ALBUM REVIEW: Tyrant – Hereafter 

Tyrant’s long-awaited fourth album, Hereafter (ShadowKingdom Records),  has come out under some rather interesting circumstances. In addition to serving as the Pasadena veterans’ first full-length since 1996’s King of Kings, Hereafter sees journeyman vocalist Robert Lowe at the helm in place of Glen May. The prospects of this collaboration are certainly intriguing, especially as a fan of Lowe’s work with Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass. I wouldn’t go so far as to think of it as Tyrant gone doom, but it approaches their established sound from a noticeably different angle.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Elder – Omens

Did you daydream as a kid? Just stare off into nothing and let your imagination run wild? I did. A lot of my early childhood was spent amazed at what my mind could cook up with if I had a lack of books or toys, and before my soul was captured by music. Laying on my back in the grass, seeing shapes in the clouds or constellations at night, that was pure happiness as a kid. I never really stopped chasing that vibe as an adult, because I still drift off and let my brainwaves go crazy. Expect nowadays my field is my headphones and a turntable, and the clouds my mind is chasing down are inside of my eyelids, and not the sky. If you are looking for the ultimate “drop out, tune in, and turn on”  soundtrack for 2020, it is definitely going to be Elder’s new opus, Omens (Armageddon Shop/Stickman Records). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: CB3 – Aeons

CB3 (aka Charlottas Burning Trio), and expansive space-rock outfit hailing from Sweden’s Malmo, recently released their new album, Aeons and delivered another healthy dose of accessible hazy instrumental jams. This, their fourth album, which was partially funded through Kickstarter, is the band’s first with The Sign Records. It sees them continue their eclectic mix of spacy psychedelic rock sprinkled with moments of jazz and occasional stoner riffs. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: The Heavy Eyes – “Love Like Machines”

Bluesy-Psychedelic Stoner band The Heavy Eyes are releasing their trippy new album Love Like Machines tomorrow, 3/27/2020, via the excellent label Kozmik Artifactz. Ghost Cult brings you the full album stream which you can listen to below. The album is like wet-dream for fans of classic fuzzed-out, reverb-soaked riffs and slick songwriting with a sprinkle of early Kyuss and Danzig tossed in for good measure! Spark up, purchase and jam this album now! Continue reading

Brant Bjork to Release New Self-Titled Album Next Month

Prolific Desert-Rock legend Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Vista Chino, Fu Manchu, Brant Bjork’s Low Desert Punk Band) is releasing a new studio album. The self-titled affair will release via Heavy Psych Sounds label on April 10th and is said to be more straight forward rock, and that Brant sang and played every instrument. He also worked closely with guitarist Bubba DuPree (Void), and both 2016’s Tao of the Devil and 2014’s Black Power Flower were constructed around the Bjork-led Low Desert Punk Band. The album was recorded and mixed by Yosef Sanb Yosef Sanborn in Joshua Tree and mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet). You can hear the first single, ‘Jungle In The Sound’ right now and pre-order the album at the link below. 

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: BADGUYSWIN – “Needle Beach”

Grand Forks, British Columbia throwback heavy rockers BADGUYSWIN are dropping a new album, Cowards, April 10th via Waterlow Audio. The band has teamed up with us today for the premiere of their brand new video for their track ‘Needle Beach’. Even though the members of the band have all been friends since childhood and play in the Tech Metal band Slagduster, BADGUYSWIN calls back ot the Stoner Rock and Grunge sounds of their youth. Watch the clip for ‘Needle Beech’ right now! Continue reading

Pyrior Shares New Video for “X (Space Trip Video)”, New Album Incoming!

Berlin-based Stoner and Psychedelic Rock band Pyrior have shared a brand new video for their new single and video ‘X(Space Trip Video)’! The track comes from their new album Fusion, out via Tonzonen Records on March 20, 2020. Watch the video right now! Continue reading

Elder Streams New Single “Embers”, Pre-Orders for “Omens” are Available Now

Desert Fest NYC, The Well, Brooklyn NY.

Elder has streamed a brand new single, ‘Embers’ via Stereogum. The track comes from the forthcoming new album Omens releasing via Armageddon Shop/Armageddon Records this coming April 24th. You can preview the album artwork and pre-orders are now live at Armageddon and various partners at the links below. The band will also hit the road with Bask this srping to support the release. Check out ‘Embers’ now! Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Crobot, ÆGES, and Like Machines at the Viper Room

On a relatively chilly Friday night at the Viper Room, one of the most iconic hole-in-the-wall night clubs on the Sunset strip, Los Angeles hosted a stop on Crobot’s US tour, featuring ÆGES and Like Machines, along with local openers The Jab and Tijuana Bullfight. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Black Sabbath’s Genre Defining Debut Turns 50

Black Sabbath in 1970, photo by Warner Brothers Records

On the sleeve: a grainy picture of a woman dressed in black. A stagnant pond. A creepy looking mill house. 

And two words. Black Sabbath

On the record: Rain. Thunder. A tolling bell. Those three notes. That voice.

And just like that, in February of 1970 – appropriately enough on the 13th – the face of music was changed forever.

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