EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Volcandra – “Into The Azure”

Louisville-based Melodic Black Metal entity Volcandra is releasing their debut full-length album, tomorrow, February 28th, 2020. Apt for the chilling winter, Into The Azure culls the band’s love of both classic and modern sounds with a flair for dramatic tunefulness in their songcraft. Ghost Cult is hyped to bring you the exclusive full-album stream! You can pre-order the album now at their Bandcamp and catch the band on their mini-tour celebrating the release, kicking off tomorrow night at their hometown haunt, Magnolia Bar. Continue reading

UADA Parts Ways with Drummer, Cancels Black Moon Festival Appearances

Quebec Deathfest, Foufounes Eletriques, Montreal, CAN 10/19/18

Rough news for UADA fans, especially in Central America. The band was to take part in two days of gigs at Black Moon Festivals but had to cancel at the 11th hour as their drummer Josiah Babcock was dismissed from the band for apparently opting not to participate in the tour. The band posted a lengthy apology on their Facebook to fans vowing to come back stronger. For his part, Babcock shared on his Facebook page that he had left the band as well, offering his side of the story and alleging bullying from another band member. The Portland, Oregon-based Black Metallers have set the underground on fire since forming in 2014 with tight performances and sick releases. Babcock joined in 2018. UADA has a European tour booked in six weeks or so, pending a fill-in or permanent replacement being announced. Continue reading

Deafheaven To Celebrate 10 Years As a Band with 2020 Tour

Post-Black Metal band Deafheaven will celebrate 10 years as a band in 2020 with a new tour. Direct support on the thirty-six date tour will come from Inter Arma, Greet Death and All Your Sisters on select dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at 10am local time at the link below. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Abigail Williams – Walk Beyond the Dark

God bless – or Satan, we don’t discriminate here – Ken “Sorceron” Bergeron because despite all the lineup, location and style changes, Abigail Williams is still a functioning outfit. Walk Beyond the Dark (Blood Music) is the follow-up to 2015’s The Accuser which caught many by surprise considering that 2012’s Becoming was supposed to be the last hurrah after another band implosion. Abigail Williams has had more members drift in and out than the Church of Scientology and yet it still stands.

And that’s without counting Bergeron’s brief stint as vocalist for another lineup chewer, Michael Keene‘s The Faceless.

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Obsidian Tongue Streams New Single, New Full-Length Album Due Early in 2020

North American Atmospheric Black Metal band Obsidian Tongue has shared a new single, their first for their new album due in early 2020. ‘Return to the fields of Violet’ is the first track from Volume III, due out January 31st via Bindrune Recordings. The track is the first new music from the band since the band released a single a few years back, two 2015 split EPs, and 2013’s epic full-length A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time. Jam the new track right now! Get hype as this will be a major underground release on the schedule for us, and should be for you as well if you love high-quality USBM. More info and pre-orders are coming soon about the album! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 53: Rachel and Jimmy of False Talk Love, Loss, USBM, and Prince

Ghost Cult was lucky to catch up with Rachel and Jimmy of False recently at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. The band was on a mini-tour supporting their new release Portent, out now via Gilead Media. The Minneapolis band discussed the events that led up to the creation of Portent, how they turned a nightmare string of devastating personal tragedies into the best release of their career, on being vulnerable and breaking the stigma of asking for help in times of duress, the global mental health crisis, the bands’ approach to composition and recording, and love for their hometown hero Prince Rodgers Nelson (RIP).

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False – Portent

Minneapolis is not a frigid northern waste year-round, but it’s a good stand-in for Scandinavia on a frosty winter day. The music that comes from there often conjures the heartless sounds of the birthplace of Black Metal. While also being home to the funky sex god Prince (RIP), the region has notably given us many great modern USBM bands to hand our hats on. The greatest may very well be False, as the sextet continues to hone their sound to perfection. I won’t event front, I have been a huge fan for some time and while they are “emerging” to mainstream ears, I have been down since the beginning, with several EP’s and splits most prized among my collection. So of course, I was amped for the release of Portent (Gilead Media), their new full-length album, so I got ready to dive in hard. Continue reading

Wolves In The Throne Room Signs New Deal With Century Media Records

Century Media Records and USBM band Wolves And The Throne Room have announced a deal to release WITTR albums outside of the USA. The deal extends to the Artemis Records imprint as well. The band had an enormous year performing on the Decibel Tour last spring and just finished opening for Behemoth and At The Gates live in the USA. The same tour is about to hit Europe next winter.  Continue reading

Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

For many years Skeletonwitch has been a band on the cusp of the elite of American metal bands. From their early blackened thrash era, they earned an army of fans thirsting for some grimness with their circle-pits. A no-nonsense approach and the beer-swilling Berserkers pillaging your town every tour vibe built a reputation of a bunch of guys you not only wanted to support but felt like they could be your friends.  Over the course of the last few years since adding vocalist Adam Clemans, their more kvlt musical tastes have refined and now come to the forefront. They have taken great care to remain true to their high standards of writing, lest they let themselves, or the fans down. Continue reading