Pantera Crosses The One Billion Streaming Mark

Pantera has shared a post to social media thanking fans for the band reaching 1 Billion streams across platforms such as (in alphabetical order) Amazon, Apple, Deezer, Google, and Spotify. The band joins notable recent bands such as Metallica, Guns N Roses, and Nirvana with over one billion streams. Pantera was founded in 1981 and released nine studio albums total and a live album (not counting compilations and boxed sets), coming to prominence with their fifth and major-label debut, Cowboys From Hell. The band was disbanded by the late brothers, Darrell Lance “Dimebag” Abbott and Vinnie Paul Abbott in 2003. Getcha pull and celebrate! Continue reading

Metallica Celebrates One Billion Streams on Spotify

Metallica has shared to social media that the band has surpassed 1 Billion streams on Spotify. Arguably the most important and successful Metal band of all time, Metallica was founded in 1981 by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield in Los Angeles, California, before relocating the band to San Francisco. Continue reading

Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, Fever333, Bloodstock Open Air and More Win at The Heavy Music Awards

The third annual Heavy Music Awards were announced last night at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, hosted by Laura Jane Grace alongside live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar. For the third year in a row, Architects took home a major win with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs. The Brighton act picked up Best Album for Holy Hell, as well as Best Live Band. Other bands that won include Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Fever333, Bloodstock Open Air for best festival, Dream State, photographer Paul Harries and more. Here is the full winners list: Continue reading

Tool’s Back Catalog Hits Streaming, New Album Release Looms

Tool, one of the last holdouts of mainstream bands against streaming platforms, has released its studio albums to all major streaming services (DSPs) today. All four previous studio LPs — Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days — and the band’s 1992 debut EP, Opiate, are available. The Opiate EP has incredible artwork and the band filmed a new video for it two years ago, that hopefully sees the light of day eventually. The band even has its own playlist on Spotify one day one, a rare feat! Not released to streaming was the audio part of the beloved and rare Salival DVD/CD set with live tracks outtakes and their infamous cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1970s classic ‘No Quarter’. Tool’s famous demo that got them signed in 1991, 72826, posted up on YouTube, Apple Music, Google Play and Pandora. Their upcoming fifth album, Fear Inoculum (RCA) releases, August 30th. The band has performed two new songs, ‘Invincible’ and ‘Descending’ since April. Continue reading

Tool’s Music Has Begun Rolling Out To Streaming Services

At long last Tool‘s music has finally begun to arrive on streaming services and it appears the band is starting out from their very early days. Their demo 72826 recently arrived via a number of streaming services, including Apple Music, Google Play Music, and YouTube (but interestingly, not Spotify), marking the first time the band’s music has legally been available digitally outside of a soundtrack. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #176: Interview with Carl Stjarnlov of Diabolical

There is a lot of misinformation and fear out there surrounding Spotify and their practices when it comes to bands. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast is going to help set the record straight! Episode number #176 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Interview with Carl Stjarnlov of Diabolical, formerly the metal editor of Spotify! Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), they also offer The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below.  Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 8 – Nonpoint’s Elias Soriano Talks About “X” Album

Ghost Cult caught up with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano to discuss the bands’ recent album X, out now on Spinefarm Records. In addition to the new album, Elias shared details with us about lyrical themes, their prolific output as a group, the history of the band, his special relationship with the fans and much more! Catch the band on tour all through 2019.   Continue reading

The Three Tremors Talk About Supergroups, Power Metal, and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with the guys from The Three Tremors before their show in New York City. Hanging out at the Gramercy Ale House, We chatted with Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples, Spirits of Fire), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer). About how the project came together. We also touched on topics like Power Metal and Heavy Metal making a resurgence in America, pop fans versus metal fans, the cover art of Marc Sasso, Spotify versus fans buy physical merch and much more! The Three Tremors debut album is out now via Steel Cartel Records. Check out the interview with these legendary and distinct metal voices and personalities! Interview by Keefy, with videography by Omar Cordy for OJC Photography.

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Architects Share New Singles For Spotify Including New Deftones Cover

On the strength of Architects recent killer of an album Holy Hell (Epitaph Records), the band have been promoting the hell out of the album and their upcoming world tour. The band checked into legendary Abbey Road Studios to record two exclusive singles for Spotify. One is new take on their Holy Hell track ‘Death Is Not Defeat’, and the other is a smashing cover of Deftones’ classic ‘Change (In The House of Flies)’. These cuts are a real change of pace for the band, complete with incredible string arrangements. A video of the record appears to in the works as well, based on a post to Twitter. Catch the band on their current tour with Beartooth and Polaris. Hails! Continue reading