Another festival bites the dust due to the pandemic as Tuska Festival has been forced to cancel their 2021 event, and plan to rebook for 2022. Some rock and metal festivals worldwide are trying their best to bounce back from the last year, but in the case of Tuska, they didn’t feel like the conditions worked for hosting the fest. Tuska 2021 was to have been headlined by Korn, Deftones, Gojira, Devin Townsend, Baroness, insomnia,, Beast In Black, Eluveitie, Jinjer, Finntroll, High on Fire, Perturbator, Oranssi Pazuzu, Vltimas, Gaahls Wyrd, Korpiklaani, and many more. Information about refunds and rolling over your tickets to next year (please do this if you can) are at the link below.
Hopefully returning for 2021, Helsinki’s Tuska Festival is one of the greatest musical events in the world. Gojira has been added to the bill, joining other headliners Korn, Gojira, Deftones, Devin Townsend, Bodom After Midnight, Insomnium, Mokoma, Beast In Black, Symphony X, Eluveitie, Jinjer, Lost Society, Belzebubs, High On Fire, Perturbator, Oranssi Pazuzu, Vltimas, Gaahls Wyrd and more to be announced. Gojira returns, along with Korn and Deftones as headliners from the previously canceled 2020 event.
Legendary Death Metal frontman, Outlaw Country solo artist and music industry personality David Vincent will release his autobiography in 2020. I Am Morbid was written with best-selling author Joel McIver (Max Cavalera, Bass Player Magazine) and will release via Jawbone Press in February of 2020 in paperback and ebook formats. It will also be available in a deluxe hardcover collector’s edition, strictly limited to 100 copies — of which, full details to be announced soon. Ahead of the book’s publication, David will be touring across Europe with VLTIMAS throughout January and February 2020. With a foreword by Rosetta space mission project scientist Dr. Matt Taylor, I Am Morbid promised to be more than just a memoir, but an instruction manual for life. Continue reading
2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with.Continue reading
After six years at the Fredriksten Fortress in at Halden Norway, it was clear Tons of Rock needed more space. So here we are in the biggest city in Norway, Oslo, at the new home for the festival. From my American point of view, this was wonderful to see so many bands I have enjoyed but haven’t made it across the sea. With three stages and forty bands, two of the said stages named in honor of famous Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The Scream and Vampire had an electric mix of hard and most styles of metal. In addition to the campgrounds, there was plenty of rides, painted art and music for sale to browse on these bright and sunny Oslo days.Continue reading
We are just hours away from the start of Norway’s biggest Rock and Metal Festival of the Year, Tons of Rock! Ghost Cult will be on hand to cover the sights and sounds of the fest and bring you coverage via our socials as well as a full review and photo set after the festival. Check out our preview of the can’t miss bands each day! Taking place from 27-to the 29th of June at Ekebergsletta in Oslo, Norway, the successful festival entered into a partnership earlier this year with Live Nation Norway, for this and future editions of the festival! There was a pre-party last night at the Oslo Opera House where Accept performed with a Symphony Orchestra! In addition to camping, the festival has food, its own craft Beer Tonf of Pils, a metal marketplace and much more. Continue reading
Time is running out in the Ghost Cult contest to win tickets to see Death Metal supergroup Vltimas, featuring Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) at an EXCLUSIVE concert in London on 21st of June at Underworld! The band released their excellent new album, Something Wicked Marches In, this spring via Season of Mist. The band has booked festival dates like Copenhell, Tons of Rock and Wacken and Ghost Cult is giving away tickets for you and a friend, plus a digipak CD version of the album. To enter just like and share our Facebook post for the contest and tag a friend you want to bring! Winners will be chosen at random, and the contest ends June 7th, so enter today! Continue reading
With a new album Outstrider on the horizon from Season of Mist, Abbath has booked a full European tour for early 2020 and some festival dates this year. Rotating direct support will come from Vltimas and 1349! Outstrider is due for release on July 5th and can be pre-ordered at the link below!Continue reading
Death Metal supergroup Vltimas, featuring Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), released their excellent new album, Something Wicked Marches In, last month via Season of Mist. The band has booked festival dates like Copenhell, Tons of Rock and Wacken and an EXCLUSIVE concert in London on 21st of June at Underworld! Ghost Cult is giving away tickets for you and a friend, plus a digipak CD version of the album. To enter just share our Facebook post for the contest and tag a friend! Winners will be chosen at random so enter today! Continue reading
The term Supergroup is often used to describe any band consisting of musicians from other acts and thus disappointing when it ends up lacking household names, or consisting of dream groupings who do not live up to the expectation their legacy suggests.
Fortunately, new entity Vltimas have offered a debut that smashes those notions.
Made up of former Mayhem man Blasphemer, Cryptopsy’s Flo Mounier and David Vincent (formerly of Morbid Angel), Vltimas is a solid who’s who of Extreme Metal royalty. Notably, this is Vincent’s first Metal outing since the polarising Illud Divinum Insanus (Season of Mist), thus potentially leaving him with a point to prove. Fortunately, it doesn’t take long for Something Wicked Marches In (Season of Mist) to ease any lingering doubts there.Continue reading