Pain of Salvation Shares New Single and Video for “Restless Boy”

Sweden’s progressive metal greats Pain of Salvation launch their new single “Restless Boy”, scripted/directing by Lars Ardarve and Daniel Gildenlöw and filmed/edited by Lars Ardarve, to be seen below. The track comes off their new album Panther, due out August 28th, 2020 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

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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: Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville 

Taking its title from the 1965 Jean-Luc Goddard movie of the same name, and reverberating with echoes of Fritz Lang‘s 1927 silent classic, Metropolis, everything about Alphaville (Century Media), the latest album from New York trio Imperial Triumphant, is costumed heavily in film noir science fiction. Its unique atmosphere furthered by impressive cover art from Zbigniew M. Bielak, the Polish artist noted for his work with Swedish act, Ghost. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Nevermore’s This Godless Endeavor Turns 15

While Nevermore never quite broke into the mainstream, they always seemed to be just under the radar ready to make an impression. The band’s signature combination of proggy rhythms, gothic vocals, groovy chugs, extreme drums, and shredding solos seemed to have something for everyone in the Metal sphere, but their eccentric execution also meant they never found belonging in any single demographic. That all seemed like it was poised to change with their sixth album, 2005’s This Godless Endeavor (Century Media Records), which saw them gain greater exposure compared to their earlier efforts and more unanimous acclaim.

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Intronaut Shares a Cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Run Through The Jungle”

Intronaut has shared a new digital single, “Run Through the Jungle” – a cover version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival all-time classic! Listen to the track right now!  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 112: Cammie Gilbert of Oceans of Slumber on their New Album and Shattering Expectations

Ghost Cult caught up with Oceans of Slumber’s frontwoman Cammie Gilbert recently to discuss their upcoming new album, Oceans of Slumber, due out September 4th via Century Media. We discussed the current state of affairs with both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests in their hometown of Houston, their new self-titled album, new sounds and styles the band felt emboldened to incorporate on the records, Cammie’s own background as a singer and her goals for the album, the influence of bands like Katatonia and Opeth, the bands phenomenal cover of Jazz legend Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit”, the bands’ Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon”, some love for Peter Steele, and much more. You can pre-order the album here! and check out our chat. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Let Us Prey – “Virtues of the Vicious” (ft. Metal Mike Chlasciak) Lyric Video

Ghost Cult has teamed up with modern extreme metal band Let Us Prey to debut the lyric video for the title track to their new album, Virtues of the Vicious, releasing tomorrow on July 24th via M-Theory Audio/Salem Rose Music. The blistering track is brutal, progressive, and epic sounding as it poses the eternal question about humanity: “Are we violent by design?” Coming off like a blend of bands like Lamb of God, Death, recent Testament, and classic Nevermore, Let Us Prey is led by vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss) and guitarist Jon Morency, the track also features guitar legend Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford). The philosophical song title was inspired by an episode of the Marvel Netflix series The Punisher, so definitely check out the lyric video to one of the best metal songs of the summer, and pre-order the album at the link below.  Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Part II with Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon, Rock Operas, Vin Diesel, and Star Trek

Ghost Cult scribe Lorraine Lysen caught up with the great Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon for a wide-ranging interview a few months ago. They chatted about The Electric Castle Live project, the visuals of Ayreon Universe live, working with John de Lancie, rock operas, concept albums, Vin Diesel, Star Trek TNG, upcoming new music, and much more. 
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INTERVIEW: Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon, Past, Present, and Future – Part 1

Ghost Cult scribe Lorraine Lysen caught up with the great Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon for a wide-ranging interview a few months ago. They chatted about The Electric Castle Live project, his entire career, upcoming new music, and much more.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode #107 – Neal Morse on “Cover 2 Cover” Pt. 3 and His New Solo Album

Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) recently over Zoom to discuss his upcoming new covers album Cover 3 Cover (InsideOut Music), his third such album with his frequent collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George. The new album is releasing at the same time as a new collection of all three. Neal chatted extensively about the project, his personal take on covers, the mystery of the secret Sax Man in the ‘Baker Street’ video, how all the cover songs were chosen, how he approaches songcraft for his different projects, his upcoming Sola Gratia solo Progressive Rock concept album, what Morsefest looks like during the pandemic, future projects and his entire catalog appearing on the new Waterfall music streaming app from Radiant Records. Purchase and support all of Neal’s projects at this link and check out our chat. Continue reading