ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: STAFF PICKS – Matt Cook’s Top 25 Albums of 2023



With our sights set on the end of one year and the start of another, we are sharing End of Year lists from staff, bands, and some friends in the business. Ghost Cult scribe (and part of our new, expanded reviews editorial team) Matt Cook has great taste in metal, has the most luxurious beard on staff, and is a great dude. Check out his top picks for his Top Albums of 2023!Continue reading


ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: STAFF PICKS – Steve Tovey’s Top Albums of 2023


As we barrel down towards the end of the year, we are sharing End of Year lists from staff, bands, and some friends in the business. Check out our Senior Editor Steve Tovey’s picks for his Top Albums of 2023!Continue reading


Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2023 – Part 3 (20-2)


Thermal count is rising in perpetual writhing, the primordial ooze of albums continues, and the sanity they lose choosing their favorites of the year. Awakened in the morning, to more ear-pollution warnings…

Now I can only laugh, as I read our epitaph – we end 2023 with cheer, in the light of our Albums of the Year.

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Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown 2023: Part 1 (75-41)


 

2013 saw Ghost Cult crown Surgical Steel (Carcass) as our inaugural Album of the Year in a democratic aggregated vote process, untouched by editorial hands (other than the sliding of the abacus balls from one side to the other – or rather the logging of votes and the use of a rather rudimentary spreadsheet), a format we continue to utilise as the years pass, and the seasons grey. Our dedicated team of writers, editors, photographers make their submissions on demand following a month of much wringing-of-hands and profanities being aimed into the editorial mailbox.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 357 – The Steev and Keefy Power Hour – Rock and Metal Releases Forecast Show – November 2023


Down the stretch we come! The end of the year is creeping up fast so The Steve and Keefy Power Hour is back and into full gear! Senior Editor Steve Tovey joins Chief Editor Keefy, to discuss the month in Rock and Metal releases. They recap the releases for October 2023, and preview November’s new heavy music must spins and purchases! We also announced the October Album of the Month from Ghost Cult, as voted on by our staff.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Horrendous – Ontological Mysterium


 

2023 continues to prove itself as a year of strong death metal as Horrendous drops their fifth album Ontological Mysterium (Season of Mist) and the Philly headbangers might have the year’s best death metal album on their hands, perhaps a bold statement given the fine releases the year has seen from the likes of Obituary, Frozen Soul, Creeping Death, Cattle Decapitation and Outer Heaven

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GUEST POST: Michael Scondotto’s (Inhuman/The Last Stand) Top 10 Albums of 2022


 

New York Hardcore legend Michael Scondotto has two active bands: Inhuman which returned to the stage this year after over three years, and The Last Stand, which dropped a split single in June. Kevin has graced our readers with his Top 10 albums of 2022.

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STAFF PICKS: Ghost Cult Senior Editor Steve Tovey’s Top Albums of 2022


Less waffle, more riffs. Favourite, not “best”. Here’s my Top 25 for you all (ranking is fairly nominal, and often based on gut at the point of submission). Lorna Shore ripped my head off, too, but I’ve only listened to it twice as I didn’t get to it at the point of release. That’s my one main omission (I think).Continue reading


Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2022 Part 3 (20 – 1)


Press on, intrepid reader, to find out our top albums of 2022, as voted for by the cast, crew and hangers-on of the good ship Ghost Cult. Over 275 albums were nominated (including one stray and errant vote for Stryper… we’ve had words), some people lauded albums as the greatest of all time that no one else noticed, other albums picked up a steady stream of votes across the board without tickling the top of anyone’s charts, but through it all, we’ve been able to compile our team list of the best 75 albums of the year. And there are some absolute corkers, here. 75 of them, to be exact…

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