ALBUM REVIEW: Gojira – Fortitude


It should be clear by now that inertia and complacency are words that simply don’t exist in the vocabulary of French progressive death metal act Gojira, and with the latest album Fortitude (Roadrunner Records) the band have made some of their biggest and most diverse strides to date.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Grimmreaper – “The Tragedy of Being”


Progressive Metal band Grimmreaper releases their debut album this week, The Tragedy of Being, releasing officially on March 30th, 2021. Conceived by band mastermind Logan Grimm the composition and recording of the album took place over two years time, while Grimm birthed his creation from an evolving, multi-faceted backstory for a multimedia project that explores the very human realities of tragedy and suffering, and the choices they present, from nihilism and resentment to transcendence and courage. Bringing together both the complex works of the most masterful bands in the genre, while maintaining the fun factor of the best modern rock and metal bands, Grimmreaper has created an album that has staying power on repeat listens. Purchase and stream the album here at Ghost Cult today!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Juliet Ruin – “Might”


Canadian proggy Metalcore band Juliet Ruin is dropping a new EP tomorrow, dubbed Dark Water! Ghost Cult is proud to bring you their new video and single “Might” ahead of the release. The EP follows their 2019 well-regarded full-length Old Stardust, Love, and Chaos. Jess Ruin’s powerful, soulful voice powers the group, riding atop a bed of a killer heavy, and anthemic track. The band had intended to only release a single in 2021, but with their energy running hot in spite of the state of the world, the Dark Water EP release is nigh. Check out the video here!
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ALBUM REVIEW: Cave of Swimmers – Aurora


Cave of Swimmers’ first album isn’t much longer than the two EPs they’ve previously released, just barely hitting thirty-two minutes long. However, Aurora (BroomTune Records) serves as a dramatic leap forward for the Miami duo. The songs are rooted in the same hyperactive Heavy Psych last seen with 2015’s Reflection but there is more time devoted to exploring their more in-your-face influences. The resulting hodgepodge of Stoner Rock, Prog, and Classic Metal ends up being somewhere between Hammers Of Misfortune and Galactic Cowboys with a bit of King Gizzard for flavor.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Moonspell – Hermitage


Every album that Moonspell releases explores a different facet of their Gothic Metal style, sometimes responding to the one before it in a constant tug-o-war between darkness and light. Their thirteenth album, Hermitage (Napalm Records), is no exception. In contrast to the grandiose symphonics of 2018’s 1755, the band opts for a scaled-back, atmospheric approach with more Prog influence thrown in than usual. It seems to invoke the band’s early vibe without going full throwback and also reminds me of Tiamat or Opeth in spots.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Fellowcraft – “This Is Where You’ll Find Me”


Washington DC Proggy Alternative band Fellowcraft will drop their excellent new album “This Is Where You’ll Find Me” this Friday, February 26th. Ghost Cult is stoped to debut the full album stream ahead outfits highly-anticipated release. The band has been building up ahead of steam with previous releases, and recent singles feature guest appearances from Chris Dale (Bruce Dickinson’s band) and Nate Bergman (Lionize). Not only have they been co-signed by this top-tier talent, but the band themselves also incorporates their unique perspective on songwriting. With music fuelled by flavors of Stoner Rock, Prog, Indie, post-Rock/shoegaze, and more- dramatic songs swelling with dynamic choruses, thoughtful vocals, and provocative lyrics, this band is far from expected. They are also hosting a livestream this weekend, which you can check out here. Check out the full album stream here and purchase it from the links below.

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Skraeckoedlan Share “Universum” Video; Celebrating 10 Years Since their Debut


 

Swedish progressive/stoner band Skraeckoedlan released their new single, “Universum”. The song originally appeared as “Universe” on 2011’s Äppelträdet album. Skraeckoedlan — guitarist/vocalist Robert Lamu, guitarist Henrik Grüttner, bassist Erik Berggren and drummer Martin Larsson — recorded their parts separately over video and then compiled the track. Watch the clip now at The Obelisk.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Steven Wilson – The Future Bites


It would be an understatement to say that Steven Wilson’s sixth full-length album continues down the more commercialized path that was established on 2017’s To The Bone. While that album has ultimately proved to be a simplified variation of its predecessors in hindsight, The Future Bites opts for a very different approach as the guitars are downplayed and Pop and Electronica influences completely take over. It’s far removed from the Prog dog days of Porcupine Tree but also not unprecedented when you consider No-Man’s Synthpop side. Continue reading


Greenleaf Shares New Single/Video for “Tides” – New Album Due This Spring


Swedish Stoner Doom band Greenleaf has announced their new full-length album, Echoes From A Mass, due out March 26 via Napalm Records! The album is the successor to their 2018 release, Hear The Rivers, the ever-evolving band continues to reshape the genre with thor proggy, psychedelic stoner jams and this new album is the next chapter. Check out the video for the lead single “Tides” right now!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Dead Original – “Blasted”


We last saw Chicago rockers Dead Original was a few months back when their dropped a video for their track “Let it Bleed.” They are back today with a new video for their song “Blasted.” The hard rock trio from Chicago, that features in its ranks frontman Paul Wandtke who got his start in the music industry as a drummer for hire with Trivium, Kill Hannah, and even the hit musical Rock of Ages. Now leading his own group the band, which also includes Sean McCole on drums and Mike Petrasek (Bedlem) on bass, “Blasted” builds on the post-grun\ge vibes with some new moody darkness, via the track, highlighted by Paul’s great vocals. Check out the official music video for “Blasted” right now!

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