PODCAST: Episode 63: Casandra of Paralandra Talks New Music, and Touring with Legends

Ghost Cult caught up with singer/guitarist Casandra Carson of Missouri rockers Paralandra. The band has had a busy last year since they released their current EP Ascension via Legend Recordings. The groups’ profile has been rising over the years with constant hard work and appearances on festivals such as Rockfest, Dirtfest, Rocklahoma, and SXSW. The band recently toured with guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen, winning over audiences every night, on unfamiliar ground. Casandra shared stories with us about how the band was formed, their influences, paying their dues, and the new music the band is working on for a future release. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Bad Citizen – “Beekeeper”

New York City Rock band Bad Citizen has teamed up with Ghost Cult to stream a brand new single today! ‘Beekeeper’ can be purchased and streamed from the links below. Full of slick grooves, fresh drumming, and brooding vocals, the track is killer. Channeling all of their influences, the band is focused on this new music and kicking total ass. Be on the lookout for more news and new music soon from this band! Check it out! Continue reading

Blood Command – Return Of The Arsonist

While Return Of The Arsonist (Fysisk Format) is a spiritual successor to the Hand Us The Alpha Male EP, the eight-year gap really shows the songwriting prowess Blood Command have amassed. There is less of a focus on the high octane, scattergun approach to the song structures and, as a result, more memorable moments. Continue reading

Black Lung – Ancients

Those familiar with Baltimore acid-Blues combo The Flying Eyes may be blissfully unaware that two of that happy breed make up the larger share of an outfit bearing the name Black Lung. This darker-sounding trio, however, is no maelstrom of evil hostility, and has more in common with the parent band than the moniker might suggest. Continue reading

New Model Army – Night Of A Thousand Voices

Being in the business since, oh, 1980 is both a blessing and a challenge. On the one hand, you’ve got lots of great material to compile a set list with. On the other, what gets left in, and what gets left out?

No such issue faces post-Punk/Folk mutants New Model Army, as their new live album A Night of A Thousand Voices (Attack Attack Records) shows. Continue reading

Buckcherry – Hoobastank – Adelita’s Way: Live at O2 Ritz, Manchester (UK)

Another early doors gig, as Hoobastank and Buckcherry hit Manchester, with support from Adelita’s Way. A bit warmer than my visit a week or two earlier and time for a chat with joint headliner Hoobastank prior to the gig – with Doug and Dan proving to be excellent company for the almost 30 minutes I end up chatting with them, the results of which will be on an upcoming Ghost Cult Podcast. After the chat, it is back down the stairs to take up what almost feels like my reserved spot at the barrier, ready for some entertainment. Continue reading

Feel The Heat: Hard Rock Albums Roundup

While winter climes may be more suited to the face-painted and sombre-faced ones, there’s something to be said about warming yourself up with some Hard Rocking. Ghost Cult rounds up some of this year’s early Melodic and Hard Rock releases to see if there’s not something that can’t bring the heat… Continue reading

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Ceremony: Live at O2 Institute, Birmingham (UK)

After being somewhat spoiled with three support acts the previous night at Skid Row in Manchester, it’s a bump back down to a single support for this evening’s fare, with Canada’s Blood Ceremony touring in support of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats at Birmingham’s O2 Institute. The room is not quite sold out, though very busy, with the intimate feel of the venue lending itself to a really good atmosphere. After a far too early arrival, allowing unneeded extra time for snow, it was time for some doom and gloom in my ears to warm me from the cold.  Continue reading

Puppy – The Goat

Puppy have had a very busy couple of years seemingly touring non-stop, whether it’s their own various tours, supporting big-hitters like CKY, Creeper, and Conan, and playing numerous festivals such as Download and Slam Dunk, the trio have kept themselves very occupied. The main question on everyone’s lips, however, was when are they going release a full album and will The Goat (Spinefarm) live up to the expectations set by their prior two EPs and live show? Continue reading

Enter Shikari – Palaye Royale – Black Peaks: Live at O2 Academy, Leicester (UK)

Putting together a good bill is a difficult task. Sometimes the stars can align, schedules are free and the world gets Trivium with Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison. Other times you get Dizzee Rascal supporting Muse. Yes, that did actually happen. When a band as fluid with genre boundaries as Enter Shikari announces a tour, wild speculation breaks out about who will be joining them, or indeed, why a certain band is on the bill. Tonight is no exception as a varied line up graces the frequently gig-bereft Leicester City. Continue reading