Ghost Cult is excited to team up with New York City’s Solemn Vision for the drop of their debut music video ever! ‘A Perch for Demon’ is a crushing track and the video matches the power and drama with a combination of a narrative story and band performance. Directed by Tom Flynn (Lamb of God, Body Count, All That Remains, Covet) and stars actress, dancer, and musician Purple. The band has also announced the instrumental release of their self-titled 2019 album, as a pay what you want album via Bandcamp, next Friday, May 15th. Check out the clip right now!
Baroness is back with a new album, and once again it is one of the centerpieces of the release schedule for this year. Still, a band that does things on their own terms, in a DIY punk rock way, but still creating heady music for music lovers by music lovers. Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns) is an album that arrives with a justified glow of hype, especially following Purple. The former album is actually the standard Ghost Cult uses in our grading system as “perfect”, in case you had been wondering about what kind of esteem we hold this band. Continue reading
Baroness has been working on their new album, due later this year via their label, Abraxan Hymns. The band has been teasing some possible news via Instagram where they have been posting their classic albums Red, Blue, Yellow & Green; with the corresponding Pantone Colors in the text area. We speculated that the next album in the series would be “Orange” following the classic color wheel “ROYGBIV” since the only two colors left (they already have an album for Violet or Purple) would be Orange or Indigo, which can be a shade of blue or purple. We don’t really mind whatever they want to call the album, we’re just excited for some new Baroness music! The band kicks off their co-headline tour soon with Deafheaven. and Zeal and Ardor. Continue reading
Baroness continues to excite fans on their current run of tour dates and festival appearances. The band has released another tour-centric behind the scenes video, which you can see below: Continue reading
Baroness has premiered their new music video today, a live performance-based clip for the track Try To Disappear, from their acclaimed 2015 album Purple (Abraxn Hymns). Continue reading
Baroness is currently in the midst of a tour of the US supporting their album Purple (Abraxan Hymns). The band has booked a tour of Australia and New Zealand to round out 2016, of which you can see the tour dates below. In the course of the current headline run of dates, the band will play festivals such as Hopscotch, Houston Open Air, Psycho Las Vegas, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Aftershock Festival, and Sound on Sound Festival in McDade, Texas.
Baroness, Australia And New Zealand Tour 2016
Dec 05: Studio – Auckland, NZ
Dec 07: The Metro – Sydney, AU
Dec 08: The Triffid – Brisbane, AU
Dec 09: The Prince – Melbourne, AU
Dec 10: Meredith Music Fest – Meredith, AU
Dec 12: The Gov – Adelaide, AU
Dec 13: Capitol – Perth, AU
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Baroness continues to tour heavily all over the globe behind late 2015 release Purple, released on their own Abraxan Hymns label. Purple is not just the latest release in the bands’ storied career, but represents a zenith of songcraft and musicianship they may not be able to top. Like every step in their career, all the music of Baroness is cinematic in the best sense. It doesn’t just tell a story, it envelopes you in all the peaks and valleys emotionally you could imagine. When we look back on it, this may be the band to define this generation. Purple is that great an album that the band doesn’t shy away from leaning heavily on new songs like ‘Kerosene’, ‘Shock Me’, ‘Chlorine And Wine’ and ‘Morningstar’ to name a few. They also peppered in hits on this night from across their impressive album catalog. The entire crowd singing a long with every word, moving with every chord and beat, non-stop. The band was captured on this night for Ghost Cult, by Evil Robb Photography at Royale in Boston:
PHOTO SET BY EVIL ROBB PHOTOGRAPHY
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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Today we have Bidi van Drongelen, Dutch booker and manager who has worked with the likes of The Devil’s Blood, Saint Vitus, Ghost, In Solitude and many more. Every year a multitude of his bands get booked at the excellent Roadburn festival, and we have asked him what he feels were the best releases of 2015.
1. Klone – Here Comes The Sun
Great songwriting, amazing vocals, and a crystal clear though heavy production blending prog and post metal.
2. Ghost – Meliora
Ghost has it all to become one of the leading melodic heavy rock bands in the world
3. Bliksem – Gruesome Masterpiece
If you like Metallica’s Master of Puppets of Death Angel’s ACT III….with the a raw female voice like Doro.
4. Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
Great atmospheric rock album with the amazing voice of Mlny Parsonsz
5. Tribulation – Children of the Night
Melodies of occult rock like The Devil’s Blood drenched with a satanic black voice which reminds of Satyricon.
6. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Refreshing approach of doom & drone. ART with capital A!
7. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
8. Steak Number Eight – Kosmokoma
9. Melechesh – Enki
10. Enslaved – In Times
11. Clutch – Psychic Warfare
12. Thy Catafalque – Sgurr
13. Amorphis– Under The Red Cloud
14. RAM – Svbversvm
15. BRING ME THE HORIZON– That’s The Spirit
16. Mgła – Excercises In Futility
17. Baroness – Purple
18. Leprous – The Congregation
19. Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence
20. Hangman’s Chair – This Is Not Supposed To Be Positive
As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Today we have Joseph Spiller of progressive metal band Caricature. Caricature put out the acclaimed Shadows: Maxi Single this summer have a full-length in the works for 2016. Here is Joseph’s “Most Topesty Cool Favorite Releases of 2015”.
