EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Blind Channel – “Died Enough For You”

Hailing from the Rock and Metal capital of the world, Finland, Blind Channel brings their self-described “Violent Pop” music to your speakers with big riffs, big hooks and a ton of energy. Violent Pop is also the name of their new album, out now, which you can get from the band at the links below. Having completed European tours with Hollywood Undead, Simple Plan and All That Remains they made huge strides with their first two albums, with the second nabbing them an Emma Award (the equivalent of a Finnish Grammy) nomination for Rock Album of the Year. Their new music video “Died Enough For You” is out now and you can watch here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Def Leppard – “On Through The Night” was Released 40 Years Ago

The 1980s was a transition time for Rock and Heavy Metal. Led Zeppelin would disband soon after a loss. AC/DC would lose a leader but gain new life. Ozzy was out of Sabbath, they had yet to unleash the Dio era, and Ozzy had yet to deliver his solo début. Michael Schenker quit UFO. Uriah Heap was changing key members left and right. Queen, Thin Lizzy, and Ultravox were adding new sounds and weirding out core fans. Only Judas Priest and Iron Maiden seemed to be ruling over the upper echelon and pioneering the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Sound. A young band the strength of an impressive demo (The Getcha Rocks Off E.P.), Sheffield UK’s best export, Def Leppard, debuted a début album full of ass-kicking music, the influence of the masters, few pretentious trappings, wizard guitar work, and amazing vocals. On Through The Night (Vertigo/Mercury) broke through as major-league début release in a year that later would be remembered for greatness. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Lucifer Star Machine – “Baby, When You Cry”

It’s time to it’s time to get Lucified again! A few months back we brought you news of the badasses in Lucifer Star Machine, their last video and single for ‘The Void’, and their upcoming new album The Devil’s Breath due out on April 3rd, 2020 via The Sign Records. Now they are bringing forth their new video, for the track ‘Baby, When You Cry’. Much more stylized with the bands’ performance interspersed with a suspenseful story with a surprise ending, this video rips! Check it out now at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: The Amblers – “Birds and Bees”

Johannesburg roots rockers The Amblers have shared a brand new music video today, exclusively at Ghost Cult! “Birds and Bees” is a new track from their upcoming album and shows the band in their natural environment, in a chill bar scene performing. The video was shot on location at Smoking Kills Bar in Melville under the direction of Chase Beynon from Capitol Collective. For the uninitiated, The Amblers pair their grasp of classic blues rock influences with more modern touchpoints like Jack White, or The Black Keys. Watch the video for ‘Birds and Bees’ now! Continue reading

WAAF Radio Plays It’s Final Song – “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath

As we reported earlier in the week, Boston area legendary radio station WAAF, which played and integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years was sold and has swapped formats starting today, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. For their final song ever, the station played the track the debuted their station with fifty years ago, ‘Black Sabbath’, by Black Sabbath, which was a brand new song when the station appeared. The main band of the station, 107.3 is on to other programs today, but their smaller bands are still operating and they are going to continue for now as an online radio station. They are still hosting The Big Gig Anniversary concert, featuring Godsmack and Halestorm.

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Boston Rock Station WAAF Sold, Switching to Religious Programming

Sad times for heavy music radio fans in the Boston area as legendary station WAAF, which played an integral part in Rock and Metal programming for fifty years has been sold and will swap formats this Saturday. Entercom Communications Corp., a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., on Tuesday, announced a deal to sell Rock 107.3 WAAF Boston to Educational Media Foundation for $10.75 million in cash. EMF has confirmed they will convert to ‘contemporary Christian’ programming. WAAF was not only a booster for rock but was instrumental in breaking mainstream active rock and countless metal bands to commercial acclaim. Some of their other stations will still air the rock formats for now, but it definitely signifies the end of an era. 

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CONCERT REVIEW: Crobot, ÆGES, and Like Machines at the Viper Room

On a relatively chilly Friday night at the Viper Room, one of the most iconic hole-in-the-wall night clubs on the Sunset strip, Los Angeles hosted a stop on Crobot’s US tour, featuring ÆGES and Like Machines, along with local openers The Jab and Tijuana Bullfight. Continue reading