ALBUM REVIEW: Amigo The Devil – Born Against


There are many ways unironically describe the last year or so of human life in a manner, we can all appreciate. A lot of us use sarcasm and deflection as a means to cope, and it shows. We may become numb to our own reality based on a lot of loss and sadness, and the mass psychotic break the world seems to have suffered. If you are here reading these words, hopefully,you are looking for an escape from the mundane in some good music. Music is here for you, both as a hug to say “it’s gonna be OK,” but also to commiserate with someone who has been there through the muck, just like you. Danny Kiranos, a.k.a. Amigo The Devil has found a foothold in our musical diet, a needed figure to tell the unpleasant truths about that muck and mire we need to learn from, or just relate to. He asks us to look with him and at ourselves too. He does this to a bold effect on his new album, Born Against (Liar’s Club Records, Regime Music Group).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jaye Jayle – Prisyn


Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Code Orange – Underneath


It’s a fascinating time to be in the Code Orange camp. It’s been a little over three years since the bruising Forever stormed the Metallic Hardcore gates and they’re finally releasing the proper follow-up, Underneath (Roadrunner) to a hungry world. And the hype is certainly a factor. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter


Ah, the long-vaunted return to Deathcore form for Suicide Silence. Or is it? I’m sure the cynics and naysayers have already written off Become the Hunter (Nuclear Blast) as a simple effort to save face after the experimental and pseudo-Nu-metal stylings of 2017’s Suicide Silence. But let’s really get down to brass tacks here: Suicide Silence isn’t the first or last band to hit the soft reboot button on their careers. 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


Soulfly Books Headline Tour Of America For Early 2019


Soulfly, on the cusp of releasing their new album later this week, Ritual, on October 19 via Nuclear Blast. Now the band has announced new headline tour dates for early 2019, with labelmates Kataklysm. Other support will come from Incite, Chaoseum, Alukah, and Skinflint. Soulfly will also perform a special exclusive set at 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, where Max And Igor Cavalera will perform their final “Return To Roots” show, celebrating their classic album Roots (Roadrunner) from 1996. Continue reading


Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis


Where do I fucking start with Psychosis (Napalm) the new album from Cavalera Conspiracy and hands down, cards on table and ear holes suitably blasted away possibly the best thing either brother has done since Roots (Roadrunner)? Not to demean the album in any way, but it feels like the band has reached back into their collective back catalogues and meshed all of their sounds and ideas together to create a “Greatest Moments Of…..” and package them inside brand new songs.Continue reading


In This Moment Debut New Song – “Roots”


In This Moment recently confirmed that they will be releasing Ritual on July 21st via Roadrunner Records/Atlantic Records. The band has already shared the impressive ‘Oh Lord’ video online, and now ‘Roots’ is here for your listening pleasure.Continue reading