The Top Ten Stories at Ghost Cult This Week 9-23-22


In a new feature here, we recap the biggest stories of the week here at Ghost Cult! We went to 12, because fuck it, it’s our list! This week we have new reviews from Slipknot (one week early) the comeback from Razor, news about Guns N Roses, Serj Tankian of SOAD, Disturbed, vinyl from QOTSA, a major fest gets canned, our interview with Long Distance Calling, a review of Heilung, and the new video from Casket Robbery!

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Serj Tankian Shares a New Single and AR Video for “Pop Imperialism” – New EP Coming Soon


System of a Down’s artist and activist Serj Tankian, will release a new five song EP titled Perplex Cities on Oct. 21 via his own Serjical Strike label. Perplex Cities is his second EP in the last couple of years, following his 2021 release of the hard-hitting Elasticity EP. Before reaching the music streaming platforms next month, each track off the EP will be made available via a free augmented reality experience featuring Tankian presenting the five tracks himself in an intimate fashion. Via the app he will be appearing in the same space as the listener-viewer to explain the music and listen along. The first such immersive experience is available now, with the release of “Pop Imperialism” via the Arloopa app. Check it out here.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Callous Daoboys – Celebrity Therapist


Celebrity Therapist (MNRK Heavy / Modern Static Records) is the brand new LP from the six-piece Atlanta noise merchants, who announced themselves to the world with their debut EP My Dixie Wrecked in 2017 and have since continued to consistently put out new music including the Animal Tetris EP and their acclaimed 2019 LP Die On Mars which was also re-released as an instrumental version. Continue reading


EP REVIEW: He Was A God – The Smile and The Scar


Hailing from Southern Connecticut, Progressive Metal band He Was A God, recently unleashed their three song EP The Smile & The Scar. A first for this band, however, they are not new to the scene. Chris Densky (Genitorturers, Deadstar Assembly, Adva), Tony Pellino (Transfixed Movement, Adva), Dan Perrone (Adva, Odessa) and Ray Zvovushe (King Sexy, Adva) have been making music together since grade school. The addition of vocalist Ben Curns completed their lineup and He Was A God was formed.

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Serj Tankian (System of A Down) Shares New Lyric Video for “Your Mom”


Serj Tankian of System of a Down recently released his new solo EP Elasticity, has dropped a new lyric video for his track “Your Mom’ today. You can watch the clip below. You can purchase and stream the album from the links below, with vinyl arriving April, 30th, 2021.Continue reading


Serj Tankian of System of a Down Discusses “Truth To Power” Movie with Marc Maron


Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast” has shared a new interview with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian to discuss the new documentary “Truth To Power.” The film highlights Tankian’s life in political activism and music. On the podcast, Serj discussed his life story, how he got into music, how SOAD formed, how the band reunited in 2020, an interesting story of a run-in with late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, and the film.

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System of A Down’s Video for “Chop Suey” has Reached 1 Billion Views


Metal legends System of A Down have reached a new milestone as the video for the song “Chop Suey!” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The band becomes one of the few elite rock or metal a diverse and elite group of artists to surpass the one-billion mark, a list which includes Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Linkin Park’s “Numb” and “In The End”. The band recently reunited to drop two new songs, their first new music in 15 years, in support of the beleaguered countries of Artsakh and Armenia. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the two new singles, now available on Bandcamp for purchase (link below) where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts.

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System of A Down Release Two New Songs Benefitting Artsakh and Armenia


Metal legends System of A Down has surprise dropped two new songs, their first new music in 15 years, in support of the beleaguered countries of Artsakh and Armenia. “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz” are the two new singles, now available on Bandcamp for purchase (link below) where band proceeds go toward the ArmeniaFund. The funds from Bandcamp + pre-orders of our new merch collection will be used to provide crucial, desperately needed aid and basic supplies for those affected by these hideous acts. Jam out to these new System songs now and read a message from the band.

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Serj Tankian of System of A Down Readies New EP of SOAD Leftovers


System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian spoke to Grammy.com about “Elasticity”, his upcoming solo EP of what he has previously described as “rock songs.” He said of the material he originally intended for the abandoned new SOAD album : “These were primarily songs that I wanted to do with SYSTEM. When we weren’t able to see eye to eye I just went ahead and finished them. They have more synth flavors than most SYSTEM songs do, more arpeggiated stuff like that, but they still have the heavy groove and also a lot of beautiful ballady stuff that is more like ‘Elect The Dead’ and some of my earlier solo stuff. It’s a really good EP.” It’s due later in 2020. Due later this year, “Elasticity”‘s title is a play on SOADs massive 2001 album “Toxicity”.Continue reading