We caught up with Dutch progressive music artist Tom De Witt of TDW. His new album The Days The Clock Stopped is out now via Layered Reality Productions, and the album is a masterpiece of prog metal. We talked to Tom about his journey in the music industry, his approach to composing, how he connected with other artists to guest on his album, writing with them in mind, how we approached writing for the choir, we got deep on progressive music history, how do deal with reviewers, the genius of Frank Zappa, and more! and more. You can purchase and stream The Days The Clock Stopped here and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult was honored to catch up with legendary axeman and leader of Accept, Wolf Hoffman. The band will release their 16th studio album, Too Mean To Die via Nuclear Blast Records on January 15th, 2021. Wolf talked about his long career in the music business, the creation of the new album, the PMA aspect of the band, adding new members to the band, working with producer Andy Sneap for the last decade, his views on the many anniversaries the band has coming up, their working-class roots, the resurgence of media such as vinyl and cassettes, thoughts on live streaming and more! Pre-order Too Mean To Die here and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult continues our 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by Staff Writer Gary Alcock! We run down the albums from 20-11 on our list! 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 soon listen to Part I (75-31) here, Part II here, and Part III here.
Ghost Cult kicks off our massive 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by Ebonie Butler (Mini Metal Mixtapes, Metal and Coffee, Gimme Metal, WKDU)! We run down the albums from 20-11 on our list! 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 soon listen to Part I (75-31) here and Part II here. Part IV of the podcast series is coming tomorrow!
Ghost Cult kicks off our massive 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by the esteemed scribe Hans Lopez (WUML radio’s The Stress Factor)! We run down the albums from 30-21 on our list! 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 soon listen to Part I (75-31) here. Part III of the podcast series is coming tomorrow!
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:
Ghost Cult caught up with Philly and Domo from Heavy Metal heshers Gama Bomb to discuss their awesome new album Seas Savage (Prosthetic Records). In a hilarious conversation over Skype, we chatted about the band’s early history up through today, the new changes in the band, their determination to constantly improve, self-producing their albums, how the new configuration of the group writes, breaking the stigma that Heavy Metal can’t be smart, their epic album artwork, and how Snowy the Yeti needs some love! Buy the album here and check out our interview.
We caught up with Mikael Stanne of Melodic Death Metal legends Dark Tranquillity. The bands’ new album Moment is out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Mikael all about the new album, changes in the band with Niklas Sundin taking a step back from the band and adding Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band, changes in the music industry over time, the incredible artwork of Moment, created by Sudin, and much more. Interview by Keefy. Purchase and stream the album here https://darktranquillity.lnk.to/MomentID, and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult caught up with the great Doro recently to discuss her long-awaited best-of album Magic Diamonds – Best Of Rock, Ballads & Rare Treasures, released from Doro’s own label, Rare Diamonds Productions. The exhaustive collection includes 56 songs on three CDs with a total of almost four hours with 20 rock songs, 18 ballads, and 18 rare treasures, offering a ton of music and content. It also has an official 4LP version, on colored vinyl. His and Hers perfume, a scarf, and a poster, all personally designed by Doro herself. We chatted about the collection, revisiting these decades of songs and unreleased music, her favorite collaborators such as Lemmy, Peter Steel, Udo, Blaze Bayley, Tarja, and more, her take on the Drive-In shows she did at the start of the pandemic, and her new album she is working on! Purchase the boxed set (available in Europe only) and check out our chat with this legend of Heavy Metal!
Ghost Cult scratched one off the interview bucket list recently by chatting with Andy Gibbs of Thou! We talked all about Thou’s new collaborative album with Emma Ruth Rundle – May Our Chambers Be Full (read our review here), due out on October 30th via Sacred Bones. Andy candidly chatted about writing with Emma, long in the works and put into fruition via Walter Hoeijmakers of Roadburn, how the band and Emma complemented each other, the concepts delved into the album, working with photographer Craig Mulcahy, their hoped-for joint tour and festival plans for the album getting ruined by covid-19, the bands’ penchant for covers and slowing down on them in the future, and what the next phase of Thou music might look like. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat.
Ghost Cult to catch up with Venom Prison’s vocalist/activist Larrisa Stupar to chat about their new album Primeval via Prosthetic Records (review here). We chatted all about the bands’ activism in the scene, the current state of the world in 2020: the failure of our leaders during the pandemic, fighting the patriarchy, and outing sex abusers, but also a lot of positive forces we have right now, such as music and art. Larissa discussed the pivotal role producer Tom Dring has, the art of Eliran Kantor, and the progress on a new full-length Venom Prison album out, hopefully, to be released in 2021. Support the band and purchase Primeval here, and listen to our conversation now.
We had the honor of chatting with heavy metal legend Joey Vera of Armored Saint all about their new album Punching the sky (read our review here) out now on Metal Blade Records. Joey talked about the future of the music industry and what it might look like post-COVID19, how the band writes together, his personal preferences in production and recording styles, his take on livestreams, the progress he is making on his other projects such as Fates Warning and Motor Sister, and more! Buy the album here and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with John Connolly of Sevendust to chat about their new album, Blood and Stone, releasing on October 23rd, 2020 via Rise Records. We discussed the making of the new album, releasing new music during this uncertain time, the more adult themes of the band’s music these days, how the band approaches songwriting, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the decision to cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live” and how they almost didn’t go through with it and more. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat right now.
We caught up with music legend Burton C. Bell (ex Fear Factory) of Ascension of the Watchers for a new podcast, to chat all about his new album Apocrypha (Dissonance Productions). We chatted about the history of the band, the lead up to making this new album, Burton’s songwriting process, how he derives inspiration from film scores and soundtracks, his bandmates Jayce Lewis and John Bechdel (Ministry, Prong), the spiritual side to his lyrics and themes he writes from, the concept of “modern analog” and how it influenced the recording, memories of the late Paul Raven (Killing Joke/Prong), some thoughts on other projects like City of Fire and G/Z/R, and much more. Order the album here, and check out our chat.
We caught up with Dez Fafara of Devildriver to discuss his upcoming new album Dealing With Demons I, out on Napalm Records on October 2nd, 2020. We chatted with Dez on the state of the word, changes to the bands’ songwriting approach for this new record, considering different angles for lyrics and vocals, his long relationship with Napalm Records, plans for the next album after Dealing with Demons II – already being written, some musings on Coal Chamber, Dez’s many business successes – especially his new record label, and much more. You can order Dealing with Demons I here, and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult’s Keefy recently caught up with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm about their new album Unconquered, out September 25 th via their longtime label Nuclear Blast Records. We chatted about the new record, the longevity of the band, how the band prepared for this new album, making the video for “The Killshot”, working once again with visionary artist Blake Armstrong on the return of the “heart beast” artwork, how the band is dealing without touring, his other projects with new music on the way such as Ex Deo, his growing hot sauce business, and a discussion of Keefy’s favorite live Kataklysm performance, at the Trois Rivieres Metalfest. Purchase Unconquered here and check out our conversation!
Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend and keyboardist/producer Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater) to chat all about this new solo album, out this week, September 18th, via InsideOut Music. Derek discussed the new album, working with special guests such as Tony Franklin, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Kiko Loureiro, Derek’s approach to composition, how he lays down guest tracks for bands around the world every day from his home studio, his with mentor and friend Simon Philips, covering Buddy Miles, a hint at future Sons of Apollo plans, discussing his keyboard heroes from history, and a cool story about Patrick Moraz. Pre-order the album here: https://dereksherinian.lnk.to/ThePhoenix and check out our chat.
We chatted recently with music legend Ihsahn over Skype to discuss his upcoming new EP, Pharos, due out on September 11th, via Candlelight Records. Ihsahn contrasted the music from the current EP to his last one, Telemark, the many different sides of his moods and styles, how he chooses cover songs, the evolution of his singing voice, thoughts on performing live, some of his other projects over the years, and next years Emperor full album performance of “In the Nightside Eclipse” at Beyond The Gates Festival in Norway in 2021. Purchase Pharos here and check out our chat!
We caught up with Gina Gleason of Baroness to discuss their upcoming Gold & Grey full album Livestream event on September 10th, 2020 (buy tickets here), and a bunch of other stuff in the Baroness universe. She chatted about how she and the band have been coping under lockdown with no touring, how her town of Philadelphia is fairing with the virus and protests, her thoughts on live streaming and the success of some bands such as Code Orange, how the band writes together, the depth of Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns), why that album lends itself to a full album performance, how much new material the band has been working on during this time, the influence of Pink Floyd‘s Live At Pompei film had on the album, the need for artists spaces live Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, her covers jams with Two Minutes To Late Night, and much more. Buy Gold & Grey here and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult caught up with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot recently to discuss their brand new live album/concert DVD and Blu-ray Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013, out now via Napalm Records (review here). Thomas talked about the new live album, the production and planning that went into the concerts, the specialness of the 013 Poppodium venue in Tilburg, working with guests such as Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, Lauren Hart of Once HumNetheran, German string quartet Eklipse, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and Alissa White Gluz of Arch Enemy, Avantasia guitarist Sascha Paeth, writing materials with guests in mind, performing with a children’s choir, which included his son, how he has been spending the pandemic, and plans for new Kamelot music. Purchase the live album set at this link and listen to our chat.
