EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Albert Frost – “I’m Still Here”

South African Bluesy Rocker Albert Frost is back with a kickass new video for his song  “I’m Still Here”, which you can see here at Ghost Cult today! Frost is the award-winning artist dubbed the  “South African Hendrix” as he is a master of the guitar, but also a talented songsmith and singer as well. “I’m Still Here” is streaming on all digital platforms and is a fun FU to haters and carving out a lasting career in music despite the pressures and problems that come with it! The video is about the artists’ muse. Albert is frustrated and constantly trying to break through to her to release that artistic creativity. At the end of the video, they finally find each other. Watch the video right now! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Jordan Red – “Way Down” 

Ghost Cult has teamed up with UK Metalcore band Jordan Red to present their new lyric video for their new single “Way Down”! The track follows their recent excellent track and video for “Hands that Built The World”. We continue to monitor this rising band for their aggressive songs, catchy vocals, and timely lyrical content. Check out “Way Down” right now!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night

 

Over 35 years ago, Fates Warning was one of the main trailblazers and influencers in the Progressive Metal movement. With so much history, there has been a lot of lineup changes throughout the years, but the band has always been known for its exploration and expansion of the scene. Even today this East Coast act is still examining their special sound. Earlier this month FW released their newest full-length album, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade Records). These boys went big and completed 13 songs to celebrate their 13th full-length release. The group took their time to dig deep into their assorted inclinations to expose the wealth they found there.

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EP REVIEW: Carcass – Despicable – Nuclear Blast Records

Over thirty years ago, England’s own Carcass came to the scene and shared their glorification of grind and gore. The unhinged and manic sound they conjured found an audience and quickly gained popularity, along with their contemporaries Napalm Death and Godflesh. The surge of the extreme had its time in the sun, but after their 10 year hiatus, Carcass came back in a slightly different mood. In 2013, the group took their well-known viciousness and molded it in with more melody on their sixth full-length, Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast). They married Grindcore and Melodic Death Metal on that record which got a lot of attention and reminded everyone why these guys are such an original act. After seven years, the band is back again with their EP, Despicable (Nuclear Blast). In just four songs, Carcass takes their significant union of sounds and exemplifies them with new levels of pandemonium.    Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 126: John Connolly of Sevendust on “Blood and Stone”

Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with John Connolly of Sevendust to chat about their new album, Blood and Stone, releasing on October 23rd, 2020 via Rise Records. We discussed the making of the new album, releasing new music during this uncertain time, the more adult themes of the band’s music these days, how the band approaches songwriting, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the decision to cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live” and how they almost didn’t go through with it and more. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat right now. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – Pressure

As last year wound down, 2020 was looking bright for music, with tours galore and a litany of reunions. Nashville’s rock ‘n rollers Tyler  Bryant and the Shakedown were looking forward to building on their busy 2019, which included tours and festivals across the US and Europe, most notably with Stone Temple Pilots, Rival Sons, Clutch, Sevendust, Blackstone Cherry, and Airbourne, among others, and the release of their critically-acclaimed album, Truth and Lies. But as 2020’s landscape changed, big plans did too. Some artists went on hiatus, while others decided to take the time to reflect and write. In this case, guitarist/vocalist Tyler Bryant, drummer Caleb Crosby, and guitarist  Graham Whitford did not slow down, took on the latter approach, and hunkered down in Bryant’s home studio to craft some of their best work with the help of co-producer/engineer Roger Alan Nichols. Aptly titled Pressure (out October 16th on Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records), the album takes listeners on a journey through the emotional and tumultuous year. Coincidentally, many of the songs began to take shape before Nashville faced a destructive tornado, COVID, and racial justice rallies. However, the release could not have been timed better, as it offers up 13 tracks to headbang and air guitar away the trials and tribulations of the last seven months and beyond. With a multitude of moods and tempos, and a collage of rock, blues, roots, and country stylings, Pressure follows the roller coaster that is 2020 life.  Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Pirates of Radio – “Glow”

Rising alt-Rock band Pirates of Radio (Hope Punk Records) have a new video for their latest single “Glow” out today, and Ghost Cult is psyched to bring it to ya! Since the band is a multinational troupe, the guys have never been in a room together during the writing and recording processes, collaborating via WhatsApp and the cloud. Still, they sound like a well-tuned machine, crafting memorable, anthemic tracks, and infectious melodies, while maintaining their style. “Glow” has a droning guitar, ear-catching melody, and great flow. The video was shot and edited collaboratively by the band and creative friends between Dubai and Germany. The eye-catching video for “Glow” perfectly matched the stirring message of being your own life preserver and the meaning of support behind the track. Check out the clip and find “the glow….” Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Idles – Ultra Mono – Partisan Records

Idles have come on in leaps and bounds since their last album Joy As An Act of Resistance (Partisan Records). It’s not even been 5 years since they were playing 100 capacity venues, yet here they are today having sold out giant venues like Alexandra Palace in under a day. With two giant albums under their belt, the big question was how the Bristol band were going to not only top it, but maintain the astronomical growth they’ve been on for the past 3 years.

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The ReAktion to Record New Album This Fall with Black Sabbath’s Producer

 

Heavy alt-Rock band The ReAktion has announced they are heading into the studio this fall to record a brand new album, their fourth, and their first since What A Day in 2018. Acclaimed veteran Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath, Cradle of Filth, Judas Priest) will produce the album. Exeter is also an ongoing collaborative partner of Tony Iommi, so expect The ReAktion’s trademark riffs and vocals to sound as big as ever. Their prior albums Similitude and Selknam generated a huge buzz, saw them tour internationally, including a standout appearance at Knotfest 2015. This will be one of the most anticipated albums of 2021.

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: The Hawkins – “Silence Is A Bomb”

Swedish Rock dynamos The Hawkins will release their brand new album Silence Is A Bomb releases this week, September 4th, via The Sign Records! To celebrate Ghost Cult is streaming their album in full right here at the site! The for their second full-length, the band continues to ply their classic rock influences their high octane delivery for furious, catchy songs with great vocals, and ripping riffs. Check out Silence Is A Bomb right now! Continue reading