Maryland Deathfest and Their Related Metalfests to Go On Hiatus in 2023


Gorguts at MDF 2014, photo by Hillarie Jason Photography

In a statement posted on social media, Maryland Deathfest is going on hiatus after the next MDF event in May 2022. That means in 2023 all of their related festivals are going on hiatus, including MDF, Netherlands Deathfest, California Deathfest, and more. You can read a statement from the co-founders Ryan and Evan, below. MDF has operated for almost 20 years, put on 19 fests, and expanded to a global footprint, all while giving a greater voice to Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Stoner Doom, and more genres, perhaps as much or more than any fest in the world. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 94: Tom Gabriel Warrior of Triptykon on “Requiem” Live Album


Ghost Cult had the massive honor to chat with music legend Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon (also Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, and Triumph of Death) to discuss his brand new album Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) featuring the Metropole Orkest out now via Century Media Records. We discussed the masterpiece creation of this opus that had begun with Celtic Frost in 1987, the massive undertaking that is composing for and working with a live orchestra, how his band also collaborated live, the preparation process, his new band members, the importance of Roadburn Festival and its leader Walter Hoeijmakers, Thomas personal creative journey towards completing Requiem, how he carries on the spirit of Martin Ain (RIP) and his mentor H.R. Giger (RIP) in his work, the progress of future music in the face of the current pandemic, and much more. You can purchase Requiem here (USA https://triptykon.lnk.to/RequiemLiveAtRoadburn, or Europe https://www.cmdistro.de/Category/Requiem/173? Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13) and check out our chat below. Continue reading


Triptykon to Release “Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019)” ft. The Metropole Orkest


Extreme Metal legends Triptykon will release its highly anticipated release of Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) opus on May 15th, 2020 via Prowling Death Records / Century Media Records worldwide. The release will be available for pre-order in various formats starting March 20th, 2020. Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) concludes a 30 years-long composing project: The legendary Celtic Frost/Triptykon “Requiem” performed for the first time in its entirety and with full classical orchestration by the Dutch Metropole Orkest at the venerable Roadburn Festival in 2019. Continue reading


Triptykon Live Performance with Metropole Orkest from Roadburn To See Release in 2020


Triptykon performed at Roadburn 2019 in a special performance with the Metropole Orkest for a special Celtic Frost-inspired live performance. Led by ex-Celtic Frost vocalist/guitarist Tom G. Warrior, Triptykon performed a three-part requiem that included ‘Rex Irae’ off Celtic Frost‘s Into The Pandemonium and ‘Winter’ off Monotheist. The trilogy was completed by a then newly finished part in the series, ‘Grave Eternal’. In a new interview (transcribed by www.ThePrp.com) with Metal Shop TV (see below,) Warrior said that fans can expect that performance to arrive in stores next year along with a potential new album from Triptykon as well. Continue reading


Roadburn 2019 – A Fest of a Different Color


Roadburn, now in its 20th year, is a fest I had promised I would start going to many, many years ago but for one reason or another never did. This year I went and although it is like other music fests in some ways, I can say that it is equally unlike other fests in many other ways. Many of my personal experiences will not be akin to a standard festival goer due to the nature of what I do obviously but if you bear with me here I can explain some things that the average person should expect when and if they decide to go is on their list of priorities. If you already know the drill or aren’t interested in this part please feel free to scroll on through.Continue reading


Roadburn Festival Closes, 2020 Dates Announced


The preeminent underground music festival in the world has come to a close. Roadburn was another smashing success in 2019, and the festival has sent out a missive to fans and press recapping the weekend and looking ahead. Roadburn 2020 will take place April 16-19, Tilburg, The Netherlands.Continue reading


FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Decibel Metal and Beer Festival 2019


Today is the day! The third annual Decibel Metal and Beer Festival takes place today at the Fillmore in Philadelphia! Fourteen of the best bands and some of the best craft brewers in the world converge in Philly for all the mayhem. Today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday, April 13-14, 2019, will be full of music, beers, and awesometastic vendors and people. The pre-party was last night, but we have your preview below. Doors and pours start at 4 PM and there are a few tickets left at the door!Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 9 – Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine Previews Metal and Beerfest III


Ghost Cult had the honor of speaking with Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian for our latest podcast. Albert previewed the upcoming Metal and Beerfest III, taking place this April, 13th, and 14th at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Albert discussed his approach to curating the fest, booking bands like Baroness, Triptykon, Obituary, Enslaved, Rosetta and more, plus the many talented young bands from the Philly area, working with the best and most metal craft breweries (and meaderies) in America, the Decibel Magazine Tour 2020 and more! There are only a few tickets left for this weekend, so get yours here! Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Nailed To Obscurity Goes Record Shopping, Talk Influences


Veteran German Melodic Doom Metal band Nailed to Obscurity recently released their new album Black Frost via Nuclear Blast Records. They are currently on tour supporting Amorphis, Soilwork and Jinjer throughout Europe, performing tonight in their homeland of Germany, next week in the London, followed by further dates in France, Spain and again in Germany for the remainder of the tour. In this EXCLUSIVE trailer for Ghost Cult, Raimund and Jan-Ole go record shopping and discuss two bands that proved inspirational to the band when making Black Frost: Triptykon and Secrets of the Moon. Continue reading


Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Live At Effenaar – Part II


Returning to the Effenaar venue on day two of Eindhoven Metal Meeting, logistical issues with trains sadly meant I missed the opener on the main stage, Izegrim. As I arrived I decided to do my best to at least catch Dervaza, but it quickly becomes apparent today is the “meat” of the fest for most people, and somehow it is even busier than the day before. Watching the bodies trying to squeeze into the small room, a line forming of metalheads craning their necks to see the band, I’m left to strike pretty much everything I wanted to cover in the small room off my itinerary today.

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