Watch Myrkur Play “Leaves of Yggdrasil” Unplugged from Her New Home studio

Myrkur shared a new video from her work-in-progress home studio, or her playing the song “Leaves of Yggdrasil” from her recent 2020 album Folksange, out now on Relapse RecordsShe recorded with her Martin acoustic travel size and “ the ‘microphone’ is just the one built into the camera. The camera is a Leica LUMIX”. Watch the clip now. 

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BORIS and Merzbow Announce New Collaboration Album – “2r0i2p0”

BORIS and Merzbow have announced a new collaborative album “2r0i2p0” (“Twenty Twenty R.I.P.”), due out December 11th, from Relapse Records. The two long-running avant-garde artists have worked together on split relapses and collabs before, always with explosive results. Watch the new music video for their single  “Away From You” now! Continue reading

ILSA Shares New Single  “Poor Devil,” – New Album “Preyer” Coming Soon

Washington D.C.’s Death/Doom band ILSA has announced their new album, Preyer, November 20th on Relapse Records. The band has unveiled their first single, “Poor Devil” which you can see the visualizer of below and hear on all streaming platforms. Pre-orders are also available now! 

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You Can Get a Set of Death “Spiritual Healing” Bobbleheads with a New Deluxe Vinyl

 

Relapse Records has spent most of the last year continuing to pay tribute to the legacy of Death, their classic albums, and many new live recordings. Now you can get their iconic Spiritual Healing album on limited vinyl with a set of bobbleheads of the preacher, zealot, and the parishioner from the much loved and meme’d cover artwork. These will likely sell out as they are limited to 500. You can order them at the link below. 

 

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 ALBUM REVIEW: Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities

Incantation is one of those bands that every metalhead knows about. Hailing from the East Coast, these guys have been around for over thirty years and have always made their presence known in the scene. From consistent album releases to endless touring, Incantation is an act that has dedicated everything to their craft. These veteran players continue to carry the banner for old school American Death Metal on their eleventh full-length, Sect of Vile Divinities (Relapse Records). Released last month, their grim and gruesome sounds gurgle to the top of the scuzzy cesspool of heaviness that they have created. Continue reading

Listen to Inter Arma Cover Prince’s Classic Hit Song “Purple Rain”

Inter Arma are releasing their Garbers Days Revisited covers record, recorded in between tours in support of their critically acclaimed 2019 full-length Sulphur English! The band just dropped another great cover, Prince’s all-time great song ‘Purple Rain’, from the album and movie soundtrack of the same name. The Downward Spiral. Purchase and stream the track here!  Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Barishi – Old Smoke

You remember the first time you heard Leviathan (Relapse Records) by Mastodon? I do. It was as if my world had shifted on its axis: a relentless display of monumental, complex power that left me unsure how to feel…except that it felt exciting, enlivening. I never thought that Vermont quartet Barishi would recreate those emotions: a great band yes, but its Harsh Stoner grooves had the intricacies without such immediate power. Suddenly, out goes vocalist Sascha Simms, being replaced by guitarist Graham Brooks and reducing the band to a three-piece. Third album Old Smoke (Season of Mist) follows. Fuck… Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 89: Jacob Bannon (Converge) on Umbra Vitae Band and Debut Album

Ghost Cult was honored to chat with musician and artist Jacob Bannon of Converge, Wear Your Wounds, and his new band Umbra Vitae. That group just released their debut album, Shadow of Life, (read our review here), a brutal, OSDM flavored album created by Jacob and a group of master musicians and friends such as Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, WYW) and Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex Hatebreed, WYW) Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex) and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Job For A Cowboy). In a frank discussion with our editor Keefy, Jacob discussed the impact coronavirus has had on the music world and more specifically his bands and his label Deathwish Inc., what are the Death Metal inspirations of the group, how Umbra Vitae came together, how this is a full band and not side-project, the poem that inspired the band name and the entire album, an update on new Converge and WYW music, and much more. Jacob is working to stay focused and creative during the pandemic to keep his bands and Deathwish Inc. alive in all of this and if you can, please support his music, art activities at these links.

Buy the album here https://orcd.co/umbravitae

Support all of Jacob here:

https://jacobbannon.com/

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ALBUM REVIEW: Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life

Converge is one of the lucky Hardcore/Punk bands that has seen notable success over the years. Though they have flirted with the metal genre on some of their albums like The Poacher Diaries (Relapse Records) and You Fail Me (Epitaph Records), frontman Jason Bannon has been itching to make something heavier. This veteran vocalist loves his celebrated children Converge and Wear Your Wounds, but is now really exposing his heart for ferocity with his new Death Metal project, Umbra Vitae. Along with some other experienced and eager members, Bannon has just released the band’s debut LP, Shadows of Life on his own label, Deathwish Inc.

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