Amon Amarth, Architects, Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Clutch, Hatebreed, Mayhem, Exodus, and More Booked for Alcatraz Festival 2024

UPDATED: Dio Disciples featuring Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna has been added to the festival replacing Dokken.

Alcatraz Festival promises to be one of the best European metal fests in recent memory with a banger line-up! The festival has already booked Architects, Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Clutch, Hatebreed, Mayhem, Exodus, Satyricon, Paradise Lost, Watain, Dark Tranquillity, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life of Agony, Left to Die, and many more! Passes are on sale now and the full schedule and running order will be released soon. Alcatraz Festival takes place on August 9th, 10, and 11th in Belgium!Continue reading

Alcatraz Festival 2024 Books Architects, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, and More!

Long-running Belgian Metal Festival Alcatraz 2024 has announced their full lineup! Taking place August 9-11 with a pre-party with Tribute bands on the 8th! Headlined by Architects, Amon Amarth, and Opeth, other bands on the bill featured are Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Watain, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, Armored Saint, Madball, Tnfofficial, Lord Of The Lost, Orden Ogan, Finntroll , Septicflesh, Orange Goblin, Soilthe, Benediction, Brant Bjork, Eclipse, Raven, Terrorizer, Misery Index, Heathen, Green Lung, Legion Of The Damned, Massacre, Monkey3, Cro-Mags, Truck Fighters, Bodysnatcher, Cripple Black Phoenix, Fen , The Casualties, Exumer, Skeletal Remains, Left To Die, Audrey Horne , Thronehammer, and many others are booked for the festival. After Thre Burial was originally announced, but has canceled their appearance. The full lineup post and ticket links for the fest can be found below! Continue reading

Beyond The Grave Festival is Back with Benediction, Kraanium, and More

November 24th and 25th two iconic London venues will play host to Beyond The Grave IV. Camden’s Black Heart and Underworld will welcome an array of extreme metal talent, including headliners Kraanium and Benediction. Get the full lineup and more information below.

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Rockharz Announces Bruce Dickenson’s Only German Festival Appearance of 2024

German festival, Rockharz, have announced that they have booked Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickenson, for their 2024 edition. He will celebrate his recently announced album The Mandrake Project exclusively under the Devil’s Wall (a famous landmark of the Harz region)  as part of the only festival show of the year in Germany. Keep reading for more new acts and details.


Remaining tickets will go on sale, 5pm CEST, today (October 20th 2023) here.


Organizer Thorsten “Buddy” Kohlrausch is proud and happy about this very  special announcement:

For many years we have been hoping to be able to present such a legendary artist as Bruce Dickinson on the Rockharz stages one day. Now this dream comes true! And not only that! We will be the only festival in Germany where Bruce will perform with The Mandrake Project. Thanks to the universe for this unique opportunity and this accolade for our festival!


The 30 years anniversary edition of Rockharz in July 2023, celebrated by fans and press, was a complete success. While the event was still in full swing, two headliners – Hammerfall and Kreator – were already confirmed in addition to the first strong dozen of acts for the 31st edition of the friendly open air festival from July 03 to 06, 2024, at the Ballenstedt airfield in the Harz Mountains. The fans reacted promptly: after less than six weeks, Rockharz 2024 officially announced “sold out” in mid-August. So much trust is being rewarded, for instance with the next big highlight for all the lucky ones who secured a ticket right away – Bruce Dickinson!


But it keeps getting better: at the same time, four more highlights have been confirmed for next year with Amaranthe, Callejon, Benediction and Kanonenfieber – and that’s not all; more bands, including some main acts, will be announced soon.


Rockharz lineup:

Bruce Dickinson (“The Mandrake Project” exclusive festival show Germany 2024),  Amaranthe, Amorphis, Benediction, Callejon, D’artagnan, Dirkschneider, Hammerfall,  Hatebreed, Heldmaschine, Kanonenfieber, Kreator, Lordi, Oomph!, Orden Ogan,  Parasite Inc., Rage, Schandmaul, Soilwork, The Halo Effect, Unearth, Unleash The Archers, and many more.


ALBUM REVIEW: Memoriam – Rise To Power

For my money, there is no better Death Metal vocalist than Karl Willetts. There is just something about it that just feels like “Classic Death Metal”. His delivery is always on point with the perfect blend of raw power and intensity. His time and contribution to the one and only Bolt Thrower were nothing short of incredible. When the band broke up in 2015, Willets along with Benediction bassist Frank Healy quickly formed Memoriam the following year. 

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GUEST POST: Gate Master’s Top 10 Albums of the Year 2020

Ghost Cult is kicking off our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR types, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Dungeon Synth / Black Metal artist Gate Master shares his top 10 releases of 2020.

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Baest Announce New Album – “Necro Sapiens”

Danish death metal band Baest has announced their third full-length album Necro Sapiens out early 2021 via Century Media. More details about the release are coming soon.  Formed in 2015, they signed to Century Media in 2018 and have spent the past few years releasing new music and touring with bands like Aborted and Entombed A.D. The band has won a total of three Danish GAFFA awards. Now,  Baest is happy to announce their new album and a massive European tour in support of the forthcoming release, with dates opening for Benediction and major festivals, such as Roskilde, in their homeland. 

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Benediction Are Rejoined by Vocalist Dave Ingram!

In some surprising news, Birmingham, U.K.-based extreme metallers Benediction has been rejoined by vocalist Dave Ingram (formerly of Bolt Thrower)! This news comes two months after the departure of the band’s previous singer, Dave Hunt. Hunt’s schedule had become increasingly congested with his commitments to both Benediction and Anaal Nathrakh, as well as his pursuit of his Ph.D. Therefore, Dave decided to vacate the role in the band. Dave Ingram commented.Continue reading

Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind

Memoriam Requiem for Mankind (Nuclear Blast) is Memoriam’s third album in as many years. The first album For the Fallen was great if a bit slow, punchy drums, thick guitar tones wrapped up with some nice production. The follow-up to The Silent Vigil was personally somewhat disappointing, a lot faster and more aggressive songwriting, which is always welcome, but it failed to capitalise on the excellent ideas with a quite thin production. Continue reading

REVIEW: Maryland Deathfest 2019

Maryland Deathfest held their annual festival in the venerable city of Baltimore a few weeks back. The four-day is one of the best-run independent underground metal festivals in the world. As usual Ghost Cult was on hand for the festivities, with Hillarie Jason bringing you her spectacular eye on bands through photos. Continue reading