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

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Bear Shares New Lyric Video – “Kuma”

Belgian Prog metallers Bear will release their new album Propaganda on May 8th via Pelagic Records. The long-running Antwerp-based crew draws influences from 1990s hardcore metal with their brutality, songcraft, and intellect. The new release will be their fourth in ten years, and the band has raised their international profile in that time touring throughout Europe and India and appearing at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, and Complextiy Fest, Check out the new lyric video for Bear’s new single ‘Kuma’ and pre-order the album at the links below! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Hashshashin – “Badakhshan”

Ghost Cult is bringing you the full album stream from Hashshashin! Their new album Badakhshan releases this Friday, September 27th via the Art As Catharsis label. This innovative band of master musicians combine Middle Eastern musical influences with a ritualistic drone, post-rock and prog, and psychedelic music. Jam out to the album here and pre-order the album at the link below! Continue reading

Dreadnought – Emergence

When allied to a sonic experience the term ‘Dreadnought‘ usually alludes to a bruising encounter with little imagination or subtlety. Not so the Denver quartet bearing that name, whose brand of Prog Metal is an eclectic mix of the weird, heavy and profoundly charming, and which spans many genres of music. Continue reading

Michael “Whip” Wilton of Queensrÿche Talks “The Verdict”, Longevity, and Looking at the Future

Long-running Heavy Metal legends Queensrÿche recently released their excellent new album The Verdict on Century Media Records. We caught up with founding member Michael “Whip” Wilton at their sold-out show at Irving Plaza in New York City and talked about the new album, the loyalty of their fans, working with Chris “Zeuss” Harris, the bands’ approach to music videos, their tour plans for the rest of 2019, some key upcoming milestone album anniversaries in their career, and much more. Interview by Keefy and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading

The Neal Morse Band Live at The Space, Westbury, Long Island

There are talents and there are rare talents in this world like Neal Morse. The prolific progressive rock genius seems to top himself over and over throughout his storied career. Where others would just stand pat and repeat themselves, Neal continually writes, records and performs across a spectrum of styles. All of this has synthesized in The Neal Morse Band. Certainly not his final destination musically by a long shot, with 2016’s The Similitude of a Dream and the sprawling double album The Great Adventure (both InsideOut Music) he has gelled all of his various elements together impressively. Continue reading

Almost Honest – Seiches And Sirens

With a name as cheesy as Almost Honest, I expected an uninspiring combo led by the progeny of some aging UK rock star trying hard to forge her / his own identity. This Pennsylvanian trio seems anything but: far from uninspiring, the madcap antics of sophomore album Seiches And Sirens (Electric Talon Records) is an example of Stoner’s potential to be versatile and fluid. Continue reading