Ghost Cult caught up with singer-songwriter Kalen Chase recently to discuss his recent series of singles, including “Good Things”, out now. We talked to the former lead vocalist of VIMIC (with Joey Jordison, ex-Slipknot) and Korn live member about the long and winding road of his career, his approach to songwriting, working with Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, his upcoming new single “Let Them Come”, the country album he is writing with his brother, writing for other artists versus keeping songs for himself and much more. Purchase new Kalen Chase music here and check out our chat.
Ghost cult caught up with Daniel Beckman of Swedish Black Metal band Ages, to discuss their upcoming new album, Uncrown, due out on August 21st via Black Lodge Records. Daniel went into details about the history of the band, their comeback after a gap between albums, the bands’ approach to songwriting, his thoughts on what makes good production for black metal albums, his work as a sound engineer, his favorite old-school bands in the genre, the great album artwork by Chris Cold, what gets him in a creative mood, and much more. Purchase the album here and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Buzz Osborne of Melvins fame to discuss his new solo album Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings) due out on August 14th, 2020. We talked to Buzz about the follow up to his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists (2014), working with Trevor Dunn who collaborated on the album, the different approach to this new solo album, his upcoming book of photography, his golf game, the coronavirus and not being able to tour for the first time in 30 years, and some other things he is working on right now. You can order the album here https://lnk.to/KingBuzzo, and check out our podcast.
Ghost Cult caught up with celebrated Indie-Rock duo The Picturebooks recently over Skype from their home studio to discuss all things going on with the band. Despite just releasing their acclaimed album The Hands Of Time (Century Media), Fynn Claus Grabke (vocals, guitar) and Philipp Mirtschink (drums) are deep in the process of writing their next album, as a way to stay creative during quarantine, in a year where they had a full run of tours and festivals canceled. The band spoke about their last album, how the new music is shaping up, how being plaid back actually helps them with productivity, the energy of their live shows, their relationship with fans, their love of skateboarding, their long history building and riding choppers, and even getting hooked up and recognized by Harley Davidson! Purchase and stream The Hands Of Time here and check out our chat below.https://red.lnk.to/PBhot!pr
Ghost Cult caught up with Oceans of Slumber’s frontwoman Cammie Gilbert recently to discuss their upcoming new album, Oceans of Slumber, due out September 4th via Century Media. We discussed the current state of affairs with both the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests in their hometown of Houston, their new self-titled album, new sounds and styles the band felt emboldened to incorporate on the records, Cammie’s own background as a singer and her goals for the album, the influence of bands like Katatonia and Opeth, the bands phenomenal cover of Jazz legend Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit”, the bands’ Type O Negative cover of “Wolf Moon”, some love for Peter Steele, and much more. You can pre-order the album here! and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans caught up by phone with singer-songwriter Henry Derek Elis for an interview about his new covers EP, All The Pretty Little Horses. Henry is best known as the former vocalist for metal bands Scar The Martyr and Act of Defiance, but his solo career has taken him down a path closer to Outlaw Country, Americana, and Dark Folk. Henry chatted about the new EP, his choice of artists to cover such as Danzig and Billy Idol, the difference between his metal music and solo career, his take on how watered-down “folk” music has become his influences and opinions of classic artists, and much more. You can order Henry’s music at this link:
Ghost Cult caught up with Ken Jay of Static-X to discuss their new album, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 (review here). Ken chatted all about the new album, the process of putting together the tracks with Koichi Fukuda and Tony Campos, hearing Wayne Static’s voice in a new song for the first time in a long while, incredible singing on these new tracks, working with Xero on new material, reuniting with producer Ulrich Wild, the early Goth origins of the band, the Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary tour, their upcoming concert in the time of coronavirus and much more. Order Project Regeneration Vol. 1 here and listen to our chat.
Ghost Cult Chief Editor Keefy was honored to interview Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider for our podcast. We chatted about his upcoming DVD/concert album For The Love of Metal Live, due out soon from Napalm Records. Dee chatted about the “rebirth of his career” with his solo album inspired by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), his family, touring the world, his new band, how he keeps his voice in shape, lessons he has learned from the music business, anecdotes about Twisted Sister, his Broadway covers album, reflections on protecting Metal Music’s right to Freedom of Speech from the PMRC 35 years ago this year, and his plans for his next project. Order Dee’s new live album and other music here, and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult Magazine’s Duncan Evans caught up with singer/songwriter and all-around badass Carol Hodge (solo artist/Steve from Crass/The Wildhearts) to discuss her new album Savage Purge (review here). Carol was in high spirits, despite illness, and chatted all about her new album, her creative process, the deeper meaning behind the title, lyricism, and much more! You can order her album at this link here, and listen to their chat right now!
Denver Thrashers Hydraform just dropped their new self-titled EP, their first new music since their last full-length album, Dark Adder! The band was just wrapping up a tour with Overkill and Exhorder when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit, sending them home early. We talked to the entire band over zoom all about their formation, new music, opening for legends, scary stories from the road, and a hilarious story involving Bobby Blitz and Dave Linsk. Purchase and stream the new Hydraform EP now!
Ghost Cult caught up with progressive music legend Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) recently over Zoom to discuss his upcoming new covers album Cover 3 Cover (InsideOut Music), his third such album with his frequent collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George. The new album is releasing at the same time as a new collection of all three. Neal chatted extensively about the project, his personal take on covers, the mystery of the secret Sax Man in the ‘Baker Street’ video, how all the cover songs were chosen, how he approaches songcraft for his different projects, his upcoming Sola Gratia solo Progressive Rock concept album, what Morsefest looks like during the pandemic, future projects and his entire catalog appearing on the new Waterfall music streaming app from Radiant Records. Purchase and support all of Neal’s projects at this link and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Christopher Bowes of Alestorm, who dropped their new album Curse Of The Crystal Coconut via Napalm Records. The Captain of the “Pirate Metal Drinking Crew” was in high spirits when we spoke, delving deep into the new album, his entire career, Alestorm’s place in the powermetal scene, their die-hard fans, the Alestorm “rowing moshpit”, his love of the keytar, and much more. Purchase Alestorm’s music here and check out our chat with Chris!
Ghost Cult caught up with singer, musician Iva Toric recently to chat about her music career and her spate of singles and videos she has released in 2020. We chatted about the three tracks out now, ‘Finally Today’, ‘Actions Speak Louder’ (which Ghost Cult premiered), and ‘Dark Side Of Me’. We also discussed a myriad of topics such as Iva’s interesting musical training, her many influences, mental health concerns, her plans for her upcoming full-length album, and much more. Follow and purchase Iva’s music at this link and check out our chat below.
Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans chatted with music legend KatieJane Garside recently on the release of her new project, Liar, Flower, and her new release Geiger Counter (One Little Independent Records). You may know Garside from her immense career credits with groups such as Daisy Chainsaw, QueenAdreena, and more recently Ruby Throat. Far removed from her early rumblings, the wisened and more poetic chanteuse discussed her new album, the decision to recast the group under a new moniker with her partner Chris Whittingham, her many travels around the world living on a boat, mindfulness meditation, the music video for ‘i am sundress (she of infinite flowers)’, the care and creativity she takes for the expanded versions of Geiger Counter and much more. Purchase the album and keep up with all of KatieJane’s happenings at this link, and listen the chat below.
Ghost Cult Magazine’s Keefy had the chance to catch up with NYHC legend Harley Flanagan! Harley is about to release the first new Cro-Mags album in 20 years, In the Beginning (Arising Empire/Mission Two Entertainment) on June 19th, 2020. We talked about a wide range of topics with Harley including reclaiming the Cro-Mags name, his new album, how the new band formed, his writing process for music and lyrics, working with guests like Phil Campbell of Motorhead, adding in the realness of New York as a character on the album, his thoughts on gentrification, and some old school New York Hardcore stories including old school punks versus metalheads, stories about Anthrax, Carnivore, Peter Steele (RIP), Mr. Bungle and much more. Purchase In the Beginning here and listen to our chat.
Ghost Cult chief editor Keefy caught up with Americana artist Jake Smith a.k.a The White Buffalo recently to talk about his new album On The Widow’s Walk, out now via Snakefarm Records. Jake chatted with us about the new album, his creative process, how he got started in his career, how different fans and critics both see him an artist in different genre buckets, how he approaches writing lyrics, his inventive cover versions of songs, performing live, and having his songs featured in television and movies, such as Sons of Anarchy (FX). You can purchase On The Widow’s Walk here and listen to our chat now.
