-14, 2019. Intronaut (performing for the first time in over two years) and Xibalba also join an already-stacked bill featuring Possessed, Nails, Vio-lence, Cadaver (in their U.S. debut performance), Schammasch (also in their U.S. debut performance), Gatecreeper, Evoken, Spirit Adrift, Visigoth, Mortuous and Graf Orlock. Featured Breweries include Unibroue (Canada) and Metal Monkey (IL), Three Floyds (IN), Burial (NC), Wake (IL), Hoof Hearted (OH), Stone (CA), Three Weavers (CA), Societe (CA), Modern Times (CA) and Brimming Horn Meadery (DE). Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Tons of Rock 2019

After six years at the Fredriksten Fortress in at Halden Norway, it was clear Tons of Rock needed more space. So here we are in the biggest city in Norway, Oslo, at the new home for the festival. From my American point of view, this was wonderful to see so many bands I have enjoyed but haven’t made it across the sea. With three stages and forty bands, two of the said stages named in honor of famous Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The Scream and Vampire had an electric mix of hard and most styles of metal. In addition to the campgrounds, there was plenty of rides, painted art and music for sale to browse on these bright and sunny Oslo days. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Tons of Rock 2019

We are just hours away from the start of Norway’s biggest Rock and Metal Festival of the Year, Tons of Rock! Ghost Cult will be on hand to cover the sights and sounds of the fest and bring you coverage via our socials as well as a full review and photo set after the festival. Check out our preview of the can’t miss bands each day! Taking place from 27-to the 29th of June at Ekebergsletta in Oslo, Norway, the successful festival entered into a partnership earlier this year with Live Nation Norway, for this and future editions of the festival! There was a pre-party last night at the Oslo Opera House where Accept performed with a Symphony Orchestra! In addition to camping, the festival has food, its own craft Beer Tonf of Pils, a metal marketplace and much more. Continue reading

Nails, Possessed, Vio-Lence, Spirit Adrift, Schammasch and more Booked for Decibel Metal and Beer Fest LA II

December in Los Angeles just got cooler with the second annual Decibel Metal and Beer Fest LA II, coming this Friday and Saturday, December 13-14, 2019, as Decibel, North America’s only monthly metal magazine, brings the loudest, heaviest, most extreme craft beer festival to the Observatory venue in Santa Ana, California. Already announced bands include Possessed, Vio-lence, Nails, Cadaver, Schammasch (U.S. debut performance) Evoken, Spirit Adrift, Visigoth, Gatecreeper, Graf Orlock, Mortuous and more to be announced. Low price early bird tickets are on sale at the link below. Continue reading