Andy Gill, Pioneering Post-Punk Guitarist of Gang of Four, Has Died, Age 64

More sad news as we move into the second month of the year. Legendary post-Punk and Brit Rock guitarist and producer Andy Gil has died after a short respiratory illness in London. He was just 64 years old.  As a founding member of Gang of Four, Andy left an indelible mark on music with his style and songcraft. Gang of Four’s first few albums are seminal works in post-Punk and New Wave music and they continued to inspire and affect bands long after they were inactive in the scene. A ground-breaking composer and producer, he worked with artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Bono, Therapy? and the Young Knives. The band had reunited (with Gill as the only original member) in recent years to much acclaim. His band has released a tribute via their publicist. Continue reading

Watch Philip H. Anselmo’s En Minor Perform Live in New Orleans

For only the third time ever, Philip H. Anselmo’s dark Gothic, post-Punk band En Minor performed last weekend in their home town of New Orleans, Lousiana. Philip assembled his band of players which includes Stephen Taylor (Superjoint, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power), Kevin Bond (Superjoint, Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver), Paul Webb (The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard), José Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint, Warbeast), Calvin And Joiner Dover (The Dover Brothers), and Steve Bernal (former First Cellist in The Temple Symphony Orchestra).The band released a self-titled seven-inch EP this summer via Housecore Records, with a proper full-length to see official unveiling in 2020.Watch the fan-filmed videos now! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Her Despair “Exorcisms of Eroticism”

Rising Gothic Metal band Her Despair is back with a new album, Exorcisms of Eroticism, out this Friday, November 22nd. Following their excellent EP Mournography, the band has returned with more of their signature gloomy, synth-driven sound, combing the tortured dark depths of their souls for your listening pleasure. Ghost Cult is psyched to bring you the full new album stream from this band, so purchase and listen to one of the best late 2019 releases right now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Anacrusis Reissues – Manic Impressions and Screams and Whispers

After re-releasing their first two albums back in September, Metal Blade have now moved onto the remastered and repackaged third and fourth albums from St. Louis progressive thrash act Anacrusis. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Jail Weddings – “I Must Keep My Woman Happy”

Jail Weddings. Photograph by Lisa Johnson. Please credit #LisaJohnson when posting.

Alternative Rock masters Jail Weddings return this fall with their first new album since 2014’s acclaimed Meltdown — A Declaration of Unpopular Emotion was released on LP and CD via Neurotic Yell, and cassette via Burger Records. The Los Angeles based collective melds post-Punk, Pop, Punk, Indie Rock, Cowpunk, Wall of Sound and even more influences centrifuged through love, loss, and death. Their new album Wilted Eden releases on LP, CD and download next week, September 20th, 2019, via Tru-Vow Recordings. Listen to the new single now. Continue reading

Killing Joke – RDF Live at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton

A single support in RDF (Radical Dance Faction) are in store for the hundred or so that are here with me by the time they come on stage, the numbers a touch disappointing for a gig that is sold out for the full tour. Against their name, their music is actually more eclectic Dub, making little sense at first in terms of who they are supporting, though this notion changes as they get further into their set, with a bit more of their stated Punk side coming out to play. While not awful, the audience around me doesn’t seem particularly engaged, with plenty of chatting going on, though there is some polite applause at the end of each track, while a few people do seem to genuinely enjoy some tracks. They occasionally bring on another vocalist to help out, though not to any particularly great effect. In all, a fairly forgettable support act, which is a shame given they have existed for over three decades at this point, as they just don’t feel right for the act they are supporting. Continue reading

Enablers – Zones

Most people’s experience of ‘spoken word’ music, outside of the Rap genre, is Jim Morrison‘s ‘American Prayer’. Beat Poetry, for this is essentially the format, is a hugely involving yet highly personal style which often resounds with the listener. This is most definitely the case with Enablers: a San Francisco post-Punk four-piece whose beguiling, occasionally fiery music is set to the poetry and narrative of frontman Pete Simonelli. Continue reading