For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!
Filmmaker Adam Dubin chatted with Ghost Cult recently about the wide release of his acclaimed documentary, Murder In The Front Row, documenting the birth of Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, which birthed several genres. We chatted about the impetus to making the film, all the thrash metal stars he interviewed such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (53 all told) his history in the business, making films and music videos in 1980’s such as Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn”, his long history of interactions with Kerry King, the lasting impact the genre has had on all heavy music, and what he learned most during the project. You can purchase the deluxe version of Murder In The Front Row at this link, stream it on VOD, and check out our chat with Adam here:
Ghost Cult had the honor of chatting with Willie Adler of Lamb of God recently, to talk all about the brand new self-titled album, due out on June 19th, 2020. Willie was in high spirits as we broke down the new album together, covering topics from the bands’ approach to the new album, his writing partnership with Mark Morton, how many throwback grooves went into this album, D. Randall Blythe breaking new ground asa singer, the bands’ veteran status in the scene, working with guests such as Chuck Billy of Testament and Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Willie’s hand in helping create their non-alcoholic “Ghost Walker Beer”, thoughts on 30 years of LoG history, and much more. You can pre-order the album at this link and listen to our chat below.
Ghost Cult ‘s Chief Editor Keefy caught up with uber-producer Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy, producer for Every Time I Die, Gojira, Body Count, Knocked Loose) is releasing his new album with grindcore/hardcore metal supergroup END, Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face, this June 5th via Closed Casket Activities. We caught up with Will to discuss the origins of END, which includes members of Counterparts (Brendan Murphy — Vocals), The Dillinger Escape Plan (Billy Rymer — Drums), Fit For An Autopsy (Will Putney — Guitars), Misery Signals/Shai Hulud (Gregory Thomas — Guitars), and Reign Supreme (Jay Pepito — Drums), the new album, the bands writing process, the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on both of Will’s bands and his production work, how he got started in music as an intern with Machine, and much more. You can pre-order the new END album here, and support FFAA as well, and listen to our chat with him.
Ghost Cult caught up with In The Company Of Serpents leader Grant Netzorg to discuss their new album Lux, which is out now. We chatted with Greg about the new album, the history of the band, how the birth of his daughter and raising her has had a direct impact on his music, the other members of his band and how they contribute to the unique blend of Black Metal, Sludge, Doom and American genres, the incredible Denver metal scene, Greg’s hopes to eventually perform the entire album live, and what the concert industry might look like post-coronavirus lockdown. You can purchase and stream Lux here and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult caught up with DED guitarist David Ludlow recently, to discuss the bands’ new EP Mannequin Eyes (Suretone Records). The band just released an explosive new video for their single ‘A Mannequin Idol (Lullaby)’ and are working on a new full-length album. David chatted with Keefy about the new EP, their new video, a new record deal, and what their new album will sound like, how the band is working on improving and evolving every facet of their game, trying to capture their live energy on record and a lot more. You can purchase and stream Mannequin Eyes here.
Ghost Cult had the massive honor to chat with music legend Thomas Gabriel Fischer of Triptykon (also Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, and Triumph of Death) to discuss his brand new album Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) featuring the Metropole Orkest out now via Century Media Records. We discussed the masterpiece creation of this opus that had begun with Celtic Frost in 1987, the massive undertaking that is composing for and working with a live orchestra, how his band also collaborated live, the preparation process, his new band members, the importance of Roadburn Festival and its leader Walter Hoeijmakers, Thomas personal creative journey towards completing Requiem, how he carries on the spirit of Martin Ain (RIP) and his mentor H.R. Giger (RIP) in his work, the progress of future music in the face of the current pandemic, and much more. You can purchase Requiem here (USA https://triptykon.lnk.to/RequiemLiveAtRoadburn, or Europe https://www.cmdistro.de/Category/Requiem/173? Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13) and check out our chat below.
Ghost Cult was honored to chat recently with Nightwish singer Floor Jansen, all about their new album Human :II: Nature (read our review here) out now via Nuclear Blast Records. Floor spoke about releasing a new album during the pandemic, shared her thoughts on what life will be like and when we might get back to shows and tours, the new album, rising to meet the challenge of the new material, the sprawling and unique style of Human :II: Nature, how she stays humble, thoughts on the legacy of Nightwish, other projects she is working on, and much more. Order Human :II: Nature here, and check out our chat.
Ghost Cult caught up with Binary Code leader and guitarist Jesse Zuretti to chat all about his new album, releasing this week, May 15th. The three-year journey to release the record was an arduous one for Jesse and he had many personal issues to overcome. He did so with the help of making music, which, if you hear this new album, is amazing. Jesse went into depth about the ordeal he went through, his creative process, how each member of this band and team stepped on this album on every level, working with producer Aaron Smith (7Horns7Eyes) the songwriting process, their cover of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You”, their abandoned (for now) covers EP, how Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy/Nevermore) came to play on the album, making music as a composer for Marvel Entertainment and more. Warning: this podcast contains a frank discussion of suicide and mental illness and may cause some distress to the listener. You can pre-order Memento Mori here and listen to our chat now!
Ghost Cult’s chief editor Keefy caught up with Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me recently to discuss their upcoming remastered and remixed version of their debut album, due out on May 15th via Craft Recordings. We chatted with Tommy about the formation of the band, the post-hardcore, metalcore, and Death Metal scene the band came from in Raleigh North Carolina in their previous band Prayer for Cleansing and peers such as Code 7, Undying, Day of Suffering, recording with Jamie King on his first significant release and Jamie’s impact on the band, how the debut telegraphs elements of music the band would incorporate later, the process of remixing and remastering, what shaped Tommy as a singer and lyricist on the first album, taking “creative risks” as an artist, how the lineup change for the Alaska release shaped the future, how the band looked like nerds in their first photos, being a “keyboard” act in heavy music, his favorite song now from back then, and much more. You can order the album in several different bundles here https://found.ee/btbam-st-r and listen to our chat now.
Ghost Cult had the honor of chatting with Nick Holmes (Bloodbath) of Paradise Lost about their new album, Obsidian (Nuclear Blast Records), due out on May 15th, 2020. Nick shares his thoughts on releasing an album during the pandemic, the creative process of the band, the more sweeping vision behind Obsidian, how the band approached the follow-up to Medusa 2017, how he and Gregor Mackintosh work together on new material, the orchestration on the albums, Nick’s vocal harmonies, the changes in his lyrics over the years, a look back on the 20th anniversary of their debut album Lost Paradise (Peaceville), and much more. Order Obsidian here and check out the podcast:
Ghost Cult was honored to chat with musician and artist Jacob Bannon of Converge, Wear Your Wounds, and his new band Umbra Vitae. That group just released their debut album, Shadow of Life, (read our review here), a brutal, OSDM flavored album created by Jacob and a group of master musicians and friends such as Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, WYW) and Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex Hatebreed, WYW) Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex) and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Job For A Cowboy). In a frank discussion with our editor Keefy, Jacob discussed the impact coronavirus has had on the music world and more specifically his bands and his label Deathwish Inc., what are the Death Metal inspirations of the group, how Umbra Vitae came together, how this is a full band and not side-project, the poem that inspired the band name and the entire album, an update on new Converge and WYW music, and much more. Jacob is working to stay focused and creative during the pandemic to keep his bands and Deathwish Inc. alive in all of this and if you can, please support his music, art activities at these links.
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We caught up recently with Hyro The Hero from his home, on lockdown, keeping safe from the pandemic. Sadly, his spring tour plans opening for Asking Alexandria have been canceled. In the meantime, Hyro is keeping that PMA (positive mental attitude) and keeping his spirits up during trying time by staying busy, working on music, catching up on his gaming, and trying to eat right. He is also checking out all kinds of other musicians and rappers plying their game on Soundcloud and other mediums who are respect-worthy. He’s got a good message for fans too, as Hyro has new music coming soon, the follow up to his acclaimed album Flagged Channel, via his label Better Noise, that he is really excited about, and we are too! Follow Hyro and get ready for new sounds later this year.
Ghost Cult Caught up with Cabal vocalist Andreas Bjulver Paarup to discuss their slamming new album Drag Me Down, out now via Long Branch Records. Andres discussed the new album, the bands’ process for writing the new albums, writing for and working with guests such as Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jamie Hails (Polaris) and Kim Song Sternkopf (Møl), thoughts on the deathcore versus death metal genres, elitism in metal fans, future plans for the band, and much more. You can purchase Drag Me Down here.
Progressive Sludge band Barishi will release their new album Old Smoke on April 24th via Season of Mist Records and we are hype! The band chatted with Ragin’ Rosie while out on tour with Ether Coven earlier this year. They chatted about the origins of the band, Graham’s transition to featured vocalist, the bands’ new album, the metal scene in Vermont, some sludge and doom bands he enjoys, how Barishi’s love of Dungeons & Dragons invades their lyrics and cannot be stopped – even on tour, and much more. Purchase the album here and check out the podcast now!
