Please indulge me for one moment. I am not usually one for breaking the fourth wall when reviewing an album but bear with…. Back in 2004, I had a polar response to two albums in a way that encapsulates a particular dichotomy that fans (and bands) often find themselves caught up in that has stuck with me as a point of reflection ever since. To change, or not to change, that is the question… I remember the unshakeable feeling of disappointment at just how much Slipknot had changed their sound and attack on Vol III: The Subliminal Verses compared to Iowa (both Roadrunner), and the same deep sigh of discontent that Soil hadn’t changed enough (or at all, with Redefine, J Records).Continue reading
Legendary Pop Punks The Offspring will release their new album Let The Bad Times Roll on April 16 via Concord Records. The new album will be their first in 9 years, the follow-up to 2012’s Days Go By andwas once again produced by Bob Rock, who also worked on the band’s last two LPs. Check out the debut single, the title track, right now! Continue reading
It would be an understatement to say that Steven Wilson’s sixth full-length album continues down the more commercialized path that was established on 2017’s To The Bone. While that album has ultimately proved to be a simplified variation of its predecessors in hindsight, The Future Bites opts for a very different approach as the guitars are downplayed and Pop and Electronica influences completely take over. It’s far removed from the Prog dog days of Porcupine Tree but also not unprecedented when you consider No-Man’s Synthpop side.Continue reading
Avatar took my live stream “virginity” away in this concert Ages|Madness from their series of Livestream concerts titled Ages, which has been running since January 9th and will end this upcoming weekend on January 30th. The Swedish band demonstrated why they are one of the most popular and entertaining bands in the genre right now by giving a performance that very well is worth the “price of admission” that COVID normalcy has given us for these types of events since we cannot go to live shows for the time being. Avatar was able to set a tone and ambiance like no other with this performance which was concentrated on tracks from the albums Black Waltz (Gain Music Entertainment)and Hail the Apocalypse (eOne Music).
Let’s think of 2021 as the year that will reveal the ultimate artistic expression of all creators out there and, personally I am very excited with what the year promises pertaining to music releases especially in Metal. The year starts with the right foot with this release by Portugal’s Stoner Metal band Miss Lava and their fourth effort Doom Machine (Small Stone). This album explores how psychedelic and experimental sounds mix so well with Stoner Rock/Metal, with passages that go straight from heavy riffs into spacious soundscapes that will transport you somewhere else in the cosmos.
Today on the block we have Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes by Australian Stoner Doom band Fumarole, out now from the excellent Interstellar Smoke Records. I’ve heard a couple of their singles and dug what I heard, so I was definitely stoked to get the album in hand. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes starts off pedal down and never really lets up. Loaded with hooky as hell riffage, driving rhythms, and killer spots where the bass and drums lay down the groove while the guitar has its fun. The solos are tasty, they have a rock feel sprinkled with some blues that truly add to the overall vibe.
Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Black Pistol Fire return today with a new live video for the single, “Temper, Temper.” Watch the fierce live clip shot in Austin.
Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies has shared another new single off of their upcoming album. “Holy Ground” on Friday, December 4th. “Holy Ground (Shake The Memory)” was the first song Glenn Hughes wrote for the pre-production sessions at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles and what became the title track of the upcoming album of the same name being released on January 22, 2021.
Cape Town, South Africa-based Alt-Rock group Southern Wild has shared a brand new video for their new single – “Time On Your Hands”. The emotive, bluesy ballad is a gut-wrenching exercise in restraint and release dynamics. The track features Rami Jaffee from the Foo Fighters on organ/keys on this Rock/R&B/Soul mashup style ballad. It’s definitely something different for your ears that demands repeat listens and your praise. Watch the clip here.
“Our sound is inspired by the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Daniel Caesar and Jeff Buckley.” Comments the band.
“Lyrically, the song is about that sinking feeling you get when you see someone you love working tirelessly in a job that’s going nowhere. I think a lot of people spend their lives counting pennies, settling for something they don’t particularly enjoy. It’s about watching a person dear to you gradually lose hope over time, believing more and more each day that there’s no way out. I then go on to sing about using that sorrow, that sinking feeling, to gain from today, to find another way.” – Vocalist/Guitarist Dave van Vuuren
Dave adds, “Having Rami perform Hammond on our track is still unbelievable to me. When Theo first told us that he could make it happen, we were utterly blown away, and now that he’s actually on the track, it’s just this beautiful thing that we’re so grateful for. He adds to it perfectly.”
The band has enthralled main stage audiences at Up The Creek, Rocking the Daisies, Smoking Dragon & Oppikoppi since its formation in 2015. Opening gigs for Incubus & The Cure on their South African tours stand out as career highlights for them, but every time these guys take to the stage, it looks like the most important night of their lives. Whether it’s a big festival night or an intimate acoustic session, the feeling transmitted to the audience is always the same.
Time on Your Hands is available now on all digital platforms
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