Rock and Shock Festival Disbands

Sad news on the Festival and Convention front as the long-running Rock and Shock Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts has disbanded after 15 years. The announcement was made in a post to social media about the festival canceling all further festivals. The fest paired the best Horror convention and concert series in the USA and made use of both the famous Worcester Palladium venue and the convention center at the DCU Center up the block. Ghost Cult covered many Rock N Shock fests which featured incredible conventions, horror celebrities, amazing vendors , indie films,  headliners such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Disturbed, Danzig (including a pre-reunion Misfits headline set with Doyle), ICP, Ministry, GWAR, King Diamond, Type O Negative, Lordi, Disturbed,  Mushroomhead, Voivod, Amorphis, Twiztid, Dark Tranquility, Hatebreed, Devildriver, Motionless In White, Death Grips, Superjoint, Wednesday 13, Sabaton, Prong, Witch Mountain, Sanctuary, Soilwork, OTEP, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Cavalera, Conspiracy, Anthrax, Overkill, Misfits, and more! Continue reading

ALBUM OF THE YEAR STAFF POST: Weslie Negron Top 20 Albums of 2019

2019, the year that closes the decade and with it a lot of interesting releases in the Heavy Metal world. In this article, you’ll get to see my top 20 favorite albums of the year. It was no easy task to choose just 20, a lot of talented bands released quality stuff this year, but I believe these are the ones that close the decade on a high note and gives us hope for more in the future.

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GHOST CULT’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Steve Tovey: Top 20 of 2019

2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with. Continue reading

Ghost Cult Album of the Year 2019 Part 3 (20-1)

And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain. My friends, we’ll say it clear, we’ll state our case, of which we’re certain. We’ve lived a year that’s full, and listened to each and every album (well, a good several hundred, in any case), But more, much more than this, We did it our way…

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Soilwork Share Video for New Song “Feverish”, and New Version of “Stålfågel” ft Alissa White-Gluz

Soilwork has released a brand new song today, ‘Feverish’ on all DSPs. They also released a brand new version of their last single ‘Stålfågel’ featuring Arch Enemy lead singer Alissa White-Gluz. Watch the official music video for ‘Feverish’ now:

Stream ‘Feverish’ and ‘Stålfågel’ feat. Alissa White-Gluz here: https://nblast.de/Soilwork-Feverish

Commented the band:

We have all been feverish. We have all sometimes given in to the temperature rising inside of us, being ridden by a ghost that made us do things we didn’t want to do, but it somehow felt good afterwards, like a purging of the mortal organism that confines us.

‘Feverish’ follows the band’s globally acclaimed new album, Verkligheten (album of the month in Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Aardschok and Scream), which was released in January as well as the incendiary Underworld EP which dropped this summer.

More on Verkligheten:

“Arrival” visualizer: https://youtu.be/nuItul-D0PA

“Full Moon Shoals” music video: https://youtu.be/AHZhl_pniUY

“Stålfågel” music video: https://youtu.be/8-kcWrCX9rA

“Witan” music video: https://youtu.be/IvBlRpVLTQU

Studio webisode #1: https://youtu.be/wc6BaYOI3h4

Studio webisode #2: https://youtu.be/9SRtzjDKnr0

Studio webisode #3: https://youtu.be/YtcATGBBHNs

Album trailer #1: https://youtu.be/8w0UdGCAY4Y

Album Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/LUkqSGhEM3s

Album Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/eB6Br1maU7w

»Underworld« Bonus EP tracklist:

13. Summerburned and Winterblown

14. In This Master’s Tale

15. The Undying Eye

16. Needles And Kin (original version)

Soilwork live

31.10. AUS Brisbane, The Triffid

01.11. AUS Sydney, Manning Bar

02.11. AUS Melbourne, Max Watts

04.11. JPN Osaka, Umeda amHall

05.11. JPN Nagoya, Reny Limited

06.11. JPN Tokyo, Shinjuku Reny

Soilwork is:

Björn “Speed” Strid – vocals

David Andersson – guitars

Sven Karlsson – keyboards

Sylvain Coudret – guitars

Bastian Thusgaard – drums

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2019

Now in its nineteenth year, the annual metal pilgrimage to Bloodstock Open Air at Catton Hall in Derbyshire was joined this year by a very special, but highly unstable, guest.

The weather.

Yes, I know it’s England in August, and we should be more than accustomed to inconsistent weather conditions, but this really was something else. Tents too hot to be inside one moment were waterlogged the next. People soaked to the skin by sudden, torrential downpours were suffering sunburn minutes later. Grass turned to mud, mud became rivers, and the unprecedented winds would go on to cause problems all of their own. Continue reading

Amorphis Books Tour of Finland with Soilwork and More

Amorphis continues to tour behind their amazing last album Queen of Time (Nuclear Blast). The band has booked a tour of their homeland, Finland, with special guest Soilwork opening. Some shows will see MOL open while the other half will be opened by Leprous and The Ocean Collective. Tickets on sale August 19th 9.00 CEST Continue reading