Ghost Cult Keefy got to catch up with vocalist Monica Strut of Australian Metalcore band The Last Martyr. We chatted about the bands’ last two releases, the single ‘Like a Ghost’ and their EP Creatrix, some of the new directions the band is headed in with their new music, how the band is coping with self-isolation due to the coronavirus, Monica’s throwback vocal influences, a deep discussion on singing and extreme vocal techniques, her career as a music marketer and coach to bands, her Being In a Band Podcast, her new membership group and much more! Stream and purchase ‘Like a Ghost’ here, and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn, who just released a brilliant double album (review here), Of Truth And Sacrifice, out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Maik about the German metal legends ambitious decision to create a double album, the meaning behind the topics, their lyrics tackling topics such as content supports anti-racism & anti-fascism along with resistance, oppression and animal rights, their new music videos for ‘Übermacht’ and ‘Eradicate’, his take on the history of the genre, the longevity as a band and much more. Order Of Truth And Sacrifice here and listen to the podcast now!
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:
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Death Metal legend Sven “Svencho” De Caulwe of long-running band Aborted recently for an interview. Sven detailed Aborted’s new EP La Grande Mascarade released from Century Media Records on April 17th, 2020. We chatted about the impact of the coronavirus on the music industry, the new EP, the excellent current lineup of the band, how Sven manages his work as a designer outside of the music business, his other side-hustles, how he has been spending some downtime during the quarantine including music, gaming, horror movies, and more. Pre-order the new album La Grande Mascarade here.
Ghost Cult caught up with The Black Dahlia Murder frontman and international ambassador for metal Trevor Strnad for a new interview. The bands’ new album Verminous releases on April 17th, 2020 via Metal Blade Records, and Trevor is understandably stoked! We chatted with Trevor about how he is dealing with the coronavirus quarantine, the new album, how the band continues to expand the songwriting chops, how underrated Alan Cassidy is as a drummer, past TBDM drummers, how he strives to add new elements to his vocals and lyrics every album, their approach to pre-sales merch, Trevor’s love for Dungeons and Dragons and why they have themed roll playing merch, his work on The Obiuarist column for Metal Injection, feeling like he has a responsibility to support metal, Bandcamp, horror movies, Game of Thrones, and more. Pre-order Verminous here!
Ghost Cult caught up with Jun-Hiss of Finland’s incredible Psychedelic Black Metal group Oranssi Pazuzu recently to discuss their new album Mestarin Kynsi, due out this Friday, April 17th, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. He spoke about the concept of the album, lyrical influences, the writing process that created the album, their new music video for ‘Uusi Teknokratia’, the ways that their other band Waste of Space Orchestra and their main group differ and affect each other, thoughts on the impact Roadburn Festival and its organizers has had on the avant-garde black metal world, and much more. Listen to our interview below and pre-order the album here
In a throwback to late last year, we caught up with legendary drummer Daniel Erlandsson of Arch Enemy, as they were winding down their tour with Amon Amarth, At The Gates, and Grand Magus. We chatted about the bands recent covers album, Covered In Blood, (Century Media), the decision to represent the entire career of the band on the release, reflections of 2017’s Will To Power album and tour cycle, the job Alissa White-Gluz has done since replacing Angela Gossow, comparisons to his brother Adrian (At The Gates) new material the band is already working and whether Jeff Loomis will get to contribute to the songwriting! Interview by Keefy, with sound production (and final question help) by Omar Cordy.
We caught up with AJ from Fire From The Gods by phone for a new interview, while he was self-quarantining at home with his family. AJ talked at length about how coronavirus is affecting him personally, how his band is spending the time at home working on new music, the last tours supporting their recent album American Sun (Better Noise), how he feels society and government need to work together in the future in light of the pandemic, what books are on his quarantine-list, and how he stays creative, mentally strong, and upbeat in these tough times.
Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Chuck Billy of Testament by phone to discuss their brand new album Titans of Creation out on April 3rd 2020, via Nuclear Blast Records. Read our review here. Chuck discussed the concept of the new album, his creative process with Eric Peterson, the more collaborative and positive nature of making the new album compared to Brotherhood of the Snake, work Juan Urteaga in the producer’s chair, the history of the band and reflections on Souls of Black which turns 30 in 2020. Buy the album here:
Ghost Cult caught up with Trivium shredder Corey Beaulieu at home recently for an interview. Trivium’s new album What The Dead Men Say is out April 24th via Roadrunner Records. Corey talked about the new album, how the new material came together, keeping his playing chops up, the impact of the Coronavirus on touring, what Alex Bent has brought to the band, what touring with Megadeath and Lamb of God In Flames means to him, Trivium’s place as a veteran band in the scene, thoughts on the Ascendancy days and 15th anniversary of their first major US tour Ozzfest 2005, some future plans, and more! You can pre-order the new album here:
Ghost Cult caught up with Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on their brand new album Guardians, coming out April 3rd, 2020, via Fearless Records. Jake chatted all about the theme of the new album of support and not being afraid to reach out for help, relevant themes at this time. He also discussed the writing of the album, the band’s approach to recording, how the band has achieved longevity, how the goals of the band and the new album align with Jake’s foundation Heart Support (https://heartsupport.com), and Jake’s feelings on the bands’ debut release Thrill Seeker! You can purchase Guardians here.
Ghost Cult caught up with Last In Line frontman Andrew Freeman a few months back to discuss the goings-on with the group, and all the ways the band made up mostly of former Ronnie James Dio’s DIO band work hard to preserve his legacy. The band also makes their own music, which is totally killer, and in their classic Heavy Metal style. We spoke to Andrew about how the group formed, the depth and songwriting of their 2019 album II (Frontiers Records SRL), opening for UFO, his approach to singing, and the band’s plans for their third album, already underway. Catch the band on their upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets at this link!
Mar 20 The Beacon Theatre Hopewell
Mar 21 BLE Ballroom Blitz
La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie, MD
Mar 22 at Penn’s Peak, with Special Guest Lynch Mob
Jim Thorpe, PA
Mar 26 at Ramona Mainstage
Mar 27 Last In Line, The Hard Way, Angeles, Love Razer, Da Vang, Royal Rebels, Kodiak
Whisky A Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA
Mar 28 at Count’s Vamp’d!
Las Vegas, NV
May 29 at Buffalo Rose
Ghost Cult caught up late last fall with drummer Jared Klein of Rivers of Nihil on their sold-out tour of Europe, supporting their stellar 2018 album Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records). Chatting with our own intrepid correspondent Gary Alcock, Jared discussed touring behind the full-album performance, the benefit of helpful tour mates, ascending to headliner status in a short span of time, their fondness for Conjurer UK, how the band appreciates the healing power of music, Jared on being a singing drummer, and the bands’ progress on new Rivers of Nihil music!
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) to talk all about about his supergroup Demons and Wizards, with his long time friend and collaborator Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)! Their new album III releases on February 21st, 2020 via Century Media Records. Jon talked candidly about the project, the genesis of how he and Hansi first joined forces 30 years ago as friends, his process for composing,the differences between this project and their main bands, why time off and family time are so important to him, Jon’s busy plans for 2020, including creating new Iced Earth music, and more.
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Justin Benlolo, the progenitor of the band BRKN Love, who released their debut, self-titled album on February 14th via Spinefarm Records. Although young in years, Justin has actually been working at his craft and releasing albums for many years after coming out Toronto, living all over the country and eventually landing in Los Angeles. We chatted with Justin about his modest start, how the group formed around him into a full band, rather than a solo project, the issues he has had to overcome to get his music in front of people, working with producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights), his approach to touring and more.
Ghost Cult caught up with Lawrence “Loz” Taylor of UK metalcore band While She Sleeps! The band has been on the rise since their 2019 album So What, and are bringing their manic stage show to the USA for their very first headline tour here, starting February 13th at The Abbey in Orlando, Florida. We talked to him about the evolution of the band, the new standalone single ‘Fakers Plague’, switching up the types of bands they tour with, how they connect with the fans, more new music on the horizon, their plans for the rest of 2020 including Slam Dunk Festival and more!
Clint Lowery, known best for his work in Sevendust, is releasing his debut full-length solo album God Bless The Renegades on January 31st, 2020 via Rise Records. Ghost Cult chief Keefy caught up with Clint on the phone to discuss the genesis of the album, his mindset for creating solo material and becoming a frontman, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the personal nature of his lyrics, balancing his solo endeavors and new music from Sevendust, and his hopes and goals for the album. You can purchase the album here! Catch Clint on tour with his solo band opening for Alter Bridge on the next leg of their “Walk The Sky Tour, and at Epicenter Festival this spring.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Ilan Rubin last fall to discuss his band The New Regime! Although Illan is world-renowned for his drumming prowess in groups like Angels & Airwaves and Nine Inch Nails, he has been quietly building a monster band with The New Regime over a series of killer albums, EPs and singles. The bands’ new release Body is third mini-release in the trilogy following Heart and Mind and is dropping on January 24th. The new full-length Heart Mind Body & Soul is coming later this spring. We chatted with Ilan about his entire career, how he balances multiple projects at once, how he goes seamlessly from sideman to frontman, his approach to songwriting and much more. The band also just announced a tour opening for Silver Sun Pickups, starting March 1st. Get your tickets here.
