STAFF PICKS: Torbjorn Solgard’s Top Albums of 2020


2020..What can I say? A year where Poppy releases a metal album and Glenn Danzig does an album of Elvis covers (for real go look it up)! Seriously though I think it was a bad year for everyone. Luckily there was some killer music to help us all get through. So, I’ve compiled a list of what helped me. This list was a lot harder to make than I first thought it was going to be so much good stuff out there. To be clear though, this isn’t a “best of” it’s just a list of my personal fav’s this year. So, enough bullshittin’ I present to you Torbjorn‘s 13.

GHOST CULT PRESENTS: Mini-Metal Mixtape Series 7

Ghost Cult Magazine Presents the Mini-Metal Mixtape Series! It features 5 finely curated metal tracks by Metal & Coffee. In her 12-year journey as an extreme metal DJ, Metal & Coffee has dived into the deepest depths to find the bands worth your ears. Metal & Coffee has been featured on Philadelphia’s most popular college radio station, WKDU 91.7 FM, and has also spent time as the resident New Releases DJ over on GIMME METAL. This week’s Mixtape, #7, features the new-ish releases from Yatra, (review here) Oranssi Pazuzu, and more. Stream the newest playlist right now! Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: October 9th New Music Releases

Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yatra – All Is Lost

While All Is Lost(Grimoire Records) is the second album that Yatra has released in 2020, it is hardly a retread of its predecessor. The extreme elements that were merely blooming on Blood Of The Night are pushed to even further extents this time around. The drums have a much more aggressive presence with several busy fills on display while the fuzzy guitar and bass tones are much fuller. It never goes into full Blackened territory, but the more active Stoner-Sludge approach makes their High On Fire influence even more apparent.Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival

 

Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival is here and it promises to be a unique experience. The debut the hotel-based fest is brought to you by the producers of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC and Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and is the winter-time companion to the Shadow Woods Metal Fest, expected back in action this summer. The Shadow Frost fest takes place on February 21st and 22d and will feature Oakland’s Vastum as well as a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. Also on the bill are Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more! Check below for daily lineups with set times and all of their amazing vendor options.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Yatra – Blood of the Night

Yatra‘s 2018 début album Death Ritual (Grimoire Records), rather than being a “grower”, receded in appeal due to the unflinching harshness of their slow, Doom-laden sound and the voice of Dana Helmuth, which sounds as if Gaahl had been gargling on hop-bombs. There were flickers of invention in the Maryland trio’s sound, however, and these are further explored in follow-up Blood of the Night (STB Records).Continue reading

Spider Ball 2020 at SXSW Books The Well, Life, Rainbows Are Free, Geezer, Void Vater, Shark Muffin!

One of the most anticipated events of SXSW is announced as Gravitoyd Presents and The Bird Barn Austin present Spider Ball 2020 showcase by Ripple Music and Small Stone Records with a killer lineup of Stoner, Doom, and Psychedelic Rock bands! The full list of bands includes The Well, Life, Rainbows Are Free, Geezer, Void Vater, Shark Muffin, The Glasspack, Lowcaster, Pale Grey Lore, The Boleys, Dayeater, Holy Death Trio, Jason Kane & The Jive, Temptress, SecondHand Shag, Warlung, Marco And The Human, Smokey Mirror, WoodenEarth, The Bobby Lees, Bridge Farmers, Monte Luna, Yatra, Grave Next Door and many more listed below. We also have the running order too! Taking place at Spiderhouse on March 20th all day and night from 1PM to 2 AM. Continue reading

Shadow Frost Music and Arts Festival Announces Set Times and Vendors!

Less than two weeks away, Shadow Frost Music & Arts Festival has announced their daily lineups with set times and all of their amazing vendor options. The debut the hotel-based fest is brought to you by the producers of Shadow Woods Productions, LLC and Shadow Woods Metal Fest, and is set to take place on February 21st and 22d and will feature Oakland’s Vastum as well as a special set from their guitarist/ambient industrialist Leila Abdul-Rauf. Also on the bill are Deceased, Barishi, Magic Circle, Doomstress, Alms, Darsombra, Fell Ruin, Yatra and many more! Continue reading

PHOTO SET: Yatra Live at Saint Vitus Bar

Doom metal band Yatra just released new album Blood of the Night, via STB Records and it’s a ripper! They have a full slate of gigs planned for 2020 to promote the album, including Desertfest NYC next fall!. Order the album now, including Amazon.com, iTunes, spotify, and with special limited edition colored vinyl runs for collectors in US through https://www.stbrecords.bandcamp.com and https://www.allthatisheavy.com, and in Europe through Kozmikartifactz.com. Check out the photo set below by Jamie Sherwood, live at Saint Vitus Bar!

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Desertfest NYC 2020 Books Corrosion of Conformity, Dead Meadow, Conan, Bongzilla, Stoned Jesus, Toke, High Reeper, Yatra and More!

Desertfest New York has unveiled its first thirteen acts for its 2020 concert this coming fall! Corrosion of Conformity, Dead Meadow, Conan, Stoned Jesus, Toke, High Reeper, Yatra, Stoned Jesus, Atomic Bittchwax, Bongzilla, R.I.P., Crypt Trip, Huntsmen, Leather Lung and more! Desert Fest NYC takes place 11th – 13th September 2020 at The Well in Brooklyn New York, with a pre-party at Saint Vitus. More bands to be announced soon. Check out Ghost Cult’s 2019 coverage of the fest! Continue reading