PODCAST: Episode #106 – Christopher Bowes of Alestorm

Ghost Cult recently caught up with Christopher Bowes of Alestorm, who dropped their new album Curse Of The Crystal Coconut via Napalm Records. The Captain of the “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” was in high spirits when we spoke, delving deep into the new album, his entire career, Alestorm’s place in the powermetal scene, their die-hard fans, the Alestorm “rowing moshpit”, his love of the keytar, and much more. Purchase Alestorm’s music here and check out our chat with Chris!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Hydraform – “Chained”

Badass Denver Thrash Metal band Hydraform has emerged victorious from the quarantine by dropping a fire new, self-titled EP today. The EP was produced by music legend Sylvia Massey (Tool, System of a Down), and captures a more polished version of the raw essence of their sound, as they get ready to embark on their next chapter as a band. The band hunkered down during the start of the pandemic having just finished their shortened by a successful tour opening for legends like Overkill and Exhorder. Ghost Cult is pumped to share the debut of their new music video for the track ‘Chained’ right now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins  – Whore of Babylon

Looking past the rather gaudy artwork, the third album from Mike Lepond’s Silent Assassins sees the group continuing to thrive on an over the top presentation. As with previous albums, Lepond’s bass playing leads the charge with intense flurries accompanied by surging power metal rhythms and Alan Tecchio’s flamboyant wails detailing history and legend. However, Whore of Babylon sets itself as the group’s most eclectic effort so far.

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ALBUM REVIEW: In The Company Of Serpents – Lux

Denver Stoner/Sludge outfit In The Company Of Serpents has spent most of its eight years as a fluctuating two-piece, with only vocalist and guitarist Grant Netzorg as the constant. The arrival of Vermin Womb‘s JP Damron to the drumseat has seen an expansion to a trio with the addition of ex-Black Sheep of Kali stringman Ben Pitts and, maybe as a result, fourth album Lux (Self-Release) adds elements of invention and atmosphere to the core sound, demonstrating welcome growth. Continue reading

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Died Seven Years Ago (January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013)

Ghost Cult continues to fly the flag of Slayer high, and customarily we celebrate the life of Jeff Hanneman, who passed away on May 2nd, 2013. Jeff left an indelible mark on all of metal through the music and performances he created with Slayer. His legacy as a riff maker, songwriter, soloist, and metal personality has not been dampened since his death. In the time since he passed, Ghost Cult observed Slayer as they released a final studio album with Jeff’s contributions (Repentless), had a legend take his spot live (Gary Holt of Exodus), released a comic book with Jeff’s likeness, completed their final world tour ever of two years, released an incredible film/music video trilogy (The Repentless Killogy), former bandmate DaveLombardo wrote a loving tribute to his fallen friend, and we have written two career-spanning retrospectives (read them here and here) on the end of the band. Every night on that final world tour, Slayer honored Jeff during ‘Raining Blood’ with the still reigning banner. Hail Jeff and Hail Slayer!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hyborian – Volume II

In some hypercritical sections of the Stoner world, it was suggested that Hyborian, Volume I (The Company), the debut album from Kansas City heavies Hyborian, was rescued from a certain monotony merely by some lighter, synthetic nuances. Whereas it may seem an indicator of a lack of imagination to see the follow-up named Volume II (Season of Mist), it’s an all-too-common error to assume that the content will follow the same path. Continue reading

CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Pantera’s “Reinventing The Steel” Turns 20

What happens when a band hits maturity? It’s bound to happen to all the bands you love. It’s definitely hard for some fans to accept when their favorite band, was once new and youthful have become the elder statesmen of the scene. Some bands also struggle to come to terms with aging and changing. Others try and recapture their earlier sounds, while others strive to evolve. This is what happened to Pantera twenty years ago when they created their album Reinventing The Steel (East/West). Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Body Count – Carnivore

You gotta face the facts, you will never be as cool as Ice-T. Never. He came from the streets of Los Angeles to become an iconic figure of Hip-Hop, movies and television, and Metal music. For some people, it seems like there is no mountain they can’t climb, and Ice is one of those guys. Sure, he could chill and sit back on the Law and Order: SVU Special Victims Unit money, and all those royalties. In actuality, he has been working harder than ever on music the last decade-plus, specifically for his groundbreaking band Body Count. All the evidence you need is on their new album, Carnivore. (Century Media). Continue reading

Battlecross Shares Photo from The Studio, Working on New Material

Detroit metallers Battlecross has teased a new photo from the studio where the band is working on mateiral for a future release. The band has been teasing the idea of new music for some time, and their last release was 2015’s Rise To Power via Metal Blade Records. The band performed last fall as opening support for Philip H. Anselmo and The Illegals, in their hometown (video below). Hopefully, this activity means we will get some new tunes from this awesome, essential heavy band soon! Continue reading