Ghost Cult begins our “2021 End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Rick Giordano of The Lion’s Daughter (Season of Mist) shares his top albums of 2021. Purchase and stream music from The Lion’s Daughter including their new EP Turbo Covers, here: https://thelionsdaughter.bandcamp.com/music
Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, we have a list from Brooks Harlan of War on Women. Their new album Wonderful Hell is out now via Bridge Nine Records.Continue reading →
Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Nathan, Ollie, and Graham from Possessor shared their collective Top Ten Albums List for 2020. the bands’ new album Damn The Light released this past October on APF Records.
Although hardly a recent phenomenon, duos are still quite the novelty in rock and metal. While often lazily lumped into that category, acts such as Satyricon, Anaal Nathrakh, and Alcest tend to utilise session musicians when it comes time to record or tour, while those who operate strictly within the parameters of two permanent members and nobody else are still pretty much a rarity in the field. However, thanks to the likes of doomsters Mantar, and Eagle Twin, the drone pair of Nadja, synthwave crew Zombi, and space-rockers Black Asteroids, there does seem to be an apparent rise in the number of genuine duos.Continue reading →
For the second year in a row, the US stakes their claim to holding a fest the equivalent of a Desertfest or Roadburn level of excellence in the form of Psycho Las Vegas. Last years’ inaugural Psycho California was a hit by all accounts, and therefore not a surprise that Vegas was the locale of choice for round two. Definitely the town is a bigger draw for the bands themselves and some party minded fans, although a few days is really all your should ever spend there at once.
On Saturday we were running a little late to the venue for Housecore Horror Festival III. I made it just in time to catch most of NAILS’ set, most of which Todd Jones was visibly displeased the entire time. While dozens of kids could be spotted wearing their hardcore and metal shirts all around San Antonio, the floor of the theater was lightly peppered with kids there to watch the band. Coupled with the fact that there was little to no moshing, or just overall lack of general mayhem during their caustic performance, it was leaving a bad taste in Jones’ mouth.
Nails, by Emma Parsons Photography
Catching only snippets of Poison Idea and Crippled Bastards, we jumped over to see Providence, RI power-violence group Dropdead. Seeing our fellow New Englanders in the south was cool. Dropdead are here with a message, and that message hasn’t changed, nor will it ever; says singer Bob Otis. Otis is also the main lyricist and mouthpiece of the group, and he made a speech about animal cruelty and corporate greed. The group wants you to leave their shows informed, if anything. After getting crushed by Crowbar, then sped back up again by Negative Approach, we close in on the headliners of the night , Corrosion of Conformity, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and New York’s own Suffocation.
Dropdead, by Emma Parsons Photography
Phil Anselmo gives a backrub to Pepper Keenan of COC, by Emma Parsons Photography
COC, back with Pepper Keenan at the helm, had a setlist full of classic tunes ending with ‘Clean My Wounds’. Jesus then showed up to clean the crowds wounds and sung with Pepper, followed by stage diving off both ends of the stage to “bless” the theater. To the untrained eye, ANB look like four people standing around waiting for something to happen. But as soon at the lights dim and the projector flashes their name, the audible noise of our butt holes tightening with excitement shadowed the opening notes of the set. It was strangely entertaining to see such a large stage completely devoid of a drum kit, yet welcome.
Suffocation, by Emma Parsons Photography
Suffocation began much like that of ANB, a few people standing on stage waiting for the go ahead amidst sound checking. Once the OK was given, the lights go down and the grindcore onslaught began. Shortly before the small tour they embarked on leading to Texas, the Suffo guys asked the fans what songs they wanna hear in an online poll, and boy did they deliver. From classics to more recent jams, few songs were spared. A love song, ‘Entrails of You’, seemingly penned by Ed Gein himself for a long since passed lover was a highlight.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography
Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography
Agoraphobic Nosebleed, by Emma Parsons Photography
Sunday Funday! Day three of the festival and the wear and tear is starting to show on just about everyone, but spirits remain high. Maybe they were just waiting for the headliners or even just to hang out and shop upstairs at the booths in the convention floor. By the way I got a great haul of shirts, patches, and the god-like Boss HM-2 guitar pedal; the most Swedish of all metal pedals! The fest had great vendors with booths both local and internationally based. Often times it was hard to traverse due to hall size and all the people, but with a little courtesy and sucking in of the gut, the metal head marches on! After being preoccupied with a handful of other tasks and waiting in lines, I got to chit-chat with horror film legend Mr. Bill Mosley for a bit before heading back over to the stage,
Author And Punisher with Muscle And Marrow, by Emma Parsons Photography
Author And Punisher, by Emma Parsons Photography
Next up was the barrage that is Author & Punisher. Tristan Shone was joined onstage by tour mates Muscle and Marrow for a song, but was mostly accompanied by projections and skewed video segments. They were followed by YOB who were flawless, even with a sick Mike Schiedt. Had he not told me himself that he was ill, I’d have never known.
YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography
YOB, by Emma Parsons Photography
Shortly after YOB’s set I caught up with Mike to have a chat and we found ourselves at Whataburger a block away. We got to talking about touring, music and the state of metal. We discussed the weekend so far and previous tours they had been on, and our mutual love and admiration for Neurosis. In short Mike was my own personal Yoda for an hour and I couldn’t have been happier. Next I briefly checked out Autopsy and Incantation and while both are awesome and historic in their own right, at this stage of the game I was so tired every thing was blurring together tonally. Old school death metal just wasn’t for me that night. To close out the weekend Dawn Of The Dead was screened with the live film score to accompany the film performed by Goblin. Unfortunately by this time it was getting close to midnight, and the walk to the hotel was getting longer. My hotel bed was actually starting to look comfy.
