INTERVIEW: Tony of Almost Dead on “Destruction Is All We Know” – Bay Area Thrash and More

Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Tony Rolandelli, vocalist for Bay Area Thrash Metal band Almost Dead! Their new album “Destruction is All We Know” – out now via Innerstrength Records! The band is currently on tour with Cryptopsy and Atheist in Europe! We discussed the new album, meshing new influences with older ones, the history of the band, and much more! Continue reading

Listen to Kirk Hammett, KJ Doughton, Brian Lew, and Ron Quintana Dive Deep Into Early Thrash on The Latest Metallica Podcast

In the latest episode of the official Metallica Podcast, hosts Stephan and Renee are joined by Kirk Hammett, KJ Doughton, Brian Lew and Ron Quintana to discuss the early era of Metallica, Exodus, Armored Saint, and other thrash and heavy metal inspirations. Listen to the pod here!

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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM: Almost Dead – “Destruction Is All We Know”

Bay Area Extreme Thrash and Groove metal band Almost Dead are releasing their new album – Destruction Is All We Know this week on January, 26th, 2024 via Innerstrength Records. They have teamed up with us at Ghost Cult to premiere their entire full-album stream! Destruction Is All We Know is next level Thrash for 2024! Stream it here!

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PODCAST: Glacially Musical Pouredcast 113: A Lesson in Violence – A Review of Exodus’ “Bonded By Blood”

GMP’s Nik and Keefy kick off a new series on thrash legends Exodus, discussing Bay Area Thrash, Metallica, Megadeth, and the early years. Continue reading

Cody Souza of Hatriot on New Music, Social Media, and Next Gen Thrash Metal


We caught up with Cody Souza of Bay Area thrashers Hatriot! Their new album “The Vale of Shadows” due out July 22nd, 2022! We talked to Cody about the evolution of the band, the decidedly heavier vocals on the new album, the importance of social media, connecting with fans in person – even when there are no shows, being in a band with his brother Nick, their famous dad – Zetro from Exodus, and more!

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EP REVIEW: Vio-lence – Let The World Burn

Bay Area thrashers Vio-Lence might have only been around for eight years but what a magnificent near-decade it was. From their classic hyper-aggressive debut Eternal Nightmare (MCA Records) to the controversial lyrics of ‘Torture Tactics’ and a deliciously questionable vegetable soup and vinegar “vomit bag” plastic record sleeve, the band also launched the career of a certain Robb Flynn who went on to form 1990s game-changers Machine Head, eventually to be followed by guitarist Phil Demmel. With three studio albums under their belts, the band went their separate ways in 1993, only becoming a full-time going concern again in 2019.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Exodus – Persona Non Grata

There’s a line in 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner which goes: “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long”. While this might be true, every rule has its exception and Bay Area thrashers Exodus are exactly that. Since dishing out their first full-length lesson in violence way back in 1985, the San Franciscan legends have seen off opposition from virtually everywhere. Even with an extended hiatus during the nineties the band’s absence never felt terminal, more like they were simply lying in wait to strike again.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Infex – Burning In Exile

If you are missing some new Thrash Metal then I would gladly invite you to give the new album from Bay Area Thrashers Infex a listen. I came into this review with no idea at all who Infex was, but now I know! This album is in a word, thrashtastic. I love to write about a band that’s all about riffage and crafting around said riff. This album took me back to when I was playing in a “Threath band” (thrash/death metal), a term coined by my former singer.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mordred – The Dark Parade

Arriving in 1989 towards the tail end of the thrash metal scene, San Francisco act Mordred may have only been together for five years but showed more invention and innovation in that time than some bands achieved over a much longer period.

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Cliff Burton Day Virtual Event Announced for February 10th

Legendary former Metallica bassist and Trash Metal Cliff Burton would have celebrated his 59th birthday this week, on February 10th. Burton passed away on September 27th, 1986 in the infamous Metallica bus crash in Sweden. This year to celebrate his life and music, there will be a virtual celebration on Twitch, hosted by Nicholas Gomez, and with guests such as Cliff;’s friends and peers Fred Cotton, James McDaniel, John Marshall, Harald Oimen (Photographer, thrash historian, bassist for ex –D.R.I., Murder In The Front Row book), Metal Maria, Corinne Lynn, Seann Killian (Vio-lence), and many more. Watch on February 10th at 7 PM PST, 10 PM EST, 3 AM GMT. at the link below.

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