Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year 2019 – Part 1 (75-41)

Carcass with Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast) in 2013, Behemoth and The Satanist (Metal Blade) in 2014, Ghost in 2015 and 2018 with Meliora and Prequelle (both Loma Vista), Magma (Roadrunner) by Gojira in 2016, and 2017’s Emperor of Sand (Mastodon – Reprise) is our legacy. Those incredible, scene-enhancing, ear-destroying releases are the standard-bearers by which Ghost Cult‘s albums of the year are to be judged. These are the albums of our times; and following another sensation year of great alternative, rock, and metal, the pantheon cries out for more, for another slab of wax, another Album of the Year to join them… the very best of 2019.

With a fully democratic poll of the views and votes of the length and breadth of Team Ghost Cult (including our photographers, reviewers, newshounds, podcast and YouTube contributors) taken, with no editorial steer or amendment, we present to you Part 1 (75-41) of the Official Ghost Cult Albums of the Year for 2019, for your vulgar delectation… Continue reading

Parkway Drive Taps Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison for 2020 Tour

Global Metalcore leaders Parkway Drive have booked a European tour for the spring ‘Viva The Underdogs – European Revolution 2020’ Arena Tour in April 2020. Direct support will come from Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison. The tour will kick off on April 1st in Hamburg’s Sporthalle and conclude at the legendary SSE Arena Wembley in London on April 18th. Tickets are on sale now. You can watch a video message from Parkway Drive frontman Winston McCall and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed on Facebook here. Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Damnation Festival 2019: Live at Leeds University

When Axl Rose waxed romantically about cold November rain in back in 1992, he clearly wasn’t singing about Leeds on a Saturday morning. A cold, depressing day darkened by oppressive black clouds showering their misery relentlessly from above, there is nothing romantic about Leeds city centre. However, above the sound of rain pelting against umbrella canopies, and cars splashing through ankle-high lakes of dirty water, there is hope. Somewhere out there is Damnation Festival. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Damnation Festival 2019, Leeds University

Events Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

Damnation Festival is upon us, returning tomorrow, 2 November for that is extreme, unholy, and revolutionary in music. The festival is Sold out completely. Among the bands on the stacked bill are Opeth, Mayhem, The Vintage Caravan, Alcest, Venom Prison, Birds in Row, Dawn Ray’d, Imperial Triumphant, Lord Dying, Inter Arma, Primordial, Dragged Into Sunlight, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Gost, Voices, Blood Red Throne, Jo Quail and Carnation, and more. Continue reading

Mayhem, The Vintage Caravan, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Inter Arma, Gost and more Added to Damnation Festival 2019

A major announcement of lineup additions arrives today as Damnation Festival has added sick bands such as Mayhem, playing on the main stage with Opeth on November 2nd. They are joined by a cadre of awesome bands such as The Vintage Caravan, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Inter Arma, Gost, and Carnation. They joined the aforementioned Opeth, Primordial, Venom Prison, Blood Red Throne, Birds In Row, Jo Quail and Imperial Triumphant. More bands to be announced. Damnation takes place Saturday, November 2, at Leeds University Union and tickets are on sale now at the value price of £49 at the link below. Continue reading

Venom Prison Booked for Glastonbury 2019 Curated by Earache Records

Rising underground extreme band Venom Prison has been booked for the legendary Glastonbury Festival for their 2019 event. Glastonbury takes place June 26-30, 2019 in Somerset, UK. Venom Prison will perform twice at the Shangri La area of the festival. Venom Prison’s appearance is part of a stage curated by Earache Records which also features Gojira, Idles, and Employed To Serve. The band is riding high on the strength of their smash new album Samsara. Read our review here. The band will also head out on tour this month supporting Fit For An Autopsy, full dates are below. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Venom Prison, Wolfheart, While Heaven Wept and More Discuss Mental Health In The “Metal Health” Trailer

Mental Illness and mental health issues are a global epidemic right now, and we are certainly feeling it in the world of rock and metal. The upcoming documentary Metal Health: Out of the Pit looks to explore these topics and get feedback from the music community about mental health issues affect them and those around them. Directed by Bruce Moore of Brutally Delicious Productions, Moore celebrated Metal Chef and filmmaker, he is also known for his movie Metal Missionaries, the Brutally Delicious web series, and the Metal Munchkins videos here at Ghost Cult. Bands as diverse as Toy Called God, Venom Prison, Wolfheart, Mindscar/Nader Sadek, While Heaven Wept, Fall And Resist, Spiral Grave, Machine on Blast and more give their take at the issues at the heart of the film in this exclusive clip. The film is coming later this spring, so stay tuned to us for more info on this important film soon.  Continue reading