ALBUM REVIEW: Blind Illusion – Wrath Of The Gods


 

Part of San Francisco’s famous Bay Area thrash scene, Blind Illusion may have only produced one full-length studio album during their initial eleven-year existence but that record, The Sane Asylum (Combat Records) still remains an undisputed classic of its time. Not only famous for adding more technicality, diversity, and flavour to a scene that ran predominantly on speed and aggression, Blind Illusion also ended up being responsible for the creation of alternative funk metal act Primus, the band at the time featuring former Possessed guitarist Larry LaLonde and batshit bass wizard Les Claypool.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mr. Phylzzz – Cancel Culture Club


With a band name so obscure it’s like they don’t want to be found, a mocking album title and featuring a musical parody of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Mr. Phylzzz (pronounced “Mr Flies”) demonstrate on their latest album Cancel Culture Club (Amphetamine Reptile Records), that they aren’t taking anything too seriously.

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The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 7/1/22


Check out our weekly news show! We cover the major stories of the week in heavy music, rock, and metal news, tour dates, and festivals, New Music Friday, and more!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia


Animals As Leaders started as a project by virtuoso guitarist Tosin Abasi, after his former label Prosthetic Records asked him to create a solo LP, following the end of his band Reflux. After taking a year out to study and immerse himself in his guitar playing, he put together the group who have now been releasing music for over a decade through to Parrhesia (Sumerian) their fifth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bloodywood – Rakshak


Heavy, yet groove-laden, Bloodywood brings to the world Rakshak (Self-Released). Bloodywood marries classic Bollywood strains with some serious riffage and wicked heavy metal. Everything about Rakshak is loud and in your face. The listener has a primal urge to hear and see Bloodywood live. Every track on Rakshak is gobsmackingly amazing.

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Bonnaroo Festival 2021 Cancels Following Flooding and Heavy Rains from Hurricane Ida


Tough news for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, as they have been forced to cancel this year’s event, citing flooding from heavy rains. Last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival had already lost some featured performers such as Lana Del Ray, Janelle Monáe, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, due to pandemic fears, but has set to host a lineup that still boasted Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Run The Jewels, Primus, Mastodon, Remiwolf, Tyler The Creator, Deadmaus Uncle Acid And the Deadbeats and many more. The festival, which was to celebrate 20 years this year, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and originally, they were not going to allow fans to roll their tickets over to a second year in 2022. Read a statement from the organizers about the cancelation and refunds here:

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Live Nation Brings Back It’s $20 Summer Ticket Sale


Shows and festivals are coming back, as we discuss nearly weekly here at Ghost Cult. Live Nation is often the scourge of concert goers since they service all of the tours and own many of the venues worldwide in the music business. To celebrate the return of live music and honestly, our social life, Live Nation are offering $20 “All-In” tickets for nearly 1,000 shows from tons of artists, such as Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Rise Against, 311, Coheed and Cambria, Alanis Morissette, KISS, The Black Crowes, and more!

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Watch Members of Tool, Primus, Mastodon and Coheed and Cambria Team Up For Cover of Rush’s “Anthem”



Danny Carey (TOOL), Les Claypool (Primus), Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH’s “Anthem” as part of “Two Minutes To Late Night’s cover series. The video, which was edited by Drew Kaufman, can be seen below. RUSH drummer Neil Peart died at age 67 on January 7th after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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The Sword Release “Children Of The Revolution”; First Live Performance Since 2018



The Sword’s triumphant live return from hiatus was scheduled to be with Primus this summer as part of their huge A Tribute To Kings US tour Due to the pandemic, it was postponed to next summer, 2021. The Sword then got creative and so was birthed the “Conquest Of Quarantine” lockdown session. Watch them perform “Children Of The Revolution” right now! Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336: Package Tour Madness


Spring and Summer are the time for package tours to bloom and capture fans! A ton have been popping up in what was already shaping up to be a major year for tours in 2020 with Rage Against The Machine, Guns N Roses, Slipknot, Deftones & Gojira, Primus, Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Poison, Testament & The Black Dahlia Murder, Korn & Faith No More, Five Finger Death Punch & Megadeth and more! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336 is streaming now and it’s all about Package Tour Madness! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for detailsContinue reading