YOB Books USA and European Tour Dates

The Beach, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/16/19

Doom Metal legends YOB have announced 2020 tour dates launching this Spring for the USA in March and Europe in May. US dates kick off on March 19 in Sacramento, CA and ends March 28 in Boise, ID. Beginning May 20, YOB returns to Europe in Dresden, DE and ends May 30 in Karlsruhe, DE at Dudefest. YOB will also appear Fire in the Mountains as part of the ‘On Wings Over Utgard’ showcase, curated by Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved. Tickets are available at the link below. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Opium Lord – “Vore”

UK Sludge/Doom band Opium Lord is dropping their brand new album tomorrow, October 11th, via the mighty Sludgelord Records. The album is great, with magnificent riffs and a guest appeance by the legend himself, Mike Scheidt of YOB! Check out the full album stream, only at Ghost Cult! Continue reading

REVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

As far as large multi-day fests go, Psycho Las Vegas is still pretty wet behind the ears having only just had their fourth annual incarnation this August but already it has begun growing into what will likely continue to be the summer juggernaut of partying and music. New this year, to the dismay of many, was the location change from the off the strip and perfectly themed haunt, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, to the megaplex that is Mandalay Bay. Gone is the feeling of a true fest take over and in its place, a sprawling amalgamation of “psychos” and people from any town USA or abroad there simply to gamble, throw pre-wedding bashes, get drunk or maybe attend a conference (*ahem* “conference”). Once everyone got their bearings and navigated through this corporate mega casino/hotel/shopping mall, pushed back a few drinks or whatever preferred substances they were into, and found the locations of the four stages, the complaining ebbed and instead, people experienced the fest for what it is. A gigantic party with a great combination of bands playing for four days. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 40: Steve Von Till of Neurosis Talks Jarboe Album Reissue

Long-running post-Metal legends Neurosis have been busy this year. A tour of Europe with Godflesh and YOB, followed by a string dates in the USA with Bell Witch and Deafkids have been stoking the engine of activity, along with the recent reissue of the bands’ acclaimed collaboration album Neurosis + Jarboe (Neurot Recordings). Joined by the indomitable chanteuse Jarboe, the grouping created something unique, experimental, and lasting. Ghost Cult caught up with legend Steve Von Till to discuss the pairing, the remasted reissue, the new artwork with Aaron Turner (Sumac, Old Man Gloom), the process of creating the special vinyl edition, how the band writes together, and when we can expect a potential new Neurosis album. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Psycho Las Vegas 2019

Ghost Cult is once again honored to be part of Psycho Las Vegas, a goddam heavy metal casino/beach party extravaganza if there ever was one. The filth of Rock, Sludge, Doom, Trad, Hardcore, Prog, and Stoner Metal genres and the glitz of Vegas- baby, all rolled into one. Headlined by Original Misfits, Opeth, Electric Wizard, Corrosion of Conformity, Bad Religion, YOB, Lucifer, High on Fire, GsY!BE, Clutch, Carcass, Triumph of Death, Graveyard, ASG, Primitive Man, Deafheaven, Kadavar, Vio-Lence, Soft Kill, Andrew W.K., Tomb Mold, Power Trip, Full of Hell, and a ton more bands, it promises to be a rager. Sadly, Oranssi Pazuzu and Rotting Christ have dropped out. Every band is carefully curated and picked, so try to see them all if you can. If you can’t get set with the full lineup, and our “must not miss list” picks for each day! Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #138: Interview with Nate Carson of Nanotear Booking and Witch Mountain

 

Chances are strong that Nate Carson has either booked or played at a show you have been to if you like metal.  Dumb and Dumbest Podcast number #138 is streaming now and it’s an Interview with Nate Cason of Nanotear Booking and Witch Mountain. Hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), they also offer The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! Message them at the links below.  Continue reading

11PARANOIAS – Asterismal

Drone, much like Djent, is a wonderfully onomatopoeic genre. Say “droooone” out loud and you get somewhere close to the guitar tone that makes up this subset of noise music. It’s also a rather impenetrable genre, taking vast amounts of time to learn the ins and outs of a band’s oeuvre. Drone isn’t music for casual listeners, it requires dedication. When combined with swirling psychedelia and a deluge of Doom you get Asterismal, the latest album from experimental merchants, 11PARANOIAS. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 7 – Mike Scheidt of YOB Talks “Our Raw Heart”, the Rise of Doom Metal and More

Ghost Cult’s Keefy was lucky to catch up with Mike Scheidt, main man of YOB a while back to discuss the release of their masterful 2018 album, Our Raw Heart, out now on Relapse Records. We had a candid chat with Mike about the new album, how issues with his health affected the writing process, the growing popularity of Doom Metal, philosophy, touring,  his love of early and modern Black Metal, thoughts on the Lords of Chaos movie, and much more! Catch the band next month on their North American co-headline tour with Voivod and Amenra and further dates in Europe supporting Neurosis! Continue reading

Neurosis Books Summer Tour Dates with Deafkids and Bell Witch

Neurosis, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

Post-Metal legends Neurosis have booked a new tour of the USA this summer, on top of their upcoming spring tour of Europe with YOB, according to a report from Brooklyn Vegan. Direct support on the new dates will come from Bell Witch and Deafkids. Deafkids, for the uninitiated, is a Brazillian hardcore band on Neurosis imprint Neurot Records. Their new album releases on March 25th. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/8) at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/6) at 10 AM. Neurosis continues to support their 2016 album Fires Within Fires, and has toured the world celebrating the 30th anniversary of the bands, which was in 2017.  Continue reading