Ghost Cult interview Guitarist and Vocalist Kyle Rasmussen of Death Metal band Vitriol to discuss their 2019 album To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice (Century Media Records). The band had a huge year which included touring the world and made scores of new fans. Kyle gave us the lowdown on the band and we enjoyed our lively chat with him! We’re looking forward to seeing the band even more in 2020 as they are slated to tour first with Vader, Abysmal Dawn, and Hideous Divinity in the USA, followed soon after by a run of dates with Krisun and Gruesome in Europe. Check it out!
Ghost Cult caught up with alt-Rock legend Scooter Ward, vocalist of the band Cold recently by phone. The band is riding high on the strength of their powerful and successful new album, The Things We Can’t Stop (Napalm Records). We spoke with Scooter who game many thoughtful answers about the message of the new album, his approach to writing, his feelings about bullying, why social media is bad for you, his hopes for the younger generation following Generation-X, the importance of his family, and a look back on his career. Check out our chat and buy the album now.
Ghost Cult caught up recently with record label chief and world-famous chef Chris Santos. In addition to being an award-winning restaurateur, Santos co-owns Blacklight Media Records, a sub-label from Metal Blade Records. Black Light Media is home to bands such as Gozu, Eyes Of The Sun, Mother Feather, Winter Wolf, Made For Lying, and new signing Opulence. We chatted with Chris about his life growing up in the New York City Metal and Hardcore scene, what originally ignited his passion for cooking, and later restaurants, his relationship with Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel, how he goes about choosing bands to work with, as well as some hot takes on the current landscape of metal, such as Slayer’s retirement.
Ghost Cult had the pleasure of spending our Halloween 2019 at HQ chatting with the legend himself, Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth by phone. Amidst a whirlwind few years of touring the world, writing, and recording a new album, Dani has brought forth the amazing complete Remix and Remaster of their 1998 landmark album Cruelty and The Beast. The resulting release – Cruelty and the Beast – Remistressed Edition, out now via Music For Nations (read the Ghost Cult full review here), is one of the finest remasters you will ever hear, totally going back to the source tapes and present the album as it was intended. Dani was happy to discuss the arduous process that took years, the reasons (mostly legal) the collection didn’t release as planned in 1998, the work he did with Scott Atkins at Grindstone Studio, his thoughts on Cruelty upon its release compared with now, the infamous story of their 1998 arrest at The Vatican, and his plans for the next Cradle album, coming soon! Cheers, Dani! Purchase the album here: https://smarturl.it/CrueltyandtheBeast
Ghost Cult caught up earlier in the year Alex and Nishod of the up and coming genre smashers The Offering. Unabashedly blending every major style of heavy music, Death Metal, Thrash, Progressive, Hardcore and even Nu Metal, and doing it well, the band displays all their many talents on their debut album Home (Century Media). We chatted about how the band formed, the making of their album, working with producer Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects), how they write music, the groups take on arranging music, performing at Wacken Open Air, and much more. This definitely a young band worth checking out! Check out the podcast and purchase and stream the album here.
London’s brashest export Puppy has been taking the world by storm the last few years. After the release of their album The Goat (Spinefarm Records), the band toured ceaselessly and won fans the world over. Now they have surprise-released a new EP, III, and have more stuff in the works soon, including a co-headline show with Bokassa in December. Check out our interview with the entire band and stop wrecking your life by sleeping on Jock, Will and Billy, clearly twisted maniacs.
One of 2019s best albums is undoubtedly Finnish melo-Death legends Insomnium Heart Like a Grave (Century Media Records). Ghost Cult caught up with leader Niilo Sevänen about how the band creates music together, the lyrical concept of the album, the dichotomy between Finland’s reputation as a place for hellraising metal fans, and the melancholy of some of its bands, their recent concerts honoring some of their milestone releases, to their current tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stamina, as well as their plans for their early 2020 North American tour with Omnium Gatherum and Seven Spires.
One of our favorite interviewees in person or the phone is Matt Harvey of Exhumed. Matt is as amazing to chat with as he is a guitarist and bandleader. Exhumed’s new album is the aptly titled Horror (Relapse Records) which came out just ahead of Halloween 2019, and he was in a spooky mood when we chatted. We talked about the new album, his proclivity for writing great OSDM songs, the consistency of the current lineup of the band, his favorite horror movies ever, and his thoughts on attending one of Metallica’s “S and M 2 Concerts” in San Francisco, earlier this fall, and more. Catch the band on tour through the start of December with Necrot!
Ghost Cult caught up with singer/guitarist Casandra Carson of Missouri rockers Paralandra. The band has had a busy last year since they released their current EP Ascension via Legend Recordings. The groups’ profile has been rising over the years with constant hard work and appearances on festivals such as Rockfest, Dirtfest, Rocklahoma, and SXSW. The band recently toured with guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen, winning over audiences every night, on unfamiliar ground. Casandra shared stories with us about how the band was formed, their influences, paying their dues, and the new music the band is working on for a future release.
Ghost Cult caught up with Death Valley High mastermind Reyka Osburn recently to discuss their brand new covers/remixes EP Duel, out now via minusHEAD Records. We chatted with Reyka about the new EP, how the group chooses covers from bands such as Metallica, Faith No More, Eurythmics, collaborating with peers and friends on remixes, the mix between Goth rock and dance music, working with a mentor and friend like Chino Moreno of Deftones/Crosses, and the timeline for a new full-length DVH album.
Ghost Cult caught up with progressive metal legend Per Wiberg for a new interview on the Ghost Cult Podcast! Per had made a career in bands such as Candlemass, Spiritual Beggars, Opeth, Clutch- Bakerton Group, Switchblade and Kamchatka and more, but never as a solo artist. Now he has released his debut solo EP, Head Without Eyes! We chatted with the multi-instrumentalist and producer about working as a solo artist for the first time, how he composes, his influences and favorite artists and more!
Los Angeles theatrical rock band Raven Black has wowed audiences as the opening band on the Static-X “Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour”. We personally witnessed the band win over unfamiliar crowds and turn them into fans with their music, and amazing performances. We chatted with Raven Black herself about the formation of the band, their approach to connecting with fans, the progress the band is making towards a new album, working with Dez and Anastasia Fafarra’s The Oracle Management, and much more!
Ghost Cult caught up with actor and music legend London May to discuss one of his current projects, the award-winning Brutal Realty, Inc. Most people know London for his time in Samhain and other punk and metal bands, but he has had an impressive career as a character actor in dramas, the horror genre, and comedy too! Combining all of these elements, Brutal Realty, Inc. also features Sarah Burns from HBO’s Barry and a fantastic and brutal musical score composed by Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Mirrors For Psychic Warfare), Dallas Thomas (Pelican), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Sick Gazelle), and Charlie Fell (Lord Mantis, Cobalt). You can see and hear why the project has won awards and respect. We discussed his work on the film, his approach to acting roles such as The Dark Knight Rises, and Glenn Danzig’s recent Verotika film, his ongoing Black Metal bands, and film scoring work for the film and other projects, and much more!
Ghost Cult spent some time last month in New York City with Fiar of Foscor for a chat about their new album, Els Sepulcres Blancs, out now via Season of Mist. In a wide-ranging conversation, Fiar spoke with is about the creation of the new album, the arc of the band from their raw Black Metal roots to making magical and sad post-Rock and progressive music now, the value the band places on visuals, the artwork on the new album, the bands’ self- created video for ‘Cançó de Mort’, the relationship the band has created with Season of Mist, and much more. You can order this incredible album at this link, and listen to our chat below.
Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Bobby Gustafson recently for an interview. You know the name and the riffs of the man from his time in Overkill, but also Spudmonsters, and Cycle Sluts from Hell among others. Booby’s new band Satan’s Taint released their Thrashy new album Destruction Ritual earlier this year and it has many of the hallmarks of his classic songwriting style. We chatted about many topics with Bobby, including some metal history lessons you don’t want to miss!
Ghost Cult caught up with KW of Vile Creature at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Vile Creature signed with Prosthetic Records and released a compilation on their past work, Preservation Rituals earlier in 2019. At the same time, the Toronto-based, extreme Doom and Drone duo are laser-focused on the future, as they write and prepare for a highly-anticipated full-length label début, perhaps arriving in 2020. KW chatted about signing with Prosthetic, how the group creates their art and music, the honor of being repeat performers at the prestigious Roadburn Festival, the crucial element of great music publicity, and much more.
