Mr. Bungle Releases Cover of The Exploited’s “USA” for Charity, First New Music in 21 Years

After teasing it on social media, Mr. Bungle has shared their cover of The Exploiteds political punk anthem ‘USA’! The single and limited edition t-shirt is out now with 100% of proceeds donated to Musicares Covid-19 Relief Fund! The Bay Area band, whose current incarnation features original members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Dead Cross) and Trey Spruance with Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D) and Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), is donating 100% of the proceeds from both the song and a limited edition t-shirt to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, through the 4th of July. The shirt, which will only be offered through Independence Day, is available exclusively via Mr. Bungle’s webstore (https://blixtmerchandise.shop/mr-bungle). The MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund was created by The Recording Academy to help those within the music community who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The cover is amazing and an amazing comeback for the band, for whom the track marks their first new music released in 21 years, since the seminal California album! The song is available now on all digital platforms via Ipecac Recordings. Jam the track out now and order now if you can help!

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Watch Mike Patton Join S.O.D. for “Speak Spanish or Die” from Quarantine

As we have been saying Charlie Benante has been killing it in quarantine, teaming up with many of his famous metal musician friends to play covers from quarantine. Now he has again reteamed with featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Dead Cross, Mr. Bungle) and they have done their classic song ‘Speak English or Die’, recast as ‘Speak Spanish or Die’. Mr. Bungle, fronted by Patton, played the song on tour this February. Last month S.O.D., which includes Benante, his Anthrax bandmate Scott Ian, and Dan Lilker, teamed up for renditions of ‘March Of The S.O.D.’ and ‘Chromatic Death’. Patton makes an appearance in the accompanying video as “The Lonely Rager,” complete with a cowboy hat and bandana mask. Watch it now! 

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Mr. Bungle Teases More Behind The Scenes Images from The Recording Studio

A few days after teasing a new recording, Mr. Bungle has shared more photos on social media (Instagram and Twitter). The band is apparently in the studio working on new recordings, likely with the lineup that just performed the Mr. Bungle reunion shows last month. Joining Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance for those shows were Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Suicidal Tendencies and Dead Cross drummer Dave Lombardo. In addition to performing all of The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny demo, the band performed several “new” songs live that were just early unreleased Bungle hardcore songs, eight covers and ten originals overall during their shows. The band has not released any new music since their California album in 1999. Any new Mr. Bungle release would be a cause to celebrate so fingers crossed! Continue reading

Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

As we barrel into the new year we want to take one last look at our most popular news stories (by topic) on our website in 2019. Thanks for being here with us and choosing us for your music news, interviews, reviews and other entertaining content we try to provide daily! Continue reading

Watch Dan Weiss, Ramin Djawadi, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt, and Brad Paisley Cover The Game of Thrones Theme Song

Tonight marks the last episode of the eight seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO, “the most metal show ever“. Check out this performance of the GOT theme song, the dyadic track ‘The Rains of Castamere” organized by Fender Guitars. The performance features series co-creator Dan Weiss, award-winning composer Ramin Djwadi, Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt and Brad Paisley. Check it out! Continue reading

Anthrax Guitarist Scott Ian To Unveil Art Collection Made From Guitar Playing

 

Scott Ian, a legend of thrash metal with his band Anthrax will unveil an art collection made from guitar performance. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ian’s work on the fretboard resulted in the visuals seen in the collection. Other artists who have done similar works include Page Hamilton of Helmet, Dave Lombardo of Suicidal Tendencies and Dead Cross, and Bill Ward, formerly of Black Sabbath. You can watch a teaser trailer below to learn about the collection and sign up for an update from the website about the collection, you get a full press release with information. Anthrax is still touring behind 2016’s Worship Music (Megaforce/Nuclear Blast) and while on a break from the road, Ian’s “One Man Riot” spoken-word tour of Australia will kick off on September 24 and will include stops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Continue reading