Rockharz Festival 25 Is Totally Sold Out!

This year’s Rockharz Open Air is sold-out, faster than ever before. As preparations begin to host the 25th edition of the festival, it will take place from July 4th to July 7th, 2018 in Ballenstedt.  The fest is headlined by In Flames, Powerwolf, Kreator, Hammerfall, Eisbrecher, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Knorkator, Schandmaul, Cannibal Corpse, Alestorm, Ensiferum, Exodus, Sodom, Equilibrium, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Finntroll, Battle Beast, Amaranthe, Bannkreis, Gloryhammer and many more. You can see the final poster below. Continue reading

Rockharz Open Air Adds Six More Bands, Tickets On Sale Now

Rockharz Open Air is celebrating 25 years as a festival in 2018. This year’s fest is already loaded with talent and grows all the time, now with six new bands. Joining the lineup headlined by In Flames, Powerwolf, Kreator, and Hammerfall are Bannkreis, Versengold, Winterstorm, Oni, Blind Channel, Manntra with special guest, Michael Rhein (In Extremo). The fest takes place from July 4th to July 7th 2018 in Ballenstedt, Germany. Tickets are on sale now and a sellout is expected. Continue reading

Rockharz Festival Adds Powerwolf, Cannibal Corpse And Sodom To Complete 2018 Line-Up

Rockharz Festival, celebrating 25 years in 2018, has completed their incredible line-up with the addition of Powerwolf, Cannibal Corpse, and Sodom. Tickets are on sale now and Ghost Cult has the full details. Continue reading

Alestorm, Primal Fear, Ahab And More Added to Rockharz Festival

The 25th Anniversary edition of the Rockharz Festival has added Alestorm, Primal Fear, Ahab, Erdling, Letzte Instanz and Nothgard to the 2018 event. Rockharz takes place next July 4th to July 7th 2018 In Ballenstedt, Germany.

The full lineup for Rockharz 2018 so far includes: Continue reading

The Other – Fear Itself

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The Other is a German band that plays Horror Punk, a brilliant combination of happy Punk, Rock, and Metal music and horror-movie lyrics, and Fear Itself (Steamhammer/SPV) is their sixth studio album. With a line-up change that saw two new band members join the ranks of The Other, the musical styles are more diverse, ranging from Goth Rock and Power Metal to the regular Punk sound. Rod Usher’s vocals, while having a very different tone of voice, as often sung in a style similar to Volbeat.

After the mysterious intro ‘Fear Itself’, the album proper opens with ‘Nie Mehr’, a German-sung Hard Rock and Metal extravaganza, with enough melodiousness that it would make a great sing-along at a concert. ‘Black Sails Against A Midnight Sky’ also has a great shout-along chorus. The vocals, and especially backing vocals, in both ‘Dreaming of the Devil’ and ‘Doll Island’ are slightly on the edge, but this turns out to have rather a good stylistic effect for the genre.

One of my favourite songs on this album is ‘The Price You Play’, which combines Power Metal and Punk to create a cheerful but full sound; the chorus is especially fun with staccato guitars and sweeping vocals, and the bridge has the same kind of creepy vibe that Oomph! is especially good at. Another highlight is ‘Funeral March’, while a lot of the songs of this album can be construed as relatively normal songs, ‘Funeral March’ is really out and out in its lyrics and vocal style.

Throughout much of album the drumming is punk and the guitars metal, but ‘Animal Instinct’ is pure punk with horror lyrics, reminiscent of The Living End in its boundless energy and bass lines. If you like your music loud and energetic and your horror movies cheesy, then you’ll probably enjoy the living daylights out of this album.

 

7.5/10

 

LORRAINE LYSEN

Exclusive Song Stream: The Black Atlas – The Other

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Ghost Cult Magazine is proud to bring you the exclusive stream of the title track from the upcoming EP by The Black Atlas, entitled The Other. The Other is the first in a series of three EPs to be released based on The Equinox. We partnered with The Black Atlas, which is the d’identité du creatif of multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde rock upstart Peter Koronios, who birthed this concept after learning to play all the instruments heard herein in only 8 short months. The results are moody, heady and quite impressive. Hear the track ‘The Other’ now:

 

 

Press Notes:

RIYL: Dredg, Queens of the Stone Age, The National
 
The first in a series of three EP’s, The Other is the initial plunge into The Equinox concept, already receiving features on Diffuser.fm, PureGrain Audio, and , among others. Central figure/vocalist/instrumentalist of The Black Atlas, Peter Koronios, spent 8 months teaching himself  guitar, bass, and piano, completing all the performances on the recording himself except for a few collaborations with Jesse Clasen (HRVRD, The Bear Romantic). The Other will be celebrated with a multimedia show in New York City on 11/20 at The Bowery Electric. 

 

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The EP The Other comes out officially on 11/18/14!
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