Blackgaze legends Alcest are releasing their new album Spiritual Instinct via their new label Nuclear Blast Records on October 25th. We caught up with bandleader Neige all about the process of making the new album, the differences between Kodama, reincorporating more extreme and heavy sounds, hos love of 1980s post-Punk music, his feelings about concept albums, collaborating on artwork, and a lot more!
Ghost Cult chatted with Tiger from KADAVAR about their new album For The Dead Travel Fast, out tomorrow, October 11th via Nuclear Blast Records. The drummer for the pivotal Desertscene Stoner/Doom band discussed how the band creates new music, the process for making the new album, the emergence of stoner/psychedelic music in the mainstream, the bands’ plans for 2020 and beyond and more!
Ghost Cult caught up with the incredible artist Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth) to discuss her upcoming debut solo album, Martyr (Self-Released) releasing this Friday, October 7th. We chatted with her about the path to her creating the album, working with one of her heroes Rocky Gray (Evanescence), choosing guest artists, hiring her touring band, working with her team for a truly DIY release, and much more.
Ghost Cult caught up with Justine Glaser from rising Los Angeles Rock band Blue Midnight for a chat recently to discuss all things about the band. Their 2018 release Eternal Wish is a multi-faceted album blending elements active rock, symphonic and classical influences, and the best progressive metal, all tied together by Justine’s enchanting voice. We chatted about the bands’ formation, Justine’s approach to writing and recording, the bands’ upcoming show at The Viper Room, their upcoming slot at Aftershock Festival opening the main stage in front of heavy hitters like Tool, A Day To Remember and Gojira, and plans for new music in 2020.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with metal legend Øystein G. Brun of lot long-running band Borknagar over Skype, to discuss their new album True North, releasing via Century Media Records on September 27th. Øystein discussed the creation of the new album, the history of the band, changes in the lineup, songwriting, the stunning photograph on the cover of True North, the incredible video for the single ‘Up North’ by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight13Media and much more! Order the album here.
Ghost Cult caught up with Damim leader Nathanael Underwood (ex-Akercocke/DAM) over Skype recently to discuss the bands crushing new album, A Fine Game Of Nil, out now via Apocalyptic Witchcraft Records. Speaking right before their appearance at Bloodstock Open Air, Nathanael discussed festival crowds versus playing intimate small clubs, their new album, working with Death Metal producing legend Neal Kernon, being a truly DIY band, and much more!
Ghost Cult was fortunate to chat with Sebastian Thomson of Baroness recently. Recognized as one of the greatest drummers in the word, the Brooklyn resident talked about the new album Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns), what success looks like for the band, the new writing dynamic in the band with guitarist Gina Gleason, insights into his other work with Publicist and even his old band Trans AM, drums and his drumming technique, and much more. The band kicks off their European tour, tonight, September 23rd with Volbeat, and Danko Jones.
Baroness tour dates, with Volbeat and Dank Jones:
9/23 Newcastle, UK – Academy O2
9/24 Glasgow, UK – Academy
9/26 London, UK – Brixton Academy
9/28 Bristol, UK – Academy O2
9/30 Birmingham, UK – Academy
10/1 Manchester, UK – Apollo
10/3 Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
10/4 Dublin, IRE – Olympia
10/6 Paris, FR – Olympia
10/7 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
10/9 Madrid, SP – La Riviera
10/10 Lisbon, PT – Coliseu
10/12 Barcelona, SP – Razzmatazz
10/14 Milan, IT – Fabrique
10/29 Warsaw, PO – Torwar
10/31 Prague, CZ – O2 Universum
11/1 Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
11/2 Erlangen, DE – E-Werk
11/3 Stuttgart, DE – Schleyerhalle
11/4 Antwerpen, BE – Sportpaleis
11/5 Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
11/6 Karlsruhe, DE – Substage
11/7 Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
11/8 Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
11/10 Leipzig, DE – Arena
11/11 Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena
11/12 Hamburg, DE – BarclayCard Arena
11/13 Lingen, DE – Alterschlachtof
11/14 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
11/15 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
11/17 Vienna, AT – Stadthalle
11/19 Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
11/20 Bremen, DE – Modernes
11/21 Dresden, DE – Tante Ju
11/22 Kiel, DE – Max
11/23 Herning, DK – Jyske Bank Boxen
11/25 Trondheim, NO – Spektrum
11/27 Helsinki, FI -Hartwall Arena
11/29 Stockholm, SE – Tele2 Arena
12/1 Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Venerable Swedish Stoner Doom band Monolord releases their epic new album No Comfort, this Friday, September 20th via Relapse Records! Ghost Cult’s Keefy had the pleasure of catching up with drummer Esben Willems to discuss the writing of the new album, signing with Relapse, bringing in an outside producer, and how the band has changed by staying the same. Pre-order the album here and catch them on tour this fall!
Northwest Hesh Fest is this coming weekend in Portland OR, September 19th – and it looks awesome! Headlined by Red Fang, and featuring appearances by Acid King, Witch Mountain, Big Business, Necrot, Fat Tony, Lord Dying, Nebula, Sasquatch, Holy Grove, and many more. We caught up with Johnny Gaylon, the booker of the fest and past events in Portland and at places such as South By Southwest (SXSW), and we learned about his past history in the scene, just what goes into booking the fest and why downtown Portland rules for events like this! Get your tickets to the event here, check back tomorrow for our festival preview, and check back in a few weeks for a review and photo set.
Ghost Cult was lucky to be on hand this summer as Lacuna Coil brought their retrospective “119 Show” Performances to The Gramercy Theatre in New York City. We caught up with founding member Andrea Ferro to discuss the shows, but also the brand new album Black Anima which releases on October 11th from the bands’ longtime label, Century Media Records. We discussed the special quality of the career retrospective setlist, the love the band has for theatricality and production, reminiscing about their very first shows in America, the new album writing process, and how the music business has changed, and how the band has changed with it to keep pace in the last twenty-five years.
Bay Area neo-Thrash band Hatriot just released their new album From Days Unto Darkness via Massacre Records. We caught up with Cody Souza to talk all things Hatriot, including the crucial new album working with his brother Nick, stepping out of the shadows of their famous father (Steve “Zetro’ Souza of Exodus), the apocalyptic artwork by Paolo Girrard, and much more.
One of the most underrated extreme metal albums of 2019 is Serpents’ (US) release Temet Nosce. The brainchild of Andrew Mikhail (ex-Oceano), the guitarist, vocalist and composer has taken the solo Blackened Death Metal influenced, auteur-driven work of his previous albums into a fully fleshed-out band. We caught up with Andrew to discuss the genesis of the project, his approach to composing and producing, philosophy and other influences on the band, prospects of the band touring, the Spooky Empire Horror and Tattoo convention, and much more!
Ghost Cult had the distinct pleasure of chatting with the one and only Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth recently. In a wide-ranging chat with our Chief Editor Keefy, Mikael discussed the new album, In Cauda Venenum, due out September 27th via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We discussed his creating both English and Swedish language versions of the album, using an orchestra and choir, concept records, progressive rock artists he likes such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Peter Gabriel, working at Park Studios, philosophical lyrics, and why he treated this album like it was the final Opeth album.
This weekend (August 30th) GWAR will unveil a public memorial monument to the late Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, on what have been his 56th birthday. Hollywood Cemetery (412 S Cherry St, Richmond, VA). All are invited to the unveiling, and to a free party the next day, August 31st, at the GWARbar (217 W Clay St, Richmond, VA). As a tribute to Dave, we are running our never before released full audio interview between Dave and Ghost Cult’s Omar Cordy. An excerpt of this long chat ran in issue #15 of Ghost Cult Magazine in 2014, when he passed away. As one of the last interviews he ever did, Dave conducted the interview as Dave (not Oderous, which is rare) and talked about his entire career, coming up in the old-school DC Punk scene, the music industry, valuing art over business, the late Cory Smoot, and his prophetic plans for GWAR to continue on without him in the event of his death. Rest in Power Dave! Hail Oderous!
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.
Ghost Cult caught up with the great Ben Ward of the venerable Doom Metal overlords Orange Goblin! On the eve of their first US tour in five years, Ben was gushing about coming back to the states, his excitement to play at Muddy Roots Festival, his personal festival highlights of his career like Download Festival at Castle Donnington, the Mercyful Fate reunion, choosing sick opening bands such as The Skull, Mothership and WoFat, incorporating left-turns musically, and his love of beer and pizza! Orange Goblin’s current album The Wolf Bites Back is available now from Candlelight Records.
