Ghost Shares a New Single and Video “The Future Is A Foreign Land” – “Rite Here Rite Now” In Theaters This Weekend

Taking the world by surprise with its debut during the opening night of Ghost’s first ever feature film Rite Here Rite Now, the never-before-heard “The Future is a Foreign Land” is cause for celebration amongst the millions of fans of Ghost’s legendary 1969 era. Long thought lost to the sands of time, “Future…” is the third song from the GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock icons’ timeless 1969 sessions featuring Papa Nihil fronting an early incarnation of the band — the same lineup that blessed us with the now-classic Seven Inches of Satanic Panic single. That single’s pair of Ghost swinging sixties staples — “Kiss the Go-Goat” and the RIAA-certified platinum Tik Tok phenomenon and Billboard Hot 100 breakthrough “Mary on a Cross” — has become an unholy trinity with the unearthing of “The Future is a Foreign Land.” While its wicked twangy guitar figures and portentous lyrics of an impending 1984 render the song instantly recognizable as an artifact of the era, “Future…” is suffused with presciently modern signatures of the contemporary Ghost sound. Ending with an optimistic nod to 2024, “Future…” was revealed to the children of the world during the end credits of Rite Here Rite Now‘s world premiere, and is the sole previously unreleased studio track to be included on the movie’s original soundtrack.Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – New Rock and Metal Releases 6-21-24

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kittie – Fire

2024 may very well be remembered as the year of comebacks in Modern Metal! So many bands have returned from retirement or hiatus, and few bring the fire, with the proverbial smoke of hype. One eagerly-awaited return band is Kittie, which started its comet-like return at fests such as Sick New World (interview here) and Blue Ridge Rock Fest (RIP)! The band returns with Fire – their first new album in thirteen years and first for Sumerian Records, who scored a coup signing the veteran band. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bangladeafy – Vulture – Nefarious Industries

Eschewing entirely the notions of guitars and bass, two-piece Industrial / Electronica / call-it-what-you’d-like outfit Bangladeafy take a less-is-more approach for sixth full-length, Vulture (Nefarious Industries), with a (pleasingly) heavy emphasis on blending songs into the next, cementing that this record should be listened to the old-school way.Continue reading

Hacktivist, PIJN, Viscera, Raised By Owls and More Booked for Mangata Festival

Nottingham UK’s premier heavy music event, Mangata Festival, is set to return on 13th July 2024. It takes place across four venues: Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Ghost Nightclub, and the Tap & Tumbler. Headliners include Hacktivist, Viscera, PIJN, and Ritual King, with notable performances from Boss Keloid, Skarlett Riot and Raised by Owls. Find out more below.
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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: The Aphelion Shares a New Single and Lyric Video for “Fragility”

L-R – James Cabral (Guitar/Keyboard), Tyler Davis (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Nate Livingstone (Drums), Evan Haydon-Selkirk (Vocals/Bass/Secondary Keyboard), Photo Credit – Dark Moon Productions

Canadian Progressive Metal veterans The Aphelion will release their expansive new album Nascence on August 9th, 2024. The band has teamed up with Ghost Cult to share their new single and lyrical video, “Fragility!” It’s a wild track that really highlights the bands composing ability, and heavy, yet soulful side. Check out the lyric video here!

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Mothica Shares a New Single and Video for “Toxins”

Mothica just released their new single and video, “Toxins.” It is taken from the upcoming album, Kissing Death, which is to be released 23rd August 2024, through her own imprint Heavy Heart Records partnering with Rise Records.”Toxins” is the latest in a series of videos and singles. Check it out below.

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Stream “Toxins” here:

“Toxins” is the first song that made the record, since I originally wrote it for a Halloween release in 2022. I loved the image of a spider singing to its freshly caught prey. It took on a new meaning with the grim reaper as this stalker or dark shadow that followed me around, even when I made strides to get better like going to therapy or getting sober. The analogue synths David Burris put in the chorus definitely inspired the sound of the record, taking influence from the darkwave genre.” says Mothica.

Death is an uncomfortable topic that most people avoid thinking about, but Mothica decides to dance with it on the forthcoming album. Vulnerably, she laments her personal battles with depression, addiction, and suicidal ideation, processing her pain with lush soundscapes underpinned by funereal keys, heart-thumping hard rock guitars, and disarmingly catchy moments of pop catharsis. After amassing hundreds of millions of streams and earning acclaim from the likes of Billboard, MTV, and more, she dives deeper into her powerful story with her third album, Kissing Death. It is a visual album that tells an immersive story across 12 tracks and their accompanying music videos which weave into each other.

I decided to make Death a love interest in a dark rom-com-style tale,” she notes. “Throughout the visuals, I’m seen in a therapist’s office explaining this complicated relationship as if describing a scorned lover. The music videos will be like ‘flashbacks’ of what I’m telling my therapist. On the first single “Doomed,” we go back in time to an angsty teenage version of me. This is my first brush with the Grim Reaper and I doodle pictures of him in my diary surrounded by hearts. Flash forward, I’m shown performing at a dive bar, clubbing, engulfed in self-destruction. He stalks me, and eventually even proposes marriage, and I leave him at the altar and run away. It ends with me and Death in couples therapy. I wanted the music to feel cinematic, like the soundtrack of a movie.

Watch the album trailer here:

In the end, Mothica might just give you the strength to deal with your demons too.

Mothica has announced a UK and European tour for September 2024:
16th September – Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium
18th September – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
19th September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
20th September – Hole44, Berlin, Germany
21st September – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
24th September – Backstage, Paris, France
26th September – The Dome, London, UK
27th September – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
28th September – King Tuts, Glasgow, UK

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Watch Pro-Shot Video Metallica Performing “Seek And Destroy” Live in Vienna

Metallica kicked off year two of their M72 World Tour last Friday, May 24th in Munich Germany! The band continues to tour behind their 2023 album 72 Seasons (Blackened Recordings, read our review here) performing deep cuts, and hits. The tour features a “no repeats” weekend’s events features two different shows, with no repeated songs in the set list either night, along with other events, including their extended merch pop-up shops and their M72 Takeover Weekend! Check our our review of the St. Louis weekend last year, and watch a pro-shot video of Metallica performing their deep-cut track “Holier Than Thou” Milan on tour.Continue reading

Less Than Jake Drop Their New Single “Broken Words”

Ska-punk legends, Less Than Jake, have just released their first original music in years, with their new single “Broken Words.” The track, exploring the theme of miscommunication and the frustration of messages getting lost in translation, is out now via Pure Noise Records. Check out the single and more below.
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