ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Viper – The Cult


Although the brand of epic European power metal that Crystal Viper performs is most definitely up my street, I must preclude this review by admitting that aside from hearing the odd song here and there, I have had no real exposure to them on a studio album level. The Cult, is the Polish act’s eighth full-length release in a legacy that has thus far lasted eighteen years. At face value, a band that maintains that level of consistency would have me assume they have nailed down a singular style and were comfortable releasing records in said style without a whole lot of variation. It is therefore with a great sense of irony that my first review of their noise is of a disc which caught me completely off guard by occupying a different scene entirely. The sweetly epic elements the band is known for are certainly present in The Cult, but the power metal is largely downplayed in favour of a more classic but simultaneously epic style of heavy metal, one that calls back to the days of bands like Accept and Saxon without ever sounding derivative of either.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Viper – The Cult



 

For a band whose schtick has been carrying the torch for old school Heavy Metal, it’s interesting how Crystal Viper’s eighth album feels like a trip to their own early roots. The band didn’t venture too far from that core sound over the years, but The Cult (Listenable Records) comes with the “Running Wild as fronted by Doro Pesch” spirit that defined early staples like The Curse of Crystal Viper or Metal Nation. I like to think that recruiting Ced Forsberg of Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone fame for drum duties was the spark for this shift in style.

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Metallica Producer Bob Rock Sells His Royalty Rights to Hipgnosis Songs Fund


Former longtime Metallica producer Bob Rock who worked on iconic albums from “The Black Album (Metallica), Load, Reload, Garage Inc., S&M, and St. Anger has sold his rights to “The Black Album”, among other pieces of music he helmed in the studio. Hipgnosis Songs Fund, an investment and song management company, acquired a total of 43 songs from Rock, who produced Metallica’s ‘90s discography and 2003’s St. Anger.

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A Celebration Concert Marking David Bowie’s Life will feature Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Gavin Rossdale, Perry Farrell, Joe Elliot, and More!


To mark not only the birthday of Rock icon David Bowie, but five years since his untimely death from cancer, a legion of rock stars influences but the music giant will gather on January 8, 2021, for a concert. Mike Garson and producers Stacey Sher and Kerry Brown have joined forces with Rolling Live Studios to produce “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!”, bringing together dozens of Bowie alumni band members spanning Bowie’s career from his 1969 self-titled album to his final album, “Blackstar”, along with many of the world’s most famous voices for a very special experience. The concert will feature performances from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Bowie’s good friend and Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Grammy-winning Singer Macy Gray, Ian Astbury (The Cult), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Corey Glover (Living Color), Tony-winning rocker Lena Hall, vocal phenom Judith Hill (Grammy winner for “20 Feet From Stardom”), and many more to be announced. Watch a trailer for the event here:

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: September 13th New Music Releases


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The Cult Announces “Sonic Temple” 30th Anniversary Reissues


The Cult has been celebrating their landmark Sonic Temple album this year with tours and now will release a deluxe boxed set. Beggars Arkive will release The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 on September 13. It will be released as a deluxe box set and a 5-CD set, plus the label will reissue a Sonic Temple on Double LP, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks. (Full details and track-listings are below.) Preorders are available here. The band announced more Sonic Temple tour dates. After a run of hugely successful and completely sold-out U.S. West Coast tour dates, they will play 10 shows in the UK in October (dates below). Originally released in 1989, Sonic Temple proved to be a pivotal moment for both the band and the wider rock scene. Produced by Bob Rock, Sonic Temple had four chart-topping singles: ‘Fire Woman,’ ‘Edie (Ciao Baby),’ ‘Sun King’ and ‘Sweet Soul Sister.’Continue reading


FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sonic Temple 2019


The debut of the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival capped off the Danny Wimmer Presents 2019 spring festival season with sold-out crowds of 120,000 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH, May 17, 18 & 19. It was a fest for the ages and one of the best lineups in the history of “The Worlds Loudest Month”, the signature of Danny Wimmer Presents music festival experiences. In addition to massive performances from Foo Fighters, System Of A Down, Disturbed, Ghost, Papa Roach and Lamb of God, the weekend offered one-of-a-kind art experiences, including legendary street artist RISK, art installations, live mural painting, live screen-printing and the popular Art Tent. The SiriusXM Comedy & Spoken Word Tent presented sets from Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, Tom Morello, Craig Gass, Nadya of Pussy Riot, and more. Continue reading


UPDATED: Supergroup Deadland Ritual Streams New Single and Video – “Broken and Bruised”


After making their US debut as a band this week at The Troubador in Hollywood, supergroup Deadland Ritual (Black Sabbath, Stevie Stevens, Guns N Roses, Apocalyptica members) have shared a new single. Jam out to ‘Broken and Bruised’ right now!Continue reading


Welcome To Rockville 2019 Review


How can you top an unforgettable end to a three day Welcome to Rockville festival in 2018 when Ozzy gave us one hell of a send-off? You take the anticipation of thousands of Tool fans who are busting at the seams waiting for the new album to release, and you give them more of a tease by making Tool the final headliner in this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival, that’s how. We all heard the rumors that Tool was going to debut two new songs (‘Descending’ and ‘Invincible’) during Welcome to Rockville, and they delivered with this history-making moment that fans have not stopped sharing and talking about, whether they were present to witness it or not. Continue reading


Epicenter Forced To Cancel Part of Day 2 Including Tool and Judas Priest Due To Severe Weather


Sad news as dangerous weather forced the cancelation of Epicenter day two on Saturday (May 11th) causing the cancelation of headliners Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult and many others in Rockingham, North Carolina. The festival organizers released a statement, saying: “For the safety of fans, artists, and staff, the county of Richmond has determined that Epicenter will not resume tonight. The cancelation came several hours after the venue had to be evacuated, and those in attendance, many of whom were camping on the site for the weekend, were urged to seek shelter in vehicles as the storms passed. Although highly disappointing to many fans who shelled out money, time and travel to attend, the safety of the fans and artists needs to come first and foremost. Festival bookers can’t predict the weather, including severe, life-threatening storms. The organizers to their credit have tried to answer fan anger and disappointment with messages in social media and via email to ticket holders. Epicenter day three resumes Sunday, 5/12 at 12 noon EST. Read their statement below. Continue reading