ALBUM REVIEW: Funeral Chic – Roman Candle


 

My chief concern heading into Funeral Chic’s Roman Candle (Prosthetic Records) is that the name Funeral Chic is very unappealing. It’s objectively a bad name for a band. It feels like a moniker Johnny Depp would give to one of his musical projects. Brings back memories of another Depp-associated collective, Hollywood Vampires. Yeah, I’d like a ticket to go see Jack Sparrow, Joe Perry and golf enthusiast Alice Cooper walk around onstage, Mr. Box Office. Continue reading


The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 7-15-22


Catch up on what you missed this week in the world of Rock and Metal news with our show!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Battering Ram – Second To None


A Hard Rock quartet from Sweden, Battering Ram’s sound is straight to the point, uncomplicatedly big rock and roll – with their aptly titled second album Second To None (Uprising Records) full of sizable riffs and choruses, with a Volbeat, Judas Priest, and nineties era Metallica flavour to it.

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Scott and Zack of Bloodgate Talk “Solace in Mourning” – and Shocking Avenged Sevenfold Fans!


Scott and Zack of Bloodgate chatted with Ghost Cult a while back with Keefy to discuss their new album Solace in Mourning – out now! The band discussed their changes over the years, the make-up of the band with some lineup changes over time, their return to touring, and recounting the time they opened for Avenged Sevenfold, and Volbeat!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Ghost – Volbeat – Twin Temple: Live at The Reno Events Center


With a wave of excitement you could feel in the brisk winter air, fans filed into the Reno Events Center for the first date of the Ghost and Volbeat co-headline tour kickoff show. Ghost had been through town right before the pandemic began, and for a lot of fans I talked to, this was their first show back. Not only is the band a singularly interesting and creative Heavy Metal band, their faithful followers are fast becoming legends on their own for their voracious appetites for all things Ghost. And they didn’t disappoint on this night, many dressed in costumes and churchly garb, as a tribute. Over ten years in existence, the rapport between the band and flock has been inspiring to watch them bloom over time.

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Volbeat Pulls Out of Tonight’s Show with Ghost After Drummer Jon Larsen Tests Positive for COVID-19


Volbeat has canceled its appearance at tonight’s (Friday, January 29) concert with Ghost at Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho after the band’s drummer, Jon Larsen, tested positive for COVID-19. Volbeat is expected to resume its co-headlining U.S. tour omorrow night (Saturday, January 29) at Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with former Slayer, Testament, and Anthrax drummer Jon Dette filling in. Ghost and Twin Temple will still play tonight.

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Watch Ghost Perform New Songs and Classics at Their Tour Kickoff Date in Reno


Ghost kicked off their new tour of the United States in Reno, Nevada tonight (January 25th, 2022) with Volbeat and Twin Temple. Ghost Cult was in attendance and it was an amazing good time with great music, excellent production value in a good setting at the Reno Events Center. In addition to their many hits, Ghost debuted the appearance of Papa Emeritus IV, seen in his full new costume during “Year Zero,” the live debut of the new steampunk Nameless Ghouls and Ghoulettes, and performed several brand new songs and songs performed for the first time ever including “Imperium,” “Kaisariong,” and their cover of Metallica’s classic “Enter Sandman.” They didn’t not perform their latest single – the just released “Call Me Little Sunshine” from their upcoming new album, Impera (Loma Vista Recordings). Watch fan-filmed video of Ghost’s performance.

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Ghost To Perform on Jimmy Kimmel This Week, New Tour Kicks-Off Soon


Heavy Metal band Ghost will be perform this week on the Thursday, January 20 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. The band will kick-off a US headline tour with Volbeat and special guests Twin Templenext week The trek will kick off on January 25th in Reno, Nevada and conclude on March 3rd in Anaheim, California. The band put our theiur new “Hunster’s Moon” single in October of 2021.

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