GUEST POST: Abhoria Shares Their Top Albums of 2021


Ghost Cult continues our “2021 End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition Trevor Portz of Abhoria shares their Top Ten Albums of 2021 list with us! Their new album drops in early 2022: https://abhoria.bandcamp.com/album/abhoria

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GUEST POST: Wil Collins of Prosthetic Records – Top Ten Albums of 2021


Ghost Cult continues our “2021 End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition Wil Collins of Prosthetic Records shares his Top Ten Albums of 2021 list with us! Check out the label here:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Eternity’s End – Embers of War


2021 has not been a good year for Power Metal. Whether that is genre-leaders Gloryhammer undertaking significant acts of self-sabotage and unforgivable prickery, or just the product itself – only Beast In Black‘s Eurovision bops came anywhere near denting our Album of the Year chart, causing a light scratch in the outer realms, with perhaps a dead cat bouncing Rhapsody of Fire with any legitimate claim to unfair treatment. Continue reading


Four Stroke Baron Premiere New Single – “Khera”


Killer experimental prog outfit Four Stroke Baron have released “Khera,” the third single off their upcoming album Classics (Prosthetic Records). The record was mixed by the legendary Devin Townsend and is slated for release on October 1st on all streaming platforms. Check out the video for “Khera” below.

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Venom Prison Reschedule Early 2021 Tour Dates to October


UK Death Metal leaders Venom Prison have opted to move their previously scheduled early 2021 tour dates to October 2021 due to COVID-19. Direct support will continue to come from special guests Creeping Death and Leeched. All ticket holders’ current tickets will be valid for dates later in the year. The band recently released their album Primeval (Prosthetic Records) and we recently interviewed vocalist Larissa Stupar for our podcast which you can check out here.

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PODCAST: Episode #128: Larissa Stupar of Venom Prison on “Primeval”, Activism, and New Music


Ghost Cult to catch up with Venom Prison’s vocalist/activist Larrisa Stupar to chat about their new album Primeval via Prosthetic Records (review here). We chatted all about the bands’ activism in the scene, the current state of the world in 2020: the failure of our leaders during the pandemic, fighting the patriarchy, and outing sex abusers, but also a lot of positive forces we have right now, such as music and art. Larissa discussed the pivotal role producer Tom Dring has, the art of Eliran Kantor, and the progress on a new full-length Venom Prison album out, hopefully, to be released in 2021. Support the band and purchase Primeval here, and listen to our conversation now. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Venom Prison – Primeval



2015 proved to be a productive year for the Russian/Welsh act, Venom Prison when they released not one, but two EPs. Their ambition has continued to grow since then by deftly demonstrating the cunning and extreme of their Modern Death Metal sound. This budding band made noticeable waves in the scene when they released their second full-length, Samsara (Prosthetic Records) last year. Vocalist Larissa Stupar presented this rare rage that she and the whole band developed into a massive, contagious fury. Now, these guys are ready to exhibit how much they’ve grown in the last five years. Primeval (Prosthetic Records) is a compilation of their first two Eps re-recorded and reinvigorated.

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EP REVIEW: Four Stroke Baron – Monoqueen


When I first heard Four Stroke Baron, I had no idea they were going to be one of my favorite finds of the year. “What kind of a name is that?” I thought, bracing for the worst. Man, was I floored by what I found. A pummeling barrage of progressive metal with crushing riffs and a blazing 1980’s synth crescendos that just don’t quit, yet really lit my fire was the vocals. Bucking the metal cliche of trying to come off as heavy and bröötal as possible, vocalist Kirk Witt delivers powerful lyrics in a meek and almost anxious style that puts you on edge and adds a sense of forlorn urgency to many of the tracks.

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Vile Creature Launches New Livestream Series


Epic Doom Metal band Vile Creature have launched a new livestream series and fully immersive interactive experience last night. If you missed the debut last night, the band will be in residency for the next few weeks and had the video of a choose your own adventure book mixed with heavy music. It was brilliant. There’s a suggested donation of $7, but no one will be turned away. There was also exclusive merch and new variants of their recent release, the excellent Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!, out now via Prosthetic Records. See you cats next Friday! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Judicator – Let There Be Nothing


While Judicator’s fifth full-length offers their signature brand of historically themed Power/Prog Metal, it comes at a more personal angle this time around. The story of Let There Be Nothing (Prosthetic Records) is based on the life of Belisarius, a 6th century Byzantine general who reclaimed remnants of the Western Roman Empire while wrestling with a crippling marriage. The album never quite reaches the catharsis of 2015’s At The Expense Of Humanity, but it’s nice to see their Blind Guardian worship be tempered with a little extra pathos.Continue reading