ALBUM REVIEW: Plague Years – Circle Of Darkness

Relative newcomers to the scene, Detroit’s Plague Years follow up their independently released 2018 debut EP with their first full-length offering, Circle of Darkness (eOne Music). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEWS: Heathen – Empire Of The Blind

All good things come to those who wait, and if there ‘s one thing Bay Area thrashers Heathen believe in, it’s making people wait. With a four year gap from their 1987 debut to the follow-up, followed by a nineteen year-long hiatus, a decade has now passed since The Evolution of Chaos (Mascot Records), so make the most of new album Empire of the Blind (Nuclear Blast Records) because who knows how long it will take for another one to appear. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Psychosomatic – The Invisible Prison

 

Sacramento thrashers Psychosomatic pile on the riffs with their sixth full-length studio album The Invisible Prison (Nefarious Industries). Formed in 1988 by bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member, Jeff Salgado, the current line up is completed by guitarists Daniel Mills and Viktor Hansen, and the returning Toby Swope on drums. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Entropy – Force Convergence

Formed in 1989, but with less than a handful of full-length studio albums to their name, Canadian thrashers Entropy aren’t exactly the most prolific act in the universe. A seventeen-year absence from 1995 to 2012, and a gap of eight years since their previous album hasn’t helped, but whenever the two remaining original members, vocalist Ger Schreinert, and guitarist Dan Lauzon, do eventually get together, the results are always worth waiting for. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Anthrax – Persistence of Time Reissue

As strange as it may seem, 1988 stands as the only year where each member of the “The Big Four” all released new studio albums. Go on, check if you want. I’ll wait. 

With Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, and Metallica having pulled significantly away from the rest of the pack with those 1988 releases, the beginning of the ’90s gave each of them the chance to reaffirm their place at the top of the thrash metal food chain. Along with the likes of Testament, Exodus, and Kreator, 1990 opened the new decade in a blaze of glory while also becoming arguably the last truly great year for the genre. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 118 – Kalen Chase Talks New Singles, Gospel Influences and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with singer-songwriter Kalen Chase recently to discuss his recent series of singles, including “Good Things”, out now. We talked to the former lead vocalist of VIMIC (with Joey Jordison, ex-Slipknot) and Korn live member about the long and winding road of his career, his approach to songwriting, working with Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, his upcoming new single “Let Them Come”, the country album he is writing with his brother, writing for other artists versus keeping songs for himself and much more. Purchase new Kalen Chase music here and check out our chat.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Onslaught – Generation Antichrist

 

Whenever the subject of UK thrash metal arises, Bristolian act Onslaught are always one of the first names mentioned. From their 1985 debut to their split in 1991 and eventual reformation in 2005, the band have been one of the leading lights of the genre. Often heralded as the “English Slayer”, like their now defunct US counterparts, Onslaught draw from a history of both punk and classic metal to make their point.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Destruction – Born To Thrash (Live In Germany)

If there’s one thing that Teutonic thrashers Destruction enjoy, it’s a live album. The sixth of their career to date, Born to Thrash (Live in Germany) (Nuclear Blast Records) was recorded at Partysan Open Air, a metal festival held at Schlotheim’s Obermehler Airport during August last year, and catches the band in, ahem… full flight. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Anonymus – “Máquinas”

Ghost Cult is stoked to share the killer new music video from Canadian thrash legends Anonymus, who recently unleashed their 12th album La Bestia on June 12th via the  Bam&co Heavy label. Known for their discography of both French and English releases, La Bestia is their first full length that is completely in Spanish. You may be asking why a Spanish album? Well since 3/4 of the band speaks Spanish. Drummer Carlos Araya is Chilean born, and Oscar (Lead Vocals and Bass) and Dan Souto (Guitars and Backing Vocals) are sons of Spanish immigrants it was time to make one. Today, the band shares their new music video recorded live in-studio for their track “Máquinas” right here! 

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