EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: IDEK. – “The Trek”


 

Dutch Progressive Metal Band IDEK. has released a new live performance video for their song “The Trek.” The track releases next Friday, April 23rd, 2021, as a single via Layered Reality Productions. The immersive, compelling clip was shot at Nicolaï Church (home to a legendary pipe organ) in Utrecht and alternates between the band performing the expansive track, and the wonderful atmosphere and visuals of the church. Coming off like a progressive version of Katatonia, with melancholic vocals, deep droning riffs, and shifting tempos and dark vibes, this is a band you’ll want to keep an ear out for in the future. Watch the clip now!

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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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ALBUM REVIEW: Lunar Shadow – Wish to Leave


Despite promising to move away from Heavy Metal in favor of a Post Punk sound in marketing materials, Lunar Shadow’s third album still features many of the band’s established quirks. The guitar tone’s lessened distortion promises a less in-your-face attitude, but the actual playing is still based around intricate sweeps and trills. The drumming also continues to mix in some aggressive fills and double bass patterns with the more upbeat rhythms while the vocal delivery still consists primarily of a shrill wail with some variation for mood.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Witherfall – Curse Of Autumn


 

Back with their third full-length release, Californian act Witherfall return with prog guns blazing on Curse of Autumn (Century Media). Formed in 2013 by former White Wizzard frontman Joseph Michael, former White Wizzard and former Iced Earth guitarist Jake Dreyer, and the incredibly talented, but former, er… Justin Timberlake bassist Anthony Crawford, the band has produced another seriously heavy record that delivers riffs, hooks, and dazzling technicality.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Soen – Imperial



Analyzing the evolutive process of an artist of a band tends to be a journey full of debacles and details that are indeed interesting. Taking into consideration the personal issues that every artist deals with while writing an album is a very impactful and important aspect of how the final product comes out and one thing is for certain, COVID-19 and all that we lived through 2020 will be a heavy influence in all the albums that we listen to this year. Soen’s Imperial (Silver Lining Music) is no exception. An album as captivating as their last effort Lotus (Silver Lining Music), the Swedish band is expanding what could already be considered their signature sound: strong, beautiful, and catchy ballads that mix heavy sections here and there. Maybe, as mentioned, it is because of all the different situations that everyone went through last year that made the band go through a route that is perceived as sentimental but, more than anything, it feels real.

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LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Avatar Ages- Age of Madness Livestream



Avatar took my live stream “virginity” away in this concert Ages|Madness from their series of Livestream concerts titled Ages, which has been running since January 9th and will end this upcoming weekend on January 30th. The Swedish band demonstrated why they are one of the most popular and entertaining bands in the genre right now by giving a performance that very well is worth the “price of admission” that COVID normalcy has given us for these types of events since we cannot go to live shows for the time being. Avatar was able to set a tone and ambiance like no other with this performance which was concentrated on tracks from the albums Black Waltz (Gain Music Entertainment)and Hail the Apocalypse (eOne Music).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Eximperitus – Šahrartu


The peculiarity of Technical Death Metal is the capability of exploring itself, yet creativity begins to fade when there’s a vast repertoire of bands of this kind, which have made history on the underground’s music scene. Certain musical groups stick to follow a simple and uncomplicated path, keeping a comparable sound with many other bands that continue to perform in this genre. Let us consider the huge waves of Technical Death Metal in the eighties and in the nineties and how it reinvented itself to the present day. Bands such as Suffocation and Gorguts trace Technical Death Metal’s status as a whole, releasing records and records without losing its own legendary position, carrying bloody and filthy anthems for dozens of years. Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: TDW – “The Days The Clocks Stopped”


Ghost Cult is proud to partner up with progressive metal artist Tom De Witt a.k.a TDW for the full album stream of his new release The Days the Clocks Stopped, (Layered Reality Productions).Not only is this album a multifaceted masterpiece, but the album also features a who’s who of great guest stars (full list and credits below). Fans of any stripe of progressive music will adore this killer album, so stream it now! Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Kaupe – “Death Rattle”


Instrumental Progressive Metal band Kaupe (with a member of Junior Bruce)has teamed up with Ghost Cult to share a new single from their upcoming second album, Cognitive Dissonance! The band has shared “Death Rattle”, which is a tour de force of musicianship and composing. Not merely a showcase for tight playing, but a sonic journey of grooves and motifs as well. Cognitive Dissonance releases on February 19th, 2021 and you can pre-order it at the link below with the track.

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