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

ALBUM REVIEW: Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse

When Greek innovators Hail Spirit Noir spewed forth in recorded anger eight years ago it was with tones of the Aegean gracing a strange brew of Blackened Prog Metal. Fourth long-player Eden in Reverse (Agonia Records) sees the completion of a gradual metamorphosis into total Prog, with the absorption of the band’s live musicians transforming the unit into a sextet. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Louise Patricia Crane – Deep Blue

Cutting her professional teeth among serious pedigree as a member of Psych-Rock collective The Eden House Orchestra, the ethereal vocals of Belfast’s Louise Patricia Crane have dripped honey with such luminaries as Monica Richards and Julianne Regan. Debut solo album Deep Blue (Peculiar Doll Records) sees a host of Rock legends lend a hand to create a work of strange, wistful charm, paying due deference to a number of influences in the process. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Them Moose Rush – Dancing Maze

Croatian trio Them Moose Rush, for those who’ve never had the pleasure, are pleasantly bonkers. It’s kind of like putting Jane’s Addiction and Captain Beefheart in a blender, and seeing what crazy shit results. The chaotic twists and turns within third album Dancing Maze (Dostava Zvuka) are all named after random people’s belongings or actions and allow accessibility despite the complexity of the music. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Exploring Birdsong – The Thing With Feathers

Much like fellow English act Sleep Token, the buzz surrounding Liverpudlian trio Exploring Birdsong has been protracted and fed by the odd single release to whet the appetite of those who like their Prog quirky and melodic. Finally, the wait is over with new EP The Thing With Feathers (Long Branch Records), inspired by iconic poets Emily Dickinson and Seamus Heaney and the first elongated effort from the band. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Goddess of Fate – “The Orchid Gardener”

Ghost Cult has teamed up with the Indonesian Progressive Metal band Goddess of Fate to debut their new single today, ‘The Orchid Gardener’. The track is their first new music since 2018’s full-length LP Spiral Orchard Pt. 1. The track combines progressive music, with death metal with a fresh, modern take on the genres. Catch the band on tour soon in Maylasia and Japan. The official release of the single is this week, on major digital music services (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.) and also on Bandcamp on October 26th, 2019 . Purchase and stream the track (and the instrumental bonus track) and other music from this up and coming band below! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Babymetal – Metal Galaxy

The new Babymetal album starts off with a funky blend of techno video game and chunky 90s metal power chords. It then whiplashes into some futuristic techno power metal thing. The effect is a dizzying display of aural assault. If you aren’t into mind-bending disparate genre mixing, then you probably won’t like Metal Galaxy (earMusic/BMD Fox Records). Continue reading

Opeth Books North American Tour For Next Winter

Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

Progressive Metal legends Opeth have finally booked a US tour in support of their acclaimed new album In Cauda Venenum, out now via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. Fellow Swedish band Graveyard will open! The dates include two nights at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and performances at the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Tickets will sell fast, beginning 10:00AM Local Time Friday, October 4th at the link below. Opeth mastermind Mikael Åkerfeldt recently spoke to Ghost Cult about the album. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

If you still haven’t reconciled the fact that Opeth moved away from death metal years ago – that these days they owe more to the likes of Camel and Gentle Giant than to Morbid Angel then you might as well stop reading now. Uncross your fingers and stay your optimism for an unlikely return to roaring brutality because the Opeth prog train just keeps on rolling and shows no signs of slowing down. However, for those of you happy with the Swedish progsters’ change of direction almost a decade ago, climb back on board, take a window seat and relax. Continue reading