PODCAST: Episode #84 – Wolfheart’s Tuomas Saukkonen on “Wolves of Karelia”

We caught up with Wolfheart leader Tuomas Saukkonen recently for a new interview. The band has unleashed its amazing new album (review here) Wolves of Karelia, out now via Napalm Records. The follow up to the acclaimed 2018 release Constellation Of The Black Light, Wolves… is a sprawling conceptual masterpiece about the “Winter War” between Finland and Russia. Tuomas spoke at length about the research that went into the album, his view of concept albums in general, how the band continues to be so prolific over time, the travails of making their excellent ‘Hail of Steel’ music video, and how the band plans to stay active and connected to fans during the coronavirus quarantine. Interview by Keefy. Purchase Wolves of Karelia here: Continue reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Wolfheart – Wolves of Karelia

Finland is a country that holds a considerable amount of mystery, melancholy, and magic. The band Wolfheart hails from this special nation and assists their listeners in grasping the greatness of their wintery world. The leader of the pack, Tuomas Saukkonen has been delivering foolproof Melodic Death Metal in several different projects for a substantial amount of years. When Wolfheart released their first album, Winterborn in 2013, it was clear that this act was establishing themselves as a powerful force in the scene. Now the group is releasing their fifth full-length record, Wolves of Karelia (Napalm Records). This new album is expanding the stately, sullen sound of their coined term, “Winter Metal” to new creative crests. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: Win Concert Tickets and a Prize Bundle from Rotting Christ and Ghost Cult!

Rotting Christ is getting ready to kick off their major North American Tour soon, The Devastation On The Nation Tour featuring Borknagar, Wolfheart, Abigail Williams and Imperial Triumphant! On the strength of their excellent 2019 album Heretics, the band is going to slay audiences from coast to coast, including two shows at the legendary Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York! Ghost Cult has partnered up with the band and their label Season of Mist to give away a pair of tickets to any show on the tour (travel and lodging not included) and a sick merch bundle below! To enter simply comment on our Facebook or Instagram posts with your favorite song from the “Heretic” album and tag one friend you want to bring with you! Rules and resrtictions apply! The Sweepstakes begins at 5 pm (ET) on March, 2nd, 2020 and ends at 11:59 pm (ET) on March 18th, 2020. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dawn of Solace – Waves

The ingenuity, inventiveness, and inclination of Finnish artist Tuomas Saukkonen appears to have no limits. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who has been making music magic for a considerable amount of years. One of his many successful ventures is a solo project called Dawn of Solace. Tuomas released his first record, Darkness (Dead Air Records) in 2006 and the betwiching gloom he captured on that release was different from all his other works. Now it’s time to get another taste of this project’s gothic goodness on the new album, Waves (Noble Demon). Continue reading

Children of Bodom – Swallow The Sun – Wolfheart: Live at The Masquerade, Atlanta GA

Deep in the Underground Atlanta, the city’s favorite entertainment district rests When you mention this venue’s name, most alternative artists will know exactly where you’re talking about. This iconic, massive building has three indoor venues that are cleverly called Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The largest room, Heaven, opened its doors last Thursday for the mighty Children of Bodom. Finland’s Melodic Death Metal masters, CoB recently released their tenth studio album, Hexed. This run of North American shows is promoting this new record and the band brought some fantastic Finnish friends to play with them. Along with Swallow the Sun and Wolfheart, Hotlanta was in for a night of sweet, savage, Scandinavian Metal. 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

Moonspell – Lisboa Under the Spell

After a quarter of a century, what is there left for a band to do? If you are Moonspell, you put out a live three disk cd with accompanying three-hour long video that includes a documentary and three albums played in their entirety live. Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro, drummer Mike Gaspar, Pedro Paixao on keyboards, guitarist Ricardo Amorim, and bassist Aires Pereira present the epic Lisboa Under the Spell (Napalm Records). Continue reading

70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Tickets Now On Sale To The Public

Tickets went on sale today for the biggest metal party of 2018! 70000 Tons Of Metal, “The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise”, released their tickets to the public today. The cruise takes place February 1-5, 2018 voyage and sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back. Continue reading

Bloodstock Open Air 2017 – Part 2

Day 3.

SATURDAY

If you were one of the first hundred people to enter the New Blood tent on Saturday morning, then first band of the day Ward XVI (8/10) would reward you with a goodie bag full of stuff like CDs, stickers and t-shirts etc. I strolled over to the tent a good half an hour before they were due on, only to find that half the festival was already in there. It’s amazing how people, no matter how tired or hungover, will always drag themselves out of bed on the promise of free stuff. Goodie bags aside, Ward XVI were a great way to start the Saturday fun. Eclectic and fun, they combined chuggy metal riffs with bouncy Psychobilly, creepy gothic melodies, and at one point, what appeared to be Russian folk. The band’s costumes and make-up were interesting, but like vocalist Psychoberrie‘s strait-jacketed ballad (Alice Cooper and ‘The Ballad of Dwight Frye’ anyone?) they all felt a little too familiar. Continue reading