ALBUM REVIEW: Iron Maiden – Senjutsu


When every superlative known to man has already been used a hundred times over, it’s difficult to find something to say about Iron Maiden that hasn’t already been said. Every lyric, song, album and music video has been rated and evaluated to within an inch of its life. Business dealings and interviews are scrutinized in microscopic detail, and the minutiae of every record cover examined and dissected like a hairy art project. The moment anything regarding the band is released, the global hive mind that is Maiden’s information-hungry fan base not only know about it but have already expressed their opinion.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Kesem – “No Future”


Los Angeles-based Progressive Metal band Kesem will released tyheir new album Post Terra via Sentient Records on September 24th. Muscially brilliant, and politically conscious, Kesem is a rising band you need to know for 2021. Althought they are focused on forging their own unique path creatively, fans of bands such as Dream Theater, Voivod, Opeth, Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, Cynic and others will become quick lovers of this group. Check out their new single, “No Future,” exclusively at Ghost Cult!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mothman And The Thunderbirds – Into The Hollow


Ever since I was a kid, I have had a deep interest in cryptozoology. While I can accept most of these hypothetical creatures as misidentifications or outright fabrications as an adult, there is still the part of me that likes to imagine the possibilities. As a musician myself, a cryptozoology-themed band has also been on my bucket list for a long time. I’m sure plenty of bands with that sort of theming are out there, but the debut album from Mothman And The Thunderbirds makes for a particularly interesting variation.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Tool – “Lateralus”


In the year of our lord, two-thousand and one, a musical miracle happened. After years embroiled in the first (and certainly not the last) major album jeopardizing lawsuit of their career, Tool, released Laterals (Volcano). The David Botrill produced album kicked off a new musical era for the band that was only hinted at on 1996’s Aenima (Volcano).

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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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