Phil Anselmo watching bands from the stage at Housecore Horror Fest III, by Emma Parsons Photography
The long trip was totally worth it, and I’m very honored to have gone and shared this weekend with both the bands, the fans, and fellow metal heads. Thanks to the staff of TheAztec Theater for being both friendly caring, and above all professional. Lastly every one behind the scenes working with Philip Anselmo to put the Housecore Horror Festival III together.
Autumn is a great time to be alive and weird. Not only is there Halloween, but the darker days just lend themselves to the fuzzy jammage and oblique styles. A good time to get lost in the exploratory music muse and severely avant-garde art stuff. And it’s certainly a good time to catch two unique bands with new albums out such as Pinkish Black and Zombi. Two dynamic duo’s each challenging the perception of what music can truly mean. Pinkish Black’s new album Bottom of Mourning (Relapse) is a triumph of will, after the years since the reincarnation of Great Tyrant, their previous outfit. That bands’ solemn final release, The Trouble With Being Born (Relapse) is also out now. Zombi also has a new album out too, Shape Shift (Relapse again) that pushes the boundaries of “outer-space rock”, one that defies belief at times. Both groups took the stage at Providence, RI’s Columbus Theatre to make an art form from the beautiful sonic war going inside of themselves. Enjoy this photo set from Hillarie Jason who was on hand to capture the night for Ghost Cult.
Philip H. Anselmo, metal legend and horror film aficionado puts on his third annual Housecore Horror Festival this weekend, in San Antonio, Texas. Kicking off tomorrow night with a pre-party, the fest runs all weekend at The Aztec Theater and The Korova venues, as well as at the Holiday Inn Riverwak Hotel from November 12th to 15th. Ghost Cult Magazine will be there to capture all the action.
One of the best, and deepest lineups in the history of the fest, this year’s talents with such immense talents as King Diamond, Anselmo’s own Superjoint, Goblin, YOB, Exodus, Suffocation, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Autopsy, Incantation, Corrosion of Conformity (with Pepper Keenan), EyeHateGod, Crowbar, Poison Idea, Nails, Zombi, Black Breath and many more from across all genres of heavy music.
King Diamond. Photo Credit: KevinEstrada.com
In addition to the concert portion there will a screening of 80 underground and legendary horror films from some of the greats as well as up and coming directors in the genre. Some of the films will come from Phil’s personal collection and he is sure to be on hand to lend a word or ten on the matter. There will be celebrity panels, signings, and vendors galore as well. Special guests include GWAR’s Don Drakulich aka “Sleazy P. Martini” who will host a special screening of Skulhedface and a secret bonus film that GWAR fans won’t want to miss, a onetime screening of cult classic, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things with original cast members Alan Ormsby and Anya Cronin in attendance, a premiere of a never-before-seen short film from Coffin Joe, the world premiere of the controversial, massacre-ridden American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock, a special director’s cut of zombie-Viking-black metal-biker film, Saga, starring Ted Skelljum of black metal icons Darkthrone and a an appearance by iconic bodybuilding champion/actor/ songwriter/
Superjoint, by OJC Pics/Omar Cordy
screenwriter/musician, Jon Mikl Thor, who will be screening his new documentary followed by a performance on The Korova stage. Additional special guests include comedian Dave Hill from the Metal Grasshopper films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 star Bill Moseley, president of Unearthed Films/producer of the American Guidea Pig SeriesStephen Biro, world renowned tattoo artist Paul Booth and more! For a detailed 2015 film screening list visit: http://housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com/films.
Inspired by the 70s horror film icons who brought us Suspira, Zombi, and Tenebre, Goblin Rebirth features the original drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli, alongside new keyboard players Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni, as well as guitarist Giacomo Anselmion. Together with guest musicians Arnaldo Vacca, Roberta Lombardini, Francesco Marini, and Dorraine Zammit Lupi, they bring us eight tracks of newly incarnated Goblin horror.
The album opens with ‘Requiem for X’, which has a theatrical, atmospheric intro, using bells, piano, synths, and percussion. This flows into a rock song with funky basslines, haunting synths, and incredible dramatic tension. ‘Back in 74’ has even more funk, and through the synths the spotlight is really on the amazing bass licks by Pignatelli. The guitar and synth playing over the foundation of synth, bass, and drums seem to form a storyline in your head, and the music-box outro is also nice and creepy. ‘Book of Skulls’, while also funky, has a very trance-like synth-driven atmosphere, while ‘Mysterium’ has a stable base but very strong and far-out synth and guitar elements throughout it, which makes for a very intense experience.
One of the things that really impresses on Goblin Rebirth (Relapse) is how varied the music is: the changes of pace, key, and dominant instrument within each song, while somehow managing to stay thematically linked. ‘Evil in the Machine’, opens with an amazing bass riff, the use of the vocoder creates a space-horror feel, and the guitar riffs almost give you the physical claustrophobic sensation of being stuck on a spaceship with a rogue AI. In addition is the contradiction between the organic and synthetic in the song ‘Forest’; on the one hand the synths don’t seem to match something as earthly as a forest, on the other hand the vocals by Roberta Lombardini and the bass, drums, and guitars really do evoke the natural world. The resulting balance is truly spectacular. ‘Dark Bolero’ out of this world; the addition of cello, played by Francesco Marini, is darkly exciting, as are the choral vocals. It also features percussion by Analdo Vacca, who does an even more spectacular job in ‘Rebirth’, the final song on this album, which also features some impressive acoustic guitar.
If you are fond of the old Goblin, like the musicality of Ayreon, theatrical or progressive rock, horror and 70s soundtracks, you should totally get this album.