ALBUM REVIEW: Yatra – All Is Lost

While All Is Lost (Grimoire Records) is the second album that Yatra has released in 2020, it is hardly a retread of its predecessor. The extreme elements that were merely blooming on Blood Of The Night are pushed to even further extents this time around. The drums have a much more aggressive presence with several busy fills on display while the fuzzy guitar and bass tones are much fuller. It never goes into full Blackened territory, but the more active Stoner-Sludge approach makes their High On Fire influence even more apparent. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW:  Various Artists – Dirt Redux

Alice in Chains, when spoken out loud, is understood by all in earshot. Love them or not, every person who says they enjoy rock music in some format knows who they are. One of their finest works was the 1992 classic, Dirt (Columbia Records), which spawned five radio hits, peaked at number six on the Billboard charts, and has sold over five million copies worldwide. Now, twenty-eight years later, the next generation of rock stars have paid tribute to a timeless classic by each taking on a track to cover however they want; thus, was born, Dirt Redux (Magnetic Eye Records). 

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 ALBUM REVIEW: Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities

Incantation is one of those bands that every metalhead knows about. Hailing from the East Coast, these guys have been around for over thirty years and have always made their presence known in the scene. From consistent album releases to endless touring, Incantation is an act that has dedicated everything to their craft. These veteran players continue to carry the banner for old school American Death Metal on their eleventh full-length, Sect of Vile Divinities (Relapse Records). Released last month, their grim and gruesome sounds gurgle to the top of the scuzzy cesspool of heaviness that they have created. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM:  Volcanova – “Radical Waves”

Badass Progressive Stoner Doom band Volcanova will release their debut album, Radical Waves this week via The Sign Records. Ghost Cult is bringing you the full album stream right now so you can try before you buy, like a free nug from your dealer of some new good shit. With their mash of old school Doom influences, mixed with proggy modern metal bands, it is a winning combo, sure to set your ears afire. Jam out to Radical Waves now! Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Monte Luna – “Drowners’ Wives”

Ghost Cult kicks off today hosting the full album stream by atmospheric Doom metal band Monte Luna, Drowners’ Wives , due out on Argonauta records later this week on October 4th! The bands’ style sits at the crux of sludgey riffing and mysticism that puts them squarely in the crosshairs of metal fans and their playlists for several years. Crushing, thicc riffs and stomping beats await you, and the band definitely adds unique elements that makes this Austin, Texas crew standout from the rest of the doom/sludge pack! Musically, the new album represents a new pinnacle for them, with a growth that has been impressive to see and hear over three previous releases time. Turn it up to 11, burn a fatty, and jam out to this beast of an album right now! Continue reading

Primitive Man / Hell – Split

Nothing beats a good split between two solid artists putting together a song or two each since we all know as music lovers, we all want new tunes! Primitive Man and Hell have joined forces on Split (Relapse) where Primitive Man brings forward two tracks of about six minutes each while Hell brings a single near-ten minute track to the table. This particular split is a great pick me up for after a long day at the office and is long enough to help soothe your head and be over before your commute home is complete. Continue reading

The Mound Builders – The Mound Builders

After seven years of relative silence since their debut, the excellently monikered The Mound Builders use the opening minute of their self-titled sophomore album (Failure Records and Tapes) to well and truly set the scene. There’s a triumphant opening chord ringing out, with more than a hint of Volume 4 (Vertigo) about its tone, Ryan Strawsma hits a vintage clanking bass run and the swinging drums come in. By the time Jim Voelz’ raw shouts come in on top, we’re well underway to establishing this is going to be a fun, riffy, High On Fire fuelled uptempo Sludge Metal romp, with all the essential hints of Hardcore to pepper things up. Continue reading

WOORMS – Slake

I always found it interesting how so many Sludge Metal bands can have the same foundation for a sound but then branch out to sound completely unique from each other. WOORMS has done just that with their latest release, Slake (Hospital/Sludgelord). A ten-track journey a bit over 30 minutes felt just like the right amount of material to quench my Sludge thirst but not be overkill. Meanwhile the emotions on the album span pretty wide between depressing and almost psychedelic sound sample intros to aggressive guitar riffs and song lyrics. Both of which made this album stand out early on in 2019. Continue reading