I want to open this review by saying that the talent and obvious skills of all the musicians involved in this record is undeniable, these are musicians that have been proving over and over again why they are recognized as some of the top artists in their genre and why they have the following they have. Having said that, this solo album by John Petrucci (Dream Theater) was not for me. And though we can argue that this kind of album is for a specific sector in the Progressive Metal realm, I truly cannot digest music that is made to show off the skills that “x” or “y” musician has in their instrument and that is my perception of Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind Music/The Orchard).
I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).
Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend and keyboardist/producer Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater) to chat all about this new solo album, out this week, September 18th, via InsideOut Music. Derek discussed the new album, working with special guests such as Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Kiko Loureiro, Derek’s approach to composition, how he lays down guest tracks for bands around the world every day from his home studio, his with mentor and friend Simon Philips, covering Buddy Miles, a hint at future Sons of Apollo plans, discussing his keyboard heroes from history, and a cool story about Patrick Moraz. Pre-order the album here: https://dereksherinian.lnk.to/ThePhoenix and check out our chat. Continue reading
We caught up with Gina Gleason of Baroness to discuss their upcoming Gold & Grey full album Livestream event on September 10th, 2020 (buy tickets here), and a bunch of other stuff in the Baroness universe. She chatted about how she and the band have been coping under lockdown with no touring, how her town of Philadelphia is fairing with the virus and protests, her thoughts on live streaming and the success of some bands such as Code Orange, how the band writes together, the depth of Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns), why that album lends itself to a full album performance, how much new material the band has been working on during this time, the influence of Pink Floyd‘s Live At Pompei film had on the album, the need for artists spaces live Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, her covers jams with Two Minutes To Late Night, and much more. Buy Gold & Grey here and check out our chat. Continue reading
Kingnomad’s Prog Rock tendencies have been at the forefront from their inception, but these elements are expressed in their purest form on Sagan Om Rymden (Ripple Music). The group has about completely phased out the Stoner Doom tinges that helped shape their first two albums, allowing their third to expand their dynamics without a single hint of fuzz to be found. While this does make a less heavy album on the surface, a combination of energy and commitment to atmosphere results in what is easily the band’s boldest effort yet. Continue reading
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
If you clicked the link to read this review is because somehow you have heard about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, or because the name was too odd for you to pass on discovering what the hell Is a band called liked that being covered in a Metal magazine, well let me first tell you that this band with the weird name released the critically acclaimed Thrash Metal album Infest the Rats’ Nest (Flightless Records) in 2019 which added a new genre in their vast catalog of albums that include a wide range of genres that go from psychedelic to garage, to progressive rock, among others. On the other hand, if you have heard King Gizz, you know exactly what I’m talking about and you probably agree with me that this band is one of the most creative musical acts in the world at this moment. Continue reading
Did you daydream as a kid? Just stare off into nothing and let your imagination run wild? I did. A lot of my early childhood was spent amazed at what my mind could cook up with if I had a lack of books or toys, and before my soul was captured by music. Laying on my back in the grass, seeing shapes in the clouds or constellations at night, that was pure happiness as a kid. I never really stopped chasing that vibe as an adult, because I still drift off and let my brainwaves go crazy. Expect nowadays my field is my headphones and a turntable, and the clouds my mind is chasing down are inside of my eyelids, and not the sky. If you are looking for the ultimate “drop out, tune in, and turn on” soundtrack for 2020, it is definitely going to be Elder’s new opus, Omens (Armageddon Shop/Stickman Records). Continue reading
Allegaeon has done it again! The progressive Death Metal band has knocked it out of the park with another Progressive Rock cover! Last time it was Rush, now it the Yes classic ‘Roundabout’! Jam out to the single now below! Allegaeon released their Apoptosis album in 2019 via Metal Blade. Continue reading
In many ways, 2019 has been a banner year for all things Progressive Rock and Metal. Many of the leaders in the genre have brought forth new releases and some exciting newcomers have impressed as well. Ghost Cult has teamed up with ascending group Tylor Dory Trio to première their new single, ‘Dying Light’. The song comes from their forthcoming full-length album, Unsought Salvation. Sonically, the track has key components of the bands’ style molded from their earliest days; contemplative and chill at the start, while simmering up to a tangle of complex motifs, wailing solos, emotional vocals, and dramatic crescendos. Check out the track here! Continue reading