STAFF PICKS: Weslie Negrón’s Top 20 Albums of 2020


Instead of reminding everyone of the horrible year we’ve had by sharing this list of my top 20 albums of 2020 with all of you, I want to think that I am sharing new music that can keep being an outlet to rely on when times are tough. We’re in a moment in time where we’re all vulnerable and music keeps being one of the best tools to help our mental health. The following albums are the ones that helped me go through the year and I hope you find something that you can add to your playlist and enjoy it as much as I do. Within each album, there is the country, genre, and their Bandcamp links (for those that have Bandcamp) in case you want to directly support them in these troubled times.

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STAFF PICKS: Dave Keevill’s Top Albums of 2020


In a year of great tragedy and upheaval, where the word ‘unprecedented’ became a mantra spoken around the world, music has been a stabilising force for millions of us. It has been a consistent power for good at a time when many of us have struggled with unemployment, illness, and bereavement. Whether providing companionship during stretches of isolation, rallying us to fight for change when faced with corrupt political machinations, or even just handing us a convenient distraction from the horrors outside our window, never have I felt such a kinship with music and the people who dedicate their lives to the art.

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Meshuggah Books 2021 Tour Dates with Zeal And Ardor


Progressive Metal greats Meshuggah has announced a run of 2021tour dates for later next year in Europe. Kicking off in Vienna, the tour will end in Hamburg. Direct support will come from Zeal & Ardor (except for the Oberhausen show). The band also announced a show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London on June 3rd, 2022. Tickets will be on sale starting Friday 18th of December at Meshuggah’s website, at the link below. The band working on the follow-up to their 2016 album, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, expected for release in 2021 on their longtime label, Nuclear Blast.

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Ghost Cult Albums of the Year 2020 – Part 1 (75-41)


It feels rather redundant to preface this year’s celebration of the music that got us through what was annus horribilis maximus unprecedentius with much of a narrative of 2020 because we were all affected. We all lived through it. Some of us in un-splendid isolation. Some of us irreversibly overhauling the way we live, work, and support our dependents. Some of us welcomed changes we had to make while mourning the root cause behind them and that each and every person on this planet we call home was affected, impacted, and touched in a negative way by the events of a global pandemic and high-profile political situations.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 132 – Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown Part 1 with Steve Tovey


Ghost Cult kicks off our massive 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by the esteemed Steve Tovey (The King is Blind), our Senior Editor Emeritus of Ghost Cult! We run down the big list with a brief discussion of our rankings from 75-31, with a deep dive into the albums ranked 50-31! All in all, over 300 albums were considered and voted on by our staff of worldwide contributors: writers, correspondents, photographers, and more. Check back here for the full list and a deeper look at albums 75-31 on our site and for Part II of the podcast series click here:

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Welcome To Rockville 2019 Review


How can you top an unforgettable end to a three day Welcome to Rockville festival in 2018 when Ozzy gave us one hell of a send-off? You take the anticipation of thousands of Tool fans who are busting at the seams waiting for the new album to release, and you give them more of a tease by making Tool the final headliner in this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival, that’s how. We all heard the rumors that Tool was going to debut two new songs (‘Descending’ and ‘Invincible’) during Welcome to Rockville, and they delivered with this history-making moment that fans have not stopped sharing and talking about, whether they were present to witness it or not. Continue reading


FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Epicenter Festival 2019


Kicking off today, Epicenter Festival the replacement for Carolina Rebellion, makes its debut event by Danny Wimmer Presents gets underway in North Carolina! Tool, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Korn, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, The Cult, Meshuggah, Mark Lanegan Band, Mastodon,Killswitch Engage, Architects, Tom Morello, High On Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Vein, Ho99o9o, Basement, The Dirty Nil, and many more have joined the bill. Epicenter takes place May 10-12 at the Rockingham Festival Grounds with the rest of the lineup below.Continue reading


FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Welcome To Rockville 2019


Welcome To Rockville returns to rule over Florida this weekend as southeasts home for amazing rock and metal experiences. Heading up the bill will be Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Evanescence, Shinedown, Judas Priest and many more. Taking over Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville 2019 takes place May 3rd, 4th, & 5th. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, December 7 At Noon ET at the link below.Continue reading