EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Malacoda – “Deadlights”


Ontario-based Progressive Metal band Malacoda will release their new EP soon, Crawling Chaos. Today the band has shared a new single here at Ghost Cult! “Deadlights” is a prog metal tour-de-force with Gothic overtones! Crawling Chaos will be the band’s first new release since 2018’s Restless Dreams and is a return to the band’s more cinematic and gothic roots as heard on Ritualis Aeterna (2016) as well as a deeper exploration of melodic vocal hooks as heard on their self-titled debut (2014). In the summer of 2019, the band formed a new live lineup and embarked on a small tour around Ontario, including a final show at Toronto’s legendary Rockpile venue before heading into the studio. Check out the new lineup and “Deadlights” now and pre-order the new EP!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jakethehawk – Hinterlands


At first, Jakethehawk’s second album closely adheres to the relentless wave of Stoner Doom. But while Hinterlands (Ripple Music) is rife with the heavy riffs and spaced-out psychedelia typical in the genre, it reveals a deep pool of influences that include Prog Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative, Folk, and a bit of Southern Rock among other tastes. The results are similar to the eclectic blend seen on Fostermother’s 2020 debut, though with a dramatic scope more in line with the likes of Howling Giant or Sergeant Thunderhoof.

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Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Teases a New Liquid Tension Experiment Album


Progressive music fans rejoice! Long missed supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment, featuring Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci of Dream Theater, former Dream Theater co-founder Mike Portnoy, and prog-rock legend Tony Levin of King Crimson is a go! Jordan posted a picture of the members all together wearing masks that spells out “LTE3.” In a 2019 interview with Jordan promoting his solo album and a new Dream Theater album, he told Ghost Cult it would happen when the time is right. It would seem the pandemic is that time for their first new album in 20 years! Check out the post and our interview with Jordan below.

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Massie and his Daughter Aila Share – “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”


From the frosty Northern woods of Whitehorse, Yukon comes Progressive Metal artist Rick Massie. Rick and his daughter Aila Massie are here to spread some holiday cheer with the Christmas classic song “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” The song is a prog-metal Christmas re-imagining of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”. Officially be released tomorrow, Friday, December 11th via Bandcamp, but you can hear it here at Ghost Cult first!!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pain Of Salvation – Panther


 

The eleventh full-length studio release from Swedish power/prog innovators Pain of Salvation, Panther (InsideOut Music) is a concept album which presents a futuristic city in which people are separated into dogs and panthers. The dogs being “normal” people while the panthers represent “spectrum” outsiders. Continue reading


REVIEW: Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof – Turned To Stone Chapter 2: Masamune & Muramasa


 

Splits are a pretty great tool for cross-promotion with the power to introduce different bands to each other’s audiences, but they can also foster a competitive spirit. While such intentions are normally limited to fans debating which band is better, Ripple Music intentionally fans the flames with the second chapter in their Turned To Stone series. This particular split sees two rising stars Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof putting their Stoner Prog Metal skills to the test on Turn To Stone Chapter 2, as they depict a battle of wits between two legendary Japanese swordsmen. It’s certainly one of the more intriguing ideas for a split I’ve seen in a good while, reminding me of a similar treatment that Thorr-Axe and Archarus gave The Hobbit in 2017.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Black Spirit Crown – Gravity


Black Spirit Crown’s first proper album sits right on the line between Doom and Stoner Metal with hints of Prog seeping through. The fuzzy riff work is rooted in Sleep and Electric Wizard tradition, the hustling tempos remind me of Orange Goblin, and the tripped-out atmospherics and vocal filters echo Howling Giant or Mastodon. These traits were already distinct on the Red Sky EP released in 2017 and the Cleveland group takes them to even further extents with Gravity (Self-Released).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Judicator – Let There Be Nothing


While Judicator’s fifth full-length offers their signature brand of historically themed Power/Prog Metal, it comes at a more personal angle this time around. The story of Let There Be Nothing (Prosthetic Records) is based on the life of Belisarius, a 6th century Byzantine general who reclaimed remnants of the Western Roman Empire while wrestling with a crippling marriage. The album never quite reaches the catharsis of 2015’s At The Expense Of Humanity, but it’s nice to see their Blind Guardian worship be tempered with a little extra pathos.Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE LYRIC VIDEO: King Gorm – “Song From Brighter Days”


Ghost Cult is stoked to present the brand new single and lyric video for “Song From Brighter Days”, from San Diego Fantasy rockers King Gorm! The entire world of their songs set in self-made world of bards, wizards, dragons, swords, and mythic legends: all laid down against an epic backdrop of folk, progressive rock, and other influences. If you are digging the throwback sounds of neo-folk, prog, and trad metal bands you will absolutely love King Gorm, and find yourself compelled to undertake a great quest to boot! The bands’ self-titled new album releases on July 31st! Check out the amazing lyric video for “Song From Brighter Days” now!Continue reading


Allegaeon Shares Their Cover of Yes Classic Prog Song “Roundabout”


Allegaeon has done it again! The progressive Death Metal band has knocked it out of the park with another Progressive Rock cover! Last time it was Rush, now it the Yes classic ‘Roundabout’! Jam out to the single now below! Allegaeon released their Apoptosis album in 2019 via Metal Blade. Continue reading