ALBUM REVIEW: Ripped To Shreds – 劇變 (Jubian)


 

The brainchild of guitarist/vocalist/everything-ist Andrew Lee, US death metal mob Ripped To Shreds has been tearing up the Californian underground scene since 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down with its third full-length studio release 劇變 (Jubian) (Relapse Records). Originally created as a solo project to increase the visibility of American-born-Chinese in extreme metal, the band now acts as a four-piece and flies that flag with just as much pride as before but to a larger audience.

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INTERVIEW: Nik Nocturnal – The Ghost Cult Interview


YouTuber and Metal influencer Nik Nocturnal joined Ghost Cult Keefy for a discussion about his budding music career with Termina, social media, reaction videos, how he got his start in music, shred guitar, cover songs, working with superstars on music on collabs such as Will Ramos and Matthew Kiichi Heafy, listening to your audience, the “Heaviest Riffs” series, and much more! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Ibaraki – Rashomon


Ibaraki is the new solo project from Trivium’s Matt Heafy, and Rashomon is released through Nuclear Blast, having been over a decade in the making. The name translates as “Wild Trees”, but is also taken from a terrifying Japanese demon of feudal legend, and the concept is a profound affirmation of Heafy’s Japanese-American heritage, incorporating a number of different musical styles. Although the main inspiration clearly sits within the black etal genre, taking influence from the experience of Emperor’s Ihsahn, who co-produced, and whose quirkier ideas from his solo work are peppered throughout the release. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Tetrarch – Unstable


In this day and age, it can be a daunting task for Heavy Metal music fans to decide what music to purchase due to the influx of new music available. Thank goodness there are bands like Heavy Metal powerhouse Tetrarch whose music never disappoints and is always the right choice. The band’s second full-length studio album, and first for Napalm Records, Unstable, unleashing ten tracks of mind-blowing Metal.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #455: Interview with Eleanor Goodman of Metal Hammer


Matt Bacon and Curtis interviews Eleanor Goodman of Metal Hammer and discuss the future of print magazines after COVID-19. Dumb and Dumbest #455 is streaming now and it’s an Interview with Eleanor Goodman of Metal Hammer! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge 7/27/2020, all about increasing Sales for your band! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #454: Interview with Carl Stjarnlov of Diabolical on Songwriting


Matt Bacon interviews Carl Stjarnlov of Diabolical to talk about the mechanics of songwriting, the merits of a “riff soup”, the “Bus, Bed Bath” theory, and more! Dumb and Dumbest #454 is streaming now and it’s an Interview with Carl Stjarnlov of Diabolical on Songwriting! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge 7/27/2020, all about increasing Sales for your band! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #453: Retargeting And You!


Matt Bacon and Curtis go down the rabbit hole on retargeting. Dumb and Dumbest #453 is streaming now and it’s all about Retargeting And You! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge 7/27/2020, all about increasing Sales for your band! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #452: Vitor Carraca Teixiera on Management, PR and Time Management!


Matt Bacon and Curtis get deep with Vitor Carraca Teixieria on the Portuguese music scene, time management, and so much more! Dumb and Dumbest #452 is streaming now and it’s all about Vitor Carraca Teixiera on Management, PR, and Time Management!!! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge 7/27/2020, all about increasing Sales for your band! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #451: Your Most Powerful Way To Sell Records!


Matt Bacon and Curtis teach you the ways of the sales fist, grasshopper. And that way is to step up your email marketing game! Dumb and Dumbest #451 is streaming now and it’s all about Your Most Powerful Way To Sell Records! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge 7/27/2020, all about increasing Sales for your band! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #450: Paul Insinna. Music Attorney.


Matt Bacon welcomes in industry expert Paul Insinna; music attorney, artist manager, and now a record label owner with Poptrend Music. Dumb and Dumbest #450 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Paul Insinna. Music Attorney. Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Social Media expert and Ghost Cult Owner, Keith Chachkes (BDWE Media). They are starting a new Music Marketing Challenge soon, all about Sales! Email Matt to sign up early for the next challenge at the link below!
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