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

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Staind, and More Rule Aftershock 2019

It comes as no surprise that this year’s Aftershock Festival was once again sold out. I mean, how could it not with big-name talents such as Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Blink-182, Lamb of God, Dropkick Murphys, Marilyn Manson, Bad Religion, Chevelle, and many others. And with the über-early announcement of next year’s headliner—Metallica, for those of you living under a rock—there’s no question that 2020’s Aftershock will sell out as well. In fact, as of this writing, VIP weekend passes were all gone. A year in advance! So, how was this year’s outing? Damn good, in our humble opinion. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Aftershock Festival 2019

Aftershock Festival gets underway this weekend in Sacramento, California! The now three-day event is sold-out and features Tool, Slipknot, Staind (in a rare reunion show), blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, BABYMETAL, Bad Religion, Stone Temple Pilots, Chevelle and many more. Ghost Cult has been fortunate to cover the fest for many years, often the highlight of our annual festival coverage. Al lthe bands are tight, but clashes being what they are, check out our day by day list of can’t miss acts. Continue reading

The Offspring and Sum 41 Announce Canadian Tour Dates

Pop-Punk leaders The OffSpring and Sum 41 will team up for a Canadian tour with special guests Dinosaur Pile-Up. The run of dates will begin on November 12 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS (see itinerary below). Tickets will be available via a special pre-sale that launches tomorrow, August 20th, at 10 am local time, while the public on-sale starts Friday, August 23rd, at 10 am local time. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival

On a hot Sunday in early July, The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival took over the Xfinity Center in Hartford Connecticut. With a collection of bands both old school, and the best of today, the fest full of action-packed sets, matching the high-energy crowd.Standout performances from The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms, and Hyro The Hero made for an unforgettable show. Check out these photos from the show by Rosa Miller of Lamosa Photography.

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Sum 41 – Order in Decline

Sum 41 know a thing or two about balance. Even at the beginning of their career the Canadian punk band mixed in hip-hop and some metal to their music. Blending their music with honest lyrics, they have matured just fine. Their seventh offering Order in Decline (Hopeless Records) Sum 41 are the most genuine, heaviest and darkest they have ever sounded. Continue reading