It’s time for another Ghost Cult “End Of Year” Guest post! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Today Tom Begley of Bossk shares ten albums that didn’t leave the playlist in 2019! Be on the lookout for a new Bossk album in 2020 via Deathwish Inc. label. Continue reading
Seattle’s BlackQueen have, in all official communication, always described their music as Witch Metal, a sonic amalgamation of Black Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore, post-Metal, and everything possible in between. This stylistic mash-up is housed within a cocoon of horror soundtrack-esque atmosphere and spiritually and thematically based around whatever founding member Pete Jay happens to be delving into at the time of writing. With their new album, The Destructive Cycle (Roman Numeral Records), they look deeply into the Taoist five element theory and how it relates to the human condition, from creation to destruction and ultimate rebirth. Sounds a bit heavy, I know, but the music offsets the deep concept with kickass riffs and general headbangery.
London-based post-Metal and Sludge grind dealers Beggar have shared a new single and video for their track ‘Nine Atmospheres’. The track is the first salvo in their new album dubbed Compelled to Repeat to be released via APF Records in April of 2020. The album was recorded with Wayne Adams (responsible for recent works by Green Lung, 11Paranoias and Terminal Cheesecake) at Bear Bites Horse, London and mastered by the master of noise himself, James Plotkin (Sunn O))), ISIS, Pelican and Earth). Watch the clip now!
Metal Blade Records has shared a video of The Ocean performing ‘Ordovicium’, live in India. It’s pretty amazing. Check it out! Continue reading
Portland’s epic post-Metal quintet Alltar (stylized as A//tar) dropped their crushing début album, Hallowed, last month via Monochord Records. The band favors moments of moody simmering dynamics and crushing flourishes of heavy riffs and synths. Ghost Cult has teamed up with the band to bring you their haunting new video for ‘Horology’. Directed and edited by bassist Casey Braunger, the video makes a perfect use of trippy Twin Peaks imagery and brain-warping time-lapse work, the clip is perfectly matched to the track. Watch it now! Continue reading
Post-metal group Chrome Waves will release The Cold Light Of Despair, a collection of both new and previously released singles, covers, and more. The record drops November through guitarist Jeff Wilson’s independent label Disorder Recordings. Following nearly five years of silence, Chrome Waves was revamped and relaunched in 2018 with a new lineup containing former members of Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium, Abigail Williams, Amiensus, and more. The band issued their excellent and highly anticipated debut LP, A Grief Observed, on their own in early 2019, after which it was picked up by Avantgarde Music for vinyl and European release. The band has toured several times throughout the year with the likes of Tombs, Without Waves, Amiensus, and others, and several covers, singles, and more have seen digital release along the way. Continue reading
One of Europe’s most respected instrumental/experimental post-rock and metal music festivals returns in 2019, with AMFest in Barcelona this October. Returning for its eighth edition returns AMFest takes place 10-13 October 2019, Fabra I Coats, Barcelona. Headlining the festivals are Daughters and includes Foscor, Zeal & Ardor, Alcest, Pelican, Deafheaven, Tides From Nebula, Brutus, Portrayal of Guilt, The Album Leaf, Cocaine Piss and many more! Ticket links and other info can be found below. Continue reading