Ghost Cult recently caught up with Justin Benlolo, the progenitor of the band BRKN Love, who released their debut, self-titled album on February 14th via Spinefarm Records. Although young in years, Justin has actually been working at his craft and releasing albums for many years after coming out Toronto, living all over the country and eventually landing in Los Angeles. We chatted with Justin about his modest start, how the group formed around him into a full band, rather than a solo project, the issues he has had to overcome to get his music in front of people, working with producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), his approach to touring and more.
The advent of Sundowning (Spinefarm Records), the debut album from London-based shoegazer Sleep Token, goes back over a year: so its release, ahead of a major US tour, has seen a level of furore largely unknown in Metal circles. Hiding identity under a cloak a la Ghost, there’s an added mystique here from an embracing of spiritual and somnolent values (the album’s title is the term given to the daily crash of dementia, for example), while melody is to the fore of the core sound. Continue reading
On November 3, 2019, the relatively quiet college town of New Haven, CT welcomed a five-part, earth-shaking line up to their prized venue, Toad’s Place. Back-to-back headbangers, Santa Cruz, Tempting Fate, He Is Legend and Whitechapel, all supported Atreyu on their 20th-anniversary tour and packed out the intimate venue. None of the “do not mosh” signs stood a chance against the excitable and enthusiastic fans who could not resist a circle pit. Continue reading
London’s brashest export Puppy has been taking the world by storm the last few years. After the release of their album The Goat (Spinefarm Records), the band toured ceaselessly and won fans the world over. Now they have surprise-released a new EP, III, and have more stuff in the works soon, including a co-headline show with Bokassa in December. Check out our interview with the entire band and stop wrecking your life by sleeping on Jock, Will and Billy, clearly twisted maniacs. Continue reading
Sleep Token just shared their new music video for the song ‘Sugar’! The song comes from their upcoming new album Sundowing, out November 21st via Spinefarm Records. Pre-order the album and watch the video now below. The band will embark on their first US shows soon, with Issues, followed by a headline tour of the UK. Continue reading
It seems like the journey to Toothgrinder‘s I Am (Spinefarm Records) has been one full of trepidation and behind the scenes issues. Vocalist Justin Matthews has certainly been open about his demons in the promotional materials stating: “My alcohol and drug use were pretty prominent on the last two albums and on tour.” And nothing but the utmost respect to him for being able to put those demons behind him in the lead up to their third proper full length. Continue reading
Rising rockers Brkn Love has shared a new video for the song ‘Papercuts’, on the heels of their recent other singles ‘I Can’t Lie’ and ‘Shot Down’. These songs come from their upcoming new self-titled debut, coming on November 22nd via Spinefarm Records. The album, produced by Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), was recorded live to tape to capture the bands’ raw energy. Watch the new video now! Continue reading