Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony

Psychotic Symphony is the long-awaited, highly anticipated release from what most people are calling the next new super group known as Sons of Apollo. I think the more fitting term is something more than human. For context Apollo (son of Zeus) was recognized as a god of music, truth, poetry, healing, the sun and the light so it would only be befitting to call these “Sons” the demigods of music; if that seems to be overboard for us mere mortals. Then there is this all-star cast of musicians just being super in what they do. Continue reading

Sons Of Apollo Release Video For Coming Home Track

Progressive metal supergroup Sons of Apollo have released a music video for the track ‘Coming Home’. You can see the video below.Continue reading

Prog Supergroup Sons Of Apollo Release Single – Signs Of The Time

Sons Of Apollo, a new progressive rock and metal supergroup featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) have announced their début album, Psychotic Symphony, due for release on October 20 via InsideOutMusic/Sony. You can hear the first track, ‘Signs Of The Time’ below.Continue reading

Metal Maya Announces Metal Allegiance Tribute, Custom Lemmy And Cliff Burton Guitar Contest

Metal Maya the only All-Inclusive Heavy Metal destination vacation metal festival in 2017 has announced the details for Metal Allegiance’s planned tribute to fallen heroes set. In addition, The festival teamed up a with Jackson guitars to giveaway custom-painted guitars bearing the likeness of Lemmy from Motorhead and Cliff Burton of Metallica. Continue reading

Metal Allegiance – Fallen Heroes Tribute Concert At The Grove In Anaheim

 

For the last five years Ghost Cult has covered some part or all of THE NAMM Show, the bi-annual music industry and gear convention that is a music fan’s dream come true. Not only do all of the music industry gear companies , celeb endorsers, and other music companies all get together and hang out, demo gear, and general have a good time, it makes for a great time. Continue reading

Metal Allegiance Pays Tribute To Fallen Heroes In Anaheim

Metal Allegiance promised that their “Fallen Heroes” show would be something to see, and they weren’t lying. Continue reading

Metal Allegiance Begin Writing Second Album, All-Star Tribute Show Nears

Metal supergroup Metal Allegiance have shared a tweet to report writing for their second album is underway.Continue reading

Metal Allegiance Adds More Big Names For Major Concert Event In Los Angeles

Metal Allegiance, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Metal Allegiance, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Metal Allegiance, the all-star band of metal legends led by Mark Menghi, will take over City National Grove of Anaheim during NAMM on January 20th for a monumental tribute to our fallen musical heroes. Hosted by Jackson, Charvel & EVH, with Loudwire, and Musician’s Institute and Monster Energy joining as co-sponsors of the event. Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence), Arejay Hale (Halestorm) and Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies) are now added to the line-up. Continue reading

We Can Be Heroes: Mark Menghi And Metal Allegiance

Metal Allegiance, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics

Metal Allegiance, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics


We caught up with Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance, in the middle of hellishly busy week for him. He was rehearsing for a tribute performance to Deep Purple’sMade In Japan album at Saint Vitus Bar, in Brooklyn. We has also rehearsing for their first UK performance ever, at Bloodstock Open Air 2016. So when Mark squeezed us in for a chat, we were pleasantly supposed by his calm, humble demeanor. Mark talked a lot about the profound losses to the music world that led the band to create their new EP, Fallen Heroes (Nuclear Blast).

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The NAMM Show 2016 Recap

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Once again Ghost Cult, along with the entire music industry it seems, invaded Anaheim, CA for The National Association of Music Merchants, a.k.a. THE NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention center. Taking over the town and part of greater Los Angeles at Night, NAMM is becoming more and more of a yearly pilgrimage for brands, gear heads and artists. Autograph and selfie-seeking fans are also starting to dip in to part of the main weekend, with really only the first two days being “industry only types”. That dynamic is expected to change in 2017 when fans have free range for the entire event. In the mean time the name of the game is networking and wheeler dealer action between manufacturers, merchants and artist reps. The main action is at the booths where the big name gear companies show their new wares, and artists from the up and coming to the legendary vie for attention and props. All day long it’s a schmooze fest and a meeting of the minds in terms of gear mavens, and artists jamming. At night it is the special events such as this years’ NAMM Jam, Tribute to Randy Rhodes, and other events, many held for charity that pack the clubs at a more-exclusive-than-usual for L.A., clip. Whatever your motivation for attending, THE NAMM Show, and its summer-time counterpart can’t be beat for an awesome industry experience and eye-popping star power all in one place. Thanks to Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography or covering it for us this years and bringing us there with her amazing photo set!

 

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Shawn Drover of Act of Defiance at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Shawn Drover of Act of Defiance at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Soultone display at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Soultone Cymbals display at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Marshall Amps at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Marshall Amps at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs, by Melina D Photography

Billy Sheehan of The Winery Dogs, by Melina D Photography

Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

ESP Guitars display at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Gear abounds at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

John 5 at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

John 5 at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society at The NAMM Show, by Melina D Photography

 

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