1. Tigran Hamsayan – Mockroot
How often can an album tote a definite influence of Meshuggah, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarret, and Porcupine Tree? Add on top that this is still a pure jazz record? Pfffft. This is the sound of someone furthering and redefining a genre.
2. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
Yeah, before anyone says it sucks because it’s not metal, listen to this record. Fetty is all hits, all the time. Zoogang knows how to make pop hooks as if it’s in their DNA.
3. Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase
Backing band of the century along with the golden god of Prog. Though it gets overly self-indulgent from time to time, Hand.Cannot.Erase is absolutely stunning.
4. Psycroptic – Psycroptic
Do you even riff, Bro? Joe Haley most definitely does.
5. Ghost – Meliora
I never got the hype on this band. I actually disliked almost everything prior to Meliora, but goddamn, did Papa bring that A-game with this heavily Dave Grohl “inspired” record.
6. Abigail Williams – The Accuser
Who doesn’t love a good comeback? Possibly the best thing Ken Sorceron has ever done. Crushing and beautiful with rich song structures. BUY THIS RECORD NOW!
7. Lamb of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang
After all that went on with Randy, the band came back and tell that tale along with snapshot a troubled time in the world perfectly. The riffs and drumming on this record are some of their best to date, and Josh Wilbur killed it on the production side.
8. Baroness – Purple Record
Another “Comeback Record” of sorts. Stronger, more refined, defined. The mesh of only the finest points of Yellow & Green mixed lush instrumentation and what sounds like an intense infatuation with The Cure. This one has it all.
9. Ellie Goulding – Delirium
Though not an immensely technical singer, Goulding has a golden voice. The slight raspiness and harmonically rich tambre makes me envious. This album is LONG for the pop genre, but its all top quality with fantastic hooks meshed with smooth beats and tranquil melodies.
10. Solution .45 – Nightmares In The Waking State
If you don’t know who this band is, we probably cannot be friends. GROOVES
EXTREMELY HONORABLE MENTION:
I’ll be Me – Soundtrack
The delayed release of the soundtrack to the documentary about the legendary guitar player, singer, songwriter, and former member of The Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell, who has been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past few years. This has two live songs from his final tour that will blow your mind considering his state, along with songs from his daughter that will make you cry while your heart flutters. The title track, penned by Mr. Campbell himself as a final letter to his wife and family will give you goosebumps (unless you don’t have a heart.
Baroness new album Purple (Abraxan Hymns) releases tomorrow, Dec 18th. To celebrate the band is streaming the entire album at the website links below using the fan-driven promotion #FindPurple:
‘Morningstar’ via: Kerrang
‘Shock Me’ via: YourBaroness.com
‘Try To Disappear’ via: Stereogum
‘Kerosene’ via: Nerdist
‘Fugue’ via: Juxtapoz
‘Chlorine & Wine’ via: Brave Words
‘The Iron Bell’ via: Noisey
‘Desperation Burns’ via: Metal Injection
‘If I Have To Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)’ via: Drowned In Sound
‘Crossroads of Infinity’ via: Rolling Stone Australia
Marald van Haasteren, a Dutch-based visual artist, created the accompanying videos for the song premieres, as well as the internal drawings for Purple. Baroness kicked off an intimate club tour of the US last night in richmond, VA, which is mostly sold out already. The band has booked an extensive tour of Europe next spring. Tickets for all European shows are on sale now via: yourbaroness.com/tour.
Baroness tour dates:
Dec 16: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA SOLD OUT
Dec 18: Metro Gallery- Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
Dec 19: Main Street Music – Manayunk, PA In-Store Appearance
Dec 19: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA SOLD OUT
Dec 20: Rough Trade- Brooklyn, NY In-Store Appearance
Dec 20: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
Feb 24: Engine Room – Southampton, UK
Feb 25: 02 Institute – Birmingham, UK
Feb 26: Stylus – Lees University Leeds, UK
Feb 28: The Garage – Glasgow, UK
Feb 29: 02 Ritz – Manchester, UK
Mar 01: KOKO – London, UK
Mar 03: Le Trabendo- Paris, FR
Mar 04: Bilbao Kafe Antzokia – Bilbao, ES
Mar 05: Teatro Barcelo- Madrid, ES (Sound Isidro Fest Special)
Mar 06: Paradise Garage- Lisbon, PT
Mar 08: Razmatazz 2 – Barcelona, ES
Mar 09: Le Transbordeur Club- Lyon, FR
Mar 10: Magazzini Generali- Milan, IT
Mar 11: Mascott – Zurich, CH
Mar 12: Flex- Vienna, AT
Mar 15: Conne Island – Leipzig, DE
Mar 16: Backstage Werk – Munich, DE
Mar 17: Futurum – Prague, CZ
Mar 18: Proxima – Warsaw, PL
Mar 20: SO36 – Berlin, DE
Mar 21: Stollwerck – Cologne, DE
Mar 22: AB Theatre – Brussels, BE
Mar 23: Tivoli de Helling – Utrecht, NL
Mar 26: Gruenspan – Hamburg, DE
Mar 27: KB- Malmo, SE
Mar 29: Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SE
Mar 30: Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Mar 31: Vega Small- Copenhagen, DK
Apr 01: Faust – Hannover, DE
Apr 02: Alter Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
Apr 23: Vive Latino Festival – Mexico City, MX
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