Orange Goblin – US Live Dates
Tuesday, August 27th – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre # https://livemu.sc/2G0Fzzl
Thursday, August 29th – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #* http://bit.ly/2K4fEKU
Friday, August 30th – Cookeville TN @ Muddy Roots Music Festival http://bit.ly/2FQOZfc
Saturday, August 31st – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey #^ http://bit.ly/2Vo5B4I
Sunday, September 1st – Austin TX @ Come and Take It Live #^^ http://bit.ly/2Iabq1P
Monday, September 2nd – Los Angeles CA @ Regent Theater ## http://bit.ly/2YPQ14a
# – wsg The Skull
^ – wsg Mothership
* – wsg Weedeater
^^ wsg Mothership & Wo Fat
## – wsg Black Cobra
Ghost Cult’s Ragin Rosie caught up with Technical Death Metal Band Virvum recently while they were on tour with Archspire. The band calls Zürich, Switzerland home, but its members hail from several locales. She chatted with the band about how they make the distance work, their recent release Illuminum (Season of Mist), and their choice of music when they need a break from metal! Check it out!
Dave Matrise is one of the good guys in Death Metal. The Jungle Rot frontman is a straight-shooting, no bullshit music industry veteran who is mega consistent and has a lot of wisdom to share about his career in the underground. Check out our new podcast interview with Dave where he discusses touring with Deicide, their self-titled album from 2018, changes in the business, their appearance at the upcoming Full Terror Assault Open Air Festival, and the timeline for the next Jungle Rot album!
Memoriam recently released their striking and brutal third album, Requiem for Mankind, on Nuclear Blast Records. We caught up with death metal legend Karl Willets (Bolt Thrower) about many topics including the new album, remaining relevant musically and lyrically, American politics versus the UK, Brexit, European metal festivals, and more!
Thrash metal legends Sacred Reich are releasing their comeback album, Awakening, their first in 23 years, on August 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Ghost Cult’s Keefy had the honor of chatting with frontman Phil Rind about making the new album, getting new (guitarist Joey Radzwill) and old members (Dave McClain – ex-Machine Head) back in the band, touring, working with producer Arthur Rizk, some thrash history, the outlook for President Trump, and much more!
Heavy Metal legend Brian Tatler of Diamond Head is the latest guest on the podcast! We talked about the power of their new album The Coffin Train (Silver Lining Music), why it was important to make an album that was both classic and current sounding, what singer Rasmus Born Andersens brings to the table live and in the studio, playing European music festivals, the early days of NWOBHM, being associated those Metallica covers, the upcoming 30th anniversary of Lightning to the Nations, his relationship with the bands hope to return to tour the USA eventually and more.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up recently with Kevin Martin, the mastermind and leader of long-running rockers Candlebox for an interview. The band was on tour in Europe, supporting the 25th anniversary of their multi-platinum, classic self-titled debut album. The band was also promoting their current album, the excellent Disappearing in Airports. In a candid chat, Kevin looked back at the bands’ history, his memories of the early years of the band, performing at Woodstock `94, the ups and downs of the music industry, making new music, the trajectory of the next Candlebox album, and what the future of Kevin’s music career looks like a few more years down the road.
Ghost Cult had the honor of catching up with world-renowned guitarist and composer Guthrie Govan recently over Skype for a Ghost Cult Podcast interview. We chatted about the brand new album from Govan’s band The Aristocrats, You Know What…? The Aristocrats also features equally talented and legendary members Marco Minemann on drums and Bryan Beller on bass. You Know What…? features a new composing style from the band, which Guthrie explained, also commenting on how the band continues to push each other to greatness, The Aristocamp, his warm-up regimen, his solo tour, collaborating with other artists, and much more.
During The Black Queen’s (members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Teflon Tel Aviv) headline tour of the US this spring, Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Steven Alexander at Music Hall of Williamsburg for an interview. In a candid chat in their dressing room before the show, Steven discussed his formative years as a musician, what he learned being a guitar tech for major bands that translates over to being in a working band, the difference between writing the first TBQ album and Infinite Games (Federal Prisoner), and just how long we will have to wait for new music from the group.
Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep spend some time recently in London listening to the new Sabaton album, The Great War (Nuclear Blast) and determined it’s full of bangers! Then he chatted with bassist/vocalist Pär Sundström all about making The Great War, World War I as an influence, concept albums, their choice of ‘Verdun’ as the first single, incorporating historic poetry and music into their songs, working with an Orchestra and a Choir, matching the right music to the appropriate lyrics, having a sense of humor on tour, ESP basses and much more! The Great War releases on July 19th! Pre-order it here at this link.
For over a decade, Jamie Tworkwoski and his non-profit foundation To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) have been on the front lines for suicide prevention and mental health awareness and support. Jamie was in New York City recently for the Mental Health Comedy Tour at the legendary Comic Strip Live. The show featured Jamie, comedian, Joe Matarese, and host Preston Gitlin. In their 13-year history, TWLOHA has donated over $2.3 million directly into treatment, traveled more than 3.4 million miles to meet people face-to-face at nearly 3,000 events, and has responded to over 210,000 messages from over 100 countries. In our interview, we had a frank discussion about the epidemic of suicides, the current mental health crisis, mental health in the music business, his work with Vans Warped Tour, the effect of social media on our well-being, and the strides TWLOHA has made over the years. WARNING: This podcast features a blunt discussion about suicide, depression, anxiety, and situations where people have taken their own lives. This may be triggering, but our intention is to help by creating a dialogue. If you are ready this and need help, you are not alone and you can seek help at this link. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Melina Dellamargio.
Ghost Cult recently chatted with TesseracT and Skyharbor singer Daniel Tomkins. Daniel released his debut solo album, Castles, on May 31st via the Kscope label. In candid chat he discusses exploring his Electronica and Pop music influences, the long process of working on solo music, the concept of Castles, choosing collaborators such as producer Dmitry Stepanov, Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), and Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner), his very tenuous relationship with social media, and the loose plan for when to expect new TesseracT music.
Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep recently caught up with Sal Abruscato of A Pale Horse Named Death while on tour in the UK. APHND’s new album When The World Becomes Undone was released via Long Branch Records/SPV this past January. Sal was in a reflective mood and chatted about a wide range of topics such as the new album, his writing habits, changes in his personal life, touring, how bands make money (or not) in 2019, highlights from his entire career and more! Pick up the bands’ album, catch them on tour soon, or later in the year when they are back in Europe for Damnation Festival. Check it out!
Ghost Cult caught up with Zeal & Ardor mastermind Manuel Gagneux backstage at Terminal 5 recently in New York City. We chatted with him about the bands’ current album Live In London (MVKA), touring, his approach to art, the arc of his career up to now, and his plans for new Z&A music and when he expects a release. Check it out!
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn New York. The band was on hand to perform their 2018 album Where Owls Know My Name (Metal Blade Records) in full. We chatted with Brody about the sold-out two-night stand, good advice he got from his friends in Archspire, his favorite concept albums ever, a possible live album and DVD from the band, the progress of new Rivers of Nihil music and more! Check it out!
Ragin Rosie caught up with Technical Death Metal band Archspire on their recent Tech Trek Tour! The band was on the road performing their entire Relentless Mutation album, out now on Season of Mist. Rosie caught up with guitarist Tobi Morelli about the tour, life on the road, performing their full album live, the AI bot inspired by their music, superfan Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman), and the progress of the new Archspire album. Check it out!
Ghost Cult caught up with Kaan Tasan, vocalist for UK-based Metalcore act Heart of A Coward. Kaan has been in the band for several years, but their brand new album, The Disconnect (Arising Empire/Nuclear Blast Records), is their first new album with him in the band. We chatted with Kaan about how he came to join the band, the pressures he felt about recording with the group, recording with Justin Hill and Will Putney, how he keeps his voice in shape, and much more! You can catch the band this weekend at Download Festival 2019!
Felix Griffin is a drumming legend of Hardcore Punk and Crossover Thrash Metal. He has been a drummer with D.R.I. on some classic albums, and played with a host of other bands, recently with BAT and M.O.D. Classics. In a brief chat with Felix, he explains the basis of the new project MOD Classic with founding M.O.D. members, eventual plans for the project, the progress of recruiting a new singer, hopes for touring, how corporate interests ruin music, balancing a family and work in music, as well as Felix’s other projects such as playing on the recent BAT release and his new work with The Krum Bums. We appreciate Felix’s time as well his patience as a parade passed by our office right before we spoke!
Nothing More is one of the most exciting bands in the world right now. The band has toured tirelessly behind the album The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Eleven Seven Music Group) and basically covering new fans daily. They were just selected as the opening band of Ghost’s massive first arena tour as a headliner. Ghost Cult chatted with bassist Daniel Oliver about staying hungry as a young band, what it takes to make and keep new fans, the famous “Scorpion Tail”, and a lot more!
Ghost Cult’s Chief Editor Keefy was honored to catch up with Judas Priest legend Ian Hill recently before their show at The Paramount Theater in Long Island, New York. The band continues to tour as part of their ongoing run of dates behind 2018’s Firepower (Epic Records) album. Ian discussed the choice the band made to switch up performing in more intimate theaters from arenas on their current tour, choosing the setlist nightly, how much partying Judas Priest does these days compared with the 1980s, an update on Glenn Tipton, and the progress of brand new Judas Priest music! Check it out!
