Down Books Appearance At Graspop Metal Meeting For “NOLA 25 Tour”

The long-rumored Down reunion is in effect for 2020! The first date of a presumed world tour celebrating the Stoner-Doom supergroup’s legendary debut album NOLA releasing twenty-five years ago next year will begin at Graspop Metal Meeting. The band features current and former members of southern metal greats Pantera, EyeHateGod, COC, Crowbar, Honky and more. The fest takes place June 18-20 in Belgium and added seventy new bands to the bill today, including Down. The announcement comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that the band was in talks to reunite in 2020 for some shows in celebration of the 25th anniversary. No word if former members like co-founder Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdomm of Sorrow, Rex Brown (Pantera), or the recently retired again Todd Strange will participate. Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Badgerfest 2019 Live at The Breadshed, Manchester

2019 see’s the third installment of what’s becoming an important event in the calendar for the discerning Heavy Metal connoisseur, BadgerFest. The brainchild of the undeniably hardest working man in the Manchester metal scene John Badger, If any qualification of that were needed, aside from it being reiterated by every band of the weekend, as well as their gratitude as to the smooth running, he’s also running the Drumming up Change in November whereby he’ll be playing the drums for the full sets of all ten bands. There’s hard-working and then there’s John Badger. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: DÖ – “Astral Death Cult”

Finland is one of the capitals for Metal in the entire world. No surprise that larger than life doomstershave created an epic of cosmic proportions with their new album with Astral Death Cult! The new album releases this Friday, September 20th, on vinyl via Lay Bare Recordings, all digitals platforms, and eventually on cassette, via Mercyful Tapes (great name!)! Blending a mix of stoner, doom, sludge, and psychedelic elements with hints of death and black metal, Astral Death Cult an instant earpeeler. Stream it now here at Ghost Cult! As the band likes to say, Hail Cosmos! We’re all döömed! Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: September 13th New Music Releases

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: September 6th New Music Releases

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Church of Misery – Atomic Bitchwax – Toke: Live at The Middle East

Walking into The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I realized I was unintentionally about to bookend a month-ish long tour by attending both the first date (at Maryland Deathfest) and last date of the U.S. run of Japan’s doom masters, Church of Misery. For this, the final show, the supporting bands were The Atomic Bitchwax from New Jersey and Toke, minus their very recently axed drummer, from North Carolina. Continue reading