ALBUM REVIEW: Schammasch – Hearts of No Light

Never judge a book by its cover, kids. It’s a good lesson. Listen to your mother more often, you’ll learn something. I only bring up this time-worn adage because I was too quick and judged Schammasch‘s latest Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records) based on the merits of album title and art. What? I saw it and therefore immediately assumed it was another self-important Black Metal release that would ultimately sound like it was recorded in an old washing machine filled with loose gravel, nails and an uncomfortable badger. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 56: KW of Vile Creature Discusses New Music and Roadburn Festival

Ghost Cult caught up with KW of Vile Creature at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Vile Creature signed with Prosthetic Records and released a compilation on their past work, Preservation Rituals earlier in 2019. At the same time, the Toronto-based, extreme Doom and Drone duo are laser-focused on the future, as they write and prepare for a highly-anticipated full-length label début, perhaps arriving in 2020. KW chatted about signing with Prosthetic, how the group creates their art and music, the honor of being repeat performers at the prestigious Roadburn Festival, the crucial element of great music publicity, and much more. Continue reading

Schammasch Shares New Single, New Album Incoming

Swiss black metallers Schammasch have streamed a brand new single ‘Rays on Razors’ from their just-announced new album Hearts Of No Light, due out soon via Prosthetic Records on November 8th. Pre-order are also now live. Listen to the track and watch the visualiser curated by Schammasch and the SAROS Collective. Continue reading

Venom Prison Booked for Glastonbury 2019 Curated by Earache Records

Rising underground extreme band Venom Prison has been booked for the legendary Glastonbury Festival for their 2019 event. Glastonbury takes place June 26-30, 2019 in Somerset, UK. Venom Prison will perform twice at the Shangri La area of the festival. Venom Prison’s appearance is part of a stage curated by Earache Records which also features Gojira, Idles, and Employed To Serve. The band is riding high on the strength of their smash new album Samsara. Read our review here. The band will also head out on tour this month supporting Fit For An Autopsy, full dates are below. Continue reading

Tripsitter – The Other Side Of Sadness

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. If you do you might imagine that Ulysses, by James Joyce, is a novel about Irish architecture rather than a masterpiece of modernist literature / a meritless stream of consciousness depending on whose opinion you ask for. A cursory glance at The Other Side Of Sadness (Prosthetic Records) by Austrian quartet, Tripsitter, would imply nu-Metal with its monstrous, Korn-like depiction of a family portrait. What we get instead is a curious blend of Hardcore, Shoegaze and even the tiniest hint of Black Metal – so intertwined are the latter two thanks to Blackgaze. Continue reading

The Machinist – Confidimus In Morte

Hardcore music, and its derivatives, are going through something of a renaissance. With the release of 2017’s Forever (Roadrunner Records), Code Orange astonishingly brought a fresh ideation to a genre already brimming with brilliant bands. It wasn’t so much a reinvigoration as it was a rewriting of the rulebook in a manner that has seen many bands attempting to play catch up or ape the style. Not every Hardcore influenced band is trying to rip off the Pennsylvanians however, and one such example is New York quartet, The Machinist. Continue reading