Ghost Cult caught up with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano to discuss the bands’ recent album X, out now on Spinefarm Records. In addition to the new album, Elias shared details with us about lyrical themes, their prolific output as a group, the history of the band, his special relationship with the fans and much more! Catch the band on tour all through 2019. Continue reading
Megadeth is joining 70000 Tons of Metal, KISS, Shiprocked, Cruise To Edge and others with their own cruise. The band launched a mailing list signup and social media networks promoting the TheMegaCruise, sailing in the Pacific in 2019. No other information is available yet. Typically major cruise lines sail out of ports like Los Angeles, San Diego or Seattle, and travel to Mexico, South America or north to Canada or Alaska. Links to signup are below. Megadeth is celebrating 35 years as a band in 2018 and is working on a new album for release in 2019. Continue reading
ShipRocked is one of the great music cruise experience around, and the 2019 lineup ha just been announced. Jam-packed with talent, the lineup features Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, I Prevail, Nothing More, Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, comedian Brian Posehn and more. Celebrating 10 Years and expanded to five days total, ShipRocked 2019 sets sail January 26-31, 2019 onboard Carnival Valor departing from Galveston, Texas, with stops in Cozumel and The Yucatan in Mexico. Staterooms for ShipRocked 2019 are sold out, but a wait list is available at the links below. Continue reading
The brotherhood of the Almighty Black Label Society brought its POWAH and PAIN to the Chicago chapter in the Grimmest of ways on January 3rd 2018. Loud and Proud is how Zakk Wylde does it to kick off the New Year on an ice-filled, frozen city kind of evening. With Zakk embarking tours supporting Book of Shadows II (eOne), Zakk Sabbath, and of course performing with Ozzy it’s been over 2 years since BLS has taken the Blessed Hellride. The family of the House of Blues Chicago BLS DOOM crew came out in droves and packed the hall to the limit on a sub-zero night in Chicago. The house wasn’t heating up inside, it was burning up! The anticipation of the crowd was insurmountable – ready to rock with Father Zakk and the crew once again. Continue reading
ShipRocked, the best hard rock music cruise in the world, has announced it is totally sold out for 2018. There is a popular waiting list for the cruise, and Ghost Cult has the details below how to a sign-up. Sailing from January 21-25, 2018 onboard the Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau & Half Moon Cay In The Bahamas, the 2018 edition of ShipRocked features Stone Sour, Seether, In This Moment, Black Label Society and more! Continue reading
Jesse Hasek of 10 Years chats with Rick Triana of Ghost Cult Magazine on ShipRocked 2016. They discussed being ShipRocked veterans, 10 Years live performances, other bands on the cruise, Helmet, their upcoming US Tour with P.O.D., influences, and much more.
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ShipRocked Day 3 got under way at picturesque Costa Maya, Mexico. The cruisers who left the ship for the beach and the sun were treated to a fun day of action hanging with artists and making new friends. At night more music poured out of the speakers and onto the stage with the all-star band The Stowaways, who performed the first of two sets. The Stowaways includes a who’s who of rock and metal royalty in their lineup such as David Ellefson of Megadeth, Marcos Curiel and Wuv Bernardo(P.O.D.); John Tempesta (The Cult, Motor Sister); Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Bumblefoot, Guns N’ Roses); Jonny Hetherington and Tavis Stanley (Art of Dying); Lukas Rossi, Josh Newell, and Miles McPherson (The Halo Method); Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen); Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach); Oli Herbert (All That Remains); Joey Duenas (Anew Revolution, ex-Unloco); . They played songs like Temple of The Dog’s 90s classic ‘Hunger Strike’, Megadeath’s thrashterpiece ‘Peace Sells’, Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, and tributes to the recently passed on Scott Weiland (STP’s ‘Vasoline’) and Lemmy (‘Ace of Spades’). Halestom and Nonpoint figured prominently on Day three as well.
Day 4 was a full day at sea back to Miami which meant hijinks on the high seas the entire time. High winds canceled some of the outdoor activities, but the bands moved to the Sprinkler Lounge and the big theater too. In addition to FFDP playing an extra long set, Day 4 included Helmet, who was the band most talked about after the headliners by other bands on the cruise in terms of the “must see factor”. Up and comers like The Dead Deads and Red Storm Rising and another performance by the Stowaways. All in all ShipRocked #7 was and action packed, awesome time had by all. Once again special thanks to Rick Triana for RIPT Media Productions for throwing down behind the lens, and in front of it too; bringing Ghost Cult readers as close to the action as possible without being there. ShipRocked 2017 is already being booked, so we highly recommend this one-of- -kind, dream come true experience for music fans!
Ghost Cult kicked off 2016 “Vacationing Harder” on the Norwegian Pearl with the amazing ShipRocked Cruise. Departing out of the Port of Miami, the four-day concert experience on the ocean drew nearly 3000 cruisers on the sold-out ship with the a huge waiting list left wanting. The seventh edition of the trip was stacked with hit-making rock and metal bands like Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Seether performing multiple sets on different days. Sailing to lovely Costa Maya Mexico, everyone was all smiles for miles! Forty bands jamming over four days, on four stages raged while the beer and liquor flowed with fans. The best part of the rock cruise experience is the up close and personal experience of sailing with the bands, and the first class experience of the ship, its crew and staff. Covering the first two days of the cruise, bands such as FFDP, Halestorm, and Seether headlined the main-stages, frequent ShipRocked band 10 Years (three times on ShipRocked) delighted returning trip veterans, while up a coming bands like We Are Harlot (led by Danny Worsnop, ex-Asking Alexandria), Glorious Sons, and scene stealers in Doll Skin minted new fans. It’s great to see young talent represented and not out classed, like they might be as some of the larger festivals. Rick Triana for RIPT Media Productions captured all the action tirelessly on deck, on shore, and on all the stages for Ghost Cult Magazine.
Swedish rockers Avatar have started recording their next album with producer Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down). They will be splitting their time between three studios throughout Europe with all of the music being made in the aptly named Castle Studios in Röhrsdorf, Germany; Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland; and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden. The new effort will be released next year by Entertainment One Music in the U.S. and Canada and Century Media overseas.
Jan 09: Gothenburg Sound Festival – Gothenburg (SE)
Jan 18: Shiprocked Cruise – Miami, FL
Jan 23: Sunsplash Waterpark – Cape Coral, FL (w/Nonpoint)
Jan 24: Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill – St Petersburg, FL
Jan 26: Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
Jan 27: Brewsky’s – Hattiesburg, MS (w/September Mourning)
Jan 28: Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA (w/September Mourning)
Jan 29: Click’s – Tyler, TX (w/September Mourning)
Jan 30: Trees – Dallas, TX
Jan 31: Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX (w/September Mourning)
Feb 02: Sam’s Place – Crowley, LA (w/September Mourning)
Feb 03: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Feb 04: Club Patron – Odessa, TX (w/September Mourning)
Feb 05: Jake’s – Lubbock, TX (w/September Mourning)
Apr 30: Fort Rock – Fort Myers, FL
Jul 08: Norway Rock – Kvinesdal (NO)