Ghost Cult recently chatted with long-time Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Sirén. The band is in the midst of a multi-year world tour that has seen the band celebrate the anniversary of their 1996 debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos (Universal). We chatted about the longevity of the band, performing Metallica covers and other well-known songs live, their song-writing process for originals, his personal pre-stage warm-up rituals, collaborating on the new Sabaton song ‘Fields of Verdun’ and the progress of the brand new Apocalyptica album. Check it out!
Ghost Cult got to catch up with Twin Temple recently at their sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar, in Brooklyn. We chatted with the group about their new album, … Brings You Their Signature Sound: Satanic Doo-Wop, their new record deal with Rise Above Records, the principles that propel the band, their influences, their extremely NSFW music video, and more.
Ghost Cult caught up Rob Wrong and Kayla Dixon with Witch Mountain last year at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn to discuss their most recent, self-titled album, out now on Svart Records. Their first full-length album with singer Kayla, the album is another milestone In the storied career of one of the most consistent, long-running Doom Metal bands in the USA, We spoke to the pair in the basement of Saint Vitus (hence the noise in the background, so bump those speakers) about the new music, performing live, self-care on the road, the other endeavors and musical projects from the band and much more. Purchase, stream and follow their activities via their Bandcamp page.
Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep caught up with the members of Dead Witches at the Heavy Psych Sounds Fest earlier this year in London. The band is a low key Stoner Doom supergroup (ex-Electric Wizard, With The Dead, Psychedelic Witchcraft, Sea Bastard), with a fascinating lineage and power songs. Their new album The Final Exorcism is out now via Heavy Psych Sounds. Check it out!
Ghost Cult had the pleasure of catching up with Erica Stoltz of Brooklyn’s trad/stoner band Sanhedrin. They just released their excellent new album The Poisoner via the Cruz Del Sur label. Erica caught us up on the process of creating the new album, working with co-producer Colin Marston, the bands’ hands-on approach to sound recording and writing collaboratively, contrasting the classic scenes between New York and San Francisco, her lyrical inspirations and personal experiences that color the new album and much more!
Ghost Cult recently chatted with musician and director Ian McFarland, whose latest film is the acclaimed documentary, The Godfathers of Hardcore (McFarland & Pecci Films). The film is a candid and deep examination of the lasting influence of Agnostic Front on Hardcore music and the enduring friendship of Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma. In addition to making the rounds and earning accolades in the global film festival circuit, it has been showing on the Showtime network in the United States and Canada ahead of its wide release on April 30th. The film is absolutely essential for anyone who loves and appreciates hardcore. We chatted with Ian about what inspired him to make the film, how his professional work as a commercial director prepared him for the different medium of making documentaries, the lasting bonds he built with Roger and Vinnie, and the future of the project.
Ghost Cult caught up with rock royalty Chip Z’Nuff of Enuf Z’Nuff to discuss their2018 album Diamond Boy (Frontiers SRL). Chip who become the frontman of the band discussed the writing approach to the new album, performing lead vocals live, all the partying he did in the 1980s and 1990s, working with other artists like Kanye West, and much more. You can purchase or stream the Diamond Boy album here: http://radi.al/DiamondBoy, and check out our pod.
Ghost Cult had the pleasure of chatting with vocalist/guitarist Erik Olson of Lord Dying recently for the podcast. He chatted about the bands’ new album, Mysterium Tremendum, releasing via their new record label eOne on April 26th. Erik talked about the loss of a loved one that drove the content of the album, new members in the bands, concept albums, and getting in touch with their psychedelic and progressive side. You can pre-order the album in all formats here, and check out our chat!
Ghost Cult caught up with Taking Back Sunday guitarist John Nolan about the bands’ twenty-plus years in music, celebrated by their new album Twenty (Craft, Concord). John reflected on the bands’ roots in Long Island, some of their peers they came up within the metalcore scene, playing Warped Tour, their current tour, and the importance of making new music from the band rather than relying on the “hits”.
We recently caught up with the guys in Scottish Indie Rock band Fatherson at The New Colossus Festival during their brief US tour. Hanging out at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City, we talked to Ross Leighton (guitar/vocals) Marc Strain (bass), and Greg Walkinshaw (drums) about their 2018 album Sum of All Your Parts (Easy Life Records), their recent “reimagined” EP, playing SXSW 2019, their creative process, and their future plans for the sound of the band.
Ghost Cult had the honor of speaking with Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian for our latest podcast. Albert previewed the upcoming Metal and Beerfest III, taking place this April, 13th, and 14th at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. Albert discussed his approach to curating the fest, booking bands like Baroness, Triptykon, Obituary, Enslaved, Rosetta and more, plus the many talented young bands from the Philly area, working with the best and most metal craft breweries (and meaderies) in America, the Decibel Magazine Tour 2020 and more! There are only a few tickets left for this weekend, so get yours here!
Ghost Cult caught up with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano to discuss the bands’ recent album X, out now on Spinefarm Records. In addition to the new album, Elias shared details with us about lyrical themes, their prolific output as a group, the history of the band, his special relationship with the fans and much more! Catch the band on tour all through 2019.
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!
Hoobastank just completed a tour of the UK with Buckcherry, supporting their 2018 album Push Pull, out now on Napalm Records. Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep met up with vocalist Doug Robb and guitarist Dan Estrin for a wide-ranging interview. The guys discussed their new album, their approach to recording, the band dynamics, coping with the success and expectations of their hit 2003 album The Reason (Island Records) social media pitfalls, and more!
Clutch continues to tour in support of their excellent 2018 album, Book of Bad Decisions (Weathermaker Music). Recently, Ghost Cult scribe DJ Astrocreep caught up with drummer Jean-Paul Gaster at the O2 Academy in Manchester, UK to chat about the band, how his approaches his live drum sound, the specs of his kit, the bands’ own label Weathermaker hitting the ten year mark, the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut Transnational Speedway League (EastWest), recording in the same place as their heroes and contemporaries Melvins and Sleep, being influenced by Jazz drummers, and much more! Check it out!
Martin Lopez is a progressive metal and drumming legend, with his many projects including a long stint in Opeth and his current band, Soen. Soen’s new album Lotus is out now via Silver Lining Music. The band has been prolific writers over the years and Lotus is a masterpiece, so the band is ready to share it with the world. Check out our chat with Martin now! Podcast produced by Omar Cordy for Ghost Cult.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy had the pleasure of chatting with John Cooper of Skillet a while back at Rock Allegiance in Camden, New Jersey. He was super jazzed about his new band Fight the Fury and his new debut EP, ‘Still Breathing’ (Atlantic). John discusses getting his jones for heavy riffs out in a side project, when to expect a new Skillet record, Jen Ledger’s solo EP, why Metallica is the greatest band ever, and a lot more! Podcast production by Omar Cordy.
The Ghost Cult Podcast is back with Episode 2, which is part 2 of our interview with Metal Allegiance! We chatted with members Mark Menghi and Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder) at Duff’s Alcohol Abuse Center in Brooklyn, New York. We talked about Metal Allegiance II – Power Drunk Majesty, out now via Nuclear Blast Records. writing and producing, working with an all-star cast of singers, the specialness of these shows, how the loss of Lemmy, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and Prince shaped the group, how Trevor approaches cover songs, their new beer Lager of Sin, and much more. Catch Metal Allegiance at House of Blues Anaheim during The NAMM Show 2019.
Episode 1: Metal Allegiance Part 1 with Alex Skolnick and David Ellefson.
Metal Allegiance II – Power Drunk Majesty
Lager of Sin
Nuclear Blast Records
Tickets to see Metal Allegiance
Ghost Cult has at long last released our very own podcast. An interview podcast, you will hear from bands and artists from across all the genres we cover like Rock, Metal, Hardcore, Punk, Doom, Stoner Rock, Prog, Death Metal, Black Metal bands and more! Listen to it below or wherever you enjoy podcasts! Episode 1 and 2 features members of metal supergroup Metal Allegiance!
Episode 1 features Metal Allegiance members Alex Skolnick (Testament) and David Ellefson (Megadeth). Interviewed at Duff’s Alcohol Abuse Center in Brooklyn, New York and we talked about Metal Allegiance II – Power Drunk Majesty, out now via Nuclear Blast Records. The guys discussed writing and producing, working with an all-star cast of singers, the specialness of these shows, the different bass styles between Ellefson and Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy’s approach to the band, their new beer Lager of Sin, and much more. Catch Metal Allegiance at House of Blues Anaheim during The NAMM Show 2019. Podcast production and live photos by Omar Cordy/OJC Photography.
Metal Allegiance II – Power Drunk Majesty
Lager of Sin
Nuclear Blast Records
Tickets to